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)
SeriesSmackDown!
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Release
  • EU: 16 November 2001
  • NA: 18 November 2001[1]
  • JP: 24 January 2002
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestle 3 (エキサイティングプロレス3, Ekisaitingu Puro Resu 3), is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 by THQ and developed by Yuke's. The game is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE and 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, released in November 2001, and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth in October 2002. This was the first game in the series to be featured on the PlayStation 2.[3]

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 being the only game in the series until the release of WWE 2K18). 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! (Ovaltron, including the Sunday Night Heat version, and the Fist stages). However, all pay-per-view arenas (except for WrestleMania X-Seven and Insurrextion) has the same arena with different logos on the ring mat, with the arena being based from WrestleMania 2000.

The game's roster was criticised at the time for being outdated, as it was finalised very early in WWF's Invasion angle and prior to the emergence of several former ECW and WCW wrestlers. Whilst William Regal, Raven, Rhyno, Tajiri, Spike Dudley, Jerry Lynn and Molly Holly were new additions to the game, several stars who had become more prominent, such as Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, The Hurricane, Lance Storm and Mike Awesome were not, which was reflected by the inclusion of Fully Loaded 2000 as one of the featured pay-per-view mats over Invasion. In addition to these, Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst appears in the game as a condition of allowing "Rollin' " to be included as The Undertaker's then-theme music (it is one of his only two game appearances, as he also appears in WWF Raw for the Xbox). This is the only WWF game in which Jerry Lynn appears, as he would be gone from the company within five months of its release.

A new gameplay addition is the reversal system. It is a counter-attack mechanic that allows almost every move to be countered, as well as allowing some counter-attacks (such as punches) to be re-countered.[4]

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.[5] Throughout Story Mode, the player is able to attain unlockables, including additional superstars.[6]

Release[edit]

The game ended up selling more than 400,000 units in North America, for which it was added to the Sony Greatest Hits collection for the PlayStation 2 on 17 October 2002, and became THQ's second Greatest Hits game, only bested by Red Faction.[7] However, when the game was re-released, it was renamed to WWE SmackDown! Just Bring It because of the World Wrestling Federation's recently lost court battle with the World Wildlife Fund, following which the World Wrestling Federation was renamed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)[8], although in-game branding was not changed.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic76/100[9]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame4/5 stars[10]
EGM7.67/10[11]
Eurogamer7/10[12]
Famitsu29/40[13]
Game Informer8/10[14]
GamePro4/5 stars[15]
GameRevolutionB+[16]
GameSpot8.1/10[17]
GameSpy85%[18]
GameZone8/10[19]
IGN7.8/10[1]
Next Generation3/5 stars[20]
OPM (US)3.5/5 stars[21]
BBC Sport87%[22]
Maxim8/10[23]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[9] However, the game's in-game commentary has been criticized for being disjointed and repetitive, with noticeable pauses when calling wrestler or move names.[12][1] Gary Whitta of Next Generation said, "Marred by some serious flaws and a jarring lack of atmosphere, Just Bring It still delivers a few rasslin' thrills."[20] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 29 out of 40.[13]

It received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[24] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ IGN staff (26 April 2001). "THQ Confirms SmackDown Name". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. ^ IGN staff (18 May 2001). "E3 2001: WWF SmackDown! "Just Bring It!" First Impressions". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Strategy - Guide for WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It! on PlayStation 2 (PS2) (24081)". CheatCodes.com. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  5. ^ Fujita, Mark "Hopsing Lee" (31 December 2001). "Guides: WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (Season)". IGN. Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. ^ Fujita, Mark "Hopsing Lee" (31 December 2001). "Guides: WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (Secrets)". IGN. Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  7. ^ IGN staff (17 October 2002). "SmackDown Makes Greatest Hits List". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  8. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (6 May 2002). "WWF Is Now WWE". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.
  10. ^ Racer, Scott. "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  11. ^ EGM staff (January 2002). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 150. Ziff Davis. p. 221.
  12. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom (15 December 2001). "WWF Smackdown : Just Bring it! [sic]". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ a b "エキサイティングプロレス3 [PS2]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  14. ^ Leeper, Justin (December 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Game Informer. No. 104. FuncoLand. p. 90. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  15. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (26 November 2001). "WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on 9 February 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  16. ^ Nash, Joe (January 2002). "WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! [sic] Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  17. ^ Villoria, Gerald (14 November 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  18. ^ Fudge, James (11 December 2001). "WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It". PlanetPS2. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 15 December 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  19. ^ Valentino, Nick (11 December 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  20. ^ a b Whitta, Gary (January 2002). "WWF Smackdown: Just Bring it". Next Generation. No. 85. Imagine Media. p. 82. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  21. ^ "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. No. 52. Ziff Davis. January 2002. p. 142.
  22. ^ Gibbon, David (22 January 2002). "Let's play: WWF SmackDown! [Just Bring It]". BBC Sport. BBC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  23. ^ Boyce, Ryan (14 November 2001). "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It". Maxim. Biglari Holdings. Archived from the original on 10 December 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  24. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  25. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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