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The WWE has captivated audiences for decades with its blend of athleticism, drama, and larger-than-life personalities. It’s no surprise that this spectacle translates so well to the video game world, offering players the chance to step into the ring and live out their own wrestling fantasies. But with so many WWE games released over the years, it can be tough to know which ones are the true gems. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best WWE video games of all time, based on a combination of gameplay, roster, features, and overall impact on the genre.
Top 10 WWE Games of All Time
|Name of the Game
|WWF SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2)
|WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (2002)
|WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009
|WWE Day Of Reckoning (2004)
|WWF SmackDown! (PS1)
|SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 (PS3, Xbox 360)
|WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (GameCube)
|WWF No Mercy (N64)
WWE 2K19 marked a much-needed return to form for the franchise after a couple of lackluster entries. It boasted a fantastic roster with legends like Rey Mysterio and Ronda Rousey alongside current stars like AJ Styles and Becky Lynch. The gameplay was also significantly improved, with smoother animations, a more responsive control scheme, and a deeper career mode. The “Daniel Bryan’s MyCareer” story mode was particularly praised for its emotional storytelling and branching narrative.
WWF No Mercy (N64)
This N64 classic is still fondly remembered by wrestling fans for its fast-paced arcade-style gameplay and wealth of customization options. You could create your own wrestler with a ton of different moves and attires, then battle it out in a variety of match types, including ladder matches and Elimination Chamber. The career mode was also surprisingly deep, allowing you to climb the ranks of the WWF and eventually challenge for the championship.
WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (GameCube)
The final game in the SmackDown vs. Raw series on the GameCube, Day of Reckoning 2 went out with a bang. It featured an expansive roster of over 80 wrestlers, including legends like The Rock and Hulk Hogan. The gameplay was a refined version of the SmackDown vs. Raw formula, with fluid grappling, responsive controls, and a wide variety of moves to pull off. The career mode was also one of the best in the series, with branching storylines and plenty of unlockables.
SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 (PS3, Xbox 360)
SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 was the last great game in the series before the transition to the 2K branding. It featured a massive roster of over 100 wrestlers, including legends like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. The gameplay was refined and polished, with improved animations, a more responsive control scheme, and a wider variety of match types. The career mode was also one of the best in the series, with branching storylines and plenty of unlockables.
After a few years of disappointing entries, WWE 2K22 marked a welcome return to form for the franchise. It featured a revamped gameplay engine that made the matches feel more fluid and realistic. The roster was also excellent, with a good mix of current stars and legends. The MyGM mode was a new addition that allowed players to take control of a WWE brand and build it up to success.
WWF SmackDown! (PS1)
This 1999 release was a groundbreaking game that helped to define the 3D wrestling genre. It featured a revolutionary grapple system that allowed for more fluid and realistic matches. The roster was also stacked with Attitude Era stars like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and More. The career mode was simple but addictive, and the Create-a-Wrestlerwas another welcome addition to the already trendsetting game.
WWE Day Of Reckoning (2004)
Released in 2004 for the GameCube, WWE Day of Reckoning was a wrestling game that captured the excitement of the early 2000s WWE scene. It wasn’t without its flaws, but for many fans, it’s a nostalgic gem that deserves a closer look. Create-a-Wrestler was a defining feature of Day of Reckoning. You could craft your own wrestling persona, from body type and attire to entrance music and signature moves. The customization options were vast, allowing you to create anything from a high-flying luchador to a brutal brawler. Day of Reckoning featured a roster packed with stars of the era, including The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, and many more. It also included legends like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, offering a cross-generational experience.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009
Released in 2009 for a variety of platforms, including PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PSP, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 was the final hurrah for the beloved SmackDown vs. Raw series before the transition to the 2K branding. It remains a cherished entry in the WWE gaming library, fondly remembered for its expansive roster, refined gameplay, and wealth of customization options. While subsequent WWE games have brought further advancements, SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 remains a high point in the series. Its expansive roster, refined gameplay, and wealth of customization options continue to resonate with fans, making it a timeless classic in the world of WWE video games.
WWE SmackDown: Shut Your Mouth
Released in November 2002 for the PlayStation 2, WWE SmackDown: Shut Your Mouth captured the heat and controversy of the early 2000s wrestling scene. It wasn’t just a game; it was an interactive portal into the Attitude Era’s wild world, where Hulk Hogan sported a bandana, Hollywood glitz collided with hardcore brutality, and the nWo ran wild.
The game boasted a roster of over 50 superstars, including Attitude Era icons like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, The Undertaker, and of course, Hulk Hogan. You could also play as rising stars like Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio, each with their own unique movesets and entrance themes. This diverse roster catered to fans of all stripes, offering a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite grapplers.
WWF SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2)
Another PS2 classic, Here Comes the Pain is often considered the peak of the SmackDown! series. It featured a robust roster, including legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker, as well as a deep career mode that allowed you to create your own wrestling persona and rise through the ranks of the WWE. The gameplay was a blend of arcade action and simulation, making it accessible to both casual and hardcore wrestling fans.