Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
  1. A good concept ruined by clunky mechanics and a poor progression system. On a par with Midway's "TNA Impact." [June 2009, p.80]
  2. Unfortunately, the simplicity went a notch too far, and instead of a fun, arcade-like romp through memories of wrestling yesteryear, we're left with a wrestling game that has the best roster in 10 years, but some of the least challenging and least fun gameplay.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. WadeG
    Mar 27, 2009
    3
    Wrestling games have just turned to crap in the past 10 years in my opinion. Whatever happening to the easy to play fun gameplay of the N64's WCW/NWO Revenge and Wrestlemania 2000 series. Those games were easy to pick up and learn within a few short minutes and unlike these newer games the more you beat your opponent the more tired they would act. It was the perfect balance of realism and fun to play. This game makes a mockery of the good times. They controls are very unattractive mix of arcade speed and graphics and very complex controls that one one hand makes moves incredibly hard to pull off and second of all forces the player memorize an extensive list of controls. They need to get rid of all the quick time events because that stuff just disconnects you from the game (were arent playing god of war guys). They also need to simplify the grappling system. The finishers are also done halfass and 90 percent of the time your opponent can reverse them if the are good at quicktime events. The whole game just seems like nobody really cared if old school wrestling fans were going to be able to pick up and play. Its got a learning curve so high that unless you are persistent you will feel very underwhelmed by the whole game. Whatever happened to the fun. Full Review »
  2. CrittyS
    Mar 24, 2009
    4
    I will go ahead and say that the videos, the nostalgia, and the historic matches and rivalries are great. When the wrestlers come into their old intros down the isle into the squared circle it might even bring chills down your back. But, that's where all the fun stops. If you want to see the wrestler's old intros, their historic matches and re-live the 80's and 90's then you can purchase a wide variety of WWE DVD 3 Disc sets for various events and superstars. THe truth is this game feels rushed and incomplete. Very few games modes and the controls are HORRIFIC. Smackdown vs. Raw is by far the better game, but more than anything is the better controlling game. No Right analog stick for the grapples, everything in this game is tap the A button, tap the A button twice and most of the time the crap doesn't work. B button to run, BUT....you an only RUN in CERTAIN situations????? Are the bleepin kidding me? Yeah, this game is hot garbage all around. Nice videos, and historic backgrounds on all the matches, but super-human character models look like crap too. The Warrior was already jacked up enough on all the Roids he was shooting, now he's twice the size he was. Hunter Hearst Helmsley is BIGGER than the current Triple H???? Classic Shawn Michaels doesn't look anything like Shawn Michaels in actual gameplay. Bottom line, this game is huge dissapointment. This could have been a one of a kind release that we would be playing for years to come. Instead its just like TNA iMPACT the game, a few cool features andgood roster, but bad controls, bad wrestling and rused delivery. Wait for Smackdown vs. Raw 2010! Full Review »