The Five Best Retro WWE Games

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1. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain

Ah, we have reached the top of the mountain.

This was an incredibly packed game in a number of departments.

The roster was incredible: The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero, just to name a few. It was also John Cena’s first of many WWE games appearances.

The game also introduced the elimination chamber match type for the first time. This was huge, as the match had just been implemented on WWE television and was perfect for multiplayer. The match type has remained a staple of WWE games ever since.

The gameplay was simply excellent. It was simulation style, yet moved quickly enough to keep things interesting – much like recent editions of the WWE 2K series. This game also set the standard for today’s diverse movesets with its new grappling system.

Where the game really shined was its season mode, one of the best of all time – and yes, even better than No Mercy’s. The game featured many interesting branching storylines, providing choices that affected the outcomes of different events. While it removed the roaming nature of SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, you could still run into people backstage and have conversations lead to confrontations.

SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain was the defining WWE game of the PlayStation 2 generation and still holds up today as one of the all-time best in the series.

So this ends our list of the five best WWE games.

Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Published Jun. 26th 2016
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