Funny: the load times aren't the reason I got tired of playing this game: the lackluster season mode really upset me. There is a really decent roster, but only a fraction of them are available for the season mode. Also, for some reason, when trying to create a wrestler, the ability to create an extra outfit (for heading to the ring and for backstage scenarios) is buggy and won't work.
Video game load times are often the least of my worries...but I'm glad I got rid of it after beating it a few times.
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I'm not overly familiar with how exaggerated the Smackdown video may be (if he was futzing around in other menus, etc), but those loading screens were insane.
Not to take sides or start a war here, but after seeing stuff like this, I'm glad I bought a DS a few months back when I was considering getting one of the two. I can live without web browsing and movies. I HATE long loading times.
I recently sold my psp copy because of how aggravating the load times were...
...well that and it was nearly impossible to unlock anything in the challenge mode.
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I'll jump on and say that in my opinion, EA Sports has outdone themselves this year. Between NBA Live 2003, NCAA Football 2003 and Madden NFL 2003, EA Sports got like $150 of my money in a three-month period. And I don't begrudge them a dime...