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Genre: 3D, Action, Extreme Sports :: Players: 1 :: Released: 07/11/07

WWE: SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 Review

Publisher: THQ Wireless :: Developer: THQ Wireless

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Great customisation

Cons

Too easy
Over simplistic controls

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
See Compatible Handsets

73

Graphics

85

Sound

75

Controls

65

Playability

79

Lastability

60

Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 2 hours
Game Progress 5 time undefeated champion with full attributes (I'm so good)

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 08/11/07

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WWE has gone through so many incarnations and name changes that we've lost count. The latest game includes wrestlers from Smackdown and Raw. It also features ECW (not sure if ECW has to be mentioned for legal reasons or whether the folding steel chairs are members of ECW and not WWE).

Wrestling games are always going to be difficult to perfect on the mobile and WWE 2008 is no different. Firstly the good stuff, you can create a fully customised character with lots of different options for hair, tattoos, beard and clothes. You can even customise some of the his moves as well as his finishing move. Unfortunately, that's really about it for the good stuff.

There is a championship mode where you take your new character (lets call him Ferocious Bunny) through the ranks of Smackdown and Raw until you become champion. After each victory you can assign an extra skill point to either your strength, speed, charisma and other wrestling attributes. Once you have been crowned champion, the game loops to the beginning and lets you add more and more attributes to Ferocious Bunny as the victories become easier and easier. Naturally, being a larger than life game you can upgrade your attributes up to 11 rather than the oh so plain 10. There doesn't appear to be any changes in difficulty after winning your first championship so the only mode of interest soon becomes VS mode. This mode at least has selectable difficulty settings, but once you have maxed your attributes, nothing is too difficult for the Ferocious Bunny.

The wrestling itself is very basic and mostly consists of pressing 5/action as quickly as you can to unleash kicks and punches when you are near your opponent. Grappling does feature quite heavily within the game. When you grapple, a red, yellow and green bar scrolls along the screen for a few seconds. You need to keep the pointer in the green area when the time runs out and you then get the chance to power slam, suplex or whatever else you picked for your customised moves or you can swing the opponent into the ropes and smack him with the big boot. You can build up your finishing bar during the match and once it starts flashing, get close to your opponent and press the left soft key to perform your finisher and then walk up for the pin. You can also use the left soft key to get a submission hold, climb the top rope or even go out of the ring and grab a steel chair. The game relies heavily on the left soft key (lsk) and your position in the ring dictates the move. If you want to pin the guy, move towards his upper body and press lsk; for submissions position yourself near their legs before pressing lsk.

The game sounds great on paper and has all the aspects you could want (apart from a Bikini match). Unfortunately, the execution is not quite right. Moving around the ring is a slow process and even though your opponent may be in a daze after a piledriver, there still isn't much time to jump off the top rope for that final bit of style. With an increase in difficulty this could have been a keeper.