The history of WWE SmackDown!

We get in the ring with the famed wrestling franchise

WWE SmackDown Vs Raw 2008

There's no question that the series' PS3 debut will be the best looking SmackDown yet, but it's the gameplay features which will make or break it on next-gen. The new Extreme Rules Match - where you actually get to select your weapon of choice when peering under the ring - is undeniably riotous, but really it's just a revision of the Hardcore matches found in previous games. And will it be too difficult for beginners? In the past, SmackDown was easy for newbies: D-pad and X for strikes, D-pad and O for grapple moves. Now there's a lengthy learning process required for any SmackDown newbie, one only likely to get more complex this time around, and long-term that could prove to be the series' downfall. But it seemed to work well on the 360, so let's wait and see.

Verdict: Mid-card certainty.

There's no question that the series' PS3 debut will be the best looking SmackDown yet, but it's the gameplay features which will make or break it on next-gen. The new Extreme Rules Match - where you actually get to select your weapon of choice when peering under the ring - is undeniably riotous, but really it's just a revision of the Hardcore matches found in previous games. And will it be too difficult for beginners? In the past, SmackDown was easy for newbies: D-pad and X for strikes, D-pad and O for grapple moves. Now there's a lengthy learning process required for any SmackDown newbie, one only likely to get more complex this time around, and long-term that could prove to be the series' downfall. But it seemed to work well on the 360, so let's wait and see.

Verdict: Mid-card certainty.

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