Superstar voiceovers and more realistic animations.
Imported from UK.
In WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain players can create, play
and develop their own superstar through storylines developed
exclusively by the WWE. The game features more than 55 WWE
superstars including Goldberg, Rey Mysterio and Brock Lesner;
players can track their progress with seasonal stats, earn money
to build up superstar abilities including strength, submission,
technique, speed and stamina, and unlock hidden features.
Improved controls include an in-depth countering and interactive
submission system, and new match types include Bra & Panty, First
Blood and Elimination Chamber. The game also features enhanced
production values including dynamic camera transitions, an
improved audio experience and more realistic animations with
The fifth title in gaming's favourite wrestling game
franchise, WWE Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain is a fantastic and
immeasurably enjoyable game. It's not content to just take the
last version, change the name, update the graphics and hope
people will buy it anyway; there's been a lot of work since Shut
Your Mouth and it's really borne fruit. For instance, the game's
grappling system has had a lot of work done on it, giving each of
the numerous included wrestlers nearly 20 moves to pick from.
Sure, there's a learning curve as you get to grips with it all,
but it really helps inject a significant depth of gameplay, as do
features such as the story mode and the various new match types
that are making an appearance. The mixture serves to make the
game exceptionally enjoyable, whether playing single-player or
bringing in a few friends.
Ultimately though, it's the quality of the gameplay that puts
Here Comes the Pain into the must-buy category. Not only is it
the best wrestling game on the market bar none, it's also one of
the most downright entertaining PS2 games to date. It looks
better, sounds better and plays better than ever before and is a
no-brainer recommendation. --Simon Brew