WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 (PSP)

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Auch auf der PSP ist WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 nicht nur für Hardcore-Fans des Sports Entertainment eine Empfehlung wert – selbst Anhänger von „normalen“ Prügelspielen könnten Gefallen an den Eskapaden der WWE-Wrestler finden.
What makes WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 such fantastic fun to play is its total accessibility. While everyone may not care for the Buried Alive match or Fulfill Your Fantasy, they can always retreat to GM Mode or defend one of their titles instead. If those options still don't tickle their fancy, they can always just make someone with the excellent create-a-character feature, or drop into an impromptu Season, or simply engage in an old favorite like Hell in a Cell. What's more is that the gameplay has made another noticeable step forward with its strong stamina and momentum systems and the adjustments to the rest of the gameplay are just as effective.
Not every single thing that WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 tries to do completely works, but the sheer amount of crazy stuff more than makes it worth the while of wrestling fans--provided, of course, that they didn't already run out and buy the game on the PlayStation 2. The gameplay holds up tremendously well on the PSP platform, as does the presentation. But the lack of compelling, differing content makes it a tough sell to those who previously invested $50 in this year's game. But if you did skip out on the PS2 game, and you want a great portable wrestler, SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 is completely worth checking out.
Game Informer Magazine
THQ’s first PSP game does a great job of replicating the feel of watching the WWE on TV: experience one match, then sit through five minutes of boring crap. But rather than commercials for vocational schools and diet pills, it’s loading screens here. Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006 for PSP closely emulates the excellent PS2 game, and the connectivity features are pretty slick. The fighting engine is fluid and an impressive amount of content has been fit onto the UMD, including some goofy little minigames and exclusive wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts. In fact, my only real gripe about the game is the insane load times, which is more a fault of the PSP than the actual game. But when I’m hankering for some portable wrestling fun, I want to actually play the game, rather than wait to play it.
So, yes, it's the same as the PS2 version, great! If you're planning buying this purely for the story mode, but already own the PS2 version, then think carefully. Otherwise, it's great and the best beat-'em-up on PSP. Not that there's a great deal of competition.
Official UK Playstation 2 Magazine
Given the title's lofty perch as the most comprehensive PS2 wrestling game ever, it's no surprise that THQ has stuck to a winning formula for the series' handheld debut. The result is a very strong first WWE outing on PSP, and a massive advancement on the organisation's other handheld 'rassle titles (grab the Kleenex, Game Boy Advance fans). If that isn't enough reason to delve deep into your pocket and fish your wallet out, the extra character and mini-games go some way to justifying the additional expenditure. In truth, only hardcore fans really need to own the game on both platforms, but SmackDown! Vs Raw 2006 has bridged the gap from PS2 to PSP better than most.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
While loading with undoubtedly improve in following years, waiting a few minutes to see a detail-intensive wrestling title on a handheld will be worth it for fans of the sport. Smackdown Vs. RAW is a nearly flawless port of what many consider to the best wrestling title to date. That alone is worth the price, nearly crippling load times or not.
Eurogamer.net (UK)
But it's all about the content. This is a rare PSP game that's not a poor translation of a PS2 flop from four years ago, or a disappointingly crippled version for the handheld. It's a spot-on, virtually perfect miniature version of the PS2 smash - and one that's arriving on the console only a few months later with loads of extra features in tow. It looks nearly the same, plays exactly the same, and if you connect it to your PS2 via USB cable and download your saved game data, it actually is the same. Quite an amazing achievement, and for WWE fans wanting a mobile SmackDown! it's just about perfect.
What we have here is about as close to a perfect-port of such a massive title that we're going to get (being a PSP game, you should expect some ridiculous load times, which thankfully can be shortened by simply turning off those entrances that you've already seen a million times over). SmackDown! Vs. RAW 2006 is easily the best wrestling game since WWF No Mercy. The fact that it can now fit inside your pants, all quirks considered, does not change this one bit.
SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 has so much packed in, you can hear your PSP working overtime to keep up with it all. It's so faithful to the PS2 version that it's almost terrifying. On second thought, the terror comes from the load times, which are abysmally long. Between that, the sync issues in multiplayer, and the mediocre Arcade Mode, keep this game from nearing perfection. However, its fidelity and faithfulness to its source material, the PS2 game, is exceptionally notable. It might not be completely necessary to buy both, but if you can swing it, the inter-communication between PS2 and PSP versions is quite rewarding.
Très riche et surtout réalisé avec brio, WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006 n'est à n'en pas douter l'un des grands jeux de catch de cette fin d'année, possédant la force furieuse des retransmissions télévisées et un dynamisme probant malgré la corpulence des intervenants. Toutefois, et même si le gameplay reste intéressant, les coups s'avèrent relativement en sous-nombre et certaines phases demeurent particulièrement frustrantes, voire irritantes. En plus de tout cela, on note certains problèmes de collisions qui empêchent le soft de se hisser dans les titres majeurs de la PSP. Néanmoins, ce soft vous permettra de passer de longues heures de plaisir entouré de slips rouges. Ce qui est non négligeable.
Game Revolution
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 for the PSP is a remarkably accurate and functional port, and as such, there's a ton of content and great gameplay here. It's so true to its predecessor, however, that it's tough to justify buying again if you already own the PS2 version. But otherwise, this little beefcake should be a top contender for a spot in your PSP library.
Smackdown vs RAW is everything you would expect on a PSP game for wrestling but does have a few issues that need to be ironed out next time around. Wireless multiplayer is good and the interaction between PS2 and PSP is a good idea but the biggest problem, the loading time, is one that can't be ignored and is so bad some people may choose to switch off rather than wait. Fun, but not for short travels.
Smackdown vs RAW is everything you would expect on a PSP game for wrestling but does have a few issues that need to be ironed out next time around. Wireless multiplayer is good and the interaction between PS2 and PSP is a good idea but the biggest problem, the loading time, is one that can't be ignored and is so bad some people may choose to switch off rather than wait. Fun, but not for short travels.
GamePro (US)
While the PSP port plays almost exactly the same as the console version, it also suffers from minor graphical sloppiness, bipolar A.I., and extended load times, which are on par with many of the graphically heavy PSP titles. Smackdown! vs. Raw would be near perfect wrestling title if the PSP's inherent limitations didn't hinder the game.