Review by Ur2LOCO
Reviewed: 06/07/01 | Updated: 06/07/01
WWF leaves Playstation with a bang!
In March 2000, THQ stunned wrestling fans all over the U.S. with WWF Smackdown! for the Playstation. In late November, THQ did it again with WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role. Of course, the game became a hit across the U.S., while having it's pros and cons. One of the pros, no doubt, was the landmark match: Hell in a Cell, amongst many other different matches you could play with over 4 dozen wrestlers. The Create-a-wrestler was seriously updated, the Create-a-PPV has went download (it needs to load way too much), the Create-a-Taunt is a nifty little option to give your created wrestler a chance to show off. The Create-a-Manager seemed a little unnecessary, unless you like to make unneeded alliances with wrestlers. The cons were of loading time (way too much of it), unrealism (Jeff Hardy picking up Viscera?), and slowdown (Tag Team Table Tornado match is S-L-O-W).
The gameplay is very fast (faster than the original). The season mode is actually pretty slow, it takes a good 10 minutes to go through one show. Other than that, the game is great to play, especially multiplayer.
If you were expecting a total makeover of the graphics from the original, don't expect much. What you WILL see is a small bit of improvement with the wrestler's look. With it, the arena has been totally redone, so fans are no longer holding the same signs, but different ones according to the wrestler you have, along with the TitanTrons looking much more realistic.
Once again, there is no color commentary, and really bad guitar riffs take it's place. Along with annoyingly bad music, you get sound effects that do sound real and are somewhat essential to the fight (you hear stretch noises when you put someone in a hold, and you hear boos if you knock off the tag opponent on the ring apron)
While the game is great with it's many options, you would start to lose the urge to play it if you're too bored with the season mode, or if you've unlocked everything and there's nothing else to do. When all is said and done, invite some friends over and go multiplayer.
WWF left a scar on the Playstation with this landmark title, there are few, but nagging, cons to this game. Other than that, I recommend picking it up and trying it out. If you question any of these reviews, rent it first and see what you think.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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