Retro Gaming 00s- WWE: Smackdown vs Raw 2008 (2007)

The 2000s decade was a great tie to be Dan of pro wrestling video games especially since they were published by THQ back then. We got so to see many great pro wrestling titles from 00s with WWE: Smackdown vs Raw 2008 being one of them. WWE: Smackdown vs Raw was released for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 in ‘07 and was developed by Yuke’s. WWE Smackdown vs Raw: 2008 was the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed SvR: 2007 from ‘06; that people look back fondly on today. Following its initial release of SvR: 2008 the game received a seemingly lukewarm reception by critics. The gameplay mechanics had improved from SvR: 2007 and the graphics looked very impressive. The 24/7 mode included in SvR: 2008 received a polarized reception among many people. The 24/7 mode from SvR: 2008 felt more realistic with the inclusion of a yearly calendar schedule; along with the ability for players to invade shows and improve their ring skills and promo abilities. Players also able to make money on the side participating in non pro wrestling events; while renegotiating their contracts for more money depending on their popularity or championship status. Also, characters used in 24/7 mode were also subjected to fatigue due to damage taken in certain matches; which would be reflected in X-Ray pictures players received from doctors reports. While there was so many good things about the SvR: 2008 24/7 mode it was ultimate hurt hurt by repetition in relation to cutscenes which made it after a certain period of time.

The Smackdown vs Raw 2008 had so much to do outside of the 24/7 mode especially in Exhibition. There were countless matches players could choose from including Single, Tag-Team, Triple-Threat, Fatal 4 Way, 6-Man Tag, Money In The Bank, Hell In A Cell, Cage, Ladder, Extreme Rules and more. SvR: 2008 also saw the return of GM Mode along with a Tournament mode that included matches such as Beat The Clock and King Of The Ring. There was also a game mode that allowed players to create their own custom championships; along with a Hall Of Fame mode where players had to win certain matches against against certain opponents with specific characters. SvR: 2008 included a variety of big names from the Ruthless Aggression era including John Cena, Randy Orton, Undertaker, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Edge, Ric Flair Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley and more. WWE SvR: 2008 had also featured legends like Bret Hart, Stone Cold, Roddy Piper, The Rock, Mick Foley and others. While it might not be the best installment within the SvR series WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 seemly holds up better than most of the pro wrestling titles created by 2K Games during the 10’s decade.

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