Top Five WWE-Licensed Wrestling Games
When it comes to professional wrestling in the North America, the WWE is the stalwart of the entertainment form. Other companies have tried to compete with Vince McMahon, but none have managed to dethrone the WWE as the top wrestling company in the nation. Similarly, the WWE brand of video games is the longest running sports entertainment franchise around, and there’s no doubt that it’s going to stick around for a long time.
Over the years, there have been countless WWE-licensed video games. These titles have appeared on classic consoles such as the Super Nintendo, in arcades, and on today’s hottest platforms. Not every game has been good, however. Let’s look back at the history of WWE games, from when the company was still called the World Wrestling Federation to today, where Superstars such as The Miz and CM Punk are top talents in the company. These are the Top Five WWE Games of All Time.
5. WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role was the last WWE game released on the original PlayStation, and it was an excellent swan song for the series on that platform. The game offered plenty of improvements over its successful predecessor and packed even more of the big fight feel that professional wrestling is known for. The visuals may not look like much these days, but back in November of the year 2000, the graphics in SmackDown! 2 were lauded for their detail and animations. (Keep in mind, this was during a gaming era where robotic movements for wrestlers weren’t as bad as they are now.)
The game featured a bevy of backstage areas to brawl in and really encompassed the vibe of the Attitude Era. If you wanted to take the fight to locker room, slam your opponents through tables, run them down with a car, or simply beat them senseless with a championship belt, you could do so to your heart’s content.
The game also featured an improved create-a-wrestler mode over the first SmackDown. With more moves to choose from, plenty of taunts to give your custom grappler, and a large wardrobe so you could select some interesting outfits, create-a-wrestler in SmackDown! 2 was more awesome than ever before.
Stay Tuned for Number Four
As one of the most memorable wrestling games of all time, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role won the hearts of many gamers and is still talked about to this very day. The franchise would slowly begin to evolve, and the SmackDown series of games would eventually get even better, and most recently, go downhill. Stay tuned for more as Bright Hub reveals the number four pick in the Top Five WWE Games of All Time!
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