WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

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WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
Cover art featuring Chris Jericho, The Rock, Triple H, and The Undertaker
Developer(s) Yuke's
Director(s) Toshihiko Kitazawa
Designer(s) Toshihiko Kitazawa
Series SmackDown!
Platform(s) PlayStation
  • NA: November 21, 2000
  • EU: December 1, 2000[1]
  • JP: January 25, 2001
Genre(s) Professional wrestling, fighting, sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (Exciting Pro Wrestling 2 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation console by THQ and developed by Yuke's Future Media Creators. It is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE now simply WWE2K) series based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) professional wrestling promotion. It is the sequel to WWF SmackDown! and was succeeded by WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It on the PlayStation 2.

It is the best-selling combat sports game on a single format (PlayStation) with 3.2 million copies sold.[2]


The Season Mode was heavily modified in this game. Along with removing the pre-season mode from the original, Know Your Role gave more storylines and more matches per show. These changes were given a mixed reaction by fans and critics alike. There are a number of flaws in the Season Mode, such as the long loading times needed for even the most insignificant scenes (like a wrestler walking down a corridor). Wrestlers, wrestling moves, and arenas are unlocked as the player progresses through a season. The Season Mode has multiplayer support, with up to four players playing at once in a Season. Wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin are unlockable superstars. This was also the first SmackDown game to feature wrestlers such as Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.

Create Modes[edit]

WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role was the first game in the Smackdown series which introduced advanced Create-A-Superstar, allowing the player to create a character in greater detail as apposed to just choosing preset mix-and-match templates like the previous game. A unique feature 'Create-A-Manager' was included which allows the player to assign managers such as Paul Bearer and Tori to different superstars. In addition, more features were added such as Create-A-Moveset, Create-A-Taunt, and Create-A-Stable which allowed up to 5 members.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 90/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 8.83/10[4]
Famitsu 30/40[5]
Game Informer 9/10[6]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution B+[8]
GameSpot 8.8/10[9]
IGN 8.9/10[10]
OPM (US) 5/5 stars[11]
PSM 8/10[12]
X-Play 3/5 stars[13]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4/5 stars[14]

The game received "universal acclaim" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 30 out of 40.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CTW Game Guide". Computer Trade Weekly. No. 818. United Kingdom. 1 December 2000. p. 32. 
  2. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/preview/files/assets/basic-html/page14.html
  3. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (January 2001). "WWF SmackDown! 2 Know Your Role". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on January 29, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "プレイステーション - エキサイティングプロレス2". Famitsu. 915: 25. June 30, 2006. 
  6. ^ Reiner, Andrew (December 2000). "WWF SmackDown 2: Know Your Role". Game Informer (92): 104–5. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Star Dingo (November 22, 2000). "WWF Smackdown! 2 - Know Your Role Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Nash, Joe (December 2000). "WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 17, 2000). "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ Smith, David (November 22, 2000). "WWF Smackdown 2!: [sic] Know Your Role". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ Zuniga, Todd (January 2001). "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on January 28, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Review: WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role". PSM. December 2000. 
  13. ^ Shkloven, Emmett (January 12, 2001). "WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role". X-Play. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Saltzman, Marc (December 26, 2000). "The Rock, WWF friends return in Smackdown 2". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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