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WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role Preview

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Scheduled release date:

Fall 2000

  This February WWF wrestling fans were graced with arguably the best wrestling game to grace any console. THQ's Wrestlmania 2000 didn't have the great visuals and gameplay that Smackdown did, and just recently not even the Dreamcast game WWF Royal Rumble do that well with critics. Clearly the Sega WWF title was visually improved but wasn't as graphically boosted over the PS version as we all expected. Yukes who was also behind development of Smackdown didn't push the DC very much and therefore the DC visuals of Royal Rumble didn't look as overhauled compared to the PS' Smackdown. So it is official now, WWF Smackdown is the best wrestling game to date and there is no arguing about it. We all knew that WWF Smackdown 2 would be revealed sooner or later, so here it is your first glimpse at Know Your Role.

   We are trying very hard to get screens or better yet a preview copy of Smackdown 2 from THQ, so we can't offer you guys any media on the game just yet, but we can tell you guys about all the modes and wrestlers in Smackdown 2. The visuals are pretty much very slightly enhanced over the first Smackdown, so you basically know what that looks like. The rings are mostly the same, the audience looks a bit more detailed and bigger, and the character detail is just barely better looking than Smackdown. If you want a picture drawn for you then just take a look at our WWF Smackdown screenshots, and there you have Smackdown 2. Smackdown 2: Know Your Role is not about a new perky graphics engine, instead it is all about the new slew of modes.

   WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role will feature a whopping 50 wrestlers, as usual WWF's heavyweights will be, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker (in bad ass biker clothes), Mankind, HHH, and Kurt Angle. The full list in alphabetical order is:

  

Al Snow
Mr. Ass
Big Boss Man
Big Show
Bradshaw
Buh Buh Ray Dudley
Chris Benoit
Chris Jericho
Christian
Chyna
Crash Holly
Dean Malenko
D'Lo Brown
D-Von Dudley
Eddy Guerrero
Edge
Essa Rios
Faarooq
"Fat Ass" Pete Gas
Gangrel
Gerrald Brisco
Godfather (not Goodfather)
Grandmaster Sexay
Hardcore Holly
Ivory
Jacqueline
Jeff Hardy
Kane
The Kat
Ken Shamrock
Kurt Angle
Lita
Mankind
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
Michael Cole
Pat Patterson
Paul Bearer
Paul Buchanan
Perry Saturn
Prince Albert
Rikishi
Road Dogg
The Rock
Rodney
Scotty Too Hotty
Shane McMahon
Stephanie McMahon
Steve Blackman
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Taka Michinoku
Tazz
Test
Tori
Triple H
Trish Stratus
Undertaker
Val Venis
Vince McMahon
Viscera
X-Pac

That above is the character list that will be included in Smackdown 2. But the list makes me shout "what the hell" a couple of times though. First of all why would THQ want to include Ken Shamrock if he has I'm guessing left the WWF like last year or something like that and Taka Michinoku probably wrestles once every blue moon, besides I can't stand his awful wrestling technique. Besides that, Smackdown 2 has so many new gameplay mode over any other wrestling game out there. The sought after Ladder Match finally arrives on Smackdown 2 and is everything how it is on the show, you fold up a ladder, bring into the ring, open it up and start climbing it rung-by-rung-by-rung! Your opponent can also climb up the ladder and knock you off of it, jump from it landing on your body, even use the ladder as a weapon. The new revamped Career mode will now feature voice overs when wrestlers are talking in the back during a scene. The depth in the Career mode is much improved over its predecessor. The other gameplay matches included Hell in a Cell, Casket and Table Match. Clearly with new wrestlers comes new signature moves to create, so The Cripller Crossface, Rikishi's 'ass move', Scotty Too Hotty's "The Worm" and many many more.

   My only concern with Smackdown 2 is whether or not it has commentary, the main reason that I think there was no commentary in Smackdown was because the action on-screen was too fast for the PS to keep up with and hence the 2x CD-ROM can't find the correct data in time. I hope THQ implements commentary and maybe some play by play from time to time, for example Jim Ross or Jerry King will comment only on certain moves, particularly the signatures, so the PS has time to load the audio data. This is my thesis on why Smackdown had no spoken audio. To those wondering how Acclaim got commentary in their WWF games, their reason is opposite of THQ's, WWF Warzone and Attitude had reasonably medium speed paced action and that was why the commentary was most of the times on the money. It is up to THQ to decide whether or not commentary will be included in Smackdown 2, but they haven't announced anything on it just yet so I'm guessing that the answer is 'no commentary'.

   WWF Smackdown 2: Know your Role is expected to be released either this October (Oct. 16th rumored) or November 2000. Smackdown 2 looks like it will be a satisfying sequel to the original and with the new addition of modes and characters it may very well overcome the original great which we all know as WWF Smackdown.

8/24/2000 SolidSnake

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