Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. 83
    SVR 2010 is the ultimate wrestling gamer's sandbox. And the combination of one of the most finely tuned 3D wrestling engines with the ability to create and download so much new content, makes 2010 the best SmackDown title to date.
  2. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is the best iteration in the series in years. The franchise manages to be focused not only on hardcore wrestling fans but on a more generic community too.
  3. This game is made entirely for people who are already fans.
  4. If the user-generated content goes well it will continue to be a worthwhile purchase months after it comes out - if you're a fan of ridiculous storylines and overblown characters you can't pass up WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010.
  5. SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 easily represents the biggest leap forward for the series. While previous entries certainly piled on the match types and character rosters, the new creation aspects of SvR 2010 make it the best and most immersive WWE video game experience to date.
  6. If you're a fan of wrestling, you'll doubtless enjoy the game on a further level, but if not, it still makes a fun distraction from the class-a titles. It is an acquired taste though, so if you're not sure, this is definitely one to rent first.
  7. SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 really does stand up to the saying “It’s Your World Now”. The whole package is a dream come true for WWE fans all around the world.
  8. The level of detail, the foresight that went into planning the Story Designer and character creator, the Training Facility to catch newbies up to speed without dumbing the game down for franchise vets...the title really has it all.
  9. If this year’s features are expanded on for the next game, brilliant, and all that, but in order to really take things to the next level, perhaps completely reworking the gameplay would be the best thing to add into next year’s release.
  10. This is certainly a leap forward in the series thanks to some sweet customization, but there is work that still needs to be done to improve the overall gameplay experience.
  11. Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 has brought a lot of content and innovation to the series.
  12. It seems like Yuke’s is finally starting to understand exactly what the WWE gamer wants out of their wrestling game as WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 introduces a number of changes and improvements fans have wanted for years.
  13. If it were not for some annoying graphical glitches, this game would have received a coveted GCM Editors Choice.
  14. These fans are the ones that will appreciate the little changes the most, but SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 is a solid title whether you have a closet full of Austin 3:16 shirts or just catch the occasional episode of RAW. [Nov 2009, p.97]
  15. Aside from some lingering issues with the gameplay and horrendous online issues, it’s a well-crafted game that should satisfy fans of the series, and bring back those who have lost faith in it in the past.
  16. The enhanced character models, lightning-fast loading times, authentic WWE presentation, reconfigured match types, better CAW stat-building, the new Story Designer, and the online upload/download server mean that most fans of the franchise will clothesline anyone who gets in their way to the register. But just as many fans will be disappointed by the CAW point system, CAW restrictions in Story Designer and as downloadable characters, gender restrictions, the ho-hum Career mode, and the polished but still linear Road to Wrestlemania.
  17. Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is the definitive wrestling title of this generation, so far. This is what WWE fans have wanted for near a decade now, and THQ and Yukes have delivered far beyond the usual yearly updates. A must have for anyone with even a passing interest in the world of WWE.
  18. GamePro
    It doesn't reinvent the wheel with new gameplay mechanics or revamped graphics, but WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 excels once again as the definitive pro wrestling game on the market. Fans of the series and pro wrestling alike should definitely put it in their queues. [Dec 2009, p.77]
  19. There is something to be said for the entertainment value of wrestling games, but for a series that is supposed to be bettering itself with each new year, this just isn’t good enough.
  20. The collision detection seems off sometimes and the game isn’t exactly an example of original gameplay, but this is the game you need to buy if you want to get to know the WWE-franchise. Smackdown vs. Raw can be played by anyone thanks to the simple gameplay and is also a looker. The game is also filled with different modes and options to make your own content to share it with friends online.
  21. Wrestling games haven’t changed much since the Smackdown series started, but this year’s offering is easily the most robust and well-produced.
  22. Those who are in the market for a new WWE game will delight in the raft of innovations, which dispel the myth that Smackdown is a gaming franchise that stood still. [Nov 2009, p.72]
  23. With so many long-desired improvements and completely new features, SvR 2010 may be the best game of the series.
  24. An intriguing new creation tool and widespread refinements make it another good year for Smackdown vs. RAW, but it still hasn't received the overhaul that it needs.
  25. 70
    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is an impressive new direction for the franchise, as it features a way for players to become directly involved with the other side of professional wrestling: the storylines. Sadly, I've been unable to find a playable match online, thanks to severe latency issues.
  26. With the long-overdue additions of a story-creation mode and an online community, SvR2010 is a massive step forward for the series’ already-rich feature set, while still continuing the steady improvement of its in-ring fundamentals.
  27. Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is a game about its big storylines, big matches, and big thrills. But most of all, it's a game about its fans, which makes it one of the more enjoyable installments of the series to date.
  28. THQ has done a good job gearing up the franchise for the future with the inclusion of downloadable user-created content. Downloading storylines that involve the G.I. Joe villain, Cobra Commander, buying the WWE from Vince McMahon should be one of the game’s selling points plastered on front of the retail box.
  29. Absolutely worth picking up if you're a wrestling fan, and definitely a big step in the right direction for the series.
  30. A few hiccups keeps this title from being perfect but SmackDown Vs. Raw 2010 is everything a fan could want in a wrestling game and more.
  31. Overall, WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 is a great wrestling game. The gameplay is more of the same, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s all of the new creation tools that really make the game shine.
  32. The addition of the Divas, the upgrades to the Royal Rumble, and being able to share all your custom creations with the rest of the gaming world take this from being a really good title to making it a really great title.
  33. If you are fond of any kind of beat ‘em-ups, you will be satisfied with Smack Down vs Raw 2010. Create your own wrestling stars and drive your enemies to their knees by using brute strength.
  34. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2010 doesn't fix any of the fundamental issues that the series has had for years, and as this style of gameplay gets another year older, it looks that much more dated.
  35. 85
    The gameplay tweaks are welcome and make the experience feel fresh, the presentation is straight from TV, the load times are better than ever, the Road to WrestleMania is still great, you can create your own logos, and the ability to share your stories and characters is invaluable...WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 might not be the greatest wrestling game of all time, but it’s definitely the best the world’s seen in years.
  36. Once again THQ have done something that we were not expecting and have shaken up the franchise with a variety of twists and turns.
  37. 80
    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 may have its flaws, but it is still overall a very fun, entertaining, and perhaps even addictive experience.
  38. Everything but the gameplay is great - but as fun as creating your own stories may be, it's not enough.
  39. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 is a solid and well made game, capable of delivering hours of entertainment to all the fans of this sport. It isn't the best in the series and the splendour of Here Comes the Pain is still far away, however we consider it the best Wrestling game this generation.
  40. All we can say is WOW; how ever did Yuke’s and THQ manage to squeeze so much into a title with just under a year of development time? Other developers should definitely take notice; just because there isn’t another top notch game in the same genre, doesn’t mean that you can’t push the envelope.
  41. 90
    If you were ever looking for a WWE title where you write the story or spam the online services with b-grade knock offs of Cloud Strife, look no further.
  42. Feels a bit like an expansion pack. But it's a big expansion pack that you can completely vanish into and emerge a couple of weekends later feeling like you got your money's worth. [Dec 2009, p.74]
  43. So beyond the handful of menu options with flashing "NEW!" logos next to them, and the potential of the Story Designer to deliver some hilarious content, Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 doesn't do a great deal to progress the series. The sweat isn't even noticeably shinier.
  44. 85
    Improved in almost every way and along with so many levels of customization, it makes this an easy purchase for any wrestling fan, and a serious consideration for everybody else. Fantastic.
  45. Pelit (Finland)
    Captures the essence of WWE wrestling very well and the extensive editing options offer interesting possibilities. As a game, however, it's burdened by frustrating controls and the fact that most of the matches are too long and boring to be truly fun to play. [Dec 2009]
  46. Though it still suffers from some of the nagging problems that have plagued the series for years, the game does a great job giving hardcore fans what they crave while still being accessible to the casual player. This year’s game is an enjoyable sports entertainment experience, even if it just feels like a new coat of paint at times.
  47. This year edition is once again a good fighting game, with lots of personalization and depth in combat. Graphics are getting really old though, and there's yet a lot to be accomplished from the dev team.
  48. I always wonder just how much more they can pack into an SvR game, but THQ and Yukes never cease to amaze me. Polishing what we love and adding more show the evolution of the series.
  49. Those who found UFC 2009: Undisputed (also developed by Yuke’s) a little too complex, or EA’s Fight Night Round 4 too tedious, should put their self-consciousness aside. There’s no shame in playing a wrestling videogame.
  50. It’s nothing short of joyous, then, that Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is so much more than a lazily thrown together update of last year’s game.
  51. There is so much to do in Smackdown vs Raw 2010 that you will be kept busy for a very long time and it is well worth the price of admission.
  52. 82
    Smackdown vs RAE 2010 is more of the same, but the most complete edition in years, and the one that has included more content.
  53. Easily the best game in the series to date, and a must-buy for WWE fans - especially if you've been giving it a wide-berth for a few years. The controls are refined, the game modes are plentiful, the presentation is top class and the customisation features will excite the little kid in WWE fans the world over.
  54. Smackdown Vs Raw 10 has the look of the TV show but lacks the excitement of fighting in the ring.
  55. Either way, Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is by no means a bad game, but it may be one that's strictly for folks who already schedule their Mondays and Thursdays around the WWE.
  56. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Combines last year's excellent gameplay with a collection of features that should last the entire year. [Issue#51, p.72]
  57. Another strong entry in the series, but one that does not bring enough fresh ideas to the table to truly make it stand out. Sure you can make your own story, but the controls and plots are fiddly to manage. For wrestling fans this is a sure fire purchase, but for the rest of us, it is a fun fighting game at best.
  58. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A so-so game on an engine so old it's literally powered by steam. [Christmas 2009, p.92]
  59. THQ has really listened to what fans have wanted and made WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 the best in the series yet and have really embraced their tag line “ It’s your world now”
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    Story: 2
    Characters: 10
    Graphics: 7 Setting: 8 Multiplayer: 9 Technical: 3 Audio: 7 Gameplay: 6 Re-Playability Value: 10 Fun Factor: 9 Score:
    Story: 2
    Characters: 10
    Graphics: 7
    Setting: 8
    Multiplayer: 9
    Technical: 3
    Audio: 7
    Gameplay: 6
    Re-Playability Value: 10
    Fun Factor: 9

    Score: 7.1/10 = B-
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  3. Oct 9, 2010
    Well being a big follower of the smackdown series all the way back to its ps1 origins. I feel really that the series reached its peak atWell being a big follower of the smackdown series all the way back to its ps1 origins. I feel really that the series reached its peak at Smackdown vs Raw and went slowly down hill from 2007 onwards. Alot of the matches feel generally the same and have no real enjoyment factor even when more interactivity with the enviroment and more variation in moves are added on.

    The reason i feel the series has gone down hill mostly is down to the fact that the series has taken to the idea of being more family friendly, so they have to get rid of the diva exclusive matches e.g. fulfil your fantasy and the bra and panties matches. The matches may be viewed as sexist or not appropriate for family view but they had more innovation than the last 2 titles put together. Another gripe i have is with the story mode and created wreslters. Can only be used 10 times in an entire story (including cut scenes and matches). The only way to make a long story with a created wrestler would be to divide it into loads of parts. THQ need to address this problem if they want to get me to buy the 2011 edition.

    The game still has some good merits about it though. The create your own entrance has been vastly improved. Now not only can you incorporate your own music you can also create an entrance video using match footage. This made incorporating yourself into the game even more brilliant.

    It feels more of a challange to win a match now unlike the previous titles where you could time your moves depending on the body movement of your opponent. now its much more unpredictable.

    Overall a half decent game but i feel its gone way off its roots and is going to lose alot of its original fanbase if they dont try bring some of the more popular elements.
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