Classic Gaming- WWE Smackdown Here Comes The Pain: (2003)

When it comes down to pro wrestling games in the 00’s WWE Smackdown Here Comes The Pain was arguably one of the best ever.  This game was developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ prior to its release in the fall of 2003.  There were so many things about this game that many people were amazed by such as the gameplay, graphics, roster, along with the season mode.  Not only did this game feature a star studded roster with some of the biggest names in pro wrestling but it also had one of the best season modes that a fan of the business could ask for.  Before starting the season mode in this game players have the option to organize the talent of the Raw and Smackdown rosters while choosing the moral alignment of each superstar.  As the season progresses players can eventually change thei alignment of their characters from babyface to heel and vice verse depending the decisions they make and what storyline they are involved in.  Along with having interesting storylines that game allows players to challenge for multiple titles depending on how many superstar points have.

The cool thing about holding titles in this game was that it allowed players to earn a little bit more money than usual if they won their matches.  As far as matches were concerned Smackdown Here Comes The Pain was the first game to introduce the Elimination Chamber which is still popular to this day.  Also, Here Comes The Pain included Bra & Panties matches which was something that was also  popular during the 00’s.   Along with having a great season mode and so many characters to choose from the gaming mechanics for Here Comes The Pain was very realistic.   Everything from the grapple to the submission system looked impressive and was more detailed in comparison to Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth.  When this game was released in the early 00’s it felt like it was ahead of its time.  Many pro wrestling fans have been waiting for over a decade to see another game like Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain.  There were countless things to do in this game and there were also so many legends to choose from.  Also, the season mode was quite possibly one of the best that anyone would see in a pro wrestling game period.

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