ESRB Rating: T for Realistic Violence
Also Available On: Xbox
Release Date: October 14, 2002
Wage war with the top WWE Superstars modelled in amazing detail; For the first time ever,
assault opponents on their way to the ring; Watch the audience scatter as the action spills into the crowd;
Battle in more than 10 backstage areas; Create the ultimate WWE Superstar; WWE style presentation
with in-game cut scenes and Double Feature replay; Unique and strategic fighting system;
Advanced fighting engine from the creators of Ultimate Fighting Championships (for Dreamcast),
Anchor; Variety of match types including Royal Rumble and KING of the RING.
WWE Raw (also known as WWF Raw) is a video game released on the Xbox console and the PC by THQ in 2002.
All copies of the PC port and later copies of the Xbox original were titled WWE Raw due to the
World Wrestling Federation's lawsuit with the World Wildlife Fund, causing the former to change their
name to WWE (although the in-game logos still carried the WWF logo). The game was succeeded on the
Xbox by WWE Raw 2 in 2003.
The game received mixed reviews. Some players praised the game for its fantastic graphics,
which included detailed tattoos and hair, along with such features as attacking a wrestler
during his/her entrance and stealing pieces of attire, such as Kurt Angle's gold medal.
However, a lot of players complained about the terrible wrestler animation (especially their walk),
dysfunctional AI and fundamental flaws in the gameplay. One example of this is the confusing controls,
the same button is used for pinning an opponent, taunting, picking up items, climbing the turnbuckles
and entering and exiting a ring. As a result, pinning an opponent near a turnbuckle proved to be a
difficult task. Second example was the ease one could escape any grapple move attempt to the point
that it becomes impossible to apply one, especially against the game's omniscient Artificial Intelligence
that can escape and counter at will. Also, the game was missing features that were included in
previous WWF games and the sister SmackDown! series, including backstage areas and a Season Mode.
Players also complained about the game having a very outdated roster from early 2001.
Also fans were upset at the lack of match types, with there only being single and tag team matches.
But you could create matches like the Submission Match if you turned pin fall off and left Submission on.
You can also make the No Holds Barred Match if you turned all the rules off.
You can do the same for tag team matches and King Of The Ring Tournament if you like.
On the cover off the game it states it is WWE Raw but once you get on the game its clearly WWF