Unless you’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’re not missing out on anything. The drop in graphical fidelity is the only compromise – but even then it’s not as noticeable as it perhaps should be – 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 – and impressive – in standard definition. As always, the Divas look nightmare-ish, but that’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’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’s nothing in it. Just like WWE stalwart Shawn Michaels, the PS2 version may not be champ anymore, but it’s still able to go toe-to-toe with younger upstarts.
Oct 31, 2008