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  • Summary: Features an exclusive story mode with original storylines developed by WWE. Unique Superstar abilities featuring real-life attributes of strength, submission, technique, speed and stamina. New and improved controls including an in-depth countering and interactive submission system. All-newFeatures an exclusive story mode with original storylines developed by WWE. Unique Superstar abilities featuring real-life attributes of strength, submission, technique, speed and stamina. New and improved controls including an in-depth countering and interactive submission system. All-new match types including Bra & Panty, First Blood and Elimination Chamber. Enhanced production values feature dynamic camera transitions, an improved audio experience, Superstar voice over and more-realistic animations. [THQ] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    The best wrestling game on the market for any platform.
  2. netjak
    94
    As far was wrestling games go, it gets no better than this. With the new additions to the roster and the modified gameplay, fans of the series will not be disappointed, so don’t believe HCTP is the just the same old song and dance, because simply put, this is where it’s at.
  3. Play Magazine
    91
    If they fix the play balance and are able to add that last bit of audio polish (and adjust that Steph model...she was hot in the preview build), the next iteration could be perfection. [Dec 2003, p.101]
  4. Probably the best wrestling game to come out since "No Mercy" on the N64. Yukes seems to have finally combined what was great in the AKI games on N64 and what was great in the Smackdown games.
  5. The lighting effects and polygonal detail has been kicked up a few notches, and for those of you who don't like your grapplers dipped in corn oil, HCTP has the best looking character models on the market - more realistic in motion, musculature and personal detail than Raw 2's sweaty oafs.
  6. 80
    As the wrestling game with the most depth, great playability, impressive visuals, and slick presentation, SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain delivers in all the categories WWE fans hold in high regard.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 97
  2. Negative: 6 out of 97
  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 Expand
  2. GregL.
    Dec 17, 2003
    10
    Amazing game guys!! keep up the good work! i think its gonna be a greatest hit game soon!
  3. BrendonR.
    Oct 29, 2003
    10
    The Best game I ever played. the graphcs are unbeliveable, and all the special matches ah! it's to great to talk about. My god! Brendon Rasulo
  4. Batman
    Jul 13, 2004
    10
    This is the best wrestling game...the only problems are...you can't hit people when they are doing submissions and you have to do season This is the best wrestling game...the only problems are...you can't hit people when they are doing submissions and you have to do season mode for like 4 years before u can max out a created character...and the create a wrestler mode isnt as cool as wrestlemania xix... Expand
  5. CarokA.
    Nov 18, 2003
    9
    This game rocks! elemination chamber is the best!bra and panty match oooooo ya!
  6. 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. Expand
  7. BenjaminH.
    Nov 7, 2003
    0
    It is a bag of rubbish and needs snapping in half!!!!

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#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#1 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003