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  • Summary: WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 lets players take the fight into their own hands with the debut of Superstar Fighting Styles. The game features eight unique styles, each having its own strategy and exclusive attributes. A brand new Struggle Submission System gives players intuitive and natural control over their WWE Superstars by using the game's popular analog controls. Realism and strategy are at the forefront, as players now control the amount of pressure they apply to their opponents. In addition, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 features a significant Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) presence, including a variety of Superstars, arenas and weapons. The game is also packed with significant updates requested by fans, including new rosters, more environmental hotspots, a combined Season and General Manager Mode experience, improved out-of-ring action, enhanced online community support and much more. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. From the spiffy graphics to the more right analog stick-centric controls to the robust Create-A-Superstar to the new WWE 24/7 career mode, this is SmackDown as its finest. [Dec 2007, p.72]
  2. SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 may be the only major pro wrestling title in town, but it's a good one and, unlike Madden with the NFL license, doesn't let its exclusivity lead to a lack of innovation and improvement. A solid upgrade!
  3. The eight new fighting styles for each wrestler in the game are a nice addition that provide some great diversity in the characters, but they destroy the game’s balance.
  4. While the original formula remains the same year after year, WWE SmackDown Vs. Raw 2008 is still a fun game that does manage to pull off some new moves on the PS3.
  5. The inclusion of superstar fighting styles and the struggle submission system is a step in the right direction, but it’s still difficult to recommend Smackdown vs Raw 2008 for a purchase to anyone but the most ardent fan.
  6. There are a lot of nice improvements here. It just seems WWE could exceed fans' expectations, but they never really do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. chriselzinga
    May 6, 2007
    good game loved the 1007 verson
  2. WillRaiment
    Nov 10, 2007
    Good game, i like it. Looks great, plays quite smoothly, but a few bugs in my opinion. Loading times are awful, the characters move a little too slowly for me, there are several characters that I don't recognise (and i watch it all the time) and the crowd are abit quiet, which sort of makes it a little boring at times. Good though! Collapse
  3. May 27, 2013
    this ok wresling game i like mechanics and wwe manger. but if i was you i would buy wwe 12. graphics are meidocre its fairly cheap now day so its probaly worth your money Expand
  4. TempieMarkham
    Nov 13, 2007
    Outdated tag champions and excuse of trouble with voice overs leaves the roster way to small for the hype that preceeded the game. Relying on caws to fill out the skimpy roster I may as well apply for a job at thq. The 24/7 mode is a pain in single player mode. be finsihed with this in a week and trading it in. Not going to bother with online play. Expand
  5. ZiftK.
    Nov 17, 2007
    Wow.... I'm actually giving a wrestling game a 5. From Here comes the pain to this. Utterly pathetic. What's the difference from SVR 07, other then the horrid frame rate. That's the main reason the PS3 version blows, the dismal frame rate. THQ, get your act together. You went from superb to pathetic. pretty much how the WWE is getting right now. Expand
  6. DanielFriday
    Nov 9, 2007
    Another poor next gen game, major step back on WWE games, poor graphics, dredful game play unlike ps2 titles, the grapple system dosnt work. just a poor thoughtless rip off to all game fans and WWE fans alike Expand
  7. CoreyF
    Oct 15, 2007
    wrestling is terrible

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