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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 naturalWWE 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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Score distribution:
  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 modest update to an annual franchise but needs to be sent down to OVW for more work.
  5. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 does a few things right, but doesn’t really bring the game to a whole new level like it should.
  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: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    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 toPretty 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
    10
    Best wrestling game ever with minor things still needing to be perfected. But still 10/10.
  3. Feb 23, 2018
    8
    This game is good keeping the formula of the last Game of the Series almost intact and having great graphics for early XBOX 360 this gameThis game is good keeping the formula of the last Game of the Series almost intact and having great graphics for early XBOX 360 this game holds up pretty well today and it even has better graphics than the more recent WWE games on XBOX 360. Expand
  4. ChrisC.
    Dec 2, 2007
    7
    While the graphics were good, and albeit,outdated, the roster was decnt, the controls and 24/7 mode couldn't cut it.
  5. CWDeeds
    Jan 30, 2008
    6
    It's a SvR game, I'll like it. But I do have my gripes. The choices in create a wrestler mode seems even thinner than previousIt's a SvR game, I'll like it. But I do have my gripes. The choices in create a wrestler mode seems even thinner than previous versions. Various matches are missing too I quit matches? Nope. Women still aren't allowed to wrestle in 24/7 with the guys or in Hardcore matches. My sister is pretty sick of using the guys all the time when ever she wants to battle for the ECW belt.
    I'm sure THQ wanted to make the series more sim like than previous SvR or Smackdown games, but maybe they should remember that wrestling is fake. People buy the game to wrestle, not play Maddenmania.
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  6. JaceN.
    Dec 26, 2007
    4
    More of a minor update than a sequel...id say this should have been made available as a patch for Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 via the 360 More of a minor update than a sequel...id say this should have been made available as a patch for Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 via the 360 marketplace but theres more money to be made selling it as a game on its own it seems! And its appearance across multiple platforms drags its overall performance and spledour down to lowest common denominator territory. Id say its the last time the devs can get away with such actions but I said the same thing last time. Expect the next game in 2009 with very little more of the same and even more cross-platform versions...like...on wristwatches even! Expand
  7. ShawnB.
    Nov 24, 2007
    1
    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 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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