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WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2008 review

The DS Cruiserweight contender weighs in against the big boys...


  • Initially fun use of stylus
  • Rock-paper-scissors tactics
  • Playing against a friend can be fun


  • Shallow gameplay loses luster quickly
  • On-screen prompts happen too fast
  • Doesn't look great

Nov 13, 2007

Now this is weird: an all-stylus, all-prodding, twirling and waggling take on the sport of champions. Like letting Hornswaggle win the Cruiserweight championship, DS SmackDown's an interesting idea - but one that loses its appeal pretty quickly.

Here's the setup. Whatever your wrestler's situation (face-to-face, in a grapple, lying on the floor) you've got three options, activated by tapping different bits of the screen. One's quick - usually a strike - and only takes a quick swipe of the stylus to pull off. The other two take longer, and might involve a wobble followed by a spin, or a delicate stroke topped with some quick tapping. Special situations call for some special moves, and you're occasionally given the chance to tap at the top-right to pull off a finisher or dash outside for a weapon.

More Info

DescriptionRip up the squared circle in yet another game from the WWE. Hopefully the Bra and Panties match returns, 'cause frankly not enough games have that mode.
PlatformPS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS
US censor ratingRating Pending