• 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
Buy On
  1. Finally, a SmackDown game that's paced like real wrestling and veers away from the usual arcadey button-mashathon.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    Hardcore wrestling fans will find the deepest reservoir of variety ever available, and may even forgive the feeble fighting system long enough to enjoy some theatrics.
  4. Mot without fault, but at the same time not without progress.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Awards & Rankings

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#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
14
#14 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 95
  2. Negative: 4 out of 95
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    9
    2005, one of the best years for wrestling fans. After Smackdown vs Raw came out in 2004, fans were so disappointed. When this game came out it2005, one of the best years for wrestling fans. After Smackdown vs Raw came out in 2004, fans were so disappointed. When this game came out it was amazing and was much better than 2004.

    The graphics for the game are so realistic and the animations looked stunning. They still hold up well today. The roster is really good and the many unlockable legends gave the game a lot of replayability. It still was missing many other wrestlers though. The game gave us new matches such as Backstage/Bar Brawl, Lingerie Pillow Fight and the revamped Buried Alive match. The Ai is very good and balanced. The gameplay was brilliant. I loved the Season Mode.

    Some things I didn't like was the confusing GM mode, terrible soundtrack and annoying collision detection.

    It's still very fun to play.

    One of the greatest wrestling games of all time.
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  2. May 13, 2016
    5
    Pros:
    Cool roster, GM mode is pretty cool, fast gameplay and the graphics, music and intros were high quality for ps2 gen.
    Cons: The
    Pros:
    Cool roster, GM mode is pretty cool, fast gameplay and the graphics, music and intros were high quality for ps2 gen.

    Cons:
    The collision detection is awful, not have a difficulty curve and the combat system is a step back compared to older games.
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  3. 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 »