Review by Texticular
"Remember, Its just a game"
Well, when it comes to wrestling games on the gamecube, its a ugly image when you look at it. WWE Day of Reckoning makes up for alot of lost ground by THQ. WWE Day of Reckoning offers so much diversity that its hard not to enjoy it. The impress graphics, original storyline, revoluntionary controls, addictive gameplay, and catchy soundtrack all tie together to make this game something you will cherish for years to come, but its saddening how little flaws and lack of comparison to SmackDown! tarnish this games true beauty.
The gameplay for Day of Reckoning is the same as all past wrestling games. You choose your wrestler, or you create your own wrestler, you make your entrance, you create your move list, and you hit the ring for a thrill ride. There are several match types you can engage in. You can compete in a one on one match-up, a two on two tag match, a one on one on one triple threat match, a fatal four way with four wrestlers competing at once, a two on one handicap match, or the ever beloved thirty man over the top rope royal rumble. With the exception of of the rumble. You can can choose special stipulations for your match such as: Hardcore, Steel Cage, Hell in a cell, Ladder, TLC(Tables, Ladders, Chairs), Ironman, and the ever so cliche bra and panties match. Although the game lacks a special referee match,Elimination chamber, and the buried alive match's, the game play and match set-ups are quite going to keep you entertained for a while to come.
But with the games addictive gameplay it has its flaws. One annoying flaw you may come to find is the sometimes unequal difference between superstars close in statistics. You will also notice how you may just miss a punch or grapple move for no good reason and it just doesn't process.
The graphics for Day of Reckoning are truly something else. Unlike its predecessors the graphics for DOR of truly great. The texture's of faces are perfect, body and muscle looks are chiseled down into real looking wrestlers. Entrances for Day of Reckoning are also terrific. The pyro and expressions on the susperstars faces are perfect. Blood is also very realistic and believable.
Im going to break storyline up into how good and original the storyline is, and how believable it is. Overall the storyline is original. Your a jobber, rookie, newbie. You just promoted from wrestling school and you are now in on your way into the WWE. But you got to pay your due's first. So you start out in the WWE developmental or the WWED. This starting area serves as a tutorial to help get you acclimated into the game while still keeping a storyline of intrest. After you graduate from this training you will get your shot on heat. From this point you will move onto your choice on Smackdown! or Raw. The storyline for both is the same with the exception of the chief rivals. On Raw you will join with Evolution and eventually face Triple H at Wrestlemania XX for the Worlds Heavyweight title. On Smackdown! You will do the same except you would join the New Ministry(A group which never existed) lead by the Undertaker. On each show you will get your fair share of gold around your waist, your own share of betrayal, retrebution, and an allie at the end of it all you would never expect to be on your side.
Storyline Accuray: 1/5
The accuracy in the storyline if completely awful. Things occur in the game what occured differently in real life WWE. Also things in the game are very hard to believe like having a Hell in a Cell Match(WWE's Biggest main event match) on a normal show instead of a Pay-Per-View. Its also unheard of to have World title matchs be created just a weak before a Pay-Per-view. This makes the storyline hard to believe.
The Roster for Day of Reckoning includes 45 superstar but lacks in many high-profile stars. The roster includes: Batista, The Big Show, Booker T, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian, Danny Basham, Doug Basham, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Garrison Cade, Hardcore Holly, John Cena, Kane, Kurt Angle, Lance Storm, Matt Hardy, Mark Jindrak, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Rhyno, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, Val Venis.
Also included in the game are few legends and four divas: Molly Holly, Stacy Keibler, Trish Stratus, and Victoria.
Overall the roster is rather lackluster for the game, but if you have the time and patience you can make the missing wrestlers in create a wrestler mode.
Create a Wrestler: 9/10
The create a wrestler mode is all around perfect in this game. The possible combinations for wrestlers are rather limitless. You will be able to spend many hours in this mode creating your own wrestler or creating wrestlers from real life that are not included in the original roster of the game. The mode also includes Create an entrance where you can create your superstars very own entrance. Imagine it. You can have your wrestlers own entrance with your own pyro, your own motions, and your own distinct persona.
Overall WWE day of Reckoning is a a new major corner stone for wrestling games on the nintendo consoles. It is a shame that it is plagued by minor defaults which keep this game from being ten out of ten.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 02/25/08
Game Release: WWE Day of Reckoning (US, 08/30/04)
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