WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
Buy On
  1. Even the new additions to the franchise lack enough depth to warrant picking this up if you already own "Here Comes The Pain."
  2. Removing the backstage areas seriously lessons the game's fun factor, and whoever selected the legends needs to be demoted. Still, the game's a blast to play.
  3. This isn't SmackDown! vs. Raw. It's last year's SmackDown! with a few mini-games, an updated (and therefore poorer) rota and embarrassingly duff online play.
  4. 70
    An incredibly weak update to last year’s title. Virtually every new feature in the game hasn’t be implemented anywhere near as good as it could have been, and it damages the game as a result.
  5. While the execution and presentation is undoubtedly better than last year (gimmicky rhythm-sections aside), the fact remains that the current crop of WWE superstars is dull and uninspiring.
  6. The number of options and unlockable goodies make it a very deep game, which will make it just the ticket for wrestling fans despite it’s shortcomings.
  7. In the ring, inconsistencies abound-weird collision detection, random selling, neutered submission moves, and A.I. that revolves between timid and simply schizoid.
  8. Some intuitive additions to the gameplay save this title from being decidedly average, but on the whole it feels like a missed opportunity much like the Angle/Puder affair.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    9
    No doubt one of the best WWE video games of all time. Really enjoyable game and definitely my favorite wrestling game along with "Here Comes The Pain"
  2. Aug 21, 2014
    5
    It's an average wrestling game. No more no less. Not that big of a wrestling fan either. But it has it moments of fun (usually when I'mIt's an average wrestling game. No more no less. Not that big of a wrestling fan either. But it has it moments of fun (usually when I'm playing with friends) Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    10
    This is the best wrestling game ever made. And it has a lot of things that are more realistic than the new wrestlings. The best characters areThis is the best wrestling game ever made. And it has a lot of things that are more realistic than the new wrestlings. The best characters are included right here in this game.
    It's feking epic!!
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