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 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 98
  2. Negative: 6 out of 98
  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 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 »
  3. May 5, 2016
    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
    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 Brand Extension, RAW and
    SmackDown!, and the Ruthless Aggression Era (like myself), especially during its early start of 2002-03? Then this is by far the most enjoyable wrestling game that you will ever come by.

    With the biggest roster in WWE's history, emerging superstars were the
    likes of Attitude Era stars, e.g. Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock,
    Triple H and The Undertaker. WCW stars, e.g. Booker T, Kevin Nash,
    Scott Steiner and Goldberg. As well as fresh new talents who would go
    on to become some of the greatest superstars, e.g. Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista.

    And not counting out its predecessor, Shut Your Mouth. But Here Comes
    the Pain improved massively on its gameplay.
    Full Review »