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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
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 90
    This is definitely not a title for the casual gamer, but if you're a fan of the franchise or just really love throwing half-naked men off ladders and pinning them to the ground, then WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is about as good as it gets.
  2. 80
    The good news is that once you do hop inside the ring, you tend to forget about who is missing as you try to figure out how you can slam your head into a steel cage or get hit in the back with barbed wire and not get hurt (you can't).
  3. Ultimately, Smackdown VS RAW 2008 is a lot of fun to play.
  4. A very poor second effort from THQ. There are three key features that provide the WWE’s appeal; the wrestling action, the story lines and the visual display. While the wrestling action is passable, the story lines via 24/7 mode, and the visual appeal do not deliver the goods or meet the minimum standards for a quality Xbox 360 game.
  5. A modest update to an annual franchise but needs to be sent down to OVW for more work.
  6. With little notable improvement to the formula and steps backward in several key areas, SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008 is a big disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    Pretty good game in the series. Graphics were decent, gameplay was entertaining. If you are a fan of WWE or wrestling, it's defently a game to pick up. Expand
  2. Starky
    Nov 8, 2007
    Best wrestling game ever with minor things still needing to be perfected. But still 10/10.
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    Combining Story mode and GM mode was either the smartest or stupidest Idea ever. While both play excellently, the inability to play both at once sucks. The Hall of fame mode gives you some goals to work towards and the controls are great as always. Expand
  4. JasonL.
    Nov 23, 2007
    This is a hard game to rate. The in ring action is a lot of fun, I would rate the actual gameplay at a 9. The issue with this game pertains to the horrible cut scenes. First off there are only about 4 or 5 for each weeks show so you end up seeing the same thing over and over again. Also and probably my biggest issue is the fact that you will have a rivalry with someone (they come and hit you with a chair before your match type of rivalry) and then the next weeks cut scene you are shaking there hand and acting all buddy buddy right before you go out and have a hardcore match with them. So based on the rather crappy cut scenes I give the non-wrestling aspects of the game a 5. If you like just kicking the crap out of people than give this game a shot, it has a lot of match variety and some cool extras (unlockable characters, etc.). My advice is to play the demo and if you like that try it out. Expand
  5. KenK.
    Dec 12, 2007
    Some aspects of the game are decent; like roster, match modes, visuals are kinda decent but are out of date (EVEN FIGHT NIGHT 3 HAS BETTER VISUALS!) but the controls, 24/7 mode, and oh the SOUND is worse than back in the day of 1920's. Sledgehammers that sound like PVC pipes Finishing moves that slam on the mat that sound like the shotgun from halo 3 Crowd that sounds like theres only 10 people in the stadium Announcers that take 20 seconds to say a wrestlers name after they have said "On the way to the ring" and to top it off, crappy collision detection, in-balancing and terrible loading! You should spend your money on buying wwe merchandise(official) or watching real-life Smackdown! every Friday and RAW mondays because that will entertain you longer than this step back in gaming. Expand
  6. BryanM.
    Oct 5, 2007
    this is just from the demo I played. the people where so slow I was Randy orton and he was moving like a big fat giant. it seems like you are playing on line with someone who is lagging pretty bad. end of story I think I will get the ps2s version for $10 cheaper. Expand
  7. ShawnB.
    Nov 24, 2007
    This is the worst wrestling game I have ever played, and I've played almost every significant release in the genre to date. Every single change to the gameplay hurts the experience. This is a mishmash of a game that screams to its audience that the developers do not care, and they don't even like you. First of all, this game is running on the same tech that Power Move Pro Wrestling on the PS1 does. I want everyone who read that sentence to look up Power Move and think about the implications of that. This engine is broken by any time's standards, and the series has become more and more imbalanced with each iteration. It's now possible to automatically win any submission by finding the 'sweet spot' on your right analog stick, essentially making the submission system as harsh as a UFC game. Wrestlers move at an intolerably slow pace, and not for 'realism' either. This is much much slower than anything you'll see on television. It's ridiculous. There is not one maneuver in the game that feels like it has *snap* to it. On the other hand, wrestlers now take massive amounts of damage from each maneuver, leading to some of the shortest matches in the series' history. So not only is the action in near slow motion, but it also ends quickly. It's a dynamic that will torture the minds of anyone who knows their wrestling psychology. I've gone on too long and I won't go into every aspect of the game, but suffice it to say that changes made to CAW, fight styles, roster, 24/7(season) mode are all negative and limiting to your game experience. Every version of Smackdown that's released seems to feature less content than the last and is more haphazard and poorly designed than the last. If you've been burned by the Smackdown series and wish there was an alternative, I heartily recommend the newly released Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on PS2. It's a budget title and may be hard to find, but hopefully it can bring back the feeling of simple fun with subtle complexity that got us into these games in the first place. Expand

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