Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. You won't even believe how nearly identical the game is to it's PS2 counterpart. If ever there was the "perfect port", this is very close to what you'll get.
  2. So feature rich and just so damn entertaining.
  3. This is a cracking port of a cracking game with very few compromises. Find three mates to play against and it's better still. [PSW]
  4. 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.
  5. The type of conversion we hoped to see on the handheld: There's virtually no degradation in quality, it's better than almost any console game in the genre, and it makes the platform look like gold.
  6. Sure, the twitchy graphical glitches can catch your eye and yes the load times will feel like an eternity but with solid controls, an amazing variety of game modes and PSP-only extras, this one wins the championship title.
  7. The complete package. There is so much content here that you won’t believe you are playing it on the PSP.
  8. 87
    What impresses me most, though, is that other than the load times, all of the same goodies from the console version were ported to the PSP with few technical sacrifices (the loss of a second analog stick and two shoulder buttons didn't hurt the gameplay one bit).
  9. A great wrestling game for the PSP. It includes a number of gameplay modes, solid gameplay, and a stellar presentation.
  10. The gameplay holds up tremendously well on the PSP platform, as does the presentation. But the lack of compelling, differing content makes it a tough sell to those who previously invested $50 in this year's game.
  11. The new minigames are a bit rubbish, but there's basically no reason for PSP-owning WWE fans not to get this. Finally, PSP gets itself a decent fighting game. About time too. [PSM2]
  12. If you're looking for an excellent wrestling experience and you don't want to be leashed to a television, Smackdown vs Raw 2006 has just obsolesced all your other options.
  13. The game is incredibly deep with a lot of different modes to keep you busy for a while with high production values.
  14. This is a rare PSP game that's not a poor translation of a PS2 flop from four years ago, or a disappointingly crippled version for the handheld. It's a spot-on, virtually perfect miniature version of the PS2 smash.
  15. Wrestling finally comes to Sony's handheld, and it's just like playing the console version on its smaller screens. Tons of fun for those always on the go.
  16. If you don't already own the PS2 gmae, this is a must-have. If you do, then it's not quite so essential, but a quality grappler nontheless. [Jan 2006, p.102]
  17. The game's biggest sin, however, is the sheer amount of loading there is. [Feb 2006, p.86]
  18. My only real gripe about the game is the insane load times, which is more a fault of the PSP than the actual game. [Feb 2006, p.113]
  19. 80
    What we have here is about as close to a perfect-port of such a massive title that we're going to get.
  20. Offers a lot for players and if you like wrestling or enjoy the series, this is definitely a game to grapple with for a while.
  21. PSP needed a good beat-'em-up and this near perfect conversion of its big brother, Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006 PS2, is something of a joy to play.
  22. This is one of the best wrestling games created to date. [Mar 2006, p.93]
  23. 80
    It's so faithful to the PS2 version that it's almost terrifying. On second thought, the terror comes from the load times, which are abysmally long. Between that, the sync issues in multiplayer, and the mediocre Arcade Mode, keep this game from nearing perfection.
  24. 75
    All the modes have carried over, most of the commentary has been removed and the wrestlers still look great. The loading is a huge disappointment though.
  25. A remarkably accurate and functional port, and as such, there's a ton of content and great gameplay here. It's so true to its predecessor, however, that it's tough to justify buying again if you already own the PS2 version.
  26. The character models are close to the same level of detail as the PS2 version, but unfortunately, the PSP version suffers from a shakier framerate than PS2’s version.
  27. All of this gameplay does come at a price: There are extremely long loading times to suffer through before each entrance video, before the actual match, and after the match is over.
  28. 70
    While the PSP port plays almost exactly the same as the console version, it also suffers from minor graphical sloppiness, bipolar A.I., and extended load times, which are on par with many of the graphically heavy PSP titles.
  29. Wireless multiplayer is good and the interaction between PS2 and PSP is a good idea but the biggest problem, the loading time, is one that can't be ignored and is so bad some people may choose to switch off rather than wait. Fun, but not for short travels.
  30. The gameplay and modes are identical to the PS2 version in every way I can think to evaluate them. The minigames are completely worthless, but they don’t really get in the way of the actual game so I’m going to pretend like they don’t exist and treat the game as if it was an exact PS2 port.

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