WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 87
  2. Negative: 6 out of 87
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  1. 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'm playing with friends)
  2. Jun 14, 2012
    6
    I've never really been a big fan of wrestling games, and this game hasn't really changed that. Even though I've been watching WWE for most of my life, the games haven't lived up to what I always pictured they could be. Lack of personality, dependency on button-mashing, and cookie-cutter characters don't portray what the WWE is all about. This game gets a bit closer to an accurateI've never really been a big fan of wrestling games, and this game hasn't really changed that. Even though I've been watching WWE for most of my life, the games haven't lived up to what I always pictured they could be. Lack of personality, dependency on button-mashing, and cookie-cutter characters don't portray what the WWE is all about. This game gets a bit closer to an accurate portrayal of the business with authentic voiceovers, more recognizable character models, and some sort of storyline, but it still feels like it comes up short. I like that you're able to adjust the wrestlers' attributes to reflect their real-life counterparts. I also really enjoyed the satisfaction of slamming opponents to the mat, and the visuals that accompany most of the more powerful moves. The season mode leaves much to be desired as the character you play as doesn't have a voiceover and depending on who you choose, it may not match the Superstar's personality on tv. Also, the interactions with the female Divas are borderline pornographic and cheesy. The mechanics are pretty solid, the graphics are decent enough, and the presentation is pretty cool, but there's so much more that can be done with this franchise, and this game doesn't live up to that. Expand
  3. MattB.
    Apr 10, 2005
    5
    Season mode is repetitive and gets boring i like last years smackdown better it had more storylines and why did they take out the backstages and i am still waiting for a game that has an infero macth and a bury alive match.
  4. ScottyC.
    Dec 3, 2004
    7
    Good game,but the overall improvement of this game sucks. Need better season mode and more wrestlers. Also, needs better match types.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 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
  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. This is the best game yet in the Smackdown series, and the best WWE game on any system. It has its share of problems, but when taken as a whole, this game is almost impossible not to enjoy.
  3. This is indeed the best version of WWE Smackdown there has been yet. To be honest, it's really the best wrestling game out there right now.