WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role PlayStation

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2000
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
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  1. HenryW.
    Oct 5, 2002
    10
    If you smell what Smack Down 2 is cookin'.
  2. HossamS.
    May 2, 2004
    10
    Amazing.
  3. KasperH
    Jan 12, 2010
    10
    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!
  4. AdamC.
    Mar 18, 2003
    10
    I think the game is really good and i would recommend it to any wrestling fan.
  5. JonnyB.
    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    What a game!! The Season is really long and you earn to unlock new people. The vids that come up every week can get repetitive though, but I still love it!
  6. [Anonymous]
    Oct 9, 2002
    10
    This game is freakin' awesome!!! The Ladder match and TLC matches are the best. You can do anything you want in the ring. you can put your opponent thru a table more ways then one. this is the only game that lets you be creative as you want and entertain the fans. A hella lot of wrestlers to choose from, you won't get bored with this. I know, I play this all the time!
  7. mattm
    Jun 26, 2009
    10
    wrestling in its prime. deep roster awsome 4 player story mode and the replay value to keep you playing for months
  8. DannyE.
    Nov 27, 2002
    10
    The game kicks a**.With the best superstar Jeff Hardy and some of the best matches ever such as the Hell in the cell and Ladder maches!
  9. Jan 1, 2014
    6
    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.
  10. Oct 2, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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 Expand
  11. 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 video entrances of all wrestlers than in WWF No Mercy due to cartridge's limit!
  12. Aug 14, 2017
    9
    The best wrestling game on the original Playstation. Yukes knew they would have to up their game from Aki Corporation making WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64 and boy did they do a fantastic job.

    The wrestler models looked good for 2000 and still do look good today. The entrances were good but sucks that they were shortened by memory limitations. The gameplay is super addictive. The
    The best wrestling game on the original Playstation. Yukes knew they would have to up their game from Aki Corporation making WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64 and boy did they do a fantastic job.

    The wrestler models looked good for 2000 and still do 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.

    These were the main problems with Smackdown 2: The BGMs are poor. 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 very good game overall. A classic.
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Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
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#23 Most Shared PS1 Game of 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
  1. 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.
  2. Antagonist
    98
    Caustic 3:16 says Smackdown! 2 will whip your ass.
  3. WWF Smackdown 2 know's its role and that is the best wrestler on the PSX.