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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: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. A good start for Wii SmackDown - with a bit of tweaking, this could be a smash hit. [Dec 2007, p.45]
  2. Ignore the fighting's mechanical edge and this is about as good a shot as wrestling has at reaching a wider audience. But wrestling fans, beware - this probably isn't for you. [Christmas 2007, p.60]
  3. Its too-simplistic controls and marred visuals really ruin any shot it had at being a great game for the Wii.
  4. Smackdown! Vs Raw 2008 is a good game with no frills. It follows the Wii’s motto of everyone can play, and multiplayer is just too much fun. But with this many features missing from the Wii version while all the other versions have so many different match types and wrestling styles, what were THQ thinking?
  5. Overall, it is a defining step backwards in regards to the SvR franchise.
  6. So basic and cut-down, THQ might as well have called it "My First SmackDown." [Christmas 2007, p.90]
  7. It had a chance, but the rushed nature of the product, the dismal production values, the lack of variety, and the odd privatization of gimmicks over fundamentals make the game a failure in pretty much every regard.

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  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. KyleStrunk
    Aug 14, 2008
    For the Wii, I thought the graphics would be the worst part but it turns out the season mode and vs. mode ended up sucking the big one. I am a big WWE fan I can't even tell you what a "knockout match" is. Next year, add more matches, online play, and a story mode that doesn't suck so hard!! Expand
  2. TimB.
    Feb 25, 2008
    They should have renamed this game "How fast can you shake your remote?". There is absolutely no strategy to this game other than shaking your remote faster than your opponent. You get a good workout but the fun factor of this game goes away very quickly. Also, the graphics leave a little to be desired... The online demos for this game greatly exaggerate how much fun it is to play it and also overplay the amount of control you have over what your character does. In the end... I would say save your money and wait for a more interesting version of this game to come out. Expand
  3. BenL.
    Dec 20, 2007
    Awesome accuracy to the entrances, but the controls take a lot of time gettinig used to. I rented this and played as the Great Khali vs Kelly Kelly and got my butt kicked! What's up with that??? Avoid buying this. Too many controls for the wii. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2013
    this game is the worst game ever............. graphics sucks, no match or game modes booring, the game is the worst game ever............................................................................................ Expand