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WCW Vs. THE WORLD

Developer

THQ

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Distributer

THQ

1-2 Players

Game Type

Beat-em-up

Mem. Card

Review Date

June 1997

Setting the Scene

The NWO is upon us ... for those unaware of this entity, it stands for New World Order and it is NOT in this game. What it is, is the latest hype generating scheme in professional wrestling. For those of you who didn't know, professional wrestling is a form of entertainment that is part soap opera, part stunt show, and part sport. WCW is the new powerhouse replacing the NWA, and WWF with promotions like the NWO, Dennis Rodman, and a host of ex NWA, and WWF wrestlers. That being said, THQ has gone through great lengths to recreate the wrestling experience on the PlayStation in 3D.

Genre

This game is a 3D/polygon brawler with 15 popular WCW superstars and 60 other wrestlers. Each wrestler has signature moves and has between 30 to 40 maneuvers.

Graphics

The graphics of this game are magnificent! Each arena (10 in all) is superbly detailed and each wrestler is distinguishably obvious from the player select screens. The definition of each wrestler is also noticeable with each fighter sporting its own unique look. Definitely, the most visually appealing/realistic looking wrestling game on the PlayStation.

Sounds and Effects

Again, excellent! the only drawback is vocal speech, which in my opinion is not needed. The crowd noise, was on cue and often led to the outcome of a match by firing up one of the wrestlers.

Playability

Imagine this scenario: you're tired, and don't have anything left when your opponent winds up to let you have one on the kisser ... you take a last minute gamble and grab his wrist, jump over his back and roll him over for a pin. Never before, has a wrestling game employed counter maneuvers like this game. Each wrestler is armed with submission and counter holds, and unique turnbuckle maneuvers for inside and outside the ring attacks.

Each wrestler has the ability to duck, and jump over attacks which makes this game tons of fun when played with a friend. The major drawbacks are lack of tag team action or steel cage/royal rumble (sorry wrong conference) type brawls. Also, there aren't any ringside managers or weapons like chairs etc. What the game does offer, in terms of revolutionary game play is create-a-belt which can be wagered against a friend with a memory card.

Another option is the spirit meter, no longer will you have to settle for being pinned because your power meter is gone, now you have to break a person's spirit, and in doing so fire yourself up enough to execute a special maneuver. This greatly adds to the gameplay of an already impressive game.

Value for Money

Definitely a must have for wrestling fans, or anyone who has ever caught themselves watching the "sport" when nothing else was on (come on, I know you're out there)

Opinion

ANDRE

GRAPHICS:

Brilliant

Overall, this the best wrestling game on the market for now, and has established several standards in this genre.

SOUND:

Good

PLAYABILITY:

Good

VALUE:

Good

OVERALL
8/10

JIM

GRAPHICS:

Good

A great game that adds new elements to the beat-em-up genre.

SOUND:

Good

PLAYABILITY:

Good

VALUE:

Good

OVERALL
8/10

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