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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on Smackdown 6!
Smackdown! Here comes the pain! is without a single doubt, the best wrestling game ever made. Sure, No Mercy for the N64 was amazing at the time, but it doesnt even come close to what this game is able to acheive.
Gameplay 9/10
Its the most important factor when playing any game, and HCTP delivers the goods. Theres loads of new additions including wrestlers and...
Published on 7 Jan 2004

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great game, with some letdowns.
Every year THQ manage to push the boat out with their annual Smackdown series, this year they have done it again. The gameplay has been improved majorely, and this time players will find them selves having to wrestle properly, and work a match as best they can to pull of the win, it's great stuff.
Season Mode is where we are let down again, most of the storylines are...
Published on 12 Nov 2003 by therockwwo


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on Smackdown 6!, 7 Jan 2004
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
Smackdown! Here comes the pain! is without a single doubt, the best wrestling game ever made. Sure, No Mercy for the N64 was amazing at the time, but it doesnt even come close to what this game is able to acheive.
Gameplay 9/10
Its the most important factor when playing any game, and HCTP delivers the goods. Theres loads of new additions including wrestlers and game modes, and THQ have also added blood in this one, which im sure many smackdown fans are pleased about.
Theres an enhanced grappling system that can leave you in a tapping frenzy, so remember and kick out of that damn angle lock! (haha brock..).
Graphics 8/10
Big improvement to shut your mouth. The characters faces however arent that much more realistic than in the previous one.
The crowd is more realistic now than it ever was, as are the arenas.
Sound 6/10
NO COMMENTARY!! Ahhh well who cares, but it would have been nice to have some insight from king and good ol' jr. Theres more or less the same loud music as was in shut your mouth.
Overall 9/10
Great game! You'll never get tired of it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes the Review, 28 Jun 2005
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Tů Tavares (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
This game has only two cons in my opinion:
No voice-over...
The graphics can't be compared to SVR,though the graphics are pretty good...
Pros:-The VIP's of the roster are all there,the arenas are great,but the jewel in the crown is the season with 30 storylines available, affected by your choices and skills at fighting...
From the Tombstone Piledriver to the Pedigree the moves are all there.
This game is a Champion,Time to Play the Game!!!
4.9 Stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why should you, 12 Nov 2003
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
This game provides a much more real environment, with better graphics more weapons, and best of all the including of vital characters such as Goldberg or the legend Suppa Fly Snukka. The way in which moves, clothes, etc are unlocked has also been revised so you can just click on the one you want when you have enough "superstar dollars". Great, as you now dont have to do an entire year just to unlock a specific item at a specific event.
You also dont walk around like in the previous version, looking for other superstars to talk to, now it tells you if theres anyone there and if you want to talk to them simply select them! easy.
Introduces better features
Takes out annoying features
All in all, an improvement and a very good one at that!
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best WWE Game In The World!, 28 Sep 2003
This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
THQ's Team Were Starting To Get Some Backlash Following Smackdown 4 About How The Smackdown Series Games are Becoming a Bit "Samey", So This this Time For Smackdown 5 THQ Enlisted a Larger Development Team and even The WWE Superstars and Writing Staff to Help Them...
The Biggest Season Mode Ever!
The Game Will Feature all The Storylines From the Last Year of TV, as Well as Some Older, Classis Storylines as Well as Brand New Storylines Written By The WWE Writing Staff Themselves! You Will Be Able to Choose Your Brand and Customise It Just Like In SD4, But Now You Have More Options! You can Also Choose From The Start Whether You are a Face (Fan Favourite) or A Heel (Booed From The Building). The Old First Person walking about System has Been Dropped and You Now Have a Menu Driven System, But there is still a lot of first person storyline stuff!
Enhanced Graphics!
SD5 Boasts Much Improved Graphics Compared To SD4 and Detail has Been enhanced Everywhere! The Crowds are Still Mostly 2D, But Now Have a Much More 3D Look To Them and All The Entrances Look Amazing!
Blood!
THQ Have Finally Answered The Most Wanted Feature In Their WWE Games On all Platforms and Have Included Blood This Year!
New Match Types!
The Six Man Elimination Chamber and Bra & Panties Have Been added, Also This Game Marks The Return of The First Blood Match, Which was Dropped Because Fans Didnt See The Point unless a Game Had Blood in The Past, Now It Does!
Classic Superstars!
In Season Mode You Can Now Unlock Old Favourites Such as Sgt Slaughter and Ultimate Warrior as Playable Characters!
Updated Roster!
The Game will Feature The Majority of The Current WWE Active Roster (along with The Old Hidden Wrestlers who I wont spoil!):BR>THQ Want To Feature All or Most of The Real Superstar's Voices In Game So That When You Beat Up a Wrestler, It Sounds Like It!
New Create a Wrestler Stuff!
The Create A Wrestler Once Again Gets More Stuff and More Music and Videos and Entrances To Choose From!
This Proves Why The Smackdown Series is The Dominant Wrestling Videogame and Why Smackdown 5 Is Undoubtedly The Best Yet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THQ Bring's the pain..., 31 Jan 2004
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Daniel Mercer "dgenerationx_69" (Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
Now in it's fifth incarnation for the PS2, this is certainly the best game of the series.
With new stars including Rey Mysterio, John Cena & Goldberg now alongside the established stars such as Triple H, Stone Cold and The Rock the roster is certainly deep enough. However there are some notable exceptions including Jamie Noble, Shannon Moore & The APA.
The new grappling system adds much more strategy with location specific damage, and the weight detection system also means that you won't see Rey Mysterio lifting the Big Show.
The graphics are also much improved and the animation is excellent as ever. And now with added blood the action looks more real than ever.
The new match types include First Blood, Bra & Panties and the excellent Elimination Chamber match. These all add more gameplay especially with a few friends involved.
The season mode delivers too, with the new shopzone system allowing you to purchase unlockable items with Smackdown Dollars earned by winning matches.However you may tire of the somewhat repetative storylines after a few times through.
Overall though WWE Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain, delivers the best wrestling game around and if you tire of the season mode, just invite a few friends round for some multiplayer fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes The Pain!!, 27 Mar 2005
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
This game is awesome!! The graphics are superb, there are more than 50 wrestlers to chose from, and loads of match types. All the old match types are included as well as the all new elimination chamber, first blood, and bra and panties. You can also make your own wrestler up, and develop him in to a mean fighting machine through season mode. While making your own charecter up, you can include incredible detail, as well as choosing from a range of entrances, music, taunts, and celebrations. There are only two complaints though. Number one, I thought they could have included a few more wrestlers. They have missed out a few like Jeff Hardy, The APA, and Spike, as well as a few more. Number 2, after playing through season mode a few times as i have, the storylines become all too repetitive, and titles too easy to hold on too. I have been heavyweight champion now for 2 years, since switching to Raw from Smackdown.
However, this is an exceptional game, with so many choices, and if you get bored invite some mates over, and kick their ass!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ive got smackdown5, 8 Nov 2003
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
I've been readin the reviews and I've noticed none of u actually has the game. The game rules and I should know. Anyone who liked smackdown4 will love this game. The countering is a bit hard but u will get used to it. It is way more realasistic cause it takes more then one crap finisher to get someone down. Elimiation chamber is great and first blood in my view is the best game ever. So again anyone who liked smackdown4 get this game. Its well worth the money.
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128 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smackdown 5: Here Comes The Greatest Game in the World!, 23 July 2003
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This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
I had the honour of being one of the first to play Smackdown 5: Here Comes The Pain at a press event in London on 2nd July 2003. THQ have really listened to fans, and produced, in my opinion, possibly the greatest wrestling game of all time!
This isn't just a run of the mill sequel. Yes, over 60 of the latest superstars, themes and storylines are included. THQ have impressively gone step further and completely redesigned key areas of the game, to increase realism. For example, wrestlers can now inflict area specific damage. Get put in too many ankle locks, and your wrestler is going to be limping for the rest of the match. The damage doesn't stop there however. Too many bumps to the head and you will be busted open, with blood flooding down your face. The graphics have been given an overhaul, and feature impressive lighting, pyro and effects. The crowd has finally made the jump from 2d to 3d.
The grappling system has been redesigned, offering 4 different styles of grapple. This means that each wrestler can perform 16 different grapples, compared to Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth's 4.
In addition to having the latest roster, including Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Rey Mysterio, John Cena and many others, THQ has also included 'WWE Legends' to the game. Old favorates such as the Ultimate Warrior, Ted Dibiase, Legion of Doom, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Nikolai Volkoff will be welcome additions to old school wrestling fans.
There have also been some exciting match additions added. 3 of my favorates are The Elimination Chamber (a steel dome designed for 5 people), First Blood (Make your opponent bleed to win!) and also Bra and Panties ( strip off your opponant to her underwear to win!). All match types from previous games are still present, including Hell in a Cell, Steel Cage, and TLC.
The redesigned season mode will contain stories from the past year in the WWE, as well as classic storylines, and ones written especially for the game. The free-roaming feature from Smackdown 4 is gone, and has been replaced by a more accessable menu based system.
There are a number of new backstage areas, including a gym. Here you can use various items such as dumbbells, and even a running machine to inflict damage on your opponents!
In conclusion, this is a must-own game for wrestling and beat-em-up fans. The game of the year, buy it now!
- Mark O'Connell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SMD 5 VS RAW 2, 13 Nov 2003
This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
SMD 5 HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE BEST WRESTLING GAME EVER, BUT THQ PRACTICALLY PROVIDED US WITH THE SAME GAME AS LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS SMD 4: SHUT YOUR MOUTH, BUT WITH BLOOD, SOME WWE LEGENDS, BRA & PANTIES & ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCHES & ALSO IMPROVED SUBMISSIONS. YOU WOULD THINK IF THE GAME DEVELOPERS WERE REALLY TRYING TO MAKE THE NEW GAME MUCH BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS THEN THEY WOULD HAVE: (1) ALLOW THE GAMER TO CREATE MORE WRESTLERS. THIS IS THE SAME AS LAST YEAR [32]. (2) HAVE MORE LAYERS FOR CREATA WRESTLERS. THERE ARE LESS THAN THE PREVIOUS. (3) A LONG 2-PLAYER CAREER WHERE. IT IS STILL ONLY 1-PLAYER, BUT STRANGELY THE CAREER MODE HAS BEEN CUT SHORT TO ONLY A YEAR. (4) A MODE I PERSONALLY HAVE WANTED FOR AGES, WHICH IS CREATE YOUR OWN PPV WITH ITS NAME ON THE SIDE OF THE RING E.G. REEBOK RAMPAGE.
(5) WRESTLER CLONING AS IN WWF NO MERCY FOR THE N64.
NB EVEN THOUGH THE GAME HAS BEEN CUT DOWN, IT IS STILL GREAT WITH BLOOD & BETTER SUBMISSIONS. IT IS WAY BETTER THAN THE INSULT FOR A WRESTLING GAME, WWE RAW 2, WHICH FEATURES ONE OF THE MOST BORING CAREER MODES FOR A NEW WRESTLING GAME THAT I HAVE EVER PLAYED. THE CREATA WRESTLER OPTION IS PATHETIC WITH NO LAYERING. THE ONLY THINGS THIS GAME HAS OVER SMACKDOWN IS THEME RIPPING AND SOME OF THE MOVES LOOK THE BEST EVER. FOR EXAMPLE BONSAI SPLASH (with the pin not featured on smackdown) AND THE ENZIGURI HEAD KICK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WWE game, until Smackdown v Raw!, 26 Aug 2004
This review is from: WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2) (Video Game)
A very good game and the best in the Smackdown series but the only bad thing is the lack of modern Wrestlers. They don't include Jeff Hardy, (ONE WHO I WANTED MOST)Hulk Hogan, FBI, Spike, La Resistance, etc. Also Randy Orton's attire is his old one instead of his latest and better one, plus the Survivor Series arena is on a stage and in the show it was on the ground and quite tight and short. The blood is good but is still a bit tacky. Other than that it is a highley recommended game. I can't wait till Smackdown vs. Raw though.
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