Reviews and Problems with WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006
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Replicates rowdy TV wrestling -- for teens.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this game replicates the raucous antics and violence of the WWE TV shows: Players attempt to achieve a takedown by any means possible, using chairs, 2x4s, and other weapons. Scantily clad female wrestlers and some mildly explicit language are used to overcharge the cheesy drama.
Excerpt: To think that the SmackDown series started life as something you could most probably find in the arcades is a difficult task. The series has always been fast and physical, which resembled real life wrestling, although everything else was as far removed from the sport as you could possibly get. The last three games in the series have been writing a completely different story, and the latest is quite simply the best yet!
Excerpt: It isn't just the usual sports that are given yearly updates. Even the realm of sports entertainment--professional wrestling for those who don't want to get to involved with Vince McMahon trademarks--gives it's fans a new version of virtual entertainment year after year. Sometimes it's for the better. Sometimes it's for worse. Either way, fans get a new game every year. But the real question remains: is the new game good or even better than prior years?
Conclusion: Guns of August should put paid to the myth the strategic World War I games must be static. The initial mobilization possibilities alone create great opportunities for attempts at great thrusts using combined arms. Research and diplomatic options allow players the chance to change the pace of the war without jumping through the usual micromanagement hoops.
Pros: Good historical approach; simple strategic resource system; innovative combat system; Great replayablity.
Cons: Clumsy scrolling; some confusion is re-shuffling and selecting units; ill-organized and incomplete manual.
Conclusion: Despite these minor flaws, Smackdown vs RAW 2006 is one of the best wrestling games around. The elimination of most of the previous edition's imperfections, along with the addition of many new features, has turned this game into a wrestling masterpiece. SvR2006 is so addictive that it will keep you busy for a very, very long time. It's good---very good! Isn't it time you stopped watching pro-wrestling on the boob tube, and get in the ring yourself?
Pros: Improved online play; quality soundtrack; excellent visuals; good use of audio.
Cons: Inept referee; poor AI; some moves are unrealistic.
Excerpt: The first thing you’ll notice in WWE Smackdown! Vs. Raw 2006 are the graphics and its presentation. The character models of all the wrestlers are spot-on accurate to their real-life counterparts. All the details, from their skin and muscular definition to their eyes and facial expressions, look fantastic and are animated spectacularly. It’s not so improbable to mistake this game for a real telecast of one of their shows if you’re glancing at the TV from a distance.
Pros: Graphics are great, wonderful 3D models, one of the best wrestling games of the year if not of all time.
Cons: Some of the new gameplay modes need polishing.
Excerpt: Tight pants, sweaty men, loud yellingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not talking about Richard Simmons; weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking about wrestling, the WWE. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never appreciated or enjoyed myself, but nonetheless, every year I see a few new WWE games that sell like hotcakes and receive critical acclaim. YukeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and THQ are back once again for WWE Smackdown vs.
Excerpt: It would be extremely easy for a WWE game franchise like the Smackdown series to rest on its laurels and simply churn out basic roster updates every year or so. After all, they're the Madden of the sports entertainment genre, and without any competition (save other WWE games), they aren't forced to continually innovate their gameplay like other sports.