WWE Day of Reckoning is a video game for the Nintendo GameCube console. It was released in 2004 and depicts World Wrestling Entertainment action. Many of the wrestlers who were on the active WWE roster at the time of release are included as playable characters and can be used to compete in matches. It also has the option to create wrestlers.
The story mode in DoR involves the player using a created wrestler and taking their creation through the rookie ranks and into main-event stardom. The player has a choice to be on RAW or SmackDown!. When on a show, the player is soon placed within a stable. The storylines are similar on both shows and matches.
The successor to DoR, Day of Reckoning 2, was announced in March 2005, and was released on August 29, 2005.
Stables and/or tag teams
A created superstar starts off as a new wrestler signed to a WWE developmental contract trying to work his way up to the main roster. After developmental comes a stint on Sunday Night Heat
before the wrestler finally joins the main roster. You get to choose which brand your superstar enters (RAW
), which also chooses the stable they will enter for the story (Triple H
for Raw, the Undertaker
's New Ministry
for SmackDown!). While the created superstar works his way up the roster, the leader eventually becomes the shows' world champion, then starts kicking people off the team as they fail him or (as in the case of the created superstar) become a threat to his championship. The final battle is an iron-man match at WrestleMania XX
for the championship.
The story is continued in the sequel, WWE Day of Reckoning 2, though under the assumption that the superstar chose Raw (which was essentially necessary because both brands end up being involved).
- If a player (human or computer controlled) attacks the referee enough times, by accident or on purpose, the ref will defend himself and fight back at the opposing aggressor. The Ref also seems to have Stone Cold Steve Austin's Move Template. This is the second WWE game with this 'feature' with the first being WWE WrestleMania XIX. In the Bra and Panties match, the referee may try to "strip" the attacking player as well.
- All of the "Legends" lack their entrance themes, instead having 'Polyamorous' By Breaking Benjamin (from the soundtrack of the game) as their themes. This was remedied in WWE Day of Reckoning 2.
- The soundtrack was nearly identical to the soundtrack used for WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, which was released the same year.
- This is the last WWE game to include as The Rock as an active superstar, before becoming a legend in all future games. This also marks the only time The Rock's entire Samoan tattoo is featured. In past games it was only half finished, and in games to come he was featured as a legend, reverting back to the times prior to the new tattoo.
- The back cover advert to Velocity, but the game does not have the Velocity arena or storylines with it.
- When released, in spite of John "Bradshaw" Layfield being WWE Champion, he's not included in the game as a playable character.