• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2005
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  • Summary: In the sequel to WWE Day of Reckoning, you must fight your way back to the top of the wrestling ladder. WWE Day of Reckoning 2 features new legendary fighters, a new story mode, and more.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. The gameplay is a dream. It's logical, well thought out, rarely requires any button mashing, and has a great tutorial that for the most part, walks you through the entire thing.
  2. 85
    The control mechanics, already solidly grapple-heavy and speedy, are made more intuitive still by a strategic synergy between stamina and submission systems, and complemented again by a fun momentum shift. The result is a wrestling game with less button mashing and more strategy.
  3. Definitely the best wrestling game on GameCube, and it's certainly debatable as to whether it may well be the best wrestling game available on any of the current major platforms.
  4. 80
    An excellent game for the wrestling purists, and while it would actually have been nice to get a little more good ol' WWE brand tackiness, it's hard to decline what the game offers: beautiful bodies on beautiful display, doing beautiful violence.
  5. Although it's technically a fine game, if you own the original, there's not much reason to purchase WWE Day of Reckoning 2.
  6. All in all, what Day of Reckoning 2 presents to us is a few tweaks to the original Day of Reckoning - some good, most bad.
  7. Wrestling games past and present have suffered from the same basic flaw: lack of depth. We gamers are a sophisticated bunch when it comes to our melee. We can handle it. Imagine us not as stupid cavemen wielding funny looking colorful misshapen clubs (read: controllers).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. May 15, 2013
    10
    WWE Day of Reckoning 2 is the best WWE game for the Nintendo GameCube. It has good graphics, good game play and story line. TheWWE Day of Reckoning 2 is the best WWE game for the Nintendo GameCube. It has good graphics, good game play and story line. The create-a-superstar have the most extensive mode when compared to the other three WWE game on the GameCube. Expand
  2. DylanD.
    Dec 5, 2005
    10
    This is the best wrestling game i've played since the original DOR. Amazing storyline and the best lineup of legends in any of the games.
  3. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    This game was amazing. Graphics were advanced for their time and are even better than most SmackDown vs Raw games

    Brilliant story mode as
    This game was amazing. Graphics were advanced for their time and are even better than most SmackDown vs Raw games

    Brilliant story mode as well. The actual gameplay of the game is the best of any wrestling game so far, even better than No Mercy on the N64.
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  4. AndrewV.
    Sep 3, 2005
    9
    Wow.....this game has amazing graphics and a longer, more challenging story mode. I like the rosters except there are no good tag teams. This Wow.....this game has amazing graphics and a longer, more challenging story mode. I like the rosters except there are no good tag teams. This game has the best Legends THQ could possibly put together. Plus I love the Divas too. P.S. John Cena rocks! Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2017
    9
    The best wrestling game on the Nintendo Gamecube.

    The graphics had quite a transformation from Wrestlemania 18 up to this game and they
    The best wrestling game on the Nintendo Gamecube.

    The graphics had quite a transformation from Wrestlemania 18 up to this game and they were impressive and very realistic for the time. The animations look really nice and new types were added as well. I did like the licensed soundtrack from the first game but I felt that this soundtrack was much better and sounded more hardcore and grungy which I thought was a great idea.

    The gameplay is essentially the same as the games that came before it but added the stamina system and the submission system which made the game more realistic. It also gave strategy for players. The game becomes intense when you play triple threat and fatal 4 way matches and I think it gets even more fun.

    The story continues from the first game and it is really good. You can pick choices in which alter the story which was a lot fans wanted in the first game but wasn't included.

    The customization system is improved over the first game but the load times get annoying very quickly.

    The roster was disappointing but that was what the Gamecube was able to give us. That's the only thing that sticks out.

    Overall, I would recommend it.
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  6. Feb 25, 2022
    8
    Great game awesome graphics and cool gameplay but the story not that great but overall good game
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    0
    This game could be incredible, but has several flaws of varying degrees of seriousness that cripple it. Despite having possibly the mostThis game could be incredible, but has several flaws of varying degrees of seriousness that cripple it. Despite having possibly the most robust create-a-wrestler systems in any wrestling game as well as the most extensive move list, this game is still hamstrung by flaws. The most obvious one is the new stamina system which, while not a deal breaker, is just unnecessary and annoying. The most rage-inducing flaw only appears in triple threat and fatal fourway matches against bots. They aren't triple threat or fatal fourway matches at all; they're two-on-one and three-on-one handicap matches. The bots almost never attack each other, will surround and gang-bang you, break up any grapple that you attempt, and will never stay down. The amount of frustration that will come from playing these matches on any difficulty above easy is astronomical, and is enough warrant a 0 rating. Avoid at all costs. Expand

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#14 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
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#15 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005