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. While the released version is a competent wrestling game, it plays very much like one of the old N64 releases with a major facelift.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. This brings me to the combat system, the primary reason the game falls apart. A chunk of the blame belongs to the button configuration.
  5. Raw isn’t a bad game, it just needs more. More wrestlers, more moves, more options, more gameplay modes...
  6. It is just the "Total Package" (yeah I know, I am embarrassed of myself for that one), combining great gameplay with fantastic visuals to create one of the finest sports game ever.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  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. Despite its various shortcomings, including inconsistent gameplay, a lack of commentary and absent features, WWF Raw is a fun and challenging game.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 70
    Raw has all the pomp and circumstance of the WWF without all the good gameplay and fun that drove older WWF titles.
  14. Gameplay can frustrate some, but for all that spend the time to learn the nuances and to learn the feel of the game will not be disappointed.
  15. 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]
  16. I think the X-box magic is starting to wear off.
  17. 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.
  18. 85
    Features terrific graphics, sound, and a presentation that does what WWF fans really want a game to do -- recreate the whole experience in their living room!
  19. 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.
  20. Graphically, this is a remarkable program...The action can be very unrealistic, just in terms of physical reality, and that is a major drawback.
  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. 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.
  23. Just when you want to like a wrestling game, and there are a lot of things to like about WWF Raw, the cheap AI makes the game difficult and frustrating to play.
  24. 91
    The hardcore fans will get plenty of enjoyment out of the difficult AI, the awesome multiplayer modes and the super deep Create-A-Wrestler mode.
  25. 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.
  26. 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]
  27. The fun factor in this game is through the roof.
  28. Play Magazine
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news for WWF fans, but Raw falls well short of expectations. [Apr 2002, p.62]
  29. Multiplayer is a bit more enjoyable than just playing the game yourself since you don't have to deal with the moronic AI.
  30. 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.
  31. WWF fans will go ape with RAW, the whole wrestling experience has never been so faithfully recreated and there’s a wide selection of wrestlers to choose from plus the extensive Create-A-Wrestler mode to play with.
  32. From the time you start playing to the point where you stop, you feel like your watching a match on TV. The lack of match types and gameplay modes does hurt the game some, but Raw's outstanding gameplay and graphics more then make up for that.
  33. 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]

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 »