WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 ReviewJason Leyanna
When I was a kid, I used to watch WWF wrestling on TV late at night, while my parents were asleep. Things have changed since then. The WWF had to “Get the ‘F’ out” – as their ad campaign stated, because of the (World Wildlife Foundation). It has been the WWE for a while now, but I still have trouble getting used to that fact. Fast forward to now.. WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2007 is now out on PS2 and Xbox 360. Tripple H is the main featured wrestler on the cover with Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Torrie Wilson, and Batista gracing the cover in the background. Here is yet another WWE game developed by Yukes and published by THQ. How does this years’ edition of the series stack up? Let’s find out.
The character roster includes over 40 wrestlers like The Big Show, Chris Benoit, Booker T, JBL, Kane, Kurt Angle, Rick Flair, The Undertaker, and John Cena. The divas include: Lita, Melina, Torrie Wilson, and Trish Stratus. Some unlockable legendary superstars are: The Rock, Cactus Jack, the late Eddie Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Lawler, and Mankind. More arenas can become playable once you complete certain matches.
The controls may take a little getting used to if you haven’t played a recent WWE game, otherwise there are just slight changes in how you control your character. Newly added is the use of the analog control stick for controlling character movements. There are three introductory videos to show you how to get the hang of controlling your WWE superstar. Movements from the Right analog stick produce quick grapples. A Heads Up Display (HUD) can help suggest moves that you can perform, and you can pick from them. Momentum and stamina are important aspects of your character that are shown in the top part of the screen. There are environmental hotspots to use on your enemy/enemies. Some are at the corners of the ring, while others are even in the area with the crowd of cheering fans. You can take signs and other items from fans in the crowd and the surrounding vicinity.
The primarily rock music contained within the game is a nice backdrop, if you like that genre. Artists include: Nonpoint, Three Days Grace, Black Stone Cherry, Rise Against, and a few others.
General Manager mode is back. You get to set up the matches you want and become a manager as well as a spectator of the events. You get to view and schedule events, check the money situation, and check for informative messages to assist you.
Special Referee, Royal Rumble, Steel Cage, and Hell in a Cell matches are available. The buried alive match returns too, in addition to ladder and table matches, which are accessible to players. Pick your favorite matches and unleash your wrestler on your opponent. Play with friends (up to six with a multitap), or battle the computer-controlled opponents. Online play is possible if you have a broadband internet connection.
Players can check out the locker room to see items such as belts that they have earned while progressing through the game. The locker room is even customizable. Speaking of that, the game also has a create-a-wrestler mode that is highly customizable. The physical attributes and move-sets can be set by the player.
There are some load times that can be a bit distracting if you are impatient, but the graphics are very impressive for being a PS2 title. Nice character entrances, such as Tripple H’s signature intro, look very realistic, almost as if you were watching on TV. If you enjoy wrestling and want to have some fun without getting into the ring yourself, look into THQ’s latest brawler, WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007.
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