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Top 11 best WWE games of all time: Ranked

Published at :March 4, 2024 at 10:03 PM
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In the vast landscape of WWE video games, there have been highs and lows, triumphs and disappointments. With the impending release of WWE 2K24, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the legacy of WWE games and recognize the best among them.

From classic arcade brawlers to modern simulation titles, WWE games have offered fans an opportunity to step into the squared circle and experience the thrill of sports entertainment firsthand.

Today, we’ll be counting down the top 11 WWE games of all time, ranked based on their impact, innovation, and overall enjoyment.

11. SmackDown vs Raw 2007

Kicking off our list is SmackDown Vs. Raw 2007, a title that marked a significant leap forward for the franchise. Building upon its predecessors, this game introduced improvements to existing modes like General Manager and Season Mode, while also debuting on the next-gen Xbox consoles for the first time.

With enhanced gameplay mechanics and a diverse roster of superstars, SmackDown Vs. Raw 2007 remains a fan favorite to this day.

10. WWE All Stars

Breaking away from the traditional simulation-style gameplay, WWE All Stars delivered an arcade-style experience that injected new life into the franchise. With its fast-paced action and exaggerated character models, the game offered a refreshing take on WWE gaming. While it may not have had the depth of other titles, WWE All Stars earned its spot on our list for its innovation and sheer fun factor.

9. WWE 2K19

WWE 2K19 represented a high point for the franchise, offering polished gameplay and an engaging single-player experience. The addition of the 2K Showcase mode, focusing on the career of Daniel Bryan, provided fans with a compelling journey through one of WWE’s most beloved superstars.

Despite being the final collaboration between Yuke’s and 2K, WWE 2K19 left a lasting impression on players and remains a standout entry in the series.

8. WWE 2K22

After a hiatus in 2021, WWE 2K22 had big shoes to fill, following the disappointing reception of its predecessor. Thankfully, the game delivered, with improved visuals, enhanced gameplay, and a renewed focus on fan-favorite modes like Universe and GM Mode. WWE 2K22 marked a return to form for the franchise and reignited players’ excitement for WWE gaming.

7. WWE Day Of Reckoning 2

Released on the Nintendo GameCube, WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 continued the story established in its predecessor while introducing new features and improvements. With its engaging story mode and solid gameplay mechanics, the game appealed to both casual and hardcore fans alike. Despite being the final title in the Day Of Reckoning series, it remains a beloved entry in the WWE gaming canon.

6. SmackDown vs Raw 2011

SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 is often overlooked in favor of its predecessors, but it deserves recognition for its refined gameplay and extensive feature set.

With its robust creation suite, diverse soundtrack, and polished presentation, the game offered a comprehensive WWE experience for players. SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 may not have reinvented the wheel, but it delivered a solid wrestling experience that kept fans coming back for more.

5. WWE 2k23

The WWE 2k23 is the most recent game in WWE. It’s undeniably the most visually stunning wrestling game ever created, with unmatched attention to detail. There are several methods to counter and reverse moves in this responsive and fluid gaming style.

Although a huge improvement, the AI occasionally behaves strangely with some wrestlers. Furthermore, it still seems as though the AI determines when the human player is done, which makes it nearly hard to escape some pinning situations. Even said, reverse engineering and mounting a counterattack is more rewarding and hard since the AI is less predictable.

4. SmackDown vs Raw 2006

Considered a milestone in the series, SmackDown Vs. Raw 2006 introduced several features that became staples of the franchise. From the General Manager mode to the removal of clean/dirty meters in favor of a momentum bar, the game pushed the boundaries of what was possible in WWE gaming. With its engaging gameplay and robust customization options, SmackDown Vs. Raw 2006 set a new standard for wrestling games.

3. WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role was a landmark title for the PlayStation, offering an immersive wrestling experience that captivated players worldwide.

With its improved Season Mode, expanded roster, and introduction of the create-a-superstar feature, the game provided countless hours of entertainment for fans. Know Your Role laid the foundation for future WWE games and remains a cherished classic among wrestling enthusiasts.

2. WWF No Mercy

Released during the height of the Attitude Era, WWF No Mercy captured the spirit of WWE’s most iconic period with its intense gameplay and diverse game modes. From the adrenaline-pumping Survival Mode to the immersive Career Mode, the game offered something for everyone. With its intuitive controls and extensive customization options, WWF No Mercy remains a timeless classic that continues to be celebrated by fans to this day.

1. SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain

Topping our list is SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain, a game that epitomizes everything that fans love about WWE gaming. With its fast-paced arcade-style gameplay, extensive roster, and innovative features, Here Comes The Pain set a new standard for wrestling games.

Whether it was the addition of legends to the roster or the introduction of new gameplay mechanics, the game left an indelible mark on the franchise. For many players, SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain remains the pinnacle of WWE gaming and a testament to the enduring legacy of the series.

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