gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Most annual release franchises try to dazzle gamers by adding a few new features, to a roster updated but otherwise unchanged, game. THQ and Yukes are one of the few companies that seem to take their game back to the drawing board each year and rebuild from the ground up. Smackdown vs. Raw '07 is a truly an ambitious example of this trend and the end product is nothing short of amazing!!
By far the largest change this year is the completely redone control scheme. Though this can initially be very jaring to long time fans who have been using the same controls for almost a decade to play Smackdown games, it truly IS for the best. Each year THQ has been trying to give the gamer increased control over what moves their wrestler performs in the ring while still maintaining an authentic on screen wrestling matches. This year the right analog stick gives you more control over what AND HOW certain moves are performed. For example, in the past a typical turnbuckle move was to mount and punch a guy 10 times. This was performed by pressing the right combo of buttons and was followed by a canned animation. In SVR '07 you actually control how many times you punch your opponent by mimicking the punching motion and pressing up and down with the right analog stick. This may initially seem needlessly complicated but the on screen instructions make the appropriate button presses apparent in all environmental situations.
The season and GM modes have also been improved upon but to me the most exciting changes were done to the create-a-entrance mode. You can now watch entrances AS you make changes and you can actually control the timing on fireworks and camera moves!! WOW!!
The graphics and sound are as good as they are gonna get on the PS2. It’s hard to explain but the moves seem to “chain together” better than in past games. For example, reversals aren’t so obvious and thus harder to counter. My only criticism is of the long loading times.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
First of all this game is best of the series. The change in grapple is confusing in the beginning but once you get the hang of it you'll love it. The graphics are wonderful, some of the superstars are missing but it's no problem because you have some great legends to make up for that. The only problem I had with this game is the load time. Jesus Christ the loading time is so unbelievably slow. I fell asleep waiting for the match to load. This game would receive an all out 10 if it wasn't for the loading time. After reading this review and playing the game, I'm sure you'll agree.