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Continuing THQ's best-selling lineup of wrestling titles, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain focuses on the dramatic storylines featured in professional wrestling, with players able to create, guide, and develop their character through plots developed by actual WWE writers. Season statistics are tracked and saved after each match, with money earned from successful bouts used to build up abilities or to unlock bonus features. Each created wrestler can learn to improve such attributes as strength, submission, technique, stamina, and speed, or players can select from a lineup of over 55 established professionals, including Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Brock Lesner, and Rey Mysterio.
The controls have been redesigned from 2002's WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth on PlayStation 2, and now feature a more robust countering, grappling, and submission system to further involve players with the action within the ring. Also new are a number of visual refinements, some of which include more dramatic camera transitions, redesigned arenas and crowds, authentic voice-overs from the athletes, and additional animations to flesh out each character's distinctive repertoire. Three match types make their debut in Here Comes the Pain: Bra & Panty, First Blood, and Elimination Chamber. Up to six players are supported using two PlayStation 2 Multitap Adapters. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide