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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 - Playstation 3

by THQ
Platform : PlayStation 3
Rated: Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
Metascore: 74 / 100
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  • The heart of the Smackdown! Series is the Season-Story mode with the addition of authentic Superstar
  • For the first time ever in a WWE game, fans can compete online in head-to-head action.
  • New storylines with bigger double-crosses and over-the-top surprises.
  • Create a Championship Belt and then set up your own PPV to defend it. Be careful - lose a match and
  • New WWE Legends, including one of the all-time greats, Andre the Giant!
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Platform: PlayStation 3

WWE Smack Down vs. Raw returns with its '08 version allowing gamers to shape WWE superstars.

Features:

  • Eight fighting styles to choose from, each with its own unique strategy with exclusive moves and abilities
  • The Struggle Submission System gives players a natural control over the wrestlers using the analog sticks by allowing players to determine the amount of pressure they apply
  • WWE 24/7 Mode combines the season and general manager modes, which provides multiple character development options, stat tracking and career goals will guide players toward the achievement of becoming a WWE Legend
  • ECW brings to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 a variety of new superstars, arenas and weapons

Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000S1MMIO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,810 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
As someone who has purchased every THQ wrestling game for years, I had been eagerly anticipating this latest release. Unfortunately, after playing the game I was left with a feeling of disgust instead.

The game is full of bugs. In the 24/7 Mode which represents the game's season mode, more often than not the choices you make will be ignored. For example, at one point I was asked if I wished to relinquish the WWE title. I refused. However, the game reacted as if I had chosen the opposite - and the story progressed as if I had indeed given up the belt. This glitch happened again and again, at numerous points in the game. I can't believe something like this made it past the play-testers.

Other bugs include the lack of pyro on customised entrances for created wrestlers. You can choose to have pyro as part of your entrance when you design it, but when you come out to wrestle it will simply fail to activate. Once again, I have no idea how something like this managed to make it into the game.

Even setting aside the bugs, 24/7 Mode is pretty lousy. The cut-scenes which open shows are often nonsensical in relation to what is meant to be happening in the story. For example, your character might merrily chat with a wrestler he is meant to be in a bitter feud with. At first glance the ability to plan out your wrestler's entire week rather than just playing the matches might seem like a fun concept. However, it quickly becomes tiresome (though players who liked the general manager mode in the previous games might like it better than I did).

The game is plagued with long loading times, which often enhances the frustration of 24/7 Mode.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
After eagerly anticipating the release of the first PS3 WWE title, and after owning the series for the past 5 years, the day finally came... and boy, was I disappointed.

The BAD: Loading, loading and more loading...Every action in the game requires load times. This gets very frustrating. Reduced moveset- with the redesigned controls, although quite a bit easier to use, about 50% of the move choices are gone. In prior games, you had approx 16 strong grapple holds, in 08, a mere 8. Targeting is a big issue as well. A new free-move run style is fun, but quite often leads you standing next to your opponant swigning in the air. There is no way to adjust this. there's a few other minor deletions from previous years- as pointless as it was, I liked customizing the locker room, unlocking toys, statues, posters and memorabilia. All that is gone. The locker room now looks like a back-office store room with poor lighting and no ability to pan around. then there's the roster. Everyone knows it's horrible this year. What's worse is the inability to create missing stars; read on...

The UGLY- Create a Wrestler mode is TERRIBLE! This is a big part of the game as I looked forward to using my created wrestlers in various attires to compete online. However, once again, PS3 falls way-side to X Box as it's limited to 32 layers (again) while 360 has 64 (again!) Likewise, a lot of the logo's and designs are non-compatable with online play. In other words, short of using the basic pre-designed tattoos, if you try to be creative, you can't use this CAW online. And a personal gripe of mine- they took out the "Rated R Superstar" logo- that's an easy 4 layers to create each time manually. In 07 it was a 1 layer option. (Not that it could be used online anyway now, very disappointing.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
I have to say that with this years installment of the WWE Smackdown series I am kind of disappointed as it displays a true step back in the progression of the overall series. Here are a few pro's and con's about the game that I think anyone should consider before buying the game.

Pro: They have overhauled the control system and fighting styles, for example if you're a high flyer like Rey Mysterio you can pull off some of his very spectacular moves with just a one button push simplifying it so anyone can play it like a pro. The hardcore fighting style also gives you an extensive controlling system when pulling off weapon offense, for example if you are a hardcore wrestler you can have a chair and do the classic pillmanizing move of placing an opponents ankle within the chair and stomping on it in an attempt to break your opponents ankle. Flaming tables have also made their debut and this is truly the best looking thing about it as when you're playing an ECW extreme rules match you can recreate some classic moments.

Con: The roster is very very disappointing this year with the exclusion of the former tag team champs London and Kendrick or Kevin Thorn to make room for lackluster diva's that let's be honest nobody will play as. This is always a major criticism I have every year with the WWE games as there are always big stars that you would naturally expect to be in but aren't. If you don't include DX which aren't playable from the very start you only actually have 1 tag team in Cryme Tyme which as I'm sure you can imagine if pretty stupid when you have 2 separate tag team championships.

Pro: The Legends roster.
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