Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    100
    Plenty of content and refined controls make this title a definite buy for WWE fans. This is one of the most entertaining wrestle games around. It's easy to get lost in the WWE fantasy. Just keep in mind that you'll need to shell out more moolah for the online multiplayer if you get a used copy.
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    92
    Yuke's and THQ set the bar quite high with last year's rendition of this franchise, and they could have easily taken the year off and rested on their accomplishments. It is quite impressive to see that the development team has stayed hungry and added some key elements to this franchise that fans are going to go absolutely wild over.
  3. Oct 26, 2010
    91
    It's still the best wrestling experience on the market and is easily worth the $60 investment.
  4. Nov 1, 2010
    90
    While it lacks in a few areas, Smackdown vs Raw 2011 has raised the bar with the unpredictable WWE Universe mode, Road to WrestleMania and Match Creation system. This is like a sandbox wrestling title; the WWE is your playground, do with it what you will.
  5. Nov 16, 2010
    88
    The lack of many big name legends is a shortcoming, but the massive amount of customization options and user created content will keep any fan playing for months.
  6. 87
    The look of the new Smackdown game is a mess. The gameplay is very solid but next year there must be a complete graphical remolding of the series. We mostly liked the online Royal Rumble with up to 12 players.
  7. Nov 8, 2010
    86
    As it is, this new installment still remains a must-have simply due to the Havok physics - it adds that much to the game that it's worth buying it just for crazy extreme rules and TLC matches.
  8. Nov 19, 2010
    85
    At a glance, WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011 doesn't seem much different from its predecessor, and in the grand scheme of things, it really isn't. A closer look, however, reveals a considerable number of smaller changes that make the game far more robust and enjoyable.
  9. Nov 15, 2010
    85
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 doesn't completely revolutionise the genre of wrestling games, but it certainly has enough new tricks and improvements to make it one of the most compelling additions to the series in some time.
  10. Nov 1, 2010
    85
    WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011 is yet another solid game in the long running franchise.
  11. Oct 31, 2010
    85
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is quite possibly the most replayable game on the market to date.
  12. Oct 27, 2010
    85
    If you are a WWE fan or a wrestling fan in generally you owe it to yourself to check out this title. You won't be disappointed and you'll be surprised how much fun it is to throw your friends over the top rope.
  13. Nov 3, 2010
    83
    There isn't much innovation here, yet the controls have been utterly fixed, the new Havoc phisics do their job and WWE Universe is a funny diversion. It's a shame that some mechanics aren't yet perfect, even after so many years of developing.
  14. Oct 26, 2010
    83
    Its attention to detail is a quality not often associated with a franchise about brawny, aggressive men wearing outlandish, skin-tight costumes – manly cosplay, if you will. That THQ and Yuke's have finally decided to let players do what they want with their content by loosening their restrictions shows how much they've listened to the fans.
  15. Nov 17, 2010
    82
    A redundant update for owners of the last two, but a great scrapper judged on its own merits. [Christmas 2010, p.82]
  16. Oct 26, 2010
    82
    Between the endless WWE Universe mode, the five Road to Wrestlemania stories, and the user-created content, fans won't be able to put this one down for a long time.
  17. Nov 2, 2010
    81
    A fun and solid game in the long running WWE franchise.
  18. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    Overall SDvR11 is an excellent game with fabulous offline features. If the online wasn't broken I'd most definitely be scoring this game higher, nevertheless if you're a wrestling fan or even a closet wrestling fan, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is the game you should be purchasing or requesting at Christmas.
  19. Nov 16, 2010
    80
    Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 remains the undisputed champion of wrestling games.
  20. Nov 12, 2010
    80
    If you're a wrestling fan, there's no reason not to invest in Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. It's an evolution in the series and wrestling games in general. Make sure to check it out.
  21. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    WWE Smackdown! vs RAW 2011 builds on the already solid series by adding many news features and extremely deepening the customization possibilities.
  22. Nov 5, 2010
    80
    There are a ton of new features as well as dozens of little changes that tweak the formula further and get that much closer to perfecting everything the SvR series has tried to do over the years.
  23. Nov 2, 2010
    80
    I've never been wholly impressed by the "sport", you have to give the developers credit for producing an epic and highly competitive experience you'll probably still be enjoying with your mates long after Christmas.
  24. Nov 1, 2010
    80
    This new episode of the SmackDown franchise presents a couple of good ideas. The new online mode works properly, and can offer a lot of fun. If you are thinking to play a wrestling game online, this is the best option.
  25. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    This is yet another good installment of the series after it found the right way years ago. It has not many new features and seems to be focused in improving some things, but it lacks some freshness, despite the new WWE Universe mode.
  26. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 takes some chances. Some that didn't work and others that did. I know we expected this year to be "Wrestlemania big." However, it didn't quite reach that pinnacle.
  27. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    I appreciate the attempt to flesh out Road to Wrestlemania, even if it's a bit inconsistent in this early stage. WWE Universe mode is my favorite addition this year, and it could easily be the new marquee mode if they improve it in future titles.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Sure, it feels like a suped-up version of last year's title here and there, but there's nothing wrong with that when the game is this much fun.
  29. 76
    Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 does offer a considerable amount of fun, but it's the same fun you will have enjoyed for the past few years. There are some new ideas here and there, but nothing really earth shattering and it's safe to say that the game never really pushes past the previous incarnations. Fans will enjoy themselves, that's a given, but it's probably time for something fresh and innovative to spice things up.
  30. Nov 29, 2010
    75
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
  31. Nov 16, 2010
    75
    The game has what many modern, and slightly more polished titles don't have; a real sense of fun.
  32. Nov 10, 2010
    75
    If you can get past the presentation and can stomach Road to WrestleMania's 3D adventure, then you are likely to enjoy what Yuke's has done this year.
  33. A very decent update of a game that's sadly years - no, generations - past its prime. [Jan 2011, p.81]
  34. Jan 6, 2011
    70
    With WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011, the series is starting to show its age. Despite being a recent release, the graphics and the sound start to feel old, and major gaffes have remained in those areas despite being singled out in several reviews.
  35. 70
    This year's instalment still provides enough fan-service to make the hardcore throw their money into the ring, but it doesn't offer enough mass-market appeal.
  36. Nov 13, 2010
    70
    Enough is enough and it's time for a change. [Issue#65, p.85]
  37. Nov 10, 2010
    70
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 doesn't feel like a "new" game but more of a half step forward from last years game. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is an incremental improvement that provides some solid new content but nothing earth shattering.
  38. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    Really, with the levels of customisation as huge as they are, the player's enjoyment is only held back by their lack of imagination.
  39. Nov 3, 2010
    70
    On one hand, Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is a serviceable sequel that genuinely tries to stretch the limits of its design, but lackluster new features, poor follow-through, and gameplay that has yet to evolve past its prehistoric husk make it clear that the series has some serious thinking to do.
  40. Oct 29, 2010
    70
    Smackdown vs. Raw is showing its age, but there's plenty of fight left in this old superstar.
  41. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 is far from perfect, but it is entertaining.
  42. Nov 8, 2010
    68
    Aside from the WWE Universe and pitiful backstage portions of Road to Wrestlemania, SvR 2011 just doesn't add much from last year's game.
  43. 65
    It's still a fun series that can come right back like a determined wrestler, but this year's iteration lacks the polish and wow factor of previous versions. [Holiday 2010, p.78]
  44. Nov 5, 2010
    60
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 will easily satisfy every wrestling fan and probably entertain the tourists of the ring. The game is very complete in terms of game modes and choice of wrestlers, and it perfectly recreates the atmosphere and the fun of the discipline. However, it lacks some real innovations: the graphics looks a bit old, many bugs are still there and the single player mode is a joke. We hope that Yuke's Media will raise the bar next time.
  45. Oct 29, 2010
    60
    It's unquestionably fun. But that doesn't excuse the many, many problems, most of which should have been ironed out when the series was a PS2 exclusive over five years ago.
  46. Nov 12, 2010
    50
    WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 does to little to become a great game. Just the regular WWE Universe and the multiplayer aren't enough to make something beautiful out of a bad game.
  47. Nov 4, 2010
    50
    The WWE Universe stuff is pretty cool, but outside of that, this really feels like a title that's gone back to the well one too many times at this point.
  48. Nov 1, 2010
    45
    It is so reprehensibly constructed and targeted directly at the lowest common denominator that fans and gamers alike should be insulted, as I was. The Universe, online, and creation features are compelling, but the foundation upon which they are built is so decrepit that it completely invalidates the meager value this game has to offer.
  49. Nov 1, 2010
    40
    I enjoy playing around with all the different creation and storyline-focused options in these titles, but when I actually find myself presented with the concept of wrestling, my enjoyment disappears in a cloud of disappointment. There was a time when this gameplay design worked, and that time was years ago.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    5
    After a four year hiatus from the Smackdown series, curiosity took the best of me, and I decided to give Smackdown vs Raw 2011 the benefit of the doubt with a weekendâ Full Review »
  2. Feb 27, 2011
    10
    Amazing, easily the best wrestling game ever. Tons of customisation, loads of DLC, good online, road to wrestlemania mode is entertaining, create-a-storyline is much better, and WWE Universe mode is compelling. I am very much enjoying this game and would recommend it to any WWE fan. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2010
    7
    This game is fun, but flawed. The new suped up weapon controls provide hours of crazy stunts, but the moveset control and stiffness really slows down the game. The WWE Universe mode is fantastic and provides endless fun and storylines which you can sink hours in to. The RTWM mode has some good storylines, but gets VERY boring and frustrating having to trump around backstage for ages, to the point where you just want to turn it off. The game features some glitches and is so unpolished, it's either crazy fun or very annoying, nowhere near as polished as it's predecessor. Not bad, overall. Full Review »