HARD. HARD HARD HARD HARD HARD.
Season mode? I’ve lost quite a few matches, since after I get the undisputed title… I’m NEVER DEFENDING IT in singles competition. No, instead I have to play asinine gimmick matches and tag matches and six man tag matches and tag cage matches and handicap matches. If anybody remembers, yes, Smackdown still completely sucks when there’s more than two men in the ring — it’s chaos, the bad sort, and controlling your little guy in the mess is impossible. Enemies easily break up every single pin attempt. And what’s worse, in tag matches? Anybody not in the ring charges their smackdown meters at FOUR TIMES SPEED automatically. AGH.
…but, thankfully, not all is suckdom. The game engine itself is updated nicely with better animation and there’s improvements all around. And, despite losing matches, I won the most critical one of all — the six man table elimination match (blagh) at Survivor Series. Why critical? That gave me a bonus 30 ability points to use in CAW. I couldn’t build CAWs until I unlocked that — if I did they’d be too weak.
Maybe if I redo season mode with a pumped CAW I’ll have better luck. Might’ve been my fault for starting out with TAJIRI of all people; yes, I got to main event level with him, but he doesn’t have the stats or the moveset to hang with those guys. Ugh. At least the worst is over. Time to go make Li Ping!
UPDATED: Fiddled around in CAW some. Uh… wow. They went for photorealism this time and they got it; Li looks like a real human being, not just an coalesced wad of low resolution textures. The face editor is insane; you can adjust the proportion of every facial feature! And I’m not just saying ‘make blobby weird mutant freak faces’ but a variety of realistic looking faces, too. Yaga looks MEAN. He doesn’t look as old as he should (the older skin textures didn’t really fit) but he has japanese eyes, mean eyebrows, and just the right proportions. Wicked.
Two disadvantages, though… one, less clothes, or at least there SEEMS to be less clothes. I don’t have Li’s traditional chinese coat with the flaps in front and back. I do have a decent ‘kung fu’ style shirt with black twist tied belt and enough rumples/baggy lumps to work, though. Two, women can’t have ‘pattern’ class textures (generic shapes, letters, text, tattoos) on their body. Why? My guess is to avoid letting people put fake looking nipples on their nude (flesh colored underwear) female CAWs. Stupid, but true. You can do Ryoko’s weirdly featureless nude body but that’s it. Hampers my CAW some, since I can’t do a picture perfect Haruhara Haruko or Lina Inverse anymore, but I think I can still do Naru and Koalla.
I’m figuring what I may do is buy something that lets me download PS2 saves off the net, then download a 100% unlocked save file. I don’t want to go through the HUGE story mode four times to get everything, especially not when you can easily lose PPV matches. Can anybody who’s a PS2expert help me here? What do I do to get the save files?