WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw

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WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw
Smackdown vs Raw Boxart.jpg
US Box art for the game, featuring Vince McMahon.
Developer(s) Yuke's
Publisher(s)
Series SmackDown vs. Raw
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release
  • NA: 2 November 2004
  • EU: 12 November 2004
  • JP: 3 February 2005
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw (often shortened to WWE SvR or SVR 2005 and known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 6: SmackDown! vs. Raw in Japan), is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to simply WWE) series (the first under the SmackDown vs. Raw name) and is based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This game is the sequel to 2003's WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain and was succeeded in 2005 by WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006.

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot of the new Parking Lot Brawl, featuring Eddie Guerrero and John Cena.

The game is largely similar to its predecessor, but adds some key features.

Several new gameplay features are introduced, including pre-match and in-match mini-games. The pre-match mini-games are randomly chosen before every singles match, Test of strength, Stare down and Shoving match. Several in-game mini-games include the chop battle and a spanking mini-game for female wrestlers in bra and panties matches. The meter mechanic from the chop battles are retained, but the player must perfectly time the button press three consecutive times to win. If the player does so, a cut scene of the two female wrestlers kissing is played.

The ability to sustain a submission till the count of 5 once a rope break had been reached was also implemented. The game features several arenas that WWE held events at in 2003 and 2004; there are also arenas based on each WWE television show.

Also added to the game was the Clean/Dirty system, which influenced each wrestlers tactics. Players can choose if the wrestler is clean, dirty or neutral. A clean or dirty wrestler has a meter that can be filled up by performing special clean/dirty actions or moves.

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW also includes a redone WWE PPV (Pay-Per-View) mode from its past games where the player can play sample PPVs from 2004, or create a PPV of their own by booking matches choosing matchtypes and any superstar, legend or created superstar in the game. Created Championships could be waged in the created PPVs. Before playing the PPV the game would show a generic highlight reel featuring two of the superstars in the main event of the show. Commentary began to improve and sync up with the matches more.

Also, the game featured an all-new Create-a-Championship mode where the player can create and defend the title in their created PPV. The game also includes the Create-A-Wrestler mode from previous games where the created superstars movesets, attributes, entrances, and brand could be customized. The create mode was improved from the previous game. Stables could be created featuring any wrestler game and entrances could be customized.

An all-new challenge mode provides gamers with opportunities to challenge themselves at different difficulty levels. In addition, several challenges put gamers in memorable matches from the past and beating these challenges will help unlock alternate attires, arenas.

Reception[edit]

The game received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[1] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[2]

Critical[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic80/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM7.67/10[4]
Eurogamer7/10[5]
Game Informer8.5/10[6]
GameSpot8.1/10[7]
GameSpy4/5 stars[8]
GameZone8.7/10[9]
IGN8.4/10[10]
OPM (US)3.5/5 stars[11]
VideoGamer.com7/10[12]
X-Play4/5 stars[13]
Detroit Free Press3/4 stars[14]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3]

Accolades[edit]

Distributor: Category: Result:
2004 Spike Video Game Awards Best Fighting Game Nominated[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (25 December 2004). "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw". Electronic Gaming Monthly (186): 122. 
  5. ^ Cutlack, Gary (17 November 2004). "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW". Eurogamer. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (December 2004). "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw". Game Informer (140): 174. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Navarro, Alex (1 November 2004). "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Leeper, Justin (10 November 2004). "GameSpy: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw". GameSpy. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ The Bearer (16 November 2004). "WWE Smackdown vs. Raw - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (29 October 2004). "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW". IGN. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Smith, David (January 2005). "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Dransfield, Ian (3 December 2004). "WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw Review". VideoGamer.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Villoria, Gerald (7 December 2004). "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 15 December 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Gardner, Omari (21 November 2004). "'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 4 December 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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