but the problem is that there is no audio or speech
to accompany the cut scenes.
Almost everyone should enjoy the option of creating your own player -- the
create-a-wrestler option is extremely deep and satisfying for those who want to
take their wrestler to the top. You can make major changes such as changing your
characters moves, to minor tweaks such as your character’s appearance. You can
also alter options, such as your character’s entrance, shoes and shirts.
Multiplayer has always been an important feature in THQ’s games. Raw 2 is no
different. Some will be disappointed to hear that the game does not support Xbox
Live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun offline. You can battle it out
between you and three friends. Like I mentioned earlier, you can also get your
friends involved in your season mode and each take shots at the WWE title.
The visuals are plain stunning. Everything from the entrances to the extreme
close ups look photo-real at times. The character models are the most detailed
in any THQ wrestling game. Every little possible detail has been included to
make the game look as authentic as possible -- everything from distinguishing
marks on the wrestlers to tattoos is there. In many sports and extreme sports
game’s many of the games have poor detail on the fans or background objects. In
Raw 2 the fans don’t look astounding, but look better than most games. You’ll
see various fans
holding certain signs you’d see if you were watching wrestling on TV.
There are some minor gripes I do have with the game play.
First of all the controls can take a while to learn, especially because the game
relies heavily on combos and executing combos can take time to learn. Newbies
will probably have the most difficulty with the controls, unless they are
acquainted with other similar titles.
By far the biggest problem with Raw 2 is the audio. The menu music is solid, but
everything else is horrendous. All the wrestler’s into music is licensed, but
the biggest drawback is the lack of commentating during the wrestling matches.
Even during the story mode, the cut scenes lack audio or even text messages.
WWE Fans should definitely give WWE Raw 2 a run, while those who aren’t fans
best stick to a rental before making any decision on whether to purchase. Either
way, WWE Raw 2 is the best wrestling game on the Xbox.
- Siddharth Masand
(November 9, 2003)