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Auf PS2 und PSP hingegen ist zwar spielerisch alles weitgehend auf par mit den großen Brüdern, doch die Kulisse scheint ihren Zenit letztes Jahr nicht nur erreicht, sondern endgültig überschritten zu haben. Zudem hat die PSP designbedingt mit Steuerungsproblemen zu kämpfen: Hier spürt man die Vereinfachung der Kontrollen nur selten und muss immer wieder mit Knoten in den Fingern rechnen. Dennoch sind die Versionen für die „alten“ Systeme immer noch in der Lage, sich anständig von ihren treuen Fans zu verabschieden und den Staffelstab endgültig an die HD-Konsolen zu übergeben.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 pushes the series marginally forward with a focus on creating a more personal touch with the unique fighting styles and updated visuals. This doesn’t mean Yuke's is out of the clear, the really buggered up the merger of the 24/7 and GM modes in this edition which causes the season mode to feel out of synch and unfocused. Everything else is done right with the online and create modes intact, so you can still made your own fun outside of impressing Vince in the season. The WWE franchise continues to stay in the mid-card without much hope to get into the upper ranks. Changes will need to be made, if this true legend wrestling franchise wants to be re-invented to capture the gold.
The latest WWE Smackdown vs Raw title is what a PSP-owning wrestling fanboy needs to relax, because it packs tons of trademark content, which can impress a kid, but surely won't impress a man who plays FPS or RPG titles for fun. Also, its control system manages to spoil an otherwise exciting experience, while the graphics are mediocre, but still manage to shine when it comes to crazy combos and deadly moves. Add some rock music to that and you've got your Saturday night wrestling TV show that will surely keep you glued to your television set, but this time you'll be in control of John Cena and getting ready to go for the Championship belt.
SVR 2008 does quite a few things right, the new fighting styles and ECW content really add quite a bit to the gameplay experience. However, the disappointing 24/7 mode, outdated graphics, and sometimes frustrating control scheme holds it back from living up to its full potential. While I can't recommend this version over its console counterparts, if you need to get your grappling on the go there's quite a bit of fun here. After all, it's all the fun of lighting a table on fire, with none of the scars or sirens.
Would it be worthwhile to pick up the PSP’s third SvR game? If you enjoyed either of the previous two then the main reason to pick this one up is for the updated (yet still out of date rosters) and the disappointing 24/7 career mode. It is not that SvR 2008 is a bad wrestling game; it just does little to improve on the previous portable outings. As far as SvR 2008 is concerned, it makes for a decent rental but either of the previous entries of the series can just as well satisfy your wrestling fix.
Un peu moins jolie et clairement moins maniable que sur d'autres supports, cette version PSP a suffisamment de marge pour s'imposer comme un jeu de catch attrayant pour quiconque y voue une attention particulière. Le Wireless à 4 fait partie des atouts qui légitiment un investissement. Mais encore une fois, il faut être vraiment fan.
If you really dug WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2007 on the PSP, you might consider buying this year's version. I found the controls off-putting and the lack of detail sad, but the big name modes -- Tournament, Money in the Bank, TLC, GM, etc. -- that make up the console versions are packed in here for you to digest on the go. Still, the poor graphics, d-pad/nub switching and flawed 24/7 Mode mean that I can't recommend you take a chair to the head to get this title.
While the game piles on all of the console version’s game modes and match types, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is a flawed and disappointing wrestling game for the PSP. Even with the few good changes and the inclusion of the ECW stable, the awful controls, murky graphics and a rushed 24/7 Mode just hold this game back from being a franchise favorite among fans.
There are multiplayer exhibition matches you can take part in, but once again, it's ad-hoc only, so the lack of an infrastructure mode hurts this edition. Thankfully, Smackdown vs. Raw '09 is right around the corner from THQ, and I hope they take the time to get it right because I'd love to have a solid, portable wrestling title, which Smackdown vs. Raw '08 for the PSP definitely didn't deliver. The odd control changes, some pretty bad graphics and presentation, and problems in half of the 24/7 mode, make the PSP iteration the bottom feeder of every available version. Avoid this, and wait to see how SvR '09 turns out.
When we reviewed Smack Down vs Raw 2006 a while ago, we were pleasantly surprised by how fun it was. The 2008 update remains undeniably entertaining, but aside from improved loading times and an updated roster of grapplers, there's little else here to recommend – the graphics are nearly identical, for example. Fans are sure to lap it up but anyone else is recommended to at least give it a try before jumping into the ring with this particular piece of software.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 on the PSP should be my best friend on an hour long commute. It should be what keeps me from elbowing the drunken old man who decides to sit next to me or shout at the Vicky Pollard to shut up her fifteen screaming children. I had high hopes that even if I never enjoyed any other version, the PSP should see me through, but that just didn't happen. If you're a WWE fan, then you need to think hard before parting with your cash for this game, your better off just picking up a copy of WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, because it's so much better than this latest release.