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Smackdown vs Raw 2008 Review

GamingRing.com, a Wrestling Video Game review site has played all the final versions of THQ's new SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. Released for Wireless, Wii, DS, PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 13, 2007.

Here are some of their conclusions:

"I have to admit I was shocked on how much better the Xbox 360 version looks from the other versions. There were so many details that I noticed that Xbox 360 version is sporting this year. First you have the incredible texture on the ring mat. The way the real life shadows from the Ringropes show on the mat. I was very impressed of the way the ring apron flowed and reacted to the actions in the ring. Graphically this is the version to get if you have a high definition TV.

"Wow! To say that I was very disapointed after playing the Playstation 3 version of the game would be the understatement of the year. Graphically this game is hurting. The crowd looks blury where as compared to the 360 version the crowd is crystal clear. You can even make out THQ development team member Bryan Williams as a plant in the crowd. The wrestlers themselves are hurt by jaggies. Ugly nasty jaggies which make the wrestlers eyes and mouths look like they have outlines of light. While I do appreciate the amount of effort that it took to get this version even close to the 360 version in my opinion it just isnt there yet."

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SDS Overfiend3371d ago

Xbox 360 Version WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008

Mike Regan: I have to admit I was shocked on how much better the Xbox 360 version looks from the other versions. There were so many details that I noticed that Xbox 360 version is sporting this year. First you have the incredible texture on the ring mat. The way the real life shadows from the Ringropes show on the mat. I was very impressed of the way the ring apron flowed and reacted to the actions in the ring. Graphically this is the version to get if you have a high definition TV.

Charles Shane: Gameplay is what really stood out for me with this game. The ultimate control moves now can be reversed as well as the new total control submission moves can now be applied using the joy stick which makes it alot more intuitive than using buttons to time the meter. Another huge aspect that I think changes the game completely is the new fighting styles. There are so many nuances that this helps bring to the gameplay. Each styles has their special abilities (especially my favorite the hardcore fight style) What it does in a nut shell is have the wrestlers play very differently from each other. The Undertaker has a different style than a Rey Mysterio and the fighting styles makes the contrast even more prominent.

Playstation 3 Version WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008

Mike Regan: Wow! To say that I was very disapointed after playing the Playstation 3 version of the game would be the understatement of the year. Graphically this game is hurting. The crowd looks blury where as compared to the 360 version the crowd is crystal clear. You can even make out THQ development team member Bryan Williams as a plant in the crowd. The wrestlers themselves are hurt by jaggies. Ugly nasty jaggies which make the wrestlers eyes and mouths look like they have outlines of light. While I do appreciate the amount of effort that it took to get this version even close to the 360 version in my opinion it just isnt there yet.

I posted the meat of the discussion for all to see.

Let the Spin doctors work.

wageslave3371d ago (Edited 3371d ago )

Here, is a pre-collected list for PS3 owners to choose from:

Excuses:

"I hate X" (X == EA, UBI, Activision, Capcom, id, Epic, 2K and **THQ**)
"X is MS's b!tch"
"MS funds all review-sites"
"EA=Peter Moore"
"Just Wait"
"Just wait till 08"
"just wait till 09"
"Lazy"
"Lazy devs"
"lazy"
"X sucks"
"X can't make good games"
"f**k X"
"wait"
"when"
"somday"
"fantasy"
"lie"
"f**k Peter Moore"
"f**k MS"
"EPIC UNREAL engine is CRAP supposedly"

Feel free to Add...Sony Defence Force, please try something new this time? The list is getting a little over-used.

bluebrad19743371d ago

Add another title to the already huge list of 360 superior titles.

SageFrancis3371d ago

Ok, just a quick question, who has heard of gamingring.com before?

wageslave3371d ago

Probably anyone who loves Wrestling Games. These guys review, play and talk about *only* games of this type.

I'd say they are *experts* at games of this genre. Are you shooting the messenger?

Myth3371d ago

No spin on this at all, if the game is a 360 port to PS3, 360 version seems like it will always be better. However when they program for each system individually from scratch is a different story entirely (COD4, Assassins Creed) we will have to wait and see. That being said there will be several games for the PS3 that will continue to be ports so this may convince to buy a 360. I'll buy ported games on the 360 and games program individually on the PS3.

wageslave3371d ago (Edited 3371d ago )

Interesting spin. Games that started on PS3 and were ported to Xbox 360 doent suffer from these problems. What conclusions should you draw?

I'd suggest that the Developers having said "the PS3 is a terrible design and the tools are terrible" would be pretty accurate. Why? You only have to see the results of the work. This game is just one of many that prove this axiom.

But, when the situation is reversed (PS3 game moved to Xbox 360), the game doesnt suffer from these issues. Then the following conclusion is highly-likely accurate: "the Xbox 360 is a terrific design and the tools are terrific" which is exactly what the developers have been saying all along.

Myth3371d ago

@ wageslave

Please give some examples of the games your talking about. Remember the subject is graphics not added features to the game.