Saturday, April 13

Top 10 WWE Video Games Of All Time, Ranked

Much like WWE, their video games have had a lot of good and bad over the years. Recently, the company has released one of the most panned titles ever in the form of WWE 2K20. However, WWE 2K22 and WWE 2K23 have been among the most praised in the franchise as well.



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However, looking into WWE’s lengthy history with video games, they’ve had some incredible titles released over the years. From the arcade to the ninth generation of game consoles, here are the ten greatest wrestling games produced by the Vince McMahon empire.

UPDATE: 2023/11/12 07:30 EST BY ETHAN SCHLABAUGH

WWE has been releasing video game titles ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System was the major console on the scene. Arguably just getting better as time has gone on, there are still a few classics that stand out among the newer titles with countless different features. Fans will argue constantly about what the absolute best is, with most choosing something like WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64 or SmackDown Here Comes The Pain on the PlayStation 2 as the major front-runners for that claim. Let’s really try to break down a handful of titles and see why some fans might call them the greatest of all time.


10 WWE 2K19 Provided Years Of Value

Released October 5th, 2018

  • AJ Styles featured on the cover.
  • Showcase mode was centered around Daniel Bryan.
  • Had the longest online lifespan of any WWE video game.

WWE 2K19 appeared to be a massive step forward for Yuke’s and 2K upon release. Sadly, it instead went down as the final great game released as a collaboration between the two.

Ultimately, 2K19 had arguably the most entertaining gameplay that the series has had to date. Furthermore, the 2K Showcase mode was incredible, focusing on the career of the great Daniel Bryan, and his rise to the top of wrestling.

9 WWF No Mercy Was The Peak Of The N64

Released November 14th, 2000

  • Multiple stars like The Rock, Edge, and Triple H were on the cover.
  • Was the last WWE video game on the Nintendo 64.
  • Still lives on due to fan-made mods updating the game.

WWE No Mercy was released near the peak of the Attitude Era in 2000. While the product itself had high expectations, fans likely weren’t expecting this title to be as good as it was. Over two decades later, No Mercy is still among the WWE’s most beloved titles.

The game features everything that a wrestling game would normally offer. However, other key features such as Survival Mode, where players had to defeat as many opponents as possible without being eliminated themselves offered variety.

8 WWE 2K22 Sparked A Return To Form

Released March 11th, 2022

  • First WWE title on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series.
  • Had a longer developmental cycle due to WWE 2K20.
  • Brought back General Manager mode/MyGM.

WWE 2K22 felt like a return to form for WWE video games. Following the release of the panned WWE 2K20 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds, the franchise looked the worst it ever had. However, Visual Concepts brought the fire for 2K22.

The game felt fun and addictive, mixing arcade elements with simulation-style gameplay. Furthermore, the return of GM Mode, along with 2K Showcase showing the career of Rey Mysterio easily made one of the best WWE games ever.

7 The Best Selling PS2 WWE Game Was SmackDown Vs. Raw 2006

Released November 14th, 2005

  • First WWE title to be released for PlayStation Portable.
  • Introduced multiple features such as General Manager mode.
  • Last WWE title to be PlayStation exclusive.

SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 is seen as a vast improvement over the previous title in the series and was responsible for many features that became the norm for the series. Things like General Manager, create-an-entrance, and certain match types were established in this title.

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Another huge feature was the removal of the clean/dirty meters from the previous title and replacing it with a momentum bar for players to store their finishers. Yuke’s created a portable version for the PSP which included a few different modes that the home console version didn’t receive, such as a game show, poker, and Eugene’s airplane game.

6 WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 Marked The End Of An Era

Released August 29th, 2005

  • Was a direct sequel to WWE Day of Reckoning.
  • Had a continuing story from the first game.
  • Last WWE title on the Nintendo GameCube.

WWE Day of Reckoning 2 was the final WWE title to be released on the Nintendo GameCube and was the culmination of the Day of Reckoning story that started in the first entry. For fans of the first title, the story mode picked up where that one left off. (assuming the player chose Raw as their brand and feuded with Triple H)

DOR 2 wasn’t a massive change from the first game but did feature enough changes to warrant a sequel. Fans of the Day of Reckoning series have been asking for a new WWE title in the same vein as these games instead of what has been released as of late.

5 WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game Was A Cartoonish Take On Wrestling

Released October/November 1995

  • Released on almost every console available in 1995.
  • Developed by Midway, the publisher behind Mortal Kombat.
  • Was more of a fighting game rather than a wrestling game.

While arcades are pretty much dead today, they were huge in the 90s. In order to capitalize on that swath of gamers, WWE released WrestleMania: The Arcade Game in 1995. It was an instant success, quickly getting console ports.

The game didn’t really feel like a wrestling game, and more resembled Mortal Kombat with its visual appearance. That being said, it was a straightforward fun button-masher with all of the biggest stars of the 90s. At the time, there wasn’t much more a fan could ask for.

4 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth Was The Basis For Greatness

Released November 13th, 2002

  • First SmackDown title under the WWE banner.
  • Sold over 1.1 million copies. (as of July 2006)
  • Features the WWE brand extension in Season Mode.

WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth was a follow-up to the acclaimed Just Bring It released in 2001. If you weren’t around or didn’t play the Smackdown! titles in the early 2000s, Yuke’s pretty much just didn’t have any major misses.

Instead, it was the exact opposite, with all of the Smackdown! titles getting critical acclaim. Shut Your Mouth was no different, with its addicting gameplay. With Season Mode and other features, gamers were never bored with this one.

3 WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role Was The Peak Of The PlayStation

Released November 20th, 2000

  • Final SmackDown title on the original PlayStation.
  • Best-selling combat sports game on the console.
  • Featured a vastly improved Season Mode.

SmackDown! 2 Know Your Role was the last of the series to be featured on the PlayStation before making the next-gen jump to the PlayStation 2. The biggest change between the first title and this was the great improvements made to the Season Mode, including the removal of the pre-season work that needed to be done, more storylines included, and more matches taking place on a show.

Players could also have a friend (or more) join in and take control of other wrestlers to have a multi-player Season Mode. Know Your Role also was the start of the create-a-superstar mode that would become integral to later titles.

2 SVR’s Peak Was With SmackDown Vs. Raw 2007

Released November 14th, 2006

  • First SmackDown vs. Raw game on the Xbox 360.
  • Featured analog stick control for grappling.
  • Did not include new match types but instead improved existing ones.

SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 has often been called the greatest SmackDown vs. Raw title since release and that comes with good reason. The game didn’t do much to add upon the previous entry but instead took everything that was already great and just improved upon it further.

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Modes like the General Manager mode, create-a-championship, or Season Mode were all vastly improved and featured much more to do within them. SVR 2007 was also the first to reach the next-gen and expand past the PlayStation, making its debut on the Xbox series of consoles.

1 There Is Nothing Better Than SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain

Released October 27th, 2003

  • The final entry in the SmackDown! series.
  • Introduction of the Elimination Chamber match.
  • Introduced legend wrestlers such as “Deadman” Undertaker and The Road Warriors.

Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain is the greatest WWE game ever released, and one of the greatest titles ever. Released in 2003, the gameplay was much improved, while also maintaining its fast-paced arcade style.

Furthermore, the game also saw the return of legends to the roster, adding names such as Roddy Piper. Two decades on from the release of Here Comes The Pain, the game is still as beloved as it was on launch day.

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