WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role

Wrestling games have been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until the days of the Nintendo 64 and Playstation that they actually started getting good. Games like WWF War Zone and WCW vs. nWo: World Tour paved the way for future wrestling games, and Smackdown 2 arguably perfected the formula.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 17-59-23-368It doesn’t take long for Smackdown 2 to start showing off, beginning with an incredibly hype intro that perfectly captures the Attitude Era.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-00-51-703The game boasts a huge roster, featuring everyone from Viscera to Taka Michinoku. Ever wanted to have Hardcore Holly vs. Paul Bearer in a ladder match? Well, you can do that.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-05-19-969The entrances are nothing too spectacular, but in an era where entrances were still a new thing, they were great. Using the Playstation’s video capabilities, the wrestler’s titantrons videos play behind them as they walk out. Also, for Playstation, the character models are fantastic… I don’t even think the N64 games looked this good.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-06-02-640 ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-06-13-366If you’ve played wrestling games before, the gameplay here isn’t too much different. However, it’s incredibly polished and fluid, easy to pick up and play, and fun as hell to boot. Recent wrestling games tend to be overcomplicated and try way too hard to be realistic… as a result, they feel technical, boring, and not nearly as fun as the older games. If they were to just recreate this sort of gameplay but with modern graphics, it would be fantastic.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-20-38-196 ePSXe 2014-04-09 18-56-33-775There’s a big selection of special matches, too… everything from casket to cage matches. This adds quite a bit of variety to the game.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 19-10-34-387 ePSXe 2014-04-09 19-11-43-349Of course, there’s a character creation mode as well, and it’s great. Tons of options for customizing your own superstar… you can even make managers, taunts, events… for a Playstation game, it’s incredibly in-depth.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 19-41-44-062There’s a great Royal Rumble mode, too. Though it’s a bit hampered by the fact it needs to load each time a new superstar comes out, it’s still loads of fun.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 19-29-43-441Also, the Smackdown games were notable for allowing you to do the People’s Elbow. At the time, developers were unsure on how to make it work, so most games just didn’t feature it. However, for Smackdown apparently they figured out a little thing called auto-correcting, so at last players were able to pull off the Rock’s epic finishing move.

ePSXe 2014-04-09 20-32-38-512In closing, Smackdown 2: Know Your Role is easily one of the best wrestling games ever made. It was developed by Yuke’s, who also make most of the modern WWE games… so it’s baffling why they fail to live up to the same quality. If you’ve got a Playstation and you’re a wrestling fan, I highly suggest you track down this gem. Hell, any game that lets you play as Paul Bearer is amazing in my book.

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One Response to WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role

  1. That game reminds me so much of my childhood. I miss the Attitude Era.

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