Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
Buy On
  1. Weekly Famitsu
    73
    8 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 29 [Vol 798; 30 Jan 2004]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    The first game in the series that tries to accommodate both sides by combining quick action with the technical elements of wrestling, and it works -- almost. [Jan 2004, p.132]

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#1 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 99
  2. Negative: 6 out of 99
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    Wow,lets get right to it and I have to tell you that it's August 2010 and I have yet to find a wrestling game or fighting game as good as thisWow,lets get right to it and I have to tell you that it's August 2010 and I have yet to find a wrestling game or fighting game as good as this game.I have wwe smackdown vs. raw 2010 and that game is amazing but this game's game play is mind blowing.Especially for how old this game is.The lack of commentary is the only reason I'm knocking off a 1/2 of a point,even though the commentary in all the wrestling games is terrible and the games weakest point,but to this day I play it and love it the best of all my wresling games,I give it a 9.5 Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2017
    8
    I think 90% of the people start their PS2 experience by this game only. Classic game. Royal rumble system is a little too fast for the liking,I think 90% of the people start their PS2 experience by this game only. Classic game. Royal rumble system is a little too fast for the liking, but still, it is fun. And also, anything with tornado tag is fun. Full Review »
  3. May 25, 2016
    8
    WWE SmackDown Here Comes the Pain is the best wrestling game on PS2, not to mention WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2011 . Not really good graphics, butWWE SmackDown Here Comes the Pain is the best wrestling game on PS2, not to mention WWE SmackDown VS Raw 2011 . Not really good graphics, but many different wrestlers and one ofthe best gameplay in WWF/WWE Series . This is first WWE Games (WWF not to mention) . On Cover for this game Brock Lesnar . Amazing wrestling game . Full Review »