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WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

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A Step Down For the Series

posted by DaMikeSC (COLUMBIA, SC) Dec 6, 2007

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23 out of 35 gamers (66%) found this review helpful

I have been a fan of wrestling for years and wrestling games for a little less time than that, but a pretty long time nonetheless. I remember NES Pro Wrestling with fondness, the WWF RAW/Royal Rumble games, the N64 classics --- and I've always liked Smackdown and the later Smackdown v RAW.

This year's game, though, is weak.

Now, create-a-wrestler, which is always a favorite of mine, is as robust as ever. The move list is still ridiculously long and it is fun to make a guy with all of the cool spots in a match.

The problem is that the controls are messed up. Every year, Yuke's seems to try something new, and this year, the new effort tanked.

Grappling is a massive annoyance in the game. The quick grapples are easy, but no matter how much you beat on an opponent, the more powerful attacks tend to be a pain to hit. They reverse absurdly well and, outside of your finisher, anything rougher than an armdrag just isn't going to be hit often. The submission system was always a weakness and in their attempt to address it, I think Yuke's turned it all the way into a liability. Keeping a submission hold applied is a headache, but reversing it for you is equally agonizing and irritating.

The commentary has gotten worse as well, as you hear a few quips repeated ad infinitum. The voice acting of the wrestlers is minimal, at best, and the storyline is pretty much bare bones --- but watching WWE as of late, that is likely for the best as the writers are basically hacks as it is.

The game isn't bad, but it's the worst of the SD v RAW games to date. It's worth a look, but Yuke's is moving further away from correcting the problems, not closer to the solution. Which is a bit sad, really.

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frieken awesome

posted by mkfan1186 (RAWLINS, WY) Mar 5, 2008

Member since Oct 2007

3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

i tell you what i own this game and i have never felt happier xbox live is so addicting you wont leave your living room or room for a week it has fighting styles which the are hardcore showmen brawler powerhouse sumbmisshon high flyer technical and dirty the 24/7 mode is awesome the brand new ecw extreme rules is frieken awesome becase you can light tables and barbwire on fire. the only problem is the commentary sucks. the guys on these comments are idiots this game is not horrible rent this game wait no dont rent it buy it!!!!!!

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Some things depressed me....

posted by bigwayne (BEDFORD, OH) Nov 10, 2008

Member since Jan 2008

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

I like the game but there were some things that flawed the game Like the Submission Struggle system I didn't get the point the point of it and the Elimination System(Royal Rumble,Over the Top rope)It's too easy to Eliminate people. Let it be a little challenging.

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