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Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Retrospective: The WWF/WWE Smackdown Series




The Wrestling games of yesteryear in WWF were very arcade like, and the graphics were pretty blocky, but when the Smackdown series started, it changed everything. Since 2K has taken over the WWE license, things have drastically changed a bit, but the true change began with THQ acquiring the license and releasing the first Smackdown game on PS1. What grew from there was a monumental series for WWE and for video gaming. Today, we look back at the franchise.





@peagle05
The WWF/WWE Smackdown series gave us some of the best wrestling games ever. THQ and Yukes had a formula that just straight up worked. Like any yearly franchises, they had their stumbling blocks but for the most part, what they gave us was consistent quality. One such game was Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain. If the N64's No Mercy was considered the God of wrestling games, HCTP is Jesus. This game is legendary not just for its gameplay but its graphics and presentation were second to none. It was also the last wrestling game to feature Brock Lesnar before WWE' 12/13 and the last game to feature both The Rock and Stone Cold as non-legends. Since 2K has taken over the WWE franchise, they've released what I believe is a game that rivals HCTP in WWE 2K16. But HCTP was the game that felt like No Mercy with better graphics that we all wanted. An awesome period for wrestling games that can hopefully be duplicated with 2K under control.







@TrueGodImmortal
I loved the Smackdown series completely. The first two on PS1 captivated me and I would play them for hours. It provided a bit of realism along with the true presentation of WWF programming at the time. When I first purchased WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It, I was likely the happiest kid on my block because the game's entrance into PS2 marked the beginning of a long run of greatness.

Shut Your Mouth, Here Comes the Pain, Smackdown vs RAW, Smackdown vs RAW 2006 were all amazing, Smackdown vs RAW 2007 was also great. I didn't enjoy Smackdown vs RAW 2008 as much, nor did I really like the 2009 edition, but the graphics were improving with every game and the inventive modes added definitely brought a different element to the games. When speaking on wrestling games, there is no denying the WWE game power was built on the Smackdown franchise. The foundation for WWE 2K was laid with the Smackdown franchise. Revisit these games for sure.

-Eyes On The Ring

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