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August 4, 2005
WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2006 - Preview
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Ready to slam him!
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Wrestling sucks, but it does make a good game and THQ are bringing their game to the Playstation Portable. Naturally the game will require some slight modifications with the lack of L2 and R2 buttons however the developers are working hard to overcome this by re-mapping some buttons. In terms of gameplay and options in the game the PSP version will be virtually identical to its bigger PS2 cousin. The PSP will even include some extra content apparently although this has not yet been revealed. Get ready ladies and gentlemen WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006 is almost here.

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Place your bets...
Enter the ring for the fight of your life against top WWE Superstars in WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2006. SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006delivers the deepest and most realistic wrestling experience ever. New high-resolution textures and motion-captured technology bring WWE programming to life like never before. The improved fighting system will bring a new level of realism and tactical thinking to matches, while the enhanced online mode will create a virtual WWE championship on PS2. Lace up you boots for the definitive wrestling experience that is WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006.

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Girls get into the ring too.
Now when it comes to fighters this is the exciting part. Not only will the game include the 60+ wrestlers from the PS2 game, including legends, but the developers have hinted that PSP owners may get some extra fighters as well - how nice is that! In terms of fighting the developers are promising improved momentum systems and an all new stamina system which will add realism.

Looking at game modes WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2006 will include 2 full seasons to play without story repetition and improved cut-scenes. Both Create-A-Fighter and Create-A-Championship will both be included as well as 100 different match types including Buried Alive and Bar Brawl backstage area to name a couple. Graphics are very similar to the PS2 game with only slight decrease in polygon and particle effects - given the smaller screen it shouldn't be too noticable anyway.

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Graphics really are impressive!
One aspect of this title which hasn't been fully confirmed as yet is the multi-player. The developers have confirmed one-on-one Wi-Fi action as well as 4-player matches. Who knows, perhaps 8 or 16-player brawls will be possible. Here's hoping. What is confirmed is the fact that gamers will be able to transfer data between the PS2 and PSP versions of the game - characters and stats being the most common use however the PS2 game will have some options only unlocked by hooking up the PSP.

WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006 on PSP is scheduled to come out slightly after the PS2 game which is scheduled for release on November 25th (previewed here). The PSP versioh should hit our shelves just in time for Christmas on December 23rd.