Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 8 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 29 [Vol 798; 30 Jan 2004]
  2. 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]
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 94
  2. Negative: 6 out of 94
  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. Apr 22, 2015
    10
    All hail Season Mode, the ONE thing that made wrestling games GOOD and amplified an endless amount of replay value.
    Furthermore, if you're a
    All hail Season Mode, the ONE thing that made wrestling games GOOD and amplified an endless amount of replay value.
    Furthermore, if you're a huge fan of the Ruthless Aggression like I am, especially in its early start of 2002-03 - then this is by far the most enjoyable wrestling game you will ever come by. Not counting out its predecessor Shut Your Mouth, but Here Comes the Pain improved massively on its gameplay.
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  3. Sep 4, 2014
    9
    Probably the best wrestling game ever.Hell, it aged so damn well. Great roster, exciting gameplay. Really an epic and also a revolutionaryProbably the best wrestling game ever.Hell, it aged so damn well. Great roster, exciting gameplay. Really an epic and also a revolutionary game at that time. There hasn't been any wrestling game since "Here Comes The Pain" that was better and more fun than that. A difficult wrestling game to top. Full Review »