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Best wrestling game of its time
WWF Smackdown (PS)
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WWF Smackdown (PS)
Advantages: Graphics, versatility
Disadvantages: CAW is poor
Smackdown came around at a time when the wrestling game was becoming quite stale, and I had myself become quite fed up with Acclaim's overly complex series of WWF games that required you to press about 8 buttons just to perform a dropkick! THQ have reinvented the wrestling game with a more accessible arcade-like style that works while introducing a few modes gamers haven't seen before.
The game is more comprehensive than any PS1 wrestling title that preceded it; forget WCW Nitro and Thunder. Smackdown not only boasts great gameplay, but the breadth and depth of the modes is equally impressive; there is now a Season mode, where you fight through the weeks of TV and PPV with the hope of winning the title of your choice. Some storyline elements are thrown in for good measure too, although these didn't really truly evolve until the later sequels. What I really loved about it at the time was how they had turned wrestling into almost an RPG, with your wrestler having stats and being able to determine their disposition and loyalties. Also there are nice touches like the ability now to fight backstage in a surprisingly large variety of areas.
There are a few gripes, though: the lack of commentary is very noticeable, and Create-A-Wrestler is nowhere near as comprehensive as it should be, which is surprising given how versatile and innovative the game is in most other departments. Nevertheless, this was without a doubt, despite what some N64 fanboys might say, the best wrestling game at the time of its release, with its superb graphics (again, for the time) and animation, as well as its unique ability to fight backstage and a deep Career mode.
Summary: Other than dodgy CAW it is very good
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