Specific Ratings

Learning CurveA-
Replay ValueA+

Pros and Cons

  • Tons of different match types
  • Nice graphics
  • Updated rosters
  • Controls

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 (PlayStation 2)

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WWE Smackdown! vs Raw 2006 is the only wrestling game you ever need.



Upon starting this game the last one I played was Smackdown! Just Bring it on the PS2. There have been several released in between but this one stands out from the rest in a big way. There are dozens of WWE superstars to choose from and dozens of different matches you can play.

The match types include the normal everyday exhibition matches with one on one or tag team, then you have the main event matches and that's where you can really have fun. You can choose to duke it out in the Hell in a Cell, Buried Alive, Elimination Chamber, 3 Stages of Hell, Ladder, TLC, Cage, 3-way, 4-way and a few other different match types. You can also play each match for a title. When you start out the game you can compete in matches for all the titles except the World Championship and the WWE title which can be unlocked. There is also a career mode which will take you through a storyline and on you're way to the top and becoming world champ.

The graphics are great, I wouldn't say stunning but they are pretty damn good. The wrestlers have full entrances just like in real life, with music and fireworks in the background. Some of the character models look nothing like their real life counterparts (HHH for one) while others (Cena) look like the real thing. I like the fact you can have 6 wrestlers in one match and no slowdown occurs and the graphics still stay sharp.

The controls are a little problematic but after a couple hours of playing it you get used to it pretty easily. There are two main attacks the striking attack and the grapple attack. The grapple attack are harder to execute because they can be reversed but so can the striking attacks if you do the same move over and over. When you get low on energy it will pop up and tell you to hold a certain button and when you beat someone down enough you can execute you're finisher and end the match.

Overall it is a great wrestling game and probably the best one I have played since the old WCW/nWo Revenge on the N64. Tons of wrestlers, match types, and improved graphics make this game a must play for any wrestling fan.

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