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  • Summary: Hit the ropes against WWE's top superstars in WWE Day of Reckoning, which features an all-new story mode filled with deception and betrayal. As your own created wrestler, you can rise up the ranks from the "minor leagues" of sports entertainment all the way to prime-time WWE programming. You can choose your favorite WWE Divas and go head-to-head in a Bra & Panties match. Each wrestling star, including Legends, can target specific body parts to wear down opponents. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. There really is a good, solid wrestling simulation under all the brashness of the WWE. Finally the GameCube gets something to properly rival the "Smackdowns" on the PS2.
  2. Easily the best wrestling game to grace a GameCube, the visuals are nice, the animations are slick, there's little to no clipping (amazing!), and it has enough depth for even the hardest core wrestling nut.
  3. Speaking of control, Yuke's has finely tuned the game's engine in order to create a faster, smoother, and richer gameplay experience... Simply the best WWE title on the Nintendo GameCube to date.
  4. Day of Reckoning is an absolutely crucial addition to the games collection of any fan of WWE.
  5. Production values have also improved, with graphics and sounds like those of WWE TV, though dialogue is not voiced. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  6. Day of Reckoning had the potential to be a superb game, but was held back by a lack of several things, such as a strong roster, voice-overs, and a strong Story mode, as well as its buggy AI.
  7. 55
    A huge disappointment. After "Wrestlemania 19" I was really expecting something special from this, but it retains everything that was bad about that game and merely covers them over with prettier graphics and a few new modes. Time to continue praying again for the return of AKI.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. TaylorP.
    Oct 6, 2006
    10
    This game is the best wrestling game gamecube has to offer!!! Very good graphics and awsome story mode!!! The create a Superstar mode is very great!!! Awsome moves and the momentum shift is very helpful. The new Bra and Panties matches rule! If you have a gamecube and you looking for a wrestling game, then this is the game! By the way, Diva rule! I love you Trish Stratus! Expand
  2. Kel
    Oct 22, 2004
    10
    As john cena would say this is basic thuganomics, this is basic wrestlenomics, i simply think that this is one of the best wresling games ive ever played. The controls are easy to get use to as are the reversals, it has john cena (yes!!) and the dead man undertaker. The lack of a few superstars didn't make me like the game anyless. The CAW mode is saweet, you even get to put in your own camera angles to really personalize it. There is finally a good music selection on a wrestling game and not the same old crap. Breaking Benjamins firefly was a great choice to put as background music. P.S. John Cena is the man. Expand
  3. MichaelM.
    Jul 19, 2005
    10
    I hope this game be the best game ever.
  4. XE-BIZKIT
    Aug 31, 2004
    9
    This game is tight! The graphics are outstanding and the gameplay is almost similar to WWF No Mercy, but faster. The story is also great and the sound is awesome. Almost the best WWE game for the Gamecube, pure fun. Expand
  5. May 16, 2013
    9
    WWE Day of Reckoning is a good game for the Nintendo GameCube. It has good graphics, story and controls. The momentum shift is a good addition to the controls. Expand
  6. PamelaA.
    Sep 23, 2004
    8
    a great CAW mode, but the lack of wrestlers (and the lovely lita) leaves a lot 2 be desired.
  7. Nov 9, 2014
    4
    I am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot of things to say here, but can't due to the 5000 character limit.

    The user score has been trolled -- not by me, but by others. The evidence is by clicking on the other reviewers profiles (which you can't by the way). Amazing how fake accounts can really shine a rating! Anyway, I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here to talk about WWE Day of Reckoning! And wow, it's an epic trash dump! Epic because you know you wanna see it, and it's cool at first. But then it begins to ruin itself after 10 hours of gameplay.

    1. Story
    The story looks beautiful. But does it stay that way? **** no! It opens up with you having to create your character, because the game won't let you take a pre-made superstar into the story. You start off in the jobbers league, off television, doing dark matches, and gradually working your way up until you are promoted enough for some airtime. Now that sounds cool! But after you get halfway through the story, you'll begin to notice that the story given doesn't really involve you at all. It's just one big giant gauntlet of matches with an objective every now and then, sugar-coated by a pitiful story and unnecessary cut-scenes. The game's roster is so small that you wind up wrestling the same guy 5 times, sometimes 3 times in a row. Your character doesn't grow any testicles until near the end -- which you'll have to play the entire story to understand what that means. You make only one decision in this story, and that's it.
    Now the story itself does contain elements that will make you wanna keep playing. You'll be hung in suspense many times, and will wanna find out what happens next week. However, for reasons stated above, the replay value is greatly penalized. Criticism has been earned.

    2. Graphics and Visuals
    The graphics, though not at their best for 2004, are still pretty good. The animations of all moves are amazing to watch. And the visuals after a weapon breaks will be unsuspecting.

    3. Gameplay
    Gameplay refers to combat & matches, and customization. Put it all together and it's below average!

    -Combat-
    The wrestling's Quick Grapple and Strong Grapple moves deserves phrase because it opens up many combing possibilities. The high-flying moves are decent, as well as the running, and turnbuckle moves. You are given a lot of variety for beating down your opponent. Despite this; the wrestling is unbalanced, and feels like it's missing elements that should be there. For example; once you receive enough damage it will take forever to stand up! Second, the longer a match plays out, the faster everyone's finisher meter will fill, making the charisma stat somewhat pointless. Third, submissions and hold moves drain your opponents momentum meter much faster than any other move, making them an ideal choice over all others during singles matches. It feels like a step backwards overall in gameplay.

    -Customization-
    A lot of customization here for creating your character -- which is a good thing considering it makes you do that before you can enter story mode. Because of the variety, it won't feel like a chore creating characters. Pretty sad that this is the best part of the game.

    4. Soundtrack
    The music is great, but the way it's introduced won't be! You're listening to the same songs over & over again, songs that are normally played at a rock concert. THQ thinks this is cool, but it's not! After enough time has passed, you'll get sick of the tracks, and turn off music completely.

    5. Personal Enjoyment
    So many pointless things exist in this game to piss you off. Like why is there a referee in the cage with you during a Steel Cage match when Pinfall and Submission is disabled? Why does the referee attack you using Stone Cold Steve Austin's moveset when DQ is turned off? What's the point in Bra & Panties matches when it plays no role in anything? Why do Smackdown superstars exist in the Raw storyline? Why can you set up objects on the turnbuckle but you can't actually throw your opponent through said object? Why can't you use the steel cage as a weapon during a Steel Cage match? Why does the Royal Rumble match instantly end if all players have been eliminated? Why are there no backstage brawls during gameplay at all? Why can't pinfalls & submissions count anywhere during a Hell in a Cell match? And why do submission finishers do a ridiculous amount of damage compared to all other finishers? All of these things DON'T MAKE SENSE!

    6. Overall Verdict
    Wrestling fans should just move on and not bother with this game, however I can't say that it's a bad game because it does some things right, despite doing many other things wrong. The verdict is a 4 out of 10.
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