WWF SmackDown! (video game) | Wikipedia audio article

WWF SmackDown! (video game) | Wikipedia audio article


WWF SmackDown! (also called Exciting Pro Wrestling
in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke’s and released for
the PlayStation by THQ. It is based on the World Wrestling Federation
(WWF) and is named after the company’s SmackDown! television program. Originally released in March 2000, the game
received a direct sequel released several months later, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role. The first WWF game on the PlayStation to be
published by THQ, SmackDown! marked the start of a long running series of WWE video games
from THQ, then continued by 2K Sports and rebranded as WWE 2K.==Gameplay==
The story mode contains three main parts, first
with the Pre-Season, but after ten in-game years of playing the Pre-Season, players are
allowed to skip it. However, the season mode is nearly impossible
to complete. By playing and advancing in the season modes
players gain rewards such as unlockables or attires, but instead of unlocking new characters,
players unlock new body parts to put on new creations, to play as that “unlocked” character. Once players build a creation, they must fight
in a Pre-Season year to build their skills and make their alliances. Once players finish the Pre-Season, they can
never replay it, and friends and foes for a creation are set in stone. The story mode contains no voice-overs, instead
the characters meet each other backstage with mouths that move to no voice. The game also lacks play-by-play color commentary. WWF Smackdown! has many match types including
Singles, Tag Team, Hardcore, Steel Cage and many more.==Development==
Yuke’s, the developer of SmackDown! had previously created the well-known Toukon Retsuden series
of wrestling games in Japan. Despite this, the game engine used in SmackDown!
is not based on contemporary Toukon Retsuden titles, both rather The Pro Wrestling, a title
developed by Yuke’s as part of D3 Publisher’s Simple Series.==Reception==
WWF SmackDown! received “favorable” reviews according to video game review aggregator
GameRankings.The game was a bestseller in the UK upon release, and again three months
later. The PlayStation version of WWF SmackDown!
received a “Platinum” sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers
Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom

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