This wrestling game is part of the WWE Range of games that
they bring out every year. The previous have been the original ‘Smackdown
vs. Raw’, ‘Shut Your Mouth’ and ‘Just Bring It’, but this year’s version is
a lot more than just an annual update.
The game has taken most of what was good in the original Smackdown vs. Raw
and improved on it. The different modes are pretty much the same as before,
with Season mode where your character plays out different storylines,
Exhibition mode where you can just fight any battle at any time, and even a
Manager mode where you have to employ wrestlers (called Superstars in the
game) and organize the fixtures and finances.
gameplay is very realistic with loads of different Wrestlers moves. When you
are fighting there are many move combinations from standing, crouching, from
behind standing, from behind crouching, floor upper body and floor lower
body. Overall each superstar can do around 36 moves altogether.
to this version of the game is a system that tracks your wrestler's stamina
in a match. Their stamina can go down a number of ways, but they are mostly
through doing big moves yourself, or when your opponent fights you with some
big moves. This makes the fights a lot more realistic, as you have to be
clever and switch between weaker and stronger moves at the right time or
your stamina will fall too much, possibly costing you a fight.
The graphics of the Superstars are amazing with all the hi-tech lifelike
visuals such as realistic facial animations, while the outfits they wear are
really detailed. While in a battle the graphics are very good and also
lifelike, and the cut scenes that occur all through the game are also done
The sound is much better than in the original ‘Smackdown vs. Raw’ game. The
Superstars voices are very good, and although the commentary is better this
year, it still repeats itself too often which is why the sound score is not
as high as it could be.
The value of the game is impressive as with all the different modes
available you will have loads to keep you interested and busy for hours.
Without doubt this wrestling game is easily better than any of the other PS2
wrestling games out. Although there are some area’s it could be improved on,
the minor problems don’t spoil the game as a whole. This 2006 version of the
game is a great buy, and if it turns out to be the last version they make
for the PS2, then it will have gone out on a high.
Overall Score: 90%