With so many platforms now available it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to work out which platform should be your platform of choice for the latest game. Well, here at PALGN we're here to help. With WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 set for release next month we decided to take a pre release look at the differences between the different versions of the game, just to make your purchasing decisions just that little bit easier.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will be coming to several platforms. The game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and the Wii. All of the versions will be developed by Yukes, who developed the previous Smackdown Vs Raw titles, except the Nintendo DS version which will be developed by Amaze Entertainment.
Despite the fact Smackdown vs Raw 2007 was released last year the Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is significantly different from its predecessor; more so than ever before. Each wrestler in the game will feature two fighting style categories, one primary and one secondary, each fighting style will have its advantages and disadvantages in particular match types and overall there will be eight styles, which are high-flyer, hardcore, submission artist, powerhouse, showman, brawler, dirty and technical. For the first time the game will also include the ECW brand as well.
The Xbox 360 version of Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will include the ability to customise the entrance music for the WWE superstars as well as the create-a-superstars. By utilising the Xbox 360's hard drive players will be able to select any song they wish and this song will become the entrance music for a particular WWE Superstar. This may mean you have AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' playing when the Undertaker enters or 'Barbie Girl' by Aqua if you please..
The PlayStation 3 version of Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will allow players to experience a first person view option during the entrance for the wrestlers. During the ring entrances you'll be able to witness the view from the WWE Superstar's perspective. You'll be able to use the Sixaxis controller and tilting the controller up, down, left and right will actually turn the Superstar's head.
The Wii version is the edition we're most looking forward to. Players will need to use the Wii remote to pull off moves and the majority of the player's offensive maneuvers are done by using the Wii remote. For example, if players want to chop at their opponents they simply have to swing the wii remote in a backhand motion as if they are delivering a chop. You'll even be able to wave the nunchuk and Wii remote in a downward X motion to do the famous DX taunt. The Wii version will also include an exclusive main event mode. In the main event mode you'll select which superstars you'll have as allies and which brands you want to jump to.
The handheld versions of Smackdown vs Raw 2008 haven't missed out either. The PSP version of the game will include every superstar from the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 versions of the game as well as three exclusive WWE legends. Eddie Guerrero, Sgt. Slaughter and Jim Neidhart will all be exclusive to the PSP. The DS version of the game may not be in development at Yukes but this does not mean that DS owners have missed out on their share of bonuses. The DS version will be controlled using the stylus, for example if an opponent grapples you then you can tap on a hotspot and struggle free. The Nintendo DS version will also include local wireless support and a full season mode.
Overall it's quite clear that Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will be quite unique this year, with each version of the game sporting something a little different. Now once WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is on shelves you'll be able to make an informed decision on which edition caters to you.