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I first played this game on the ps2 and, at the time I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been 7 years since the release of "WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2006" on the PSP and guess what ... I still enjoy it. I may be a geek but I still love the tons of different modes, the range of different characters and unique style of game play. I don't watch the long running TV series anymore but I still enjoy the games for the excitement.
At first this game appears to be a straightforward port (copy) of its bigger brother on the ps2 and for the most part that remains true. This version includes essentially every single feature of the PlayStation 2 game and a few quirky extras such as Texas hold'em poker and a mad little mini game where you control Eugene down the entrance and safely into the ring.
The biggest problem of the game is the LONG loading times, I mean they drag on for a good 2 mins or so and with nothing to do it can become very boring, very quickly. Modes such as create a wrestler are a real chore to deal with and it almost makes it pointless to even try.
SmackDown vs. RAW does includes a deeper selection of match types to keep you busy. These include cage matches, hell-in-a-cell matches, table matches, TLC matches, elimination chamber matches, and first blood matches. Also included is the buried alive match in which you have to literally bury your opponent alive
You might be wondering if all this excellent gameplay and different game types are held back by the conversion from the PlayStation 2 controller to the PSP ... worry not. Whereas quite a lot of ports have had to make sacrifices in this area, SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 sacrifices nothing. The basic controls remain essentially the same.
In conclusion, it is a refinement of different aspects of the game and the sheer amount of crazy stuff more than makes it worth the while buying this game. If you are looking for a cheap portable wrestling game, SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 is completely worth checking out.
The Smackdown vs Raw games have always been favourites of mine, and the thought of them going to a handheld platform was quite exciting. While not without its flaws, this is a solid title that shows the transfer can go well.
This SvR game adds a few new modes, such as Buried Alive, and the rather absurd Fulfil Your Fantasy mode. The former is a great addition that works very well, while the latter is a daft one that I imagine not many people use. Another new addition is the ability to Create an Entrance, which is a bit clunky due to the PSP's low specs, but is without doubt a good idea. Though the multiplayer is limited to local play, it allows some crazy fights with friends, and the ability to trade CAWs.
Visually, the game looks pretty damn good for a handheld (and now considering it's 4 years old!), although there are still texture issues, such that the wrestlers look stuck in the "uncanny valley". The arenas, as usual, are the best replicated parts, and the animation quality is very robust throughout. Aurally, it also excels; all of your favourite entrance themes are on there, the weapon noises are appropriately brutal, and there are some voiceovers too from some of your favourite wrestlers. However, sadly, there is no commentary.
SvR 2006 is a good start for wrestling games on the PSP, and even though it's far from perfect on both a technical and gameplay level, there's a lot here to keep the discerning wrestling fan happy. For a port, there's a surprising level of depth here, even if it is missing a few features that PS2 owners take for granted.
I bought this game because i really loved the 08 edition. I have to say that this games game play is alot more fun and is better. It may be missing the ultimate control grapples but i am not that interested in that any way at all. The one cool thing about the game play i liked was that you can store up to three finishers finishers and just destroy people with three finisher at once. I am so mad that they didnt put that feature in the new games. I also like the exclusion of the stupid fighting style of the wrestlers that was just a stupid idea. The story is a lot better in this game but short. The computer is actually fun to play against in this game because it is not stupid and actually fights. I really recommend that you will buy this over sd vs raw 08. It will save you a few bucks too.