Unless you%26rsquo;re intending to take SmackDown online, or get a bit hot and bothered at the prospect of unlocking achievements, you can buy the PS2 version with the confidence that you%26rsquo;re not missing out on anything. The drop in graphical fidelity is the only compromise %26ndash; but even then it%26rsquo;s not as noticeable as it perhaps should be %26ndash; the animation is quick and fluid throughout and clipping is kept to a minimum. The new 2008 HD Titantrons are included and look just as imposing %26ndash; and impressive %26ndash; in standard definition. As always, the Divas look nightmare-ish, but that%26rsquo;s not a problem exclusive to PS2.
The game modes, unlockables and match types (including the Inferno match) are all faithfully recreated on PS2 and even the create-a-finisher option can be found here. The gameplay is largely indistinguishable from the current-gen versions, and in fact offers a minor improvement in that timing reversals is easier than it is on 360/PS3. Lip synching is unsurprisingly unconvincing.
Obviously, there%26rsquo;s no DLC for this version and that might swing the deal for many fans umming and erring between picking up the PS3/360 version or attempting to save a few bucks by going last-gen. But really, there%26rsquo;s nothing in it. Just like WWE stalwart Shawn Michaels, the PS2 version may not be champ anymore, but it%26rsquo;s still able to go toe-to-toe with younger upstarts.
Oct 31, 2008