Not a RAW deal at all: THQ offers 3 PS2 WWE classics on the cheap

Does wrestling still have as much of an audience as it did years ago? I can only speak for myself, of course, but I haven’t watched Monday Night Raw in nearly five years. However, in high school, I spent countless weekday afternoons playing the PS1 games WWF SmackDown! and WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role with my friends, and we were all really into wrestling back then. I haven’t played a wrestling videogame since the disappointing WWF SmackDown!: Just Bring It on the PS2, but apparently, THQ has been putting one out every year since then.

As of tomorrow, March 5th, you’ll be able to pick up three of those newer PS2 bestsellers in a package deal. Currently available on Amazon for pre-order is WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Superstar Series, which brings together the first three games of the SvR series: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006, and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 (boy, that’s a mouthful).

The three-game set will retail for $29.99, which makes it very similar to another collection of classics that will be out in two weeks. However, unlike Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection, the press release (after the jump) for this set mentions no extra content aside from the original games themselves. Still, you can’t complain about three full games for $30, and for wrestling fans looking to get into the video game series, this seems like a great way to do it. Does this tickle your fancy, Dtoiders?

THREE CLASSIC WWE® SMACKDOWN® VS. RAW® VIDEOGAMES TOGETHER FOR ONLY $29.99

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Superstar Series Now Available For the PlayStation® 2 Computer Entertainment System

(AGOURA HILLS, CALIF., March 4, 2008) – THQ Inc. today announced that three of its top selling WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® videogames are now available in one package for a suggested retail price of $29.99. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Superstar Series will include the first three videogames of the popular WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series: WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw®, WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2006 and WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2007. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Superstar Series is available exclusively for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system.

Today’s release of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Superstar Series is the perfect prelude to WrestleMania® 24, which is scheduled for March 30, 2008 in Orlando, Fla.

Developed by Yuke’s Co., Ltd., the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw videogames have introduced players to the virtual experience of living the life of a WWE Superstar. Since its first installment, the series has brought WWE programming to life through a host of key new features, extensive rosters with WWE’s most popular Superstars, incredible graphics and engaging action in and beyond the ring.

Samit Sarkar