When it comes to wrestling games, few can compete with the WWE. In 2001, the WWF was renamed the WWE due to having the same acronym as the World Wildlife Fund. Since it wasn't a rebranding but a name change, WWF and WWE games are included in this list.
Although wrestling moves are rehearsed in the television show, they aren't in the video games. Bloodshed and wrestling strikes happen in wrestling games. With the potential to perform dangerous slams, there are numerous possibilities in WWE video games. With wrestling games, newer isn't always better. Some games hit the mark, providing an overall enjoyable experience that is hard to replicate. These are 10 WWE video games that still hold up!
10 WWE Wrestlemania XIX
Although WWE Wrestlemania XIX's on-screen tips can get in the way, they aren't so overbearing to detract from gameplay. Most importantly, WWE Wrestlemania XIX uses the famous GameCube controller, which continues to be popular today.
The camera angles of WWE Wrestlemania XIX are situated correctly, which contrasts from WWE Day of Reckoning, another popular WWE GameCube title. The camera is unsteady in WWE Day of Reckoning, which is why WWE Wrestlemania XIX has a slight edge in gameplay and replayability.
9 WWE SmackDown Vs. Raw 2007
The WWE Smackdown vs. Raw series is a highly acclaimed wrestling franchise by developer Yukes. Featuring Triple H on the cover, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 had a wide release, launching on consoles such as the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Java, and Nintendo DS. This series found a way to minimize the amount of space covered by the HUD (heads-up display). This game focuses more on technical wrestling expertise rather than fast-paced movements like some of PlayStation 2's previous games.
8 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth
As the predecessor to WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth is bloodcurdling action. It is one of the best wrestling games of all time because of its emphasis on finishing moves and less on technical skill.
For casual gamers, learning the controls of WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth is not as challenging as some of the more recent WWE games. Released as an exclusive for the PlayStation 2, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth is a notable influence in the wrestling genre.
7 WWE ’12
With wrestling games, developer Yukes is the most famous developer. As the first entry in its series of games, WWE '12 focused more on capturing the pacing of WWE matches and less on unrealistic clashes. Scoring a 9.0 on IGN, reviews for the game are generally favorable. It contains a sizeable roster including Divas and Legends. Being able to play as your favorite characters from past WWE decades is an essential part of WWE games. Even by today's criteria, WWE '12 still holds up. Developer Yukes put together another classic that we won't soon forget.
6 WWE 2K14
As the first wrestling game to have '2K' in its title, WWE 2K14 was published by 2K Games and 2K Sports but was developed by Yukes Games. THQ went bankrupt, which is how Take-Two Interactive was able to obtain the wrestling game license. To this day, wrestling games are published by 2K Sports. We wouldn't have had WWE 2K17 or WWE 2K16 if it weren't for WWE 2K14. One thing to love about WWE 2K14 is its multiple outfits including one notable Undertaker outfit. Custom character creation has become an integral part of WWE games thanks to the 2K series.
5 WWE SmackDown Vs. Raw 2011
As the last SmackDown vs. Raw game to be released, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 improved on the series with more enjoyable gameplay. With that said, it did have bugs that hindered gameplay, but overall, it is an enjoyable wrestling game. Graphics are still excellent compared to today's expectations, so there is little stopping people from picking up this game today. The grapples are a bit sluggish compared to other wrestling games, but it is more realistic than past WWE titles. Including backstage brawls and speeches from Vince McMahon, there is more than enough content to keep players entertained.
4 WWF WrestleMania 2000
If you're not playing WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64, surely you are playing WWF Wrestlemania 2000. This game released before the WWF was rebranded WWE. Released in what is widely known as the Attitude Era, WWF WrestleMania 2000 released in a time when the WWF had its biggest popularity surge.
Wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley made the game intriguing. Performing grapples and strikes to raise your special is executed perfectly in WWF WrestleMania 2000.
3 WWE All Stars
WWE All Stars takes a spin on already popular wrestling games by adding slow-motion effects, trails, and wrestlers whose proportions are exaggerated. The result is addictingly fun, chaotic matches. The game is comparable to NFL Blitz because of its style changes to a sport. WWE All Stars is a game that can be played for hours on end. Finishing moves like Rey Mysterio's 619 look spectacular in WWE All Stars. This game still holds up and is better than most recent wrestling games.
2 WWF No Mercy
A story mode made this game more exceptional than previous wrestling games. WWF No Mercy released after WWF WrestleMania 2000 with improved gameplay mechanics, which is one reason why it has the edge. Using items such as bells, tables, ladders, and chairs to attack opponents provided the utmost satisfaction. The Nintendo 64's controller is a perfect match for this game. Flicking the thumbstick to perform a special is easy and intuitive. Please remaster WWF No Mercy or release it for the Nintendo 64 Classic Mini. It still holds up by today's standards.
1 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain
It's widely considered to be the best wrestling game made to date. Some would argue that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain is inferior since it only allows two-player multiplayer. Unbeknownst to many, people are able to connect additional friends via a Multitap. Playing the six-player Elimination Chamber is a blast. A circulating rumor suggests that a WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain remaster is in the works. If ever validated, it will be one of the most momentous days in WWE history.