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. In one game, the season mode was useless, whilst another contained opponents that were always beaten far too easily. With WWE Smackdown!
Excerpt: The next addition in THQ's Smackdown! wrestling series comes into the squared circle at full force. Once again, player models look absolutely gorgeous (minus a few of the characters). Wrestlers like Brock Lesner, The Rock and The Undertaker (among others) all look so incredible, you'd think they could jump out of the screen and rip your head off. Also added into WWE Smackdown!
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 "Edgehead" or "Testicle" will look for before they even buy the game.
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. New to the game is limb-based damage, so that you can attack separate parts of the body in order to go for a submission hold or to weaken your opponent.
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. An essential purchase for all PS2 owning WWE fans.
Pros: The endless options., The Create-a-Wrestler., The (seemingly) endless storylines., Fast load times.
Excerpt: Undertittelen på denne versjonen lyder "Here Comes the Pain". Hardbarkete tilhengere serien vet sannsynligvis mer om spillet enn det japanske utvikleren Yuke's. Dette spillet har blitt promotert så til de grader. Smackdown selger i bøtter og spann i USA. Ola Nordmann har hittil ikke vært like begeistret. Den fjerde kategorien gir deg muligheten til å velge å slåss med flere motstandere på en gang.