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 WWE2K) 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.
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. 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 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 4 members.
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.
- An okay wrestling game, you have to take care of your superstar and feed him, this has some good wrestlers not all well known, this has 2 create modes, superstar and finisher.
|WCW (World Championship Wrestling Inc.)|
|WCW vs. the World • WCW vs. nWo: World Tour • WCW Nitro • WCW/nWo Revenge • WCW/nWo Thunder|
|WWE Main titles|
|WWF SmackDown! (WWF SmackDown! • 2: Know Your Role • Just Bring It • Shut Your Mouth • Here Comes the Pain) • WWE SmackDown! VS Raw/WWE THQ Edition (SmackDown! vs Raw • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • Online (cancelled) • WWE '12 • WWE '13)|
|WWE WrestleMania series|
|2000 • Road to WrestleMania • X8 • Road to X8 • XIX • 21 • Legends|
|WWE Programming series|
|Royal Rumble • No Mercy • Raw (Raw • Raw 2) • Survivor Series|
|Other WWE games|
|With Authority! • Betrayal • Crush Hour • Day of Reckoning (Day of Reckoning • Day of Reckoning 2) • Aftershock • All Stars|
|WWE Staff • WCW Staff • THQ • Asmik Ace Entertainment • AKI Corporation • Yuke's Future Media Creators|