- Game Series WWE GamesWWE Main Series
- Release Date March 2, 2000
- Additional Releases April 14, 2000 (EU); August 3, 2000 (JP)
- Platforms PlayStation 1
- Publisher THQ
- Developer Yuke's
LAY THE SMACKDOWN!
Released in 2000, WWF SmackDown! (also called Exciting Pro Wrestling in Japan) is the first game of the most popular and successful series of wrestling games. Firstly named SmackDown series, then renamed SmackDown Vs RAW series, and now simply named WWE series. The second chapter of the series was released 8 months later, named WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role.
Based on the prime time UPN WWF television show that made its debut in September of 1999, WWF SmackDown! tries to capture all elements of the typical WWF broadcast. While all the usual mayhem involved within the ring is present, including a Season mode, I Quit matches, Falls Count Anywhere and the like, the game takes a more global approach to the WWF as it also offers a story mode. Now you'll be able to directly experience the backstage drama that is an integral part of a WWF broadcast. You'll develop rivalries, make allies and try to defend your best interests.
You'll be get the chance to play as over 30 of the top WWF superstars from the year 2000, 36 in total plus a bunch of hidden Create-A-Superstar exclusives. Your superstar of choice will be able to make a bold entrance thanks to the authentic Titantron footage that plays before the wrestler makes their entrance. The attitude will be thick in the arena after a win thanks to the authentic post-match victory poses and exit themes. You'll also get to create your own wrestlers with the Create a Wrestler Mode, and unlock hidden personalities and wrestlers during extended Season mode play.
Players will also get a variety of arenas and backstage areas to face off in as they enter the Smackdown Hotel. You'll be able to feel the electricity as you throw your opponent up the ramp and drag his pathetic carcass off to the kitchen, the parking lot, or even the boiler room.
So know your role and get ready to bow down to the masters. The people's game has arrived, so get ready to "layeth the smacketh down" on the entire WWF roster present in the game. To be in the game, you have to beat the game.
- Play through the story and make decisions that alter the story, tag teams and rivalries
- Taunt your opponent with signature moves and mannerisms of WWF wrestlers
- Create your own master of the ring by adjusting moves and personality variables with sliding scales
- Single Match:
- Tag Team Match
-1 on 2
-1 on 3
- Battle Royal
- Royal Rumble
- King of the Ring
- Hardcore Match
- Anywhere Falls
- Cage Match
- Special Referee
- I Quit Match