• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2000

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A fantastically comprehensive and playable wrestling sim - if it's actually possible to simulate something that isn't 'real' in the first place.
  2. 100
    One of the best wrestlers on the PlayStation, Smackdown 2 puts all the other jabronis to shame with its quick action, cool graphics, and exciting game play.
  3. Infinite playability and attention to the he-men details make this a treat. [Mar 2002, p.34]
  4. Caustic 3:16 says Smackdown! 2 will whip your ass.
  5. WWF Smackdown 2 know's its role and that is the best wrestler on the PSX.
  6. What more can I say, this game is amazing.
  7. Realistic season mode, improved graphics, and all of the WWF drama that you could wish for in a console game.
  8. 90
    A huge arsenal of moves and a ridiculous number options - some great, some not so great - add tons of replay value and make Smackdown 2, making it a virtual no-brainer for wrestling fans.
  9. 89
    Clearly the best wrestling game on the PlayStation and packing a feature set much larger and well-rounded than the original Smackdown.
  10. The solid gameplay from the first game is there, and the game has more than enough modes to keep you entertained, but overall, WWF SmackDown! 2 is simply more of the same.
  11. With new tag-team maneuvers that are remarkably easy to execute and more backstage areas than ever before, this is still the best PSOne wrestler and a great game for fans looking for something to play with their friends.
  12. The multiple game modes and environments, new wrestlers and intuitive control makes WWF Smackdown 2!: Know Your Role one of the best wrestling games to date, on any platform.
  13. A great game, but having to stand around backstage and watch the other characters perform is maddening. I guess that's what any rookie wrestler goes through.
  14. With more than 50 WWF superstars, a fantastic array of matches, and unparalleled, blisteringly fast gameplay, it's the only squared-circle brawler you need to buy. Anything else, especially the horrendous "WCW Backstage Assault," isn't worth your time.
  15. 80
    The custom options are outstanding and there's tons of hidden stuff to find. The only real drawback are the painfully long loading times.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 1, 2014
    This was a defining game for the first Playstation as its gameplay was good, the unlockables seemed infinite, it had a great list of playable wrestlers and was generally enjoyable. Full Review »
  2. KasperH
    Jan 12, 2010
    One of my all-time favourite games, gameplay, create your own wrestler, everything but having to do 5 years in season mode to unlock everything was perfect! Full Review »
  3. mattm
    Jun 26, 2009
    wrestling in its prime. deep roster awsome 4 player story mode and the replay value to keep you playing for months