So, we are presented with a new title in the ever popular "Smackdown" series, and there are a few differences to speak of.
Firstly, every game so far has got slower and slower, not in a bad way, I think it makes the game play more realistic. Little touches make all the difference. Weapons lying around in the "parking lot brawl" match, being able to walk to the edge of "hell in a cell" without falling to your death, DX.
New match types, mainly the "ECW Extreme Rules" match, which leads me onto another touch, being able to choose which weapon to choose from under the ring (In this match only). Also being able to set tables or barbed wire-wrapped 2x4's alight to inflict maximum damage.
The introduction of ECW "Extremists", such as CM Punk, Sabu, Sandman, Terry Funk and Tommy Dreamer to name a few.
Graphically, things have improved. The entrances look fantastic and the in-game graphics look better than ever
Commentary hasn't changed much, Joey Styles has been introduced and partners Tazz on ECW shows. JBL has been added to the Smackdown anounce team but sounds wooden, reeling off old Tazz lines from previous titles.
The old season mode no longer exists, you now have 24/7 mode, you live the life of a superstar, living each and every day. And unlike previous titles you don't just play for one year, you actually keep playing until you reach legend status and then you're inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Anyway, enough rambling on. All in all the game is good, not quite perfect yet, I think they could do with changing some things, although at the moment I'm not quite sure what, a little tweak here and there and THQ will have the perfect wrestling experience. The game is enjoyable by all, wrestling fans or not. I myself am not a fan of wrestling and haven't been since the "Attitude" era, however I found this game thouroughly enjoyable (even if I didn't know who a lot of the "superstars" are.
It's worth the money, a big improvement on last year's title and it bodes well for future titles. Buy it and you won't be disappointed