WWE Survivor Series
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Unearthing your Gameboy Advance to reconnect to old games can be a fun way to pass the time and whether it resides as a cherished memento of your past, or a compact cartridge containing a brand-new experience—WWE Survivor Series for the Gameboy Advance is well worth the trip down memory lane. Taking its place as the final installment of the WWE series on this portable device, the game takes everything it learned from the previous iterations and jam-packs them in to a full and, for the size of its file, very complete gaming experience.
So Much Content—So Little Storage
It’s somewhat baffling to think how much actual game can be stored with a max capacity of only 32-64mb (the max capacity of the Gameboy Advance). Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64 was 32mb and the largest game, even a technical marvel, of its time.
Multiply even 64 mb by 1000 and you’ll get the average modern console game coming in at 64gb. And that size is for the PS4 and Xbox One—the new generation console games are coming in well past 100 gb—and even smartphone games, the most modern portable games come themselves with a few gigabytes attached. (Among Us, the 2D friends are imposters viral game is on the smallest end, at 160mb!!)
And What About WWE?
64mb nowadays is a short video on your smartphone and 32mb is a really high-quality picture. That being said, WWE Survivor Series comes in at around 2.4 mb. With that, less than a second, download time it has a lot of great content: single-player with story mode, exhibition mode and a multiplayer component all packed with around 20 playable characters across both the Smackdown and RAW franchises. That being said, the quality of what is on display for WWE Series does its best to cut corners where it can, graphically. Additionally, the sound quality isn’t high so that doesn’t take much space, the background fans have 2D depth and majority of the game size is attributed to the faux 3D characters models and their animations.
Where Does That Leave Us?
When moving backwards with time to experience games you missed, my advice is that if you don’t have time to play the whole series from beginning to end—start at the end. Usually, by then, the developers will have hit their groove and for the most part you will be given the best version of the release.
That holds true with WWE Survivor Series: the real-life characters are displayed with their best nearly 3D models, the animations are their smoothest (though still a bit clunky), and it carries with it the most advanced move, combo, weapon, and finisher systems.
So overall, it is still an improvement on its already well-loved Road to Wrestlemania X8 predecessor. Additionally, the inclusion of a story mode makes this game the best place to engage with the GBA series, because, to really beat the game you have to complete both the Smackdown and RAW campaigns. All that being said, there are a few series you should play all the way through from the beginning (like Halo), but when it’s a yearly release based on a sporting franchise—for the most part, newest is always best.
- Full-fledged campaign
- Great roster of Smackdown and RAW
- Awesome intro music for wrestlers
- Slow, clunky animations
- Doesn’t always register moves
- Repetitive gameplay