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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 174
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  1. BrianM.
    Nov 5, 2003
    1
    More smackdown drivel... When will THQ bring out the defining WWE game? I suppose never.. A wasted oppurtunity.. but than there is always next year.. here comes Smackdown 6 or WWE Smackdown YOU TAPPED OUT! cough
  2. BenjaminH.
    Nov 7, 2003
    0
    It is a bag of rubbish and needs snapping in half!!!!
  3. LohG.
    Feb 7, 2004
    4
    This game is shallow and overrated, you freaks don't know anything about good games. The graphics arent, "good". The Models colide terribly, so when someone punches a fat wrestler, his hand goes through his abdomen, a little weird. All you horny 14 year olds got this game because of the bra and panties match, I bet. The grappling system is better, but still shallow, I think of it as This game is shallow and overrated, you freaks don't know anything about good games. The graphics arent, "good". The Models colide terribly, so when someone punches a fat wrestler, his hand goes through his abdomen, a little weird. All you horny 14 year olds got this game because of the bra and panties match, I bet. The grappling system is better, but still shallow, I think of it as advanced button mashing, and as all these guys say, its the best wrestling game ever, sadly, its not that good. Expand
  4. BobD.
    Jan 17, 2004
    1
    It should be on PC.
  5. BOOKERT.
    Nov 17, 2003
    1
    This game aint da shiznit. story mode should be like madden franchise and it should be multiplayer like the original. the story mode should be changed to be a wrestler . here you practice , attend meetings and take your player through 10 + years . copy madden franchise mode but do it with a wrestling twist. these games grow old too fast!copy the madden franchise mode for a new be aThis game aint da shiznit. story mode should be like madden franchise and it should be multiplayer like the original. the story mode should be changed to be a wrestler . here you practice , attend meetings and take your player through 10 + years . copy madden franchise mode but do it with a wrestling twist. these games grow old too fast!copy the madden franchise mode for a new be a wrestler mode!!! I am genius!!! Expand
  6. GregM.
    Dec 19, 2003
    2
    There are a lot of wrestlers missing (la resistance,mark henry,maven,etc...)the royal rumble matches are cheap. royal rumble should be played like real life where you have to work to eliminate your opponent or cpu eliminate you. i started number 1 with goldberg, threw out half a dozen wrestlers then got punched twice by hurricane and knocked out. story mode should be longer in year termsThere are a lot of wrestlers missing (la resistance,mark henry,maven,etc...)the royal rumble matches are cheap. royal rumble should be played like real life where you have to work to eliminate your opponent or cpu eliminate you. i started number 1 with goldberg, threw out half a dozen wrestlers then got punched twice by hurricane and knocked out. story mode should be longer in year terms and player attributes shouldnt be based on winning matches. strength should be based on lifting weights in weightroom, speed and endurance based on running on tracks and city streets, technique and submission should be based on training in the ring. all belts should be able to be defended in exhibition. dissapointed that theres no commentery and voice overs. create mode should be upgraded. the ladies in bra and panty some should have thongs on. the legends suck because they dont have their original entrance music or moves. wrestlers should not get pinned after a little clothesline. some wrestlers stats are underrated(ex.haas, benjamin) Expand

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#1 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
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. 91
    One of the best wrestling games we've ever played...With its ultra-improved gameplay mechanics, enhanced visual engine, smarter career mode, and established create-a-character feature, Yukes and THQ are definitely the track to success.
  2. 80
    How about a Bra & Panties mode where WWE Divas rip off each other’s clothes? It’s the raunchiest Teen-rated action you’ll find anywhere.
  3. PSM Magazine
    90
    An absolutely awesome wrestling experience...Thanks to features like improved graphics, more match types, and an overhauled grappling system, it's definitely the most realistic and rewarding WWE game on the market. [Dec 2003, p.56]