In our last hands-on with WWE Smackdown! Vs RAW 2007, we covered the known roster, the new analog control scheme and the tremendous variety of props and other implements of destruction you can use to obliterate your opponent. Our friends at THQ stopped by for another visit, but this time, they showered us with info on the newly redesigned Season mode, the General Manager mode and the Create-a-Wrestler mode (which you can witness first-hand if you click the Movies tab above).
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Though they probably won't feature Donald Trump shaving the head of WWE chairman Mr. McMahon like this year's WrestleMania, both the wrestling and gaming worlds are eagerly anticipating what the next round of WWE-licensed titles will hold. In much the way Vince McMahon will be more aerodynamic without his gray coiffure, the SmackDown vs. Raw series is streamlining to be even more intuitive to control while also offering more gameplay depth.
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"Recently I was playing against someone and he was fighting like Stone Cold Steve Austin," says Taku Chihaya, director of the new SmackDown!, "Not because of the character, but just because he never stopped. He was going crazy."
This is what SmackDown's all about. It's not about the wrestlers just looking like the real thing - although they do, right down to the Sandman's grimace and Lashley's terrifying biceps - it's about them feeling like the real thing. It's about Rey Mysterio bouncing
Gradually, the WWE games review scores have, like a greasy tortoise, been slipping slowly downhill - due mainly to the fact that theyve started to feel the same, year in, year out. We want this decline to be arrested and SmackDown! 2008, the series PS3 debut - following the cancellation of last years planned next-gen wrestler - might do just that. Weve already reported on this years new features, although well clarify some of them in greater