WWE: Day of Reckoning 2

Format: GameCube

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Age Restrictions: 16+
23 September 2005

This time around, the path to the Heavyweight Championship will be even more difficult as the line between friend and foe is not always clear. Create your own superstar character and take them on a continuing journey of deception and vindication, including the highest quality cut scenes offered so far in the series. There are also new finishing moves, speciality grapples and better AI differentiation between characters to bring a new level of realism to the series. There are also new WWE Legends for you to play, including Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Mankind and more...

Day of Reckoning 2 is certainly more playable than the first game and the graphics are noticeably improved. There's even a tutorial - a nice touch and something that is oddly absent from just about every other wrestling game on the market.

You can either create your own wrestler (creating an odd looking character is easy, but creating one that looks like yourself is no simple task) or chose from 45 WWE superstars that are already programmed into the game. Don't worry though if your favourite character is not included (a lot have been omitted due to copyright reasons) because all the parts are there, it's just down to you to create them. Actually 45 is not as large a number of ready made stars as are in some of the other wrestling games, but it should be enough to get you started.

The controls have been changed too. It's now much simpler to get to grips with the controls - which could be a little frustrating on the first instalment of this franchise.

The PS2's Smackdown Vs Raw is still the undisputed king of the wrestling market, but Day of Reckoning 2 is the best we've seen so far for the Gamecube. If wrestling games are your thing, then you won't be disappointed by THQ's latest offering for the Gamecube.

Nick Smithson

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