Excerpt: In recent years, THQ’s WWE Smackdown! series has provided some of the biggest selling titles on the PS2, and whilst the general quality of the games has been slowly improving, there was always a feeling from wrestling purists that they could be better.
Excerpt: Outside of hardcore RPG fans, wrestling fanatics are probably the biggest sticklers when it comes to what they expect out of a videogame. The most current rosters, perfectly replicated entrances, and characters that are perfect right down to their tattoos are just a few of the litany of things any...
Summary: Anyone who has been following WWE programming as of late can attest that Smackdown! has been the far superior program in regards to RAW. This wasn’t just a recent trend, however, as THQ’s WWE Smackdown! line of games has consistently been the best of the three WWE-themed series.
Excerpt: Like past Smackdown games, Here Comes The Pain is more arcade than simulation. It’s much faster than its competitors, but this year it has struck a balance between that fast-paced action and the ring psychology that adds that special touch to the best matches we’ve seen on TV.
Conclusion: Regardless of what reviews say about this it's bound to sell just because of what it is, but that's slightly unfair as what it is is a very big game and a fun one at that. Don't let the subject matter put you off - this game gives you more for your money than possibly any other PS2 game.
Pros: The endless options., The Create-a-Wrestler., The (seemingly) endless storylines., Fast load times.