• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2002
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. The arenas are superbly well done, with excellent layout and ultra smooth texturing.
  3. The epitome of what a wrestling game should be like.
  4. As wrestling games go it is probably the best total package.
  5. The best PS2 wrestler there is, largely thanks to Yuke’s success in mimicking the cheese that oozes from every pore of the WWE.
  6. 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.
  7. Game Informer
    75
    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 Regardless of the polish THQ and Yuke's put on this series' graphics and modes, the engine is still outdated and weak.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]
  8. Options! Holy mother of baby squirrels this game has options!
  9. GameNow
    100
    The most remarkable change may be this year's Season mode, which sets a new standard for wrestling games. [Jan 2003, p.48]
  10. 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.
  11. Sets a new standard when it comes to wrestling games.
  12. 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.
  13. You can pick it up and play with barely any learning curve, and the multiplayer of the game gives it nearly infinite replay value.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Control-wise the game has been nicely polished since "Know Your Role" and "Just Bring It."
  17. 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."
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. netjak
    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.
  21. Well, knock me across the head with a sledgehammer and call me Koko B. Ware...Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth is a great title!
  22. PSM Magazine
    80
    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]
  23. 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.

Awards & Rankings

36
20
#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
42
#42 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63
  1. Mar 29, 2017
    9
    This game was just quality when it first released. This was a must buy for all wrestling fans. They even added in the at the time draft lottoThis game was just quality when it first released. This was a must buy for all wrestling fans. They even added in the at the time draft lotto into the game so you could draft your own rosters for Raw and Smackdown. Quality game for the time. Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2016
    9
    Another one of my childhood favourites. I remember this having one of the better storyline combinations than its predecessors and the gameplayAnother one of my childhood favourites. I remember this having one of the better storyline combinations than its predecessors and the gameplay was funny and entertaining. Loved playing outside of the arena and Hell In A Cell matches. Okay, graphics wise it wasn't awesome but it was made ages ago so you need to take that into account. Great game. Full Review »
  3. 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 »