WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
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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. It is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE; now simply WWE 2K) series based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) professional wrestling promotion. It is the sequel to WWF SmackDown!, which was released in March 2000, and was succeeded by WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It on the PlayStation 2 in November 2001.
This also marks the last WWE game to ever feature Chyna just months before parting ways with the company, until she was announced as DLC for WWE 2K20 in 2019. Several re-release versions of the game exist with WWE branding in the cover and disc, due to the promotion's name change in May 2002; however in-game branding were not changed in any of them.
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, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Billy Gunn, Mick Foley (including Cactus Jack) and Debra Marshall are unlockable superstars.
Big Show and Ken Shamrock were removed from the game before release; Big Show had been removed from the promotion's programming and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling while Shamrock left WWF to return to mixed martial arts competition, but both may randomly appear during a Royal Rumble match (of which the player can take control of) and can be used in other modes using cheat devices, although their names were removed.
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 opposed 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 4 members.
Daniel Erickson reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "There are tons of options and great multiplayer matches, but Smackdown's Story mode falls on its candy ass."
The PlayStation version of WWF SmackDown! 2 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
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