• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2005
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. 100
    With multiple single player aspects such as GM Mode, two storyline seasons, PPV creation and Exhibition title-defences, WWE SmackDown vs RAW 2006 is easily the most full-featured SmackDown ever made and the online mode is a simply phenomenal addition that is hard to resist if you're able to connect.
  2. You can customise your locker room, create your own title belts and compete for them in the much-improved online mode, connect the game to the upcoming PSP version, recreate classic matches – seemingly, whatever you want or need to do is right here. Absolutely superb.
  3. 95
    Where "WWF No Mercy" on the Nintendo 64 ruled as the best wrestling game, but WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 is the new standard.
  4. With solid controls, sharp visuals, a large number of grapplers and match types, you can’t go wrong with a game that packs quite a punch and will have you gladly begging for more.
  5. 92
    While I'll be the first to admit that the series could still work on its list of recurring problems, there's no other wrestling game since "No Mercy" that offers this much replay, value, or depth.
  6. 90
    I've always been a hater of this series (far too arcadey for my tastes) but this time around, I'm completely sold. There are a few issues standing between it and true wrestling perfection (a better targeting system would be nice), but they're hardly anything to tarnish the experience.
  7. Without a doubt, this is the deepest that a SmackDown! game has ever been, and while not every single thing that this game tries works completely, the sheer breadth of content makes it an easy choice for any wrestling enthusiast, and quite possibly the best wrestling game available for the system.
  8. If you’re looking for the best wrestler out on the market, you need look no farther than Smackdown Versus Raw 2006. An expanded roster with storylines, added GM mode and deeper emphasis on ring psychology makes every match more dynamic and realistic.
  9. A wrestling fan’s wet dream crammed onto a disc. Almost every mode you could possibly want is present and well done. The roster is top notch, with nearly every wrestler imaginable available.
  10. 75
    If there's any current genre in need of a Fight Night–style makeover, it's THQ's rasslin' line. In the words of the Undertaker: R.I.P., grappling games...at least for a little while. If you must, then rent.
  11. Finally, a SmackDown game that's paced like real wrestling and veers away from the usual arcadey button-mashathon.
  12. 70
    You really have to wonder how long Yuke’s continue to push out the exact same game with minor changes each year when there are so many issues – even EA’s games feature bigger alterations than what we’ve seen from Smackdown over the past few years.
  13. The create-a-wrestler mode was always the strongest asset of this game in past years, but this year the mode is the deepest it has ever been.
  14. With GM mode, arguably the best season mode in wrestling, and expanded online play (four players in one match), it's basically impossible not to recommend Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 to any grappling gamers.
  15. 80
    Looking at the list of options and features, WWE Smackdown Versus Raw 2006 seems to have everything. With a better wrestling engine, it would.
  16. Matches are still way too slow most of the time. Aiming issues make your wrestlers look clownish when they attempt to start a throw and instead just swing at air. And worst of all, tag-team partners--the bane of any wrestling game--are still dumb as dirt and simply don't do what they're told.
  17. We expected a humbler roster update. Instead, we got a game so comprehensive it renders every previous wrestling title redundant. [Nov 2005, p.86]
  18. All of this together makes for a wrestling game that could easily pin any other grappling contest released in the past few years.
  19. If the SmackDown! series doesn’t start making proper innovations instead of these minor cosmetic tweaks year after year, there’s every chance we’ll get a little bored of it. For now, though, SmackDown! is still as good as wrestling games can get.
  20. The greatest wrestling title so far, on any format. It’s not without its minor flaws, but the graphics are some of the best the PS2 has to offer, the gameplay is there in buckets, the realism is the best yet, and the game is just so damned fun.
  21. The definitive wrestling game for the PS2. It includes a number of gameplay modes, solid gameplay, and a stellar presentation.
  22. Without a doubt, WWE Smackdown! Vs. Raw 2006 is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, wrestling game ever made.
  23. It's not the perfect wrestling game but it's damn close. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to appreciate the challenges put forth in this excellent title.
  24. The best Smackdown game I've played.
  25. Those who bought last year's game might find themselves disappointed by the lack of genuine innovation and new thrills. It's still a truly amazing game, but one that's in need of a freshening up and a different slant before they chuck out next year's version. [PSW]
  26. 90
    While the A.I. may leave something to be desired, the positives far outweigh the negatives in this awesome title. The best wrestling game on the PS2 to date.
  27. It's arguably the best fighter/wrestling title out for any portable console, is the best ever in the long history of the title for PS2, and has a great gameplay experience that it's hard to imagine any wrestling fan not immediately falling in love with this game.
  28. 90
    It is easily the most complete, innovative, and accessible wrestling game since Aki’s incredible "No Mercy."
  29. Simply the most fully-loaded wrestling title yet. [Dec 2005, p.172]
  30. If you like the WWE, this is pretty much the most complete package you can find. There are some glitches, but the tuning of the gameplay, combined with new wrestling features, expansion of staple game modes, and addition of some cool new ones ensures that there's plenty of substance to go with the style.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    This is so far the best WWE game I have ever played. The graphics were great, the controls were good, there are so many different kinds ofThis is so far the best WWE game I have ever played. The graphics were great, the controls were good, there are so many different kinds of matches and options and in this game if you are playing as a male super star you don't get f**king disqualified for hitting a diva during a match unlike some of the other WWE games these days (eg WWE 2010 and 2011) . This is the best WWE game to me so far because I haven't played WWE 2K14 yet. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2013
    8
    This is the WWE game that finally fells like your actually playing a WWE game. The superstar roster seems to be very balanced, but I hate someThis is the WWE game that finally fells like your actually playing a WWE game. The superstar roster seems to be very balanced, but I hate some of the ways you have to unlock superstar legends. Full Review »
  3. Jan 14, 2013
    10
    the second best wwe gaem it is very fun great roster, season mode, good graphics for ps2 great game modes introduced buried alive and yourthe second best wwe gaem it is very fun great roster, season mode, good graphics for ps2 great game modes introduced buried alive and your characters finally talk it is a good game the best SVR game of all time Full Review »