WWF Raw Xbox

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. Despite its various shortcomings, including inconsistent gameplay, a lack of commentary and absent features, WWF Raw is a fun and challenging game.
  2. It's not terrible, by any means. It's just that, considering the degree of expectation surrounding it and the power of Xbox itself (Halo, anyone?), it should - and could - have offered so much more. [GamesMaster]
  3. 70
    Raw has all the pomp and circumstance of the WWF without all the good gameplay and fun that drove older WWF titles.
  4. While the released version is a competent wrestling game, it plays very much like one of the old N64 releases with a major facelift.
  5. Some things I would like to see are announcers (preferably seated by the ring), fully-functional tables, ladders, and chairs,a Royal Rumble, a tag-team title, more match variety, a story mode, more items and created character goodies, and some seriously tweaked gameplay.
  6. What's important in the first wrestling game of a series is solid gameplay, graphics, and presentation, and Raw excels in all of those areas...Raw doesn't do much, but what it does, it does very well.
  7. The overall lack of supplementary features isn't a major drawback, however, since what's important to a modern wrestling game, aside from the graphics, is solid multiplayer action and challenging CPU AI. Disappointingly, these areas don't fare much better.
  8. I think the X-box magic is starting to wear off.
  9. Game Informer
    It captures the electricity of the sport and is quite amazing graphically, but it's low in the substance department, and not quite as endearing...The only source of enjoyment was collecting the obscure items and weapons. [Mar 2002, p.84]
  10. This brings me to the combat system, the primary reason the game falls apart. A chunk of the blame belongs to the button configuration.
  11. Multiplayer is a bit more enjoyable than just playing the game yourself since you don't have to deal with the moronic AI.
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The cast moves around as though they were at the bottom of a swimming pool on Jupiter...these slumberous high-gravity physics weigh down an otherwise fine (though light on modes) game. [Apr 2002, p.145]
  13. 60
    The general AI of the characters seems confused when not actively engaged in grappling. This is especially true of tag matches, where the computer will sometimes forget whose side it's on.
  14. 60
    While there are plenty of game modes, the brain dead AI and the lack of an auto save, especially in King of The Ring, really bring this game down.
  15. Raw isn’t a bad game, it just needs more. More wrestlers, more moves, more options, more gameplay modes...
  16. Changing the gameplay system is a step in the wrong direction though, and really takes away from what could have been the best wrestling game yet.
  17. Official Xbox Magazine
    There's no career mode; no Royal Rumble mode; no cage matches, table matches, or ladder matches; no storylines or character interaction; no tag-team moves; no backstage areas; an no other arenas. [Apr 2002, p.76]
  18. This game is crap. Much like "Smackdown" this fails to live up to the best AKI/Asmik has put forward in this genre. However this game falls even below Smackdown in my mind.
  19. A big disappointment, primarily because the graphics are the best yet seen in the genre...Along the way both the gameplay and options suffered, making WWF Raw one of the more appropriately titled games available on the Xbox.
  20. The lack of modes and overly complex control could be forgiven. Hell, I could even overlook the lack of voices (characters and announcers), but no save feature? WWF Raw really feels half-finished.
  21. The single most irritating aspect of RAW's CAW option, however, is the complete absence of the ability to use ripped songs on the hard drive as part of the wrestler entrance.
  22. Xbox Nation Magazine
    It's a work-in-progress that makes too many bad choices, and doesn't provide half as much meat as it does flash and spectacle. [Spring 2002, p.90]
  23. Don’t be surprised if one night of sessioning on WWE Raw, to find your Xbox in the shower cowering in its corner, desperately trying to scrub off the vile filth after being violated by forced insertion of Raw.

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. GavC.
    Sep 10, 2004
    This game, was out of date and , rubbish compared to other wrestling games, no mercy made it look like it was made by a toddler.
  2. NajiF.
    Sep 5, 2003
    The worst wrestling game ever. IGN's rating is embarrassing.
  3. NickV.
    Jul 11, 2003
    This game is a dog. 1 arena no good matches and they put in stupid wrestlers like justin creditable and left out important ones like Brock This game is a dog. 1 arena no good matches and they put in stupid wrestlers like justin creditable and left out important ones like Brock Lesnar. O yeah and the game play sucks! Full Review »