Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth
Say Smackdown! enough times, and you're bound to find a wrestling fan eventually. It's like the chances of tossing a rock out your window, and managing to hit William Shatner in the head with it. Say that wrestling games suck, and not only will you find a legion of fans that will be ready to lynch you, but you'll also have the unenviable task of proving yourself right. I'm of the camp that believes in that utterance. Wrestling games, on the whole, focus on simulating wrestling, instead of allowing you to actually play wrestling. With intricate and arcane control schemes, they seek to allow you to manage a match that, in the words of a friend, 'Lasts for ten minutes, just like wrestling. The only problem is, you're bored by minute three.'?
Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth, is not such a game. It's got good graphic, with sense of design that's completely faithful (in most ways, but not all) to it's television predecessor, WWF Smackdown!. Decent audio completely appropriate for the wrestling ring, featuring heavy guitar and cheering fans galore, is similarly present. And thankfully, and this is what I'm most happy about, the controls don't completely suck. With almost the entire WWF cast, and nearly every (if not every) match style available on the WWF show, there's more content in here than I'd care to shake a stick at.
While Smackdown! relies somewhat on the bizarre controls pioneered by previous wrestling titles, it still manages to provide a game that moves quickly and is still easy to learn. The manual is quite informative, and most definitely, given that poor controls are usually the greatest flaw for a wrestling title, these controls can be used to smack the living holy hell out of your opponents. They're a little tricky, with difficult pin breaks and recoveries, but they can be gotten out of. With a built-in character and move editor, I found that Smackdown! offered a significantly better experience from wrestling games I'd seen previously. So much so, in fact, that as of right now, this is the only wrestling game that I'd actually suggest that you get if you're a fan.
Download Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP