X06: SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 Hands-On: Achievements and Roster Rundown

We get our hands on an updated build of THQ's grappler and learn some important info.

BARCELONA, Spain--Just one week removed from our hands-on look at THQ's WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 at the Tokyo Game Show, we once again got our greedy paws on the game here in Barcelona at Microsoft's X06 event. The difference is, while the TGS build of the game was only a demo featuring a handful of wrestlers, the game shown off at X06 tonight was a much fuller representation of the final build of the game. In fact, after some sneaking around (that is, pressing a few menu buttons) we got a full rundown on the game's achievements and roster as it stands now. If you want to see those details, skip to the next page. For now, let's talk general manager mode.

If you played last year's SmackDown! vs. RAW game, you know that general manager mode was one of the most interesting additions to the series in a while. Cast as either the GM of the RAW or SmackDown! show, your job was (and still is in SVR 2007) to draft a roster of talent and try to bury the other brand by booking the best shows possible week after week. Fail to do so, and in the words of Mr. McMahon, you're FIRED!

As in the last game, the first step in GM mode is to fill out your roster using either the draft lottery or the current WWE lineups for both shows. In the interest of time, we went with the latter option and chose to take over the RAW show and then chose our belt holders for all the major championships. After that was complete, we headed to the revamped main menu in GM mode, which boasts an improved look and feel; here, you can access your schedule, check out your roster, read your e-mail, and get helpful tips on finding success booking your shows.

In terms of booking matches, things work more or less like they do in the previous game, with some important upgrades. First of all, the Yuke's development team has made the mode a bit more user-friendly this time around. For one, the game offers you better information on each wrestler in your stable. When choosing participants for a match, for example, you can press the Y button and see a detailed rundown of his recent participation on the show--stats like win-loss record, injuries, last championship match, and the number of weeks since he was last seen on the show, all in the interest of making sure you spread the love around your roster. Got to keep the talent happy, after all.

One other nice switch was being able to quickly filter through our list of wrestlers for a given match. Say you're setting up a ladder match for the intercontinental championship. You'll be able to cycle through filters for champions (which shows all belt holders in your promotion), contenders (so you can choose the right wrestler for the match), or view your entire roster. It's these kinds of quick-access upgrades that will save you time when booking matches week to week in GM mode.

Still, there seems like there's work to be done here. The game won't let you continue if you try to book a championship-belt match without the current champion being one of the participants, which is obvious. However, wouldn't it make sense, when setting up a championship match, for the champion to be automatically included? Instead, it seems like the match that is suggested by the game's artificial intelligence is completely random.

After booking a series of matches, as well as promos galore (which you still can't watch using the in-game engine), you can then sim through the matches or watch them unfold. After the "show" is over, you'll get a weekly tally of how your show performed against the competition, complete with audience gain or loss and a star rating for your show. How you work your roster, develop and foster rivalries, and carefully time matches to peak just in time for the all-important Pay-Per-View events will determine your success as a GM. Oh, and you've got to come in under budget, too.

While season mode was on hand in the X06 build, the din of the room where the demo unit was prevented us from learning much about the story. What we couldn't miss, no matter how loud the room, however, was the game's fine-looking player models. With a near-complete, if not final, roster being shown off, we got a chance to check out some of the lesser-known grapplers in the game, and they all look expertly modeled and realistic looking. In the ring, the wrestlers will work up a sweat after a few minutes of going at it, and WWE diva fans will be pleased to note that the ladies look much more realistic (and feminine) than in last year's game.

So, now that we have those preliminary impressions out of the way, here's the information we promised you at the beginning of the preview. First, the roster lineup for the X06 build of WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 (locked WWE Legends denoted with (L) after their name):

Batista, The Big Show, Bobby Lashley, Booker T, Carlito, Chavo Guererro, Chris Benoit, Chris Masters, Daivari, Edge, Finlay, Gregory Helms, Hardcore Holly, JBL, Joey Mercury, John Cena, Johnny Nitro, Kane, Ken Kennedy, Kid Kash, Kurt Angle, Lance Cade, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Mick Foley, Paul Burchill, Psicosis, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Snitsky, Super Crazy, Boogeyman, The Great Khali, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga, Undertaker, Viscera ,Vito, William Regal, Candice Michelle, Jillian Hall, Lita, Melina, Mickie James, Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus, Bam Bam Bigelow (L), Bret Hart (L), Cactus Jack (L), Dude Love (L), Dusty Rhodes (L), Eddie Guerrero, Hulk Hogan (L), Jerry Lawler (L), Jim Neidhart (L), Mankind (L), Mr. Perfect (L), Roddy Piper (L), Shane McMahon (L), Steve Austin (L), Tazz (L), The Rock (L).

Obviously, this is a pretty good list, but there are some notable exceptions, namely members of the Spirit Squad, Mr. McMahon, Eugene, and, of course, Little Bastard (okay, just kidding about the last one). Still, with time left to go before the game is released, perhaps we could see the current roster grow even more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

As with any Xbox 360 game, a big part of the fun is the achievements associated with the game. We did a little investigating into the ones in SVR 2007 and here's the 29 achievements we found out about in the game:

  • Season Mode Jobber - Complete season mode on easy or normal difficulty.
  • Season Mode Vet - Complete season mode on hard difficulty.
  • Season Mode Legend - Complete season mode on legend difficulty.
  • New Hire - Complete one year of GM mode.
  • Employee of the Year - Win GM mode.
  • Royal Rumble Rookie - Win a Royal Rumble as the number-one entrant.
  • Royal Rumble Jobber - Win a Royal Rumble on easy difficulty.
  • Royal Rumble Veteran - Win a Royal Rumble on normal difficulty.
  • Royal Rumble Pro - Win a Royal Rumble on hard difficulty.
  • Royal Rumble Legend - Win a Royal Rumble on legend difficulty.
  • In Ring Journeyman - Win a match against every superstar with pin or submission on any difficulty.
  • In Ring Technician - Defeat every superstar with a pin or submission on hard.
  • Complete Domination - Beat every superstar on the roster on legend difficulty.
  • Championship Gold - Unlock all WWE championship titles.
  • Those Who Paved the Way - Unlock all WWE Legends.
  • Way Past Jobber - Win 50 matches.
  • Seasoned Vet - Win 100 matches.
  • Online Rising Star - Win 20 matches online.
  • Online Veteran - Win 50 matches online.
  • Online Blue Chipper - Win 20 consecutive online matches.
  • Certified Online Superstar - Win 50 consecutive online matches.
  • A Fighting Online Champion - Defend created championship 20 times.
  • Let it Reign - Defend created championship 50 times.
  • Six additional "secret" achievements.

With its next-gen graphics, an exciting lineup of WWE superstars, and a growing list of gameplay features, we're more excited about WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 than ever before. This coming Monday, we'll have an in-depth look at the game's story mode and more details on GM mode, so be sure to come back then.

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79 comments
50z
50z

007agent i gotta agree wit u that would deffinantly be tha best roster that i have ever seen in a game if they did that then wrestling fans old and new would be excited about the game ~1~

007agent
007agent

THIS SHOULD BE THE ROSTER FOR SM VS RAW 07: BOTH CURRENT ROSTERS FOR SMACKDOWN AND RAW.NOW FOR THE LEDGENDS:80'S HOGAN,90'S SHAWN MICHAELS,DIESEL,RAZOR RAMON,ULTIMATE WARRIOR,RAVISHIG RICK RUDE,YOKOZUNA,JAKE THE SNAKE ROBERTS,TITO SANTANA,THE BULLDOGS,LOD,OLD DX,THE WHOLE HART FOUNDATION,MONEY INC.,DEMOLITION,CRUSH,1-2-3 KID,DOINK THE CLOWN W/DINK,NATION OF A DOMINATION,GREY GLOVES UNDERTAKER,THE OLD ECW,THE FOUR HORSEMEN(OLD AND NEW),THE HEADSHRINKERS,THE ROCKERS,MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE,STONE COLD, THE YOUNG ROCK,AND FINALLY BROCK LESNAR. YOU CANT TELL ME THAT THIS ROSTER WOULDNT BE THE BEST ROSTER EVER.!?

rpc2006
rpc2006

I hope to see more guys ( and divas) from ECW, Jeff Hardy, The Highlanders, and the Spirit Squad in the final copy of the game. If not, hopefully there will be downloadable content for them.

buble1213
buble1213

Dude wat are you thinking jeff hardy wont get fired dough matt hardy would probably get fired

FrostyGoat
FrostyGoat

Jeff Hardy will probarly be fired before they make Smackdown Vs Raw 2008.

l3eeks
l3eeks

need jeff Hardy his the Intercontinental Championship he needs to be in this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guitarplayer6
guitarplayer6

i know he was in TNA but i want Jeff Hardy in like now

HeyzeusNYC
HeyzeusNYC

Damn the achievements sound pretty difficult to get... =[ Oh wells IM STILL BUYING IT!!!!

Terry18
Terry18

The game sounds hot, but im dissapointed that you won't be able to use music that you store on your hdd as theme music in the game

FrostyGoat
FrostyGoat

If you fixed the AI knowing the Smackdown games you wouldn't get any achivments. And yes though they got most of the popular wrestlers they missed a number of smaller guys, and no ECW what so ever. London, Kendrick, Spirt Squad, Charlie Haas(Hes been bak long enough to be in here right?), Rob Convoy, Jamie Noble just a few guys I noticed that aren't in there and I very rarely watch WWE anymore. The games however are the sniz it.

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Should be fun but it would of been nice to have more ECW guys.

sideoftheham
sideoftheham

wait a sec, what would happen if we were to Fix the A.I to our preference? Would we stil get aqchievements?

sideoftheham
sideoftheham

Wow. Achivements are kinda dissapointing..., and where is the spirit squad? The roster also feels somewhat empty, but the GM sounds intresting. And the legends, omg the legends. Too much Mick Foley, not enough "legends' Whres is the 80's Hogan? Hawk and Animal? OWEN HART? Bruno Samartino, Billy Graham? We need those. And no ECW? Hell...

davidboggs2005
davidboggs2005

its becasue pcs are not populor olmost no body has one nore the money to get one strong anouf period.

davidboggs2005
davidboggs2005

teh resilers they dont have u know just as well as me that u can easily create them to look just if not better then teh game creaters.....so i love spending time creating my own its better that way and if we can use are music from our 360 then we can easily creat any one.

frasierfreak666
frasierfreak666

The day they drop Shawn MIcheals, Kane and The Undertaker is the day i stop following wrestling.

sdvsraw2007
sdvsraw2007

this is gonna be great i cannot actually wait the days r going really slow.

Uesugicestlover
Uesugicestlover

This game is solid. I don't see anything wrong with it aside from all 4 versions of Mick Foley. It should have been Mick and have 4 costume choices like Kane had Mask/No Mask. Other than that, the Demo showed promise and these achivements are great. I wonder what the six secret ones will be.

FrostyGoat
FrostyGoat

The Hurricane should be in there as a Legend!

phsknights08
phsknights08

where is owen hart? he was awesome...they should have the whole hart foundation. they should have all of the old wrestlers when it was good, n also have the old time cage, the blue 1, that was awesome

death_burnout
death_burnout

shane McMahon deserves legend status, did u not ****ing see what he used to do

gta11
gta11

Shane McMahon Is Awesome Though !!!!!!!!

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

shane mcmohan a legend? a legendary wimp sure, but hes not even a proper wrestler let alone be worthy to be in the same category as bret hart or mr. perfect

ferg1234
ferg1234

what about brian kendrick and paul london ? they're tag team champions. and little bastard should be finlays finisher . and no pitbulls ? whats going on?

dylanisbored
dylanisbored

Why can't we play as Vince McMahon? I mean come on he's been wrestling lately with DX and Shawn Micheals! We should be able to play as him!

gabby_0ng
gabby_0ng

where edge_head_101 the spirit squad

edge_head_101
edge_head_101

the spirit squad is in and i have a picture to prove it

edge_head_101
edge_head_101

the spirit squad is in and i have a picture to prove it

yeoj7
yeoj7

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mikee_39
mikee_39

I've only got one comment. this all sounds good and dandy but why are these wrestling games never converted to the pc platform, development can't be nearly as difficult as the x360 or ps3.

mastersnake1988
mastersnake1988

i loved the demo. i have never been able to play a smackdown vs raw cuz i have owned a ps2. hope this game turns out good.

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Oh BTW, do we know if the roster will be split between Raw and SD like last year, or will it be split between Raw, SD and ECW?

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Why are so many of legends Mick Folly and comentators!

gabby_0ng
gabby_0ng

what do you have I have a PS2

fkholmes
fkholmes

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

unkkanny
unkkanny

the demo was good and the controls will have to mastered because of all the changes. Im getting this game on day 1.

wenbin09
wenbin09

wow.. can't wait for the game to come!!!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Blech... worst... demo... ever. I mean, at least Rumble Roses had panty shots.

sam5949
sam5949

I just hope the AI in GM mode isn't as cheap as last years. They better get fatigued and have injuires just like player

gjb-sensei
gjb-sensei

Man, this game is sounding very, very exciting.

mjordon
mjordon

cant wait till this game comes out!!!!

Spot2009
Spot2009

Those online achievements look tough.

tischla
tischla

scratch that. apparently jeff hardy's not in it. he better be cuz hes back and he should be. if not. ill just make a jeff hardy with caw. and ther better be a caw. if not and no jeff, im not getting it