WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It

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WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It
WWFSmackDownJustBringIt.jpg
NTSC cover art featuring (clockwise from top right) Triple H, The Rock, Spike Dudley and Kurt Angle
Developer(s) Yuke's
Publisher(s)
Series SmackDown!
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • EU November 16, 2001
  • NA November 18, 2001
  • JP January 24, 2002
Genre(s) Professional wrestling, Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It (Exciting Pro Wrestling 3 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by Yuke's Future Media Creators. It was released in Europe on November 16, 2001, in the United States on November 18, 2001 and in Japan on January 24, 2002.[1] The game is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE and now WWE 2K) series based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) professional wrestling promotion.[2] It is also the sequel to WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth. This was the first game in the series to be featured on the PlayStation 2.[3] It is also the last game named under the "WWF" banner.

Gameplay[edit]

This was the first game in the series to feature commentary, with Michael Cole and Tazz featured as the announcers. One improvement in this game is the appearance of six-man tag team matches, as well as six-man and eight-man battle royals (elimination matches; the latter appearing only in this game). Additionally, this was the first game of the series to give each wrestler two finishing moves, as well as the first to allow editing of the in-game wrestlers' move sets. Just Bring It was also the first game in the series to feature authentic, complete ring entrances. The game features several venues from 2000 and 2001 including the arena for Raw is War and both the original and new arenas for SmackDown!''.

Game modes[edit]

Rather than the Season Modes presented in the previous SmackDown! games, Just Bring It has a Story Mode. The player is given more control over their wrestler's activities in Just Bring It's Story Mode, such as having the ability to choose which WWF title to go after.[4] Throughout Story Mode, the player is able to attain unlockables, including additional superstars.[5]

Release[edit]

The game ended up selling more than 400,000 units in North America, to which it was added to the Sony Greatest Hits collection for the PlayStation 2 on October 17, 2002 and became THQ's second Greatest Hits game, only bested by Red Faction.[6] However, when the game was given the Sony Greatest Hits label, it was renamed to WWE SmackDown! Just Bring It because of the World Wrestling Federation's recently lost worldwide court battle to the World Wildlife Fund, to which the World Wrestling Federation was renamed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.73%[8]
Metacritic 76/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars[10]
EGM 7.67/10[11]
Eurogamer 7/10[12]
Game Informer 8/10[13]
GamePro 4/5 stars[14]
Game Revolution B+[15]
GameSpot 8.1/10[16]
GameSpy 85%[17]
GameZone 8/10[18]
IGN 7.8/10[1]
OPM (US) 3.5/5 stars[19]
BBC Sport 87%[20]
Maxim 8/10[21]

The game was met with slightly positive reception upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 77.73%,[8] while Metacritic gave it 76 out of 100.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, David (November 19, 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ IGN staff (April 26, 2001). "THQ Confirms SmackDown Name". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ IGN staff (May 18, 2001). "E3 2001: WWF SmackDown! "Just Bring It!" First Impressions". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Fujita, Mark "Hopsing Lee" (December 31, 2001). "Guides: WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (Season)". IGN. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fujita, Mark "Hopsing Lee" (December 31, 2001). "Guides: WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (Secrets)". IGN. Archived from the original on August 22, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ IGN staff (October 17, 2002). "SmackDown Makes Greatest Hits List". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 6, 2002). "WWF Is Now WWE". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. 
  9. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. 
  10. ^ Racer, Scott. "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ EGM staff (January 2002). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 221. 
  12. ^ Bramwell, Tom (December 15, 2001). "WWF Smackdown : Just Bring it! [sic]". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Leeper, Justin (December 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Game Informer (104): 90. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (November 26, 2001). "WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ Nash, Joe (January 2002). "WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! [sic] Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Villoria, Gerald (November 14, 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ Fudge, James (December 11, 2001). "WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It". PlanetPS2. Archived from the original on December 15, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  18. ^ Valentino, Nick (December 11, 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 6, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 142. January 2002. 
  20. ^ Gibbon, David (December 3, 2001). "Let's play: WWF SmackDown! [Just Bring It]". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on December 4, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  21. ^ Boyce, Ryan (November 14, 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Maxim. Archived from the original on December 10, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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