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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006

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MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
86
4.0
PSP
79
4.5

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 7 4.0
PSP 4 4.5
Combined MobyScore 11 4.2


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93
PlayStation 2GameZone
This is quite possibly the best wresting game to come along on the PS2, SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 is a game you do not want to miss. With solid controls, sharp visuals, a large number of grapplers and match types, you can’t go wrong with a game that packs quite a punch and will have you gladly begging for more. If you’re a wrestling fan, buy this right away. If you’re not, this game will certainly change your mind.
92
PlayStation 24Players.de
Mit zahlreichen Verbesserungen, Tweaks und Neuerungen lässt das Team von Yukes die letztjährige Ausgabe vergessen, die eher unter dem Motto „zaghaftes Update“ lief. Angesichts des neuen, gut eingebundenen Stamina-Systems, das eine strategische Komponente in die Matches bringt, der neuen Matchtypen, der stark erweiterten Mini-Games, der verbesserten Editoren, der aufgebohrten Grafik und nicht zuletzt auch dank des verbesserten Online-Spiels bieten die PS2-Wrestler stundenlangen Spielspaß. Zwar kann man bei genauem Hinsehen immer noch kleine Mankos finden, an denen die Verbesserungsschraube angesetzt werden kann. Doch da die (im Vergleich zum Vorgänger reduzierten) Clipping-Fehler, der nicht aktuelle Roster oder die fehlenden Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten im Online-Spiel größtenteils kosmetisch sind, bringen sie den Spielspaß sowohl für Solospieler als auch für Multiplayer-Fans nicht ins Wanken. Kurzum: Für Wrestling-Fans führt kein Weg an Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 vorbei.
92
PlayStation 2IGN
What makes WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 such fantastic fun to play is its total accessibility. While everyone may not care for the Buried Alive match or Fulfill Your Fantasy, they can always retreat to GM Mode or defend one of their titles instead. If those options still don't tickletheir fancy, they can always just make someone with the excellent create-a-character feature, or drop into an impromptu Season, or simply engage in an old favorite like Hell in a Cell. What's more is that the gameplay has made another noticeable step forward with its strong stamina and momentum systems and the adjustments to the rest of the gameplay are just as effective. And while I'll be the first to admit that the series could still work on its list of recurring problems, there's no other wrestling game since No Mercy that offers this much replay, value, or depth. Kudos to Yuke's and THQ for a job well done.
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy
For a long time, I've felt that the SmackDown series got a lot of critical acclaim but was flawed and too arcade-like to be truly great. It is with SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 that the franchise finally lives up to the hype. With new features, including the killer GM mode and highly improved visuals, it's absolutely the best wrestling game to release on this generation of consoles. Except for the fact that as of release day, the online sucks.
90
PlayStation 21UP
I've always been a hater of this series (far too arcadey for my tastes) but this time around, I'm completely sold. There are a few issues standing between it and true wrestling perfection (a better targeting system would be nice), but they're hardly anything to tarnish the experience. What Yukes has done with SmackDown! is create the perfect hybrid of their arcade approach and dramatic simulation that rivals the addictive nature found in the classic AKI titles last seen on the Nintendo 64. It really goes without saying that if you enjoy WWE Wrestling in any way, shape or form, you will absolutely love SmackDown! Vs. RAW 2006.
89
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Not every single thing that WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 tries to do completely works, but the sheer amount of crazy new stuff in this game more than makes it worth the while of any wrestling fan. The gameplay is the best it's ever been, the presentation is top-notch, and the plethora of available modes is more than enough to keep any WWE enthusiast busy for hours and hours. Maybe Yuke's will surprise everyone and put together another SmackDown! vs. RAW game for the PlayStation 2 next year; but if this does turn out to be the last one for the system, then it will have gone out with a bang.
88
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
If you’re looking for the best wrestler out on the market, you need look no farther than Smackdown Versus Raw 2006. An expanded roster with storylines, added GM mode and deeper emphasis on ring psychology makes every match more dynamic and realistic. Definitely something to check out if you’re a wrestling fan.
88
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Whether your skills at management shine or not, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 is nearly everything a wrestling fan could want. Now that the formula has been polished to the point that it gleams, and every addition you could think of has been added, I would like to see Yuke's take some chances on switching up the core gameplay a little. But you definitely can't accuse them of not having high ambitions, as this title is simply the most fully-loaded wrestling title yet. Can you dig it, suckas?
87
PSP4Players.de
Auch auf der PSP ist WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 nicht nur für Hardcore-Fans des Sports Entertainment eine Empfehlung wert – selbst Anhänger von „normalen“ Prügelspielen könnten Gefallen an den Eskapaden der WWE-Wrestler finden.
87
PSPIGN
What makes WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 such fantastic fun to play is its total accessibility. While everyone may not care for the Buried Alive match or Fulfill Your Fantasy, they can always retreat to GM Mode or defend one of their titles instead. If those options still don't tickle their fancy, they can always just make someone with the excellent create-a-character feature, or drop into an impromptu Season, or simply engage in an old favorite like Hell in a Cell. What's more is that the gameplay has made another noticeable step forward with its strong stamina and momentum systems and the adjustments to the rest of the gameplay are just as effective.
85
PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
Altogether, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 is a quality game. Whether you're buying the console version or the PSP handheld one, you're going to enjoy this title if you're interested in wrestling or the WWE. Even if you don't like wrestling, I'd recommend trying it at the very least, it's enjoyable and entertaining to watch hulking men insult each other and then throw each other around in the ring.
85
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
However, I digress. If you like the WWE, this is pretty much the most complete package you can find. There are some glitches, but the tuning of the gameplay, combined with new wrestling features, expansion of staple game modes, and addition of some cool new ones ensures that there's plenty of substance to go with the style. You get so much bang for your buck in this title it's not even funny — don't be afraid to pay full price for it.
85
PSPGameSpot
Not every single thing that WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 tries to do completely works, but the sheer amount of crazy stuff more than makes it worth the while of wrestling fans--provided, of course, that they didn't already run out and buy the game on the PlayStation 2. 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. But if you did skip out on the PS2 game, and you want a great portable wrestler, SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 is completely worth checking out.
82
PlayStation 2Games Master
For wrestling purists, it's possible to escape out of the cage door or to reverse a sleeper attempt 'properly' by stopping your hand from dropping to the mat. And for shameless gawpers, you can dress Stacy Keibler up as a French maid or crack Taijiri in the face with a sledgehammer and dribble over the three (three!) levels of bloodiness available. The commentary's massively improved, too - J.R., the King, Tazz and Michael Cole all have a dozen general chums of dialogue, with more for specific wrestlers, high-risk moves and cheating. Of course, it still gets a bit repetitive in Season mode: you can only hear the King make a crack about Shawn Michaels looking a bit old, ooh, six times before it gets really tedious, but that's to be expected.
80
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited
kortom, ik kom helaas toch weer op de foute mededeling dat SDvR 2006 gemaakt is voor de 'fan van het genre'. En daarbij hoop ik dat wat meer mensen de boel eens op waarde weten in te schatten en dus fan worden.
80
PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
Looking at the list of options and features, WWE Smackdown Versus Raw 2006 seems to have everything. With a better wrestling engine, it would. Even so, it's impossible to resist the range of options on offer, and the stamina element does add something that the series has long been missing.
80
PSPGame Informer Magazine
THQ’s first PSP game does a great job of replicating the feel of watching the WWE on TV: experience one match, then sit through five minutes of boring crap. But rather than commercials for vocational schools and diet pills, it’s loading screens here. Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006 for PSP closely emulates the excellent PS2 game, and the connectivity features are pretty slick. The fighting engine is fluid and an impressive amount of content has been fit onto the UMD, including some goofy little minigames and exclusive wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts. In fact, my only real gripe about the game is the insane load times, which is more a fault of the PSP than the actual game. But when I’m hankering for some portable wrestling fun, I want to actually play the game, rather than wait to play it.
80
PSPGamernode
So, yes, it's the same as the PS2 version, great! If you're planning buying this purely for the story mode, but already own the PS2 version, then think carefully. Otherwise, it's great and the best beat-'em-up on PSP. Not that there's a great deal of competition.
80
PSPOfficial UK Playstation 2 Magazine
Given the title's lofty perch as the most comprehensive PS2 wrestling game ever, it's no surprise that THQ has stuck to a winning formula for the series' handheld debut. The result is a very strong first WWE outing on PSP, and a massive advancement on the organisation's other handheld 'rassle titles (grab the Kleenex, Game Boy Advance fans). If that isn't enough reason to delve deep into your pocket and fish your wallet out, the extra character and mini-games go some way to justifying the additional expenditure. In truth, only hardcore fans really need to own the game on both platforms, but SmackDown! Vs Raw 2006 has bridged the gap from PS2 to PSP better than most.
80
PSPDigital Press - Classic Video Games
While loading with undoubtedly improve in following years, waiting a few minutes to see a detail-intensive wrestling title on a handheld will be worth it for fans of the sport. Smackdown Vs. RAW is a nearly flawless port of what many consider to the best wrestling title to date. That alone is worth the price, nearly crippling load times or not.
80
PSPEurogamer.net (UK)
But it's all about the content. 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 - and one that's arriving on the console only a few months later with loads of extra features in tow. It looks nearly the same, plays exactly the same, and if you connect it to your PS2 via USB cable and download your saved game data, it actually is the same. Quite an amazing achievement, and for WWE fans wanting a mobile SmackDown! it's just about perfect.
80
PSP1UP
What we have here is about as close to a perfect-port of such a massive title that we're going to get (being a PSP game, you should expect some ridiculous load times, which thankfully can be shortened by simply turning off those entrances that you've already seen a million times over). SmackDown! Vs. RAW 2006 is easily the best wrestling game since WWF No Mercy. The fact that it can now fit inside your pants, all quirks considered, does not change this one bit.
80
PSPGameSpy
SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 has so much packed in, you can hear your PSP working overtime to keep up with it all. 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. However, its fidelity and faithfulness to its source material, the PS2 game, is exceptionally notable. It might not be completely necessary to buy both, but if you can swing it, the inter-communication between PS2 and PSP versions is quite rewarding.
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Très riche et surtout réalisé avec brio, WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006 n'est à n'en pas douter l'un des grands jeux de catch de cette fin d'année, possédant la force furieuse des retransmissions télévisées et un dynamisme probant malgré la corpulence des intervenants. Toutefois, et même si le gameplay reste intéressant, les coups s'avèrent relativement en sous-nombre et certaines phases demeurent particulièrement frustrantes, voire irritantes. En plus de tout cela, on note certains problèmes de collisions qui empêchent le soft de se hisser au panthéon de la PS2. Néanmoins, ce soft vous permettra de passer de longues heures de plaisir entouré de slips rouges. Ce qui est non négligeable.
75
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Très riche et surtout réalisé avec brio, WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006 n'est à n'en pas douter l'un des grands jeux de catch de cette fin d'année, possédant la force furieuse des retransmissions télévisées et un dynamisme probant malgré la corpulence des intervenants. Toutefois, et même si le gameplay reste intéressant, les coups s'avèrent relativement en sous-nombre et certaines phases demeurent particulièrement frustrantes, voire irritantes. En plus de tout cela, on note certains problèmes de collisions qui empêchent le soft de se hisser dans les titres majeurs de la PSP. Néanmoins, ce soft vous permettra de passer de longues heures de plaisir entouré de slips rouges. Ce qui est non négligeable.
75
PSPGame Revolution
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 for the PSP is 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. But otherwise, this little beefcake should be a top contender for a spot in your PSP library.
70
PSPTTGamer
Smackdown vs RAW is everything you would expect on a PSP game for wrestling but does have a few issues that need to be ironed out next time around. 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.
70
PSP3DAvenue
Smackdown vs RAW is everything you would expect on a PSP game for wrestling but does have a few issues that need to be ironed out next time around. 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.
70
PSPGamePro (US)
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. Smackdown! vs. Raw would be near perfect wrestling title if the PSP's inherent limitations didn't hinder the game.