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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 (PlayStation 2)

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Description

This installment of the Smackdown series continues the Smackdown vs. Raw era, which now uses a yearly date in the title, similarly to other sports titles.

The game includes an updated roster of wrestlers, as well as many classic superstars like Bret Hart or British Bulldog. It also includes many new arenas from recent Pay-Per-Views, as well as a classic arena from Wrestlemania 9. A new recorded dialogue for many of the wrestlers is featured in the storyline, as the player goes through many different plots in the Season Mode, chasing the championship belts.

Gameplay has been slightly enhanced, with a larger list of moves available to each wrestler, and pre-match mini-games to start your fight off with and determine who has the upper hand.

Another addition is the General Manager Mode, where the player takes the role of a GM trying to book a weekly show. Taking into account costs to contract wrestlers, keeping a chosen wrestler happy and healthy, and putting on matches and setting up feuds to keep the ratings for the show high are the objectives of this mode.

It is also possible to earn Smackdown Dollars in the game, which the player can use to buy new moves, new create-a-wrestler items, Legends wrestlers, and even furniture to customize a locker room. The player can also earn trophies for his trophy case by completing challenges and beating the GM Mode.

Screenshots

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 The Create menu is accessed from the Main menu. Here the player can create new players, customise their moves, appearance and more
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 Winning a championship is accompanied by a blizzard of paper snow
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 Creating a set of moves for a player. Existing players and custom players can be edited. There's nine move classes each with sub classes and each combination is triggered by specific buttons
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 This screen is shown when the game transitions from one section to the next. It is displayed a lot

Alternate Titles

  • "WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2006 " -- UK title

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The Press Says

IGN Nov 04, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
1UP Nov 14, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Nov 15, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Freaks 365 Feb 14, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Games Master Dec, 2005 82 out of 100 82
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 22, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 22, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Credits

The manual for the UK retail version of this game, SLES-53676, contains extensive game credits. Unfortunately they are for the wrong game, they are for the GameCube game WWE Day of Reckoning 2.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2005 – Best PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Fighting Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – Most Improved Franchise of the Year (PS2)
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