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 player 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.
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 or SmackDown!), which also chooses the stable they will enter for the story (Triple H's Evolution 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.
Reception for Day of Reckoning was positive. Many critics praise the storyline saying "it is something not seen in any other WWE game".