I’m going to look at IG’s second longest Neo video, and that’s saying a lot because this one is only five and a half minutes.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 (Wii). I’ve made it no secret that I’m not a wrestling fan. I didn’t grow up with it and from what I hear it’s not worth watching these days.
So if there’s any in-jokes I don’t catch, I apologize in advance.
Title: Again I hate to be nitpicky about the title but I can’t let this go. He wrote the game as “wwe SMACKDOWN vs. RAW 2008”. First of all, WWE needs to be capitalized since it’s an acronym. Second, why are SmackDown and Raw in big capital letters?
Of course, I’m asking the same guy that titled one video “Sonic Unleashed: The Hedgehog”. Is it that hard to title your videos?
Theme: This is the first video to introduce the IG Neo theme song. It’s just a stock track from Digital Juice, like all his other music.
0:22 - 0:45: IG announces the game he’s reviewing, then holds it up while doing narration. I still don’t get why he narrates over footage of himself, it would be like if a reporter was giving the news over footage of himself; and you see him moving around.
Also, his face looks screwed up. Since when did puffed up cheeks symbolize anger?
He mentions that he heard the Wii version of Smackdown vs. Raw was scaled back from the PS3 and 360 versions, tempting him to put it into his “game shredder”. Yes, your trusty “paper shredder” that you’ve only used once before and will never use after this video. Also, everyone knows the Wii isn’t as powerful as 360 & PS3, this is common knowledge. By whining about this it shows you still don’t know what you’re talking about.
He also tries to be intimidating yelling “Don’t think I’ll do it, cause I will!” Please, you’re about as intimidating as an 11 year old kid leaving death threats.
0:46 - 1:07: So the review starts with Bores complaining about the roster. Whining that all the wrestlers he knows of are locked and by the time he unlocks some he’ll be sick of playing. It’s called an incentive to play, if everything is unlocked from the start then it’s boring *looks at the last few Guitar Hero titles*
1:08 - 1:41: At first I didn’t want to do this video, I felt it didn’t have enough to debunk or make fun of. I was wrong.
Bores starts drooling over the entrances. Praising the game for being well-done, noting how the introductions are important to the game and it took THQ a long time to get them right.
I’m sorry, but weren’t there wrestling intros in games back on the Playstation and Nintendo 64? These aren’t new to Smackdown vs. Raw 2008, in fact there’s a reason it’s called “2008” because the series is annual, it’s like Madden. I doubt 2008 is when they finally decided to start adding intros.
And to the wrestling fans that read my blog, are intros really that important? Bores describes them as one of the most important things in a match, but all I see is the wrestler walking. He’s just walking and accepting his praise or hate. How the hell is this important?
1:42 - 1:53: Bores praises the gameplay, saying it’s easy to control. He brings up how he heard others had issues with the controls, but after 20 hours of playing he hasn’t had problems.
Holy shit, Bores played a game for more than 3 hours! That has to be a record.
1:54 - 2:04: He also remarks how the game has fast load times, prompting a gag where he tries to say something but is interrupted by a loading screen.
*flat as possible* Wow, that joke hasn’t been done before. You are such a wealth of humor Irate Gamer.
Seriously, even when Yahtzee did it in his Bionic Commando (2009) review it wasn’t funny. Okay it was a little funny because he used alcohol to represent the loading…
2:05 - 2:42: “Well I do find this game enjoyable, there are few things that pissed me off!” Wrong! You’re doing the review backwards, say your real opinion at the end after giving your thoughts.
So Bores complains that there’s a lack of match options. Holy crap, a problem that can be qualified as an actual complaint? There has to be a catch.
Bores starts asking about the cage matches, Hell in the Cell, table matches, and buried alive matches. They can’t put every single type of match in the game, there’s something called “technical limitations” that you have to consider.
Then he stars complaining that the Hardcore Matches aren’t hardcore, only giving the players a few chairs and he couldn’t break the announcers table. Can anyone confirm that this happens in the 360 and PS3 versions? If it doesn’t then it’s not worth complaining about. If it does then it’s still not worth complaining about.
2:43 - 3:13: Bores tests out the “create-a-character” mode and creates “Irate G”. “Wow, it’s like looking in a mirror” Actually the in-game you doesn’t look as retarded.
*woo woo woo woo* Ah crap the ego alarm went off again.
3:14 - 3:37: However, his one complaint is with creating the intros. He doesn’t get the option of viewing it and seeing if that’s what he wants.
Seriously what’s his obsession with entrances? If I see a review of a wrestling game, I don’t expect half of it to whine about the introductions.
3:38 - 3:56: Bores gets to the career mode, and for some reason he feels it’s lacking. I say “some reason” because he doesn’t give an explanation to this. He “feels” past games did a lot better. This is the first modern wrestling game you’ve played! How do you know this is lacking if you can’t make a comparison?
3:57 - 4:24: Then IG starts whining about a mode involving the Divas. Whining that he can’t find what purpose it serves. Funny, I could say the same thing about this complaint. What purpose does this scene serve?
The video ends with Bores saying it needs room for improvement but is still an enjoyable game. He apologizes to his Game Shredder (I can’t believe I just wrote that) and decides to destroy Bad Dudes on the NES. It wasn’t convincing when you put Where’s Waldo into a paper shredder, and it’s not convincing here. Also, wouldn’t it have made sense to shred a different wrestling game? You know, so this scene wouldn’t be random and out-of-place? Never mind, it would still be stupid.
But wait there’s more! A question comes up asking “Can you find Chris in the crowd?” and we get a couple TV clips of wrestling matches from 2000, in these the camera catches Bores in the crowd. In the first clip he’s holding an Al Snow sign, the second he’s just cheering. Okay, I don’t understand the purpose of showing these. I guess he wanted to say “I’m a wrestling fan guys, really”. I’ll believe this over his many false claims of being a gamer.
This review was meh. There were a few offending moments but overall it wasn’t anything rage-inducing.
Next Redux Recap will cover some filler videos that actually do have a lot wrong with them. One is his first foray into movie reviews, the second is the dumbest video related to Kellogg’s ever made.
Sweet merciful Kefka how many more E3 videos is he going to release? It’s been a month, nobody cares anymore.