Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Sets a new standard when it comes to wrestling games.
  2. 91
    Forget what the magazines say about Smackdown, because I can guarantee you not one of those brainwashers dissected this game the way I did just now.
  3. The bottom line is that Smackdown!: SYM is the only wrestling game on any console (not just the PS2) to have everything that the fans want… and a whole lot more. If that’s not enough of a reason to go out and get it, we don’t know what is.
  4. The gameplay still might be a little too fast-paced for some, but Shut Your Mouth tries to balance it with a more useful grappling, submission, and counter system.
  5. Control-wise the game has been nicely polished since "Know Your Role" and "Just Bring It."
  6. 88
    Particularly well done are the new "Hell in a Cell" matches, which finally allow you to perform aggressive moves like rubbing an opponent's face against the chain link fence, or throwing an opponent off the top of the steel cage.
  7. The arenas are superbly well done, with excellent layout and ultra smooth texturing.
  8. The presentation is almost exactly as it would be on TV, the wrestlers look decent, and the animations look spectacular. But after all is said and done, the game still feels a great deal like an update rather than a true sequel that caters to all wrestling fans.
  9. You can pick it up and play with barely any learning curve, and the multiplayer of the game gives it nearly infinite replay value.
  10. 82
    This is the first time there hasn't been an obvious, glaring problem with the series' gameplay, which is cause for some kind of celebration.
  11. 80
    It has its faults, and they’re similar to last year’s, but there’s no better game for getting the feel of being a WWE superstar.
  12. 80
    Quick, responsive controls do well to round out the positives here, but the time spent refining the countering-a-grapple system make Shut Your Mouth considerably more balanced and playable than some previous installments.
  13. The epitome of what a wrestling game should be like.
  14. The best of the series, but if you've played Smackdown one through three to death already, this one may get old fast. [Holiday 2002, p.32]
  15. The best PS2 wrestler there is, largely thanks to Yuke’s success in mimicking the cheese that oozes from every pore of the WWE.
  16. Well, knock me across the head with a sledgehammer and call me Koko B. Ware...Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth is a great title!
  17. Options! Holy mother of baby squirrels this game has options!
  18. Not a big brave step forward in the world of wrestling games...But the whole game has been pumped up and inflated to such impressive proportions that you can't help applaud both THQ and Yukes for treating the WWE with the care and campness it deserves.
  19. As wrestling games go it is probably the best total package.
  20. While SmackDown is still quite a long way from matching the visual peaks reached by other highly popular fighting series (Tekken, DOA, Soul Blade…), there have been massive strides in the right direction with this fourth instalment from the THQ/Yule team.
  21. Easily bests all the other next-gen wrestling games released so far... Regardless of the polish THQ and Yuke's put on this series' graphics and modes, the engine is still outdated and weak. [Dec 2002, p.119]
  22. Changes to the in-ring gameplay itself are barely noticeable. It's good, but if you're not a hardcore fan, you'll tire of it quickly. [Jan 2003, p.182]
  23. It features one mother of an expanded Create-a-Wrestler mode, a deep Season mode and almost as many gameplay modes as there are wrestlers.
  24. We're still waiting for something that is truly a progression in EVERY way for a genre that has seemingly stagnated over the last two years.
  25. The controls bug me, too. Where's the innovation? [Jan 2003, p.136]
  26. 100
    The most remarkable change may be this year's Season mode, which sets a new standard for wrestling games. [Jan 2003, p.48]
  27. The greatest next-generation wrestling game on the market and completely makes up for the control issues that THQ foisted upon us last year in "Just Bring It."
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Dec 30, 2012
    8
    A solid WWE game that covers an interesting time period for the sport. A good roster and solid gameplay...well worth the price used today.A solid WWE game that covers an interesting time period for the sport. A good roster and solid gameplay...well worth the price used today. SYM is leagues better than current gen WWE offerings. Full Review »
  2. AndrewA.
    Aug 9, 2005
    8
    I agree with one person is that you can`t get weapons when in the other games you can.
  3. EhsanF.
    Aug 1, 2004
    7
    I gave this game a 7. Thats becouse: u cannt get any wepons from the audience for example:chairs, baseball bats these stuff. i think its ok I gave this game a 7. Thats becouse: u cannt get any wepons from the audience for example:chairs, baseball bats these stuff. i think its ok that theirs no blood. but it could have better graphics i must say! Full Review »