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WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth (Known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 4 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWE SmackDown! video game series based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This game was the sequel to WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain.[1] It is also the first game in the series named under the "WWE" banner.

WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth
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Developer(s)Yuke's
Publisher(s)
SeriesSmackDown!
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Release
  • NA: 31 October 2002
  • EU: 15 November 2002
  • JP: 6 February 2003
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Contents

GameplayEdit

Season mode was lengthened to two in-game years and features the Brand Extension featuring Ric Flair's Raw and Vince McMahon's SmackDown! For the first time, only WWE superstars could participate in "season mode". Players compete exclusively on the show they are drafted to for the first few months of year one, consisting of four Raw or four SmackDown! events, plus a monthly pay-per-view (PPV) event. If the player's character is a created superstar, or if the original superstar has a rating lower than 60, he will instead wrestle on Sunday Night HEAT. Eventually, the player will be booked on the two major TV shows, appearing on two Raw and two SmackDown! shows and the PPV event. One of the featured storylines is based on the nWo of early 2002 that included Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and X-Pac (who replaced the released Scott Hall).[citation needed]

Like its predecessor WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, Shut Your Mouth's championships cannot be contended for in "exhibition mode" and can only be defended in "season mode". All of the major titles of the time, except for the WWE Women's Championship, are included in the game: WWE Undisputed, Intercontinental, European, Tag Team, Cruiserweight, and Hardcore championships. Various unlockables such as alternate player attires, extra movesets, and arenas be unlocked through "season mode".[citation needed]

Televised and pay-per-view events are televised from the SmackDown! Arena, the exterior of which is based on Madison Square Garden. Although Jim Ross announces a different city at the start of each event, the exteriors remain the same. Notable areas are a New York City Subway stop named SmackDown! Station, Times Square, and The World. The game features several arenas that WWE held events at in 2001 and 2002. There are also arenas based on each WWE television show. In certain arenas, players could make their wrestlers scale the TitanTron and jump off of it. In addition, The Undertaker's motorcycle could be ridden in some matches. "Create-A-Superstar mode" gives the freedom to manipulate any part of the superstar's body. It also offers over 58 move sets from a combination of superstars in WWE not featured in the game or working in different promotions.[citation needed]

This is the first game to feature superstars on different brands, Raw and SmackDown!. In this game, all the superstars, including champions are eligible to be drafted on both brands, except for the WWE Undisputed Champion, who is available on both brands, as long as he is the champion.[citation needed] This also marks the first WWE video game appearance of Billy Kidman, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Palumbo, Diamond Dallas Page, Jazz, Maven, Randy Orton, Rico, and Torrie Wilson.

DevelopmentEdit

Superstars models include realistic facial features. Fully animated entrances for each character are featured, with their entrance video playing on the TitanTron, and their respective themes playing in the arena. The title belts are also displayed in the entrances realistically (e.g. The Rock carrying the title belt to the ring and raising it above his head).[citation needed]

For superstar entrances, most of the themes used in the televised and house shows were incorporated into the game. Along with the in-house music from Jim Johnston, remakes of Johnston's originals from bands such as Breaking Point (for Rob Van Dam), Boy Hits Car (for Lita), Cypress Hill (for Tazz), Our Lady Peace (for Chris Benoit), and Saliva (for The Dudley Boyz) were featured. However, Maven, Stacy Keibler, Tajiri and The Hardy Boyz do not have their correct themes (although an instrumental version of Maven's actual entrance theme is included on the game disk). Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler provide sporadic commentary while ring announcer Howard Finkel provided his voice for match introductions and superstar entrances.[citation needed]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic82/100[2]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM7.33/10[3]
Eurogamer8/10[4]
Game Informer7.5/10[5]
GamePro     [6]
GameSpot8.9/10[7]
GameSpy     [8]
GameZone8.8/10[9]
IGN8.2/10[10]
OPM (US)     [11]
X-Play     [12]
BBC Sport87%[13]

By July 2006, the game had sold 1.1 million copies and earned $50 million in the United States. Next Generation ranked it as the 44th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2003 and July 2006 in that country. Combined console sales of WWE games released in the 2000s reached 8 million units in the United States by July 2006.[14] It also received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[15] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[16]

The game received "generally favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WWE's History of Video Games". WWE. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  2. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic.
  3. ^ EGM staff (January 2003). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". Electronic Gaming Monthly (162): 182. Archived from the original on 6 April 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tom (18 November 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". Eurogamer.
  5. ^ Leeper, Justin (December 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". Game Informer (116): 119. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (8 November 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 12 January 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (7 November 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  8. ^ Villoria, Gerald (10 December 2002). "GameSpy: SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". GameSpy. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  9. ^ Romano, Natalie (3 December 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Smith, David (7 November 2002). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". IGN. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  11. ^ Zuniga, Todd (January 2003). "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 136. Archived from the original on 29 March 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ Baldwin, Michael (11 November 2002). "'WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth' (PS2) Review". X-Play. Retrieved 12 February 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ Gibbon, David (21 November 2002). "Let's play: WWE SmackDown! [Shut Your Mouth]". BBC Sport.
  14. ^ Campbell, Colin; Keiser, Joe (29 July 2006). "The Top 100 Games of the 21st Century". Next Generation. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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