Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. A good start for Wii SmackDown - with a bit of tweaking, this could be a smash hit. [Dec 2007, p.45]
  2. Ignore the fighting's mechanical edge and this is about as good a shot as wrestling has at reaching a wider audience. But wrestling fans, beware - this probably isn't for you. [Christmas 2007, p.60]
  3. Its too-simplistic controls and marred visuals really ruin any shot it had at being a great game for the Wii.
  4. I had never felt so frustrated in a wrestling game until I played this one.
  5. Fans will certainly love the slams and finishing moves using the Nunchuk and Wiimote, but the lack of match types will disappoint the more hardcore fans. Still, those looking for a different and more interactive version of the game should definitely pick this one up.
  6. There aren't very many moves to go around, so most of the characters feel the same, and the action gets repetitive faster than in the typical wrestling game. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  7. Smackdown! Vs Raw 2008 is a good game with no frills. It follows the Wii’s motto of everyone can play, and multiplayer is just too much fun. But with this many features missing from the Wii version while all the other versions have so many different match types and wrestling styles, what were THQ thinking?
  8. Overall, it is a defining step backwards in regards to the SvR franchise.
  9. So basic and cut-down, THQ might as well have called it "My First SmackDown." [Christmas 2007, p.90]
  10. I finished playing WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 feeling cold and dirty, like I'd been doing something I shouldn't have been. I'm shocked at how badly THQ have dropped the ball with this one - in fact, they've climbed all the way to the top of Mount Everest to drop said ball!
  11. In setting out to make a wrestling game for people who don't like wrestling games, THQ has turned in a game that nobody will like.
  12. It had a chance, but the rushed nature of the product, the dismal production values, the lack of variety, and the odd privatization of gimmicks over fundamentals make the game a failure in pretty much every regard.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Mar 2, 2013
    0
    this game is the worst game ever............. graphics sucks, no match or game modes booring, the game is the worst game ever............................................................................................ Full Review »
  2. KyleStrunk
    Aug 14, 2008
    5
    For the Wii, I thought the graphics would be the worst part but it turns out the season mode and vs. mode ended up sucking the big one. I am a big WWE fan I can't even tell you what a "knockout match" is. Next year, add more matches, online play, and a story mode that doesn't suck so hard!! Full Review »
  3. TimB.
    Feb 25, 2008
    4
    They should have renamed this game "How fast can you shake your remote?". There is absolutely no strategy to this game other than shaking your remote faster than your opponent. You get a good workout but the fun factor of this game goes away very quickly. Also, the graphics leave a little to be desired... The online demos for this game greatly exaggerate how much fun it is to play it and also overplay the amount of control you have over what your character does. In the end... I would say save your money and wait for a more interesting version of this game to come out. Full Review »