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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
85
4.0
PSP
79
4.5
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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 This is the entrance to the player's Locker Room. Here trophy's can be viewed, training can be customised, the lockers hold the costumes and there's a pc in the corner for buying things
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
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 Creating a new wrestler, this one's a Brit from Blackpool. There are controls for everything, from placing of tattoos and shape of the lips to angle of the eyebrows and number of teeth.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 PlayStation 2 During a fight the referee becomes transparent if he gets in the player's line of sight. Also the game prompts the player to take action, as in this case to escape from a hold

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

4Players.de PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2005 92 out of 100 92
1UP PlayStation 2 Nov 14, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online PlayStation 2 Dec 08, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Feb 14, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Official UK Playstation 2 Magazine PSP Jan, 2006 8 out of 10 80
1UP PSP Jan 04, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PSP Feb, 2006 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play PlayStation 2 Mar 22, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution PSP Jan 20, 2006 B 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 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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