Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. You won't even believe how nearly identical the game is to it's PS2 counterpart. If ever there was the "perfect port", this is very close to what you'll get.
  2. This is a cracking port of a cracking game with very few compromises. Find three mates to play against and it's better still. [PSW]
  3. 90
    The type of conversion we hoped to see on the handheld: There's virtually no degradation in quality, it's better than almost any console game in the genre, and it makes the platform look like gold.
  4. AceGamez
    So feature rich and just so damn entertaining.
  5. It's arguably the best fighter/wrestling title out for any portable console, is the best ever in the long history of the title for PS2, and has a great gameplay experience that it's hard to imagine any wrestling fan not immediately falling in love with this game.
  6. Sure, the twitchy graphical glitches can catch your eye and yes the load times will feel like an eternity but with solid controls, an amazing variety of game modes and PSP-only extras, this one wins the championship title.
  7. The complete package. There is so much content here that you won’t believe you are playing it on the PSP.
  8. 87
    What impresses me most, though, is that other than the load times, all of the same goodies from the console version were ported to the PSP with few technical sacrifices (the loss of a second analog stick and two shoulder buttons didn't hurt the gameplay one bit).
  9. A great wrestling game for the PSP. It includes a number of gameplay modes, solid gameplay, and a stellar presentation.
  10. The gameplay holds up tremendously well on the PSP platform, as does the presentation. But the lack of compelling, differing content makes it a tough sell to those who previously invested $50 in this year's game.
  11. The new minigames are a bit rubbish, but there's basically no reason for PSP-owning WWE fans not to get this. Finally, PSP gets itself a decent fighting game. About time too. [PSM2]
  12. If you're looking for an excellent wrestling experience and you don't want to be leashed to a television, Smackdown vs Raw 2006 has just obsolesced all your other options.
  13. The game is incredibly deep with a lot of different modes to keep you busy for a while with high production values.
  14. 80
    It's so faithful to the PS2 version that it's almost terrifying. On second thought, the terror comes from the load times, which are abysmally long. Between that, the sync issues in multiplayer, and the mediocre Arcade Mode, keep this game from nearing perfection.
  15. 80
    What we have here is about as close to a perfect-port of such a massive title that we're going to get.
  16. This is a rare PSP game that's not a poor translation of a PS2 flop from four years ago, or a disappointingly crippled version for the handheld. It's a spot-on, virtually perfect miniature version of the PS2 smash.
  17. Game Informer
    My only real gripe about the game is the insane load times, which is more a fault of the PSP than the actual game. [Feb 2006, p.113]
  18. PSM Magazine
    The game's biggest sin, however, is the sheer amount of loading there is. [Feb 2006, p.86]
  19. Offers a lot for players and if you like wrestling or enjoy the series, this is definitely a game to grapple with for a while.
  20. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    This is one of the best wrestling games created to date. [Mar 2006, p.93]
  21. Wrestling finally comes to Sony's handheld, and it's just like playing the console version on its smaller screens. Tons of fun for those always on the go.
  22. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    If you don't already own the PS2 gmae, this is a must-have. If you do, then it's not quite so essential, but a quality grappler nontheless. [Jan 2006, p.102]
  23. PSP needed a good beat-'em-up and this near perfect conversion of its big brother, Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006 PS2, is something of a joy to play.
  24. 75
    All the modes have carried over, most of the commentary has been removed and the wrestlers still look great. The loading is a huge disappointment though.
  25. A remarkably accurate and functional port, and as such, there's a ton of content and great gameplay here. It's so true to its predecessor, however, that it's tough to justify buying again if you already own the PS2 version.
  26. The character models are close to the same level of detail as the PS2 version, but unfortunately, the PSP version suffers from a shakier framerate than PS2’s version.
  27. 70
    While the PSP port plays almost exactly the same as the console version, it also suffers from minor graphical sloppiness, bipolar A.I., and extended load times, which are on par with many of the graphically heavy PSP titles.
  28. Wireless multiplayer is good and the interaction between PS2 and PSP is a good idea but the biggest problem, the loading time, is one that can't be ignored and is so bad some people may choose to switch off rather than wait. Fun, but not for short travels.
  29. All of this gameplay does come at a price: There are extremely long loading times to suffer through before each entrance video, before the actual match, and after the match is over.
  30. The gameplay and modes are identical to the PS2 version in every way I can think to evaluate them. The minigames are completely worthless, but they don’t really get in the way of the actual game so I’m going to pretend like they don’t exist and treat the game as if it was an exact PS2 port.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#9 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 49
  2. Negative: 5 out of 49
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  2. Jul 17, 2020
    In my opinion SvR 2006 is one of the best SvR games out of the whole series, just beaten out personally by '07. And this port for the PSP ofIn my opinion SvR 2006 is one of the best SvR games out of the whole series, just beaten out personally by '07. And this port for the PSP of this game is near perfect to it's PS2 counterpart. The graphics are almost on par and all the content found on the PS2 version is here. The gameplay is also very well kept in as well, and you'll have as much fun with this version of the game as you will on the PS2. The only thing taken out that's worth mentioning is the commentary during matches, which is replaces by the soundtrack. Not a very big deal, as the soundtrack is very good. Despite all these positives though, the atrocious load times almost ruin this port on the PSP. Every game type on this version has load times that go into the minute mark, and way past that most of the time. I don't think it's worth playing this game on an original PSP. I'd recommend playing this on either an emulator or on a modded PS Vita. The game on those platforms completely solve the loading problems and gives back all the praise the game deserves.

    TL;DR: very close port to an already good game, just not worth playing on an actual PSP.
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  3. LiamL.
    Aug 1, 2007
    Xavier R rated this a ten because he saw it online. He obviously has not played the game. Although somehow addictive the game will destroy Xavier R rated this a ten because he saw it online. He obviously has not played the game. Although somehow addictive the game will destroy any schedule you had with 20mins to have a 5 min match due to loading times to move to any new screen. Huge parts of the PS2 version were removed to make room for a bad card game and further Eugine-bashing games that are not fun. At all. Period. I bought it and now don't play on it at all. Didnt buy the 2007 version because this one was so bad. Full Review »