There has been plenty of incredible wrestling games over the last two decades, making it quite an overwhelming task to list the best of the best with so many options available on the market today. You need to consider the gameplay functionality, the amount of features each game offers, and more. However, after hours of research and playing countless hours of wrestling games, we finally have a comprehensive list to showcase the best wrestling games of all time.
WWF No Mercy
The most popular answer whenever you ask someone about their favourite wrestling game of all time will undoubtedly be WWF No Mercy. Released during the peak of the famous Attitude era, this game provided the best multiplayer experience on Nintendo 64. The overall gameplay functionality is still outstanding, even though the game was released more than 18 years ago, and the epic ladder matches against friends is unparalleled.
WWE Smackdown! – Shut Your Mouth
Released during the Ruthless Aggression era, this game represented such an entertaining time for wrestling. It offered debuts from Batista, John Cena, and Randy Orton which was essentially the majority of main events from 2002 until 2016. When it comes to gameplay, this WWE Smackdown game provided a comprehensive offering. Quick and fantastic gameplay, an epic roster, and a Season mode that still manages to beat WWE 2K.
Smackdown vs RAW 2007
For most gamers, wrestling games started evolving at a steady pace when Smackdown vs RAW games was released and 2007 is a perfect example. This was the first game that provided heel vs face dynamics. The Smackdown vs Raw game of 2007 was also a brilliant game in terms of content, including GM Mode, Season Mode, and a comprehensive host of creative tools at your disposal. You even had fantastic control over grapples thanks to the short lived Analog control system.
The Predator Technology engine that was introduced in WWE ’12, which was essentially a re-branding of WWE games, revamped the series and provided a brand-new lease on life. The new engine offered more emphasis on standing up and actually wrestling with your opponents as oppose to lying on the floor due to the fact that your stamina bar was depleted. The overall gameplay and graphics was also extremely comprehensive, featuring one of the best career modes in the history of wrestling games.
Def Jam: Fight for New York
You cannot provide a list of the best wrestling games all of time without mentioning the phenomenal AKI engine. As the sequel to the popular Def Jam: Vendetta game, which was considered a traditional wrestling game for most fans, Def Jam: Fight for New York took the franchise much further underground where players could enjoy various fighting styles as opposed to just submissions and wrestling. The overall result provided a marvellous brawler game with loads of grappling elements that managed to blend devastating power bombs with Kung-Fu kicks. It also comes equipped with hip-hop icons, including Fat Joe and Method Man.