WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Game Shark (Nov 06, 2003)
SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain is a polished, well-refined game experience and a must-buy for wrestling fans looking for an intelligent and more complete game system than other games on the market can currently offer. The vast number of improvements to gameplay and the addition of legendary characters, new modes like Elimination Chamber and Bra and Panties matches and a better season mode makes this game the king of the world. Get it and play it today!
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 17, 2003)
The WWE flavour of wrestling is an odd form of entertainment with an odd audience. More of a soap opera than an actual sport, the fixed bouts and shows attract a wide range of people of different ages. The first group who constitute the viewers are excitable pre-teens who have failed to realise the phony nature of the programs. Next are the older teenagers who know that it's all fake but still enjoy watching WWE (but they don't tell anyone though, because it's far too uncool). Finally, there's the older generation who dip into the nostalgia watching with their sons, reminiscing about the shows when they were little. I admit that I was once a casual viewer of WWE (or WWF as it was known then), brought into watching it after playing the first Smackdown! game on PlayStation.
PSX Extreme (Dec 03, 2003)
Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain is a fantastic wrestling game, and it is vastly improved over its predecessor. The new match modes are great additions, and from a visual standpoint, the game is without peer in the wrestling genre. There are so many improvements that it's safe to say fans of the series, as well as people that have lost interest the last few years will all be happy with what Here Comes The Pain has to offer. Hats off to THQ for a truly outstanding effort.
GameZone (Dec 05, 2003)
The WWE franchise just keeps on going and going, and with each SmackDown game THQ comes closer and closer to wrestling perfection. We’ve seen the series offer more than just new grapplers, but also game modes and refinements of all the classic game modes we’ve just come to really enjoy when we want to lay the hurt on big guys like Kurt Angle or Triple H. With WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain - the fifth installment in the series - here, are we looking at more of the same or something entirely new and surprising? Well, let’s just say that what we will see here will knock us off our feet faster than The Rock can.
IGN (Oct 24, 2003)
Originally spawned out of the same ideals that created the excellent Toukon Retsuden series, fans of THQ's Smackdown franchise have always kept their expectations phenomenally high. It was, after all, the first McMahon-licensed videogame to be wrestled away from Acclaim's 12-year reign; and the first product that industry insiders continually look towards as the foremost representative of its genre.
4Players.de (Nov 21, 2003)
Smackdown HctP ist in fast allen Belangen ein evolutionärer Schritt im Wrestling-Genre. Die vollkommen überarbeitete Steuerung erreicht das Niveau von Spielen wie No Mercy und der gestraffte Story-Modus macht dank der zahlreichen Storylines und der sich daraus ergebenden Möglichkeiten auch nach mehreren Durchläufen noch Spaß. Für Multiplayer-Duelle ist das neueste Smackdown ebenfalls gut geeignet: Mit mehr als 60 Wrestlern und einer enormen Auswahl an Matchtypen dürfte für jeden etwas dabei sein. Grafisch ebenfalls das derzeit beste Wrestling-Spiel am Markt führt für Fans derzeit einfach kein Weg an Smackdown vorbei. Von kleineren Mankos bleibt das Wrestling-Spektakel trotzdem nicht verschont: Die üblichen Clipping-Probleme schreien ebenso nach Verbesserung wie der nahezu unveränderte Editor, der zwar in punkto Wrestler-Design immer noch das Maß aller Dinge darstellt, dafür aber im Gegensatz zu GC und Xbox keinerlei Möglichkeiten bietet, seinen Einmarsch selber zu gestalten.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 13, 2003)
Although it's a widely held conviction that WWE is popular in the US and little more than an amusing oddity over here, THQ's latest SmackDown game proves that Vince McMahon's soap opera-tinted culture of grappling, slapping and spandex outfits still makes the right moves in the UK. The kids have spoken. Here Comes The Pain, the fifth SmackDown! title was the second biggest-selling game in this week's Chart-Track Top 40.
GameSpot (Oct 24, 2003)
Any fan of previous entries in the SmackDown! series should absolutely not hesitate to give Here Comes the Pain a try, as it is truly the best one yet. Of all of THQ's current WWE franchises, the SmackDown! series has been around the longest. Originally debuting on the PlayStation back in the year 2000, SmackDown! was the first wrestling venture from developer Yuke's. The game provided a faster pacing and style of wrestling gameplay than the other World Wrestling Federation developer, Aki Corporation, and, while some criticized the initial SmackDown! title for this fact, over the years it has matured into the market's definitive WWE wrestling series.
How long have I been riding this series and its out-of-date engine? Long enough to see things improve, evidently. Here Comes The Pain brings some much-needed advancement to the franchise and easily asserts itself as the king of the wrestling game ring.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 20, 2003)
Attendu sans doute avec la plus vive impatience par les amateurs du genre, le nouveau jeu de catch de THQ ne déçoit pas et satisfera tous ceux qui jouent encore aux précédents volets. A moins de vouloir vraiment faire la fine bouche, il faut reconnaître que ce titre constitue probablement la meilleure tentative du genre sur PS2.
GamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2003)
WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain is THQ?s latest homage to America?s most glamorous sport. To keep the fans coming back for more, HCTP adds an updated Season mode and new tweaks to the fighting system. Still want more? How about a Bra & Panties mode where WWE Divas rip off each other?s clothes? It?s the raunchiest Teen-rated action you?ll find anywhere.
GameSpy (Nov 15, 2003)
As a fan of AKI and THQ's collaborations from the past, and AKI's wrestling engine in general, the THQ and Yukes games have always left me a bit cold. They have been clinical exercises in imitation, allowing fans customization, fluid animations, topnotch ring entrances, but a wrestling system that was dull and repetitive. Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain finally fixes the game's major issue, in an unexpectedly creative way. It's a triumph for THQ and vindication for Yukes. This is best of the series, and one of the best wrestling games to hit a console.