Fun Scripted Events
Its been a while since we've seen
a decent wrestling game, so I was pleased to take a look at the latest WWE
franchise to hit the XBox360 system.
Straight to the action.. The the first thing you’ll notice is that the controls
are very different from previous Smackdown games. Grapples are now controlled
with the right analog stick. Up, down, left, and right each correspond to a
different grapple and once you get into a grapple you push another direction to
perform a move. This took a lot of getting used to and I’m not really convinced
that it is better, just different. The upside of this is that there an enormous
variety of moves and combos available to your wrestler. The basic punches,
running, and searching around the ring for weapons are handled just like before.
The Graphics, as you would expect
on a next-generation system are very impressive. The character models are
insanely detailed and look great. The arenas and crowd also look better than
ever. A nice touch is that the wrestlers sweat as the match goes on and it looks
very realistic. This isn’t the nasty thick looking sweat like in the Xbox RAW
games, this is entirely realistic. Once you see the Undertakers entrance, you'll
know where I'm coming from. The detail right down to his tattoos and the smoke
filled ring makes you believe your watching the show itself on a Friday night.
All the usual match types are back TLC, Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, and more –
along with new stuff like the WrestleMania Money in the Bank match. You’ll be
able to enter exhibition matches, a career mode, and the GM mode where you are
in charge of one of the shows. It also, of course, includes the full suite of
customization modes and options that the Smackdown series is known for. However,
sadly one massive let down, at least on the Xbox 360 version is that you will
not be able to use your own custom music for character entrances. This, for me
was a kick in the teeth and will no doubt infuriate many WWE gamers out there.
This oversight however, cannot take away what Smackdown vs RAW 2007 is: A very
entertaining and well polished game. The new controls definately need getting
used to but once familiar, the whole Wrestling world and scenarios that THQ have
put together is both immersive and brilliant. If you are a regular to the WWE
scene you are going to love the genuine entrance music, videos and likeness of
the wrestlers. Throw in a fully customizable locker room and unlockable arenas,
belts and legends like Hulk Hogan and Mr Perfect and you literally have the best
wrestling game to grace an Xbox system to date.