WWE Smackdown vs. Raw is the sixth game in the WWE Smackdown series of games and the first to use the "vs. Raw" suffix. Later games would adopt this suffix as well as a year (Smackdown vs. Raw 2006), similar to most traditional sports games. The "vs. Raw" suffix was used up until Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, and now the games are named "WWE" with the year.
Smackdown vs. Raw improves over previous games in a few areas. The first is with its graphics. SvR features an increased polygon count over previous Smackdown games. Voiceovers from many WWE Superstars were also added into the Season mode. Mini-games were added for the first time for both pre-match and in-game situations. The Clean/Dirty that would be expanded on in later games was first instituted in SvR. A reformatted PPV mode and a Create-A-Championship mode were also added.
As with every WWE Smackdown game, Smackdown vs. Raw features an updated roster, including wresters from Raw, Smackdown, and a separate roster of Legends.
Hidden on the disk are unusued announce files, which indicate that the roster was once planned to include Goldberg, Ultimo Dragon, Brock Lesnar, Steve Austin, and several others.