The verdict is in:
Presentation - 8.0
The front end is slick and stylized while the match selection tree is a breeze to navigate. The cutscenes are a bore.
Graphics - 8.0
They're mostly good. At times, the game is stunning (Randy Orton's turnbuckle RKO), but other times the wacky hair, clipping and Torrie make you cringe.
Sound - 7.0
The commentary is stiff and nonsensical, the wrestler voiceovers that are -- in my opinion -- holding the series back are equally as lame, and the crowd isn't into it this year.
Gameplay - 7.5
In ring, it's the same blast we've been having for years with great moves and vicious weapons, but the disappointing 24/7 mode, limited roster and same old matches will sour the experience for some.
Lasting Appeal - 7.5
Other than money, nothing's going to bring you back to 24/7, but that leaves you with a solid online system. However, if you're sick of 2007, the few changes in 2008 won't cure your ailment.