WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 (DS) Review
Boy... Where do I begin with WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008? There's a lot wrong with it, that's for sure. However, I did manage to see some very good in it. I know this game wasn't the most well received game in DS history, or even in WWE Games history. But there is some fun to be had with it.
First off, it should be said for those who have no experience with the DS version of WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008, that it is a completely different type of game, compared to the console, and even the PSP versions. It's lacking in most areas, and it feels more like a kid game, to be honest. Let's take a look at some pros and cons.
Okay, the roster in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is really small on the DS version. Compared to the other consoles rosters, this one is pretty small. 21 wrestlers in total, and only 2 of
those are from ECW (CM Punk and Johnny Nitro). While the roster is small, I feel it does give you the best that the roster had to offer at that time. You get pretty much every big star that was around at the time, including guys like The Undertaker, John Cena, and Edge. Overall I feel the roster is fantastic, and DS players even get the exclusive Hardcore Holly character.
Now, the overall graphics are pretty good for what this game offers. You'd think with so much going on, that the graphics would take a hit. Luckily they do not in this case. Every arena looks good, and entrances really have a nice pop in the background with the well made titantrons. Unfortunately you can't travel outside of the ring on your own and do battle out there, but the area surrounding ringside looks good enough.
WWE Smackdown vs.Raw 2008 offers a unique season mode, which allowed players to unlock items and an opportunity to actually roam around the backstage areas of WWE. Including going to the gym, and interview areas. Aside from those neat little features, and a bit of text here and there, season mode really isn't much more than a series of matches. While I don't mind that, I can see why many would be upset about it.
Gameplay in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is what causes the hate for it. With this being the first WWE game on the DS, it had unique gameplay, in that you could only control the wrestlers in the ring by using the stylus. You had to pick between three button in any situation, and do the follow up. Whether it be something like swiping the stylus left or right, or going in circles to really lock in a submission. There was no use of the buttons in this game.
I did get thrown off by that at first, but after a lot of trial and error, I finally got the hang of it, and I thought it was a really cool style of gameplay. Do I wish it stayed through all three of the WWE DS games? No, not at all. However, I did like it.
Well... There's not much else to say about WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008. It was the first ever wrestling game on the Nintendo DS, and was far from perfect, but it did manage to be at least fun at the time. This game could be considered their draft copy of the next two, which were much better both in graphics and gameplay. Unfortunately after the fantastic Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, WWE stopped giving the DS any attention.