WWE SmackDown! Vs Raw 2008 Review
- Posted January 5th, 2008 at 21:23 EDT by
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WWE SmackDown! Vs Raw features hardly any improvement from last years title and with fault after fault, the game, if anything, is a step backwards in terms of development.
- Plethora of match types
- Big roster
- Horrible collision detection
- Too many loading screens
- Not proportionately accurate
WWE SmackDown! Vs Raw is a title that should of just quit while it was ahead. The title, which was developed by YUKE’s Future Media Creators and published by THQ, can easily be called the worst game in the series.
The game is the first WWE game to be available for all currently selling game consoles and in turn, probably proved to be the downfall of the game. The developers should have focused on one or two specific consoles to release the game on so that they would be able to streamline development for said specific consoles, therefore creating a title worthy of playing.
To call SmackDown! Vs Raw a next generation game is a misunderstanding. Sure, it has the PlayStation 3 brand slapped on the side of the case, but the fact is that the game was developed using the same engine that the developers used to create the past titles in the Smackdown series.
After playing the title for about three days off and on, we noticed that the physical aspects of the game were completely inaccurate. You will no doubt notice (if you play this game) that a wrestler takes up a good chunk of space in the wrestling ring. In real wrestling, a fighter only takes a small portion of a ring, allowing them to have an all out brawl, but in the video game, you’ll be lucky if you can maneuver a wrestler around three other players without getting caught up in the ropes. Plainly put, the wresting ring is entirely too small and doesn’t necessarily fit the accommodations that a real life ring would.
Throughout your time trying to maneuver around, you may notice that your wrestlers move quite differently as well. They seem to want to take baby steps when they are walking around the ring. Obviously, when on their guard it’s not that big of a deal because that is a norm in not only wrestling, but boxing as well; however, if we want to run across the ring, you'd expect to see some larger steps and although the steps are larger, they just don’t seem to be proportional to natural running steps.
As you run, you may notice that your arm, or in rare cases, your whole body, will flat out go through your opponents. This isn’t a once in a while thing like the Assassin’s Creed freezing issue, no, you will notice the horrible collision detection every five minutes whilst playing. If you don’t notice, go play a match where there are tons of weapons because you will not only witness your weapons going through objects, but you may even notice another opponent simply ‘teleporting’ their way across the ring. They're not actually teleporting, but some of the animations are done so poorly that that is something you may notice throughout your virtual wrestling career.
The voice acting and numerous loading screens get annoying quite quickly. It was much more pleasant to mute the game entirely and allow the loading screens to pop up like a computer infected with spyware. Also, you might think that you are about to start playing the game, but instead must watch three more videos, each with their own loading screen.
WWE SmackDown! Vs Raw had so much potential to be a great game. Its plethora of modes can easily assure hours and hours of gaming with a high replay value. Playing online was really fun for us as well, but like stated above, the horrible aspects of the game eventually promoted us to drop the remote. Even the graphics, while not superb, were decent looking but the negative effects we encountered throughout the game were too much for us to bear.
The game really has no forward motion development-wise. It’s another title that developers seemed to say, "Hey, lets use our previous version, add some things and update the graphics.” Moving forward is crucial to game development and putting out a successful game. If you need an example, look at the Burnout series. We found the original Burnout game in a five dollar bin at our local game store, but now it’s one of the most ... (continued on next page)
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- 4:33pm EST - January 5th, 2008
this type of game sucks anywayz
- 4:39pm EST - January 5th, 2008
i got thise game from day one and i loved all previous ones except smackdown vs raw o7 that game was ok but i felt disaponted in the characters in thise one i was really let down i was expecting it too be a great game especially that i got it on the ps3 but i payed it for 7 days and got bored thats the first wrestling game that i really wass disapointed but not everithyng is at it seems il se how tna the game is.
- 4:48pm EST - January 5th, 2008
I haven't bought a wrestling game since nintendo 64 and this series hasn't advanced much at all since then
- 5:24pm EST - January 5th, 2008
ur abit late to have an REVIEW for it dont ya think!!!...???
this game was out like nov lol anyways it sucks
i want Fn UTIII and Rock Band in the UK Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 6:39pm EST - January 5th, 2008
I think they review the retail copy. Its a good sign when you see reviews of a game a week or so after its release. Goes to show they are reviewing a complete version while many don't even though they make out that they do. Thats why you see in many reviews talk about frame-rate issues and glitches, they reviewed the game before it got its final polish. Lair is a good example. Many gamers who played Lair actually liked the game and couldn't understand the critics over the motion controls. I read that after criticism, the devs improved the controls before release so its possible that the media reviewed the game before the motion controls had been improved. And then wasn't there another improvement of the controls in an update? Always avoid exclusive reviews, there is bribery to get the exclusive. And avoid reviews for games that have huge advetisements plastered all over their sites, we all know about Gamespot.
- 7:33pm EST - January 5th, 2008
Dude, seriously, ever heard of punctuation? Use the little dot on your keyboard and make it a lot easier on our eyes
- 9:37pm EST - January 5th, 2008
these games hav always been crappy it doesn't seem to b changing and getting bettr
- 9:58pm EST - January 5th, 2008
the only smackdown vs raw game i liked was 06 on ps2
- 1:06am EST - January 8th, 2008
i think they did a horrible with this game .... i mean the graphics are pretty good but the gameplay stinks... they will never will get a wrestling game right... just like football and basketball .... the last great wrestling game was WCW vs NITRO if u guys remember that game for the N64..... BD 4 LIFE
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