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WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2006
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Developer: YUKE's Future Media Creators
Publisher: THQ
Release date: Playstation 2
  • Europe November 11, 2005
  • USA November 15, 2005
  • Japan February 2, 2006

Playstation Portable

  • Europe December 15, 2005
  • USA December 15, 2005
  • Japan October 12, 2006
Genre: Professional Wrestling
Rating: (T) Teen
Platform(s):
Mode(s):
  • Single Player
  • MultiPlayer

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In 2004, SmackDown! vs RAW was released, that game left a bad taste in the mouth of people who had coughed up the money to buy it on release, and others who had gotten over excited and ended up hugely disappointed. By 2005, many had returned their copies of SD! Vs. RAW and blew off the dust from their copies of Here Comes the Pain to go back to a time in wrestling gaming where the rosters weren’t an absolute disgrace, and where good matches weren’t removed for no reason. Then the year of 2005 rocked along, just like any other. The regular hype began to build for a new instalment, entitled SD! Vs. RAW 2006. After a few sneak previews, gamers were once again ecstatic at what the game sites promised, new matches, a huge roster, secrets, a multitude of features and basically everything but the kitchen sink. As the hype built to epic proportions of a blockbuster title, people rushed eagerly to the shops to get their hands on a copy. The game did not disappoint, although some people think it has gone too much to the way of an arcade game, the majority of people believe that it's a great game and springboard for future titles, especially with inclusions of things such as General Manager Mode.

Contents

Roster

Divas

Legends

New Features

The main focus of the game is to bring more realistic and authentic gameplay to the series with many new features, breaking away from the arcade-like gameplay that earlier games in the SmackDown! series possessed. As well as the addition of the new Buried Alive and Fulfill Your Fantasy matches, the game also included two new modes: General Manager Mode and Create An Entrance. This also marked the first time a game in the SmackDown! series was published for a handheld console, as it was released on the Playstation Portable.


The newly introduced Buried Alive Match.
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 includes an improved steel cage match, now allowing the player to escape through the cage's door. The Bra and Panties match has been replaced by a Fulfill Your Fantasy match, which is based on the costume-based diva match that occurred on the Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view event. Unlike the real event which is more battle royal based, this version involves divas stripping their opponents to their bra and panties, spanking and throwing pillow shots instead.


The Buried Alive Match, a feature requested by players for several years, finally makes its debut. The gameplay of the "Buried Alive" match is actually more reminiscent of a heavily improved Casket Match from WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role, in that the player had to trap their opponent in a casket to show a cut scene of the burial. Backstage fights are also improved and now include random people, who can be interacted with, backstage passing by during matches. In total, 100 different match types are available.



Gameplay

A new Momentum bar has been introduced to determine the flow of the match, replacing the old Clean/Dirty and SmackDown! meters. The player also has to deal with a stamina bar which drains as the wrestlers fights; the more elaborate the move, the more the wrestler will be tired. However, this is an optional feature and can be removed in the options menu. The player has to regenerate their stamina bar to prevent becoming completely exhausted and unable to perform. Each character also has a new stamina attribute, making those with a low stamina rating tire more easily. Also included is a new hardcore attribute, allowing those rated high to inflict more damage to their opponent with weapons.

Grapples have been improved, with each character having more specialized grapple types than the previous game's unchangeable group of four grapples. Each character has choice of three out of seven grapples: Power, Speed, Technical, Brawler, Martial Arts, Luchadore, and Old School. Each character has as well a Clean/Dirty grapple and a Submission grapple, making the total of grapples five. A new power Irish whip has been included, giving more offense to the opponent but at the price of draining more stamina.


Create Modes

The game sports a variety of create modes. Create-A-Belt is a returning feature, with players now able to create Tag Team belts. Along with the created belts is inclusion of title belts used in WWE during 2005, the WWE, World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, United States, WWE Tag Team, World Tag Team, Women's, and Cruiserweight championships. Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Championship and the WWE Hardcore Championship can also be won and defended in the game. The game also allows the player to defend and challenge for any of the titles in the game in Exhibition mode, a feature which was missing in previous games.

The Create-A-Superstar mode is much the same as the previous installments in this series. SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 adds a few new features, such as new items in the makeup category to give the player's created superstar more realistic facial features (such as wrinkles, a cleft chin, acne, and scars). Also included are new shirts and pants, which while unchangeable in color, look more realistic (as opposed to the "painted on" look of shirts from previous games).

The Create-A-Move-Set mode, much like Create-A-Superstar, remains the same, except for updated and new moves.

The Create-A-Stable mode has five pre-made stables such as the Basham Brothers and La Resistance. This mode gives players a chance to make wrestler 'groups' of 2-6 wrestlers, give a name for the stable, make an entrance (but not as advanced as the Create-An-Entrance mode) for the stable, and customize their teamwork attributes, deciding on how well they perform as a team in the ring.

The game also includes a new Create-An-Entrance mode, allowing the player to customize a wrestler's entrance, down to details such as pyrotechnics, arena lighting, and camera angles. The one minute limit for all entrances that was enforced in previous games is now abolished. Many people believed this was a great addition to this game, after years of requesting this feature. However, it received some criticism in comparison to sister game WWE Day of Reckoning 2 which had more options, no loading times, and was easier to use.


Match Types

Singles - The traditional 1 on 1 match between two superstars in the ring. Victory is achieved by the following means: Pinfall, Submission, Knockout, Count-Out or Disqualification. If you go to match Rules, you can change some of these factors as to not count (Turn DQ, Count-Out, Submission off). To help you, you can have a manager at ringside OR you can call for interference from your fellow members in a stable.

Tag Team - The traditional 2 on 2. Things are obviously more hectic in this match since there are four men involved, and each team can also have a manager. Methods of victory are the same as for Singles. Rules can be changed, and Normal Tag asks for only two men (legal) in the ring at any one time. You may tag your partner by going up to them and pressing the R1 button.

Tornado Tag - The UNtraditional 2 on 2 - basically, there's no tagging. All 4 men are legal and in the ring beating the living daylights out of each other. A much more hectic atmosphere. All other rules generally apply here.

6-Man Tag - Up the stakes. 3 on 3. There are no real differences between this and 2 on 2 tag. This type also features Tornado or Normal depending on what you want.

Elimination Tag - It's not enough to defeat just one of your opponents, to win this match you must eliminate all members on the opposite team. Variations of this match include Tornado Tag, 6-Man Tag and Table Tornado Tag.

Triple Threat - The old saying "Three's a Crowd" sums this match up perfectly,three people in the ring at once, first to get the pin or submission wins the match.

Fatal Four Way - Same rules as a Triple Threat match, except now there's 4 people in the ring at once, feeling lucky?

Handicap Match - This isn't the ideal situation for any player unless you are on the handicapping team. Basically, these matches involve one wrestler taking on two or three others at once. Hence the Handicap name. You may choose One on Two - One guy against two others in the ring at the same time, One on Tag - You against a tag team (Normal tag rules apply), One on Three - One wrestler against THREE wrestlers at once and Tag on Trio - Same rules as the One on Three but now you have the chance to tag in an opponent if the beating gets too bad. You may be that lone soldier or the handicapping team.

Royal Rumble - Two men start in the ring. After 10 seconds, another man enters. This continues until there are six men in the ring max. Instead of eliminating someone by pinfall or submission like a normal match, you eliminate them by using ring out meter. Although the Rumble is 30 men by default, Options of 10, 15, 20, and 25, men can be chosen.

3 Stages of Hell - Brutality at it's finest, ladies and gentlemen. The goal of this match is to outlast your opponent in two out of three special matches, back to back. You could have for example, Hardcore, Table and to finish it, Cage.

Backstage Brawl - Chairs and sledgehammers not satisfy your lust for brutality? Then take the action backstage and destroy your opponent with anything you can get your hands on. The 3 different areas available are Parking Lot Brawl, Bar Room Brawl and Backstage Brawl.

Battle Royal - Either 4, 5 or 6 men in the ring at once, your aim is to make sure you're the last man in the ring. You can win the match by Pinfall or Submission, or you can select the Over the Top Rope Battle Royal to get a mini Royal Rumble feel.

Buried Alive Match- It may be called a Buried Alive match but it's more of a Casket Match, your aim is to beat you opponent senseless and then throw him in a Casket, after you close the Casket lid on your opponent a cut scene will trigger showing your opponent getting buried under a truck full of gravel.

Elimination Chamber - 6 men are involved in this brutal match, 2 start in the ring while the other 4 start in pods surrounding the ring, a different pod is opened every 2 minutes until all 6 men are in the ring.

First Blood - Exactly what it says on the tin, no pinfalls, no submissions the only way to win is to make your opponent bleed.

Fulfill Your Fantasy - Get new a diva, grab a pillow and derobe your opponent. It's not as satisfying as you think.

Hardcore - Ever heard of anarchy? That's basically this match. You and your opponent(s) can go anywhere and use anything in weapons to your advantage. Victory is achieved by Pinfall, Submission or KO, and that's it. DQ's off and Count-Out doesn't apply. it's ECW, basically.

Hell in a Cell - One of the WWE's most brutal matches. Opponents do battle in a 20 foot high enclosed cell, and victory is only acheived by pinfall or submission - ANYWHERE! There ARE no other rules - brutalize your opponent in the hellacious cell or go otuside, climb the cell and do battle on the top of the cell. If you want real damage, toss your opponent off the cell. Variations include Single - 1 on 1, Tornado Tag - 2 on 2 or Armageddon - 6 men in one cell.

Ironman - One of the most physically challenging matches in history, the Ironman match is a test of strength and endurance. The goal is to get as many pinfalls, submissions, knockouts, count-outs or Disqualifications against your opponent by the time runs out. You can choose 10, 20, 30, or even 60 minutes of nothing but fighting.

Ladder Match - One of the most entertaning and different matches in WWE History, the Ladder Match is a spectacle in deed. A belt hangs high in the air, and using a ladder, a competitor has to obtain it by grabbing it off. The problem? There are other people wanting to do the same thing.

Last Man Standing - One of the most brutal matches there are, it's about as nasty as the I Quit Match. One on One, and the point here is to beat your opponent so bad, he cannot revive within ten seconds, as counted by the referee. You can use anything and any move you want to brutalize your opponent. There are no rules.

Slobberknocker - One person, against the world. Literally, it's a nonstop wrestler producing machine, there is no time limit, you have to defeat your opponents as you would in any other regular match, it's just that they keep on coming in, and it's up to you how long you actually have to last.

Special Referee - What happens when your enemy becomes the special referee? Uh-oh. You or a computer can take control of the referee in this unique match, it can be done in a variety of environments with one or two special referees argunig to make the dicision. The referee in this case can attack anyone and DQ or Count-Out whomever they want to, or choose not to. A potentially easy or unfair match depending on the situation by far. Controls can be seen in Advanced.

Steel Cage - Basically a normal match, with a 16 foot steel cage around you. There are two styles of playing. Escape Only or Pinfall/Submission. Escaping the cage (See Controls Page) is the only way to win in Escape only, but in Pinfall/Submission, you can escape OR pin or make your opponent(s) tap out.

Submission - The goal here is to make your opponent submit and tap out. A Singles Submission match ends when the first person taps out, and Ultimate Submission, also selectable is most submissions within a set time period. (10, 20, 30 minutes, etc.)

Table - Put your opponent through a wooden table, ouch. As you can guess, this is exactly how the match ends. There are variations such as triple threat, fatal four way and tornado tag. Announcer tables DO NOT count.

TLC - Tender Loving Care? No way. Tables, Ladders and Chairs, and this is what you'll have access to in this hectic and crazy match. Otherwise, all Ladder rules apply.

Soundtrack

Instrumental versions of six of these songs are made available in Create-An-Entrance mode.

  • "Bang Bang" (Bumpy Knuckles)
  • "I Ain't Going Nowhere" (Ron J)
  • "Waiting" (Not Forgotten)
  • "Symphony of Destruction (Remix)" (Megadeth)
  • "Start a War" (Static-X)
  • "Scream at Me" (Billy Ray)
  • "Crush Kill Destroy" (Poet)
  • "King of the Mat" (Vada)
  • "You Don't Want War" (Bumpy Knuckles)
  • "The Broken" (Fireball Ministry)
  • "Unretrofied" (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • "Pieces" (Dark New Day)



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