Review by RemTheRetroPlayer
"(Updated) Better than 2007 and 2008."
I was starving to play a new wrestling videogame when I played my Xbox for awhile. I was given Wrestlemania 21 for free. I played it and was not happy about this game. It was too limited, and was half done! I try to play RAW 2 but the *** disk would not boot. Yes it was used! Anyway later I went back to playing my PS2, and tried out Smackdown SYM. The game was nothing but hype. Shortly after that I bought Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 after reading the reviews, and it was the best buy in a long time.
I hardly ever give a 10 in anything since I say 10 are reserved for perfections. The wrestlers look so real, and the models look perfect. My CAW looks like something out of an anime, and I didn't mean to do this. As a moderate anime fan I loved the CAW even more after that! The graphics is the best I seen in a wrestling game or any PS2 game in general so far.
Everyone seems to think that the music is bad in this game but I love it! I mean it fits with the mood of this game, and it good for the most part. I have to admit, the rap in this game is annoying to listen too at times at least! All the WWE superstars have their theme music that you would hear on TV, and the sound is nice and clear. Problem is that Chris Masters, and Conway's theme don't sound CD quality to me. Another problem I have is that all themes cut off after about a minute or so but that grows on you as you keep playing.
I never get tired of it. JR and king on Raw, and Tazz and Cole on Smackdown does a great job this year with the commentary. I like how they say that there band is the best, and I like how they argue among themselves about a certain wrestler's personality or about a wrestler that is cheating. In storymode they even talk about the events that xxx wrestler is going though. Like for example a big match coming up, or about xxx winning the title at Wrestlemaina. Better than Wrestlemania 21's Commentary too.
The gameplay is an improvement over HCTP. The pace is just right. Its not too slow or too fast. The mini games make the matches much more epic like the staredown for example. The new submission system is great! I like how it works. There is the button mashing one from HCTP, and there is the new one tha makes you apply the pressure until the other wrestler taps out. Yes there is a sleeper hold system but I don't know much about it since I did it once so far. The grappling system has now broken movesets down to categories. Brawler, old school, and speedy for example. These categories have a set of moves in them. For example if you want to give a CAW a suplex then you have to give him the old school moveset for that grapple, just to get the move. I like how we can put wrestlers though the tables, and do high flying moves off the top of the ladders. You can even attack the ref without it being a mistake in this game. The slow motion that is done when doing a finisher make it look more powerful than it really it. I love that too.
Best one I seen in a long time. My CAW looks so real, and suited for wrestling. You can give him a custom entrance as well. Customizing an entrance is for people that are hardcore CAW users though. I like the old fashion easy entrance creator. For example I gave my CAW Randy Orton's entrance moves with mankind's music. It was good enough for me. Anyway the CAW system has improved, and you can make wrestlers so detailed comparing to older smackdown games.
There is plenty of things to unlock, and there is the challenges that you must complete to try to get 100% completion in this game. They keep you coming back for more. The matches are even fun too for the *** of it. This is not a rent, this is a BUY!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/10/05, Updated 12/23/08
Game Release: WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 (US, 11/14/05)
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