WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role PlayStation

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2000
Metascore
90

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
Buy On
  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. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Infinite playability and attention to the he-men details make this a treat. [Mar 2002, p.34]
  4. Antagonist
    98
    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. Da Gameboyz
    91
    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. Daily Radar
    88
    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. CNET Gamecenter
    80
    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. Spank!
    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.

Awards & Rankings

6
14
#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
24
#24 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 27, 2017
    9
    The best wrestling game on the original Playstation. Yukes knew they would have to up their game
    after the original Smackdown as Aki
    The best wrestling game on the original Playstation. Yukes knew they would have to up their game
    after the original Smackdown as Aki Corporation released WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64 a few months prior and boy did they do a fantastic job.

    The wrestler models looked good for 2000 and still look good today. The entrances were good but sucks that they were shortened by memory limitations. The gameplay is super addictive. The controls are tight, responsive and easy to learn. It had a near perfect roster and all the match types you want. The career mode is good and the loading times are not irritating as fans claim they are. The create a wrestler was improved. It introduced the TLC and Hell In A Cell match types for the first time and the series would continue to introduce new match types. I really liked the BGMs.

    These were the main problems with Smackdown 2: There is NO selling from wrestlers when you grapple them and even when you perform a finisher. The Hell in a Cell looks terrible. Most of the finishers are reused and some of them look crap.

    The next game in the WWF Smackdown series, WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It fixed some of the problems in this game. The entrances would start to become more realistic after JBI, the BGMs were getting better, the finishers would look much more brutal and realistic as the series continued, every wrestler would get a second finisher from this game, new match types would be introduced and the Hell in a Cell would be improved on after this game.

    A classic.
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  2. Dec 4, 2016
    10
    There is the one of the best wrestling game of all time, and the best fighting game after Tekken3! The Rock Layeth the SmackDown. Real videoThere is the one of the best wrestling game of all time, and the best fighting game after Tekken3! The Rock Layeth the SmackDown. Real video entrances of all wrestlers than in WWF No Mercy due to cartridge's limit! Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. WWF SmackDown! 2 Know your role is the best wrestling game i have ever played, everything in this game is great, the only drawback is that there are too many loadings in season mode Full Review »