I just bought a used n64 + 2 controllers + steering wheel/pedals thingy + 17 games from my boss, but I didnt get any wrestling games. I did find a bunch on eBay for pretty cheap (WWF, WCW, ECW), but this is my first console since NES so I dont really know what I'm looking at.
All recommendations are welcome. Thank you & good day.
(Wasnt there a WCW game where you could fight people backstage & in the parking lot & stuff? Was that for n64? I remember thinking it looked pretty cool in the commercials.)
The only wrestling games worth recommending are the THQ-AKI ones (e.g. WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Wrestlemania 2000, and No Mercy). The later games brought improvements to the already excellent game engine.
I only played War Zone/Attitude and WCW Mayhem on Playstation because I didn't want to miss out on the sound samples and high-quality themes. Those games were a bit too punchy-kicky for my taste.
DO NOT get WCW Nitro. I played the PSX version and the gameplay was really weak; with the space constraints of a N64 cartridge you'd be missing out on probably the best parts (i.e. full-motion video intros of the wrestlers on the select screen).
No opinion of the ECW games or WCW Backstage Assault, but I've read bad reviews so I stayed away from them.
WWF No Mercy and WrestleMania 2000 are, as stated before, the cream of the crop. Attitude isn't a very good game, but it's the only one I know of that has Shane McMahon on commentary, which could mean something to you. I paid 90 cents for Backstage Assault a couple of years ago, and it still hasn't been worth my investment. A total waste of a game, much like WCW was a total waste of a promotion by the time it came out.
I'd take WCW/nWo Revenge over No Mercy due to the diversity of the roster (cruisers flying all over the place!). Both are great, though, so either 1 you pick will be good.
The best game, IMO, is VPW2. It's an import, though, so it's going to cost a bit more (plus you need a converter to play it), but it is well worth the money. Mask editor, shoot fighting, huge roster (90+ wrestlers), unlocked legends (Andre, Dory & Terry Funk, Tiger Mask, Abdullah, Bruiser Brody, Inoki, Ultimo Dragon, plus more), some guys have *2* special finishers. EBay's the only place to find it, so you'll have to keep an eye out to see if a copy turns up. But trust me: WELL WORTH THE MONEY!
No Mercy's the cream of the crop, but all four of the THQ/AKI games are very, very good. WCW/nWo Revenge probably represents the absolute height of WCW videogaming, and indeed it is very good; I just wish they'd had the theme music and stuff.
I actually quite liked Backstage Assault; it was terrible, but it was FUN. It was on par with how bad Nitro and Thunder were for the PSone, but at least this one was enjoyable, and had some really cool goals and stuff to unlock.
It's worth a look, I think.
Oh, and prepare to become very frustrated with No Mercy. That's one hella difficult game to beat.
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Keep in mind that Revenge was a lot slower than No Mercy. Especially if there were more than 2 men in the matches.
The gameplay in those games is amazing. If you get those first, the others simply won't compare or do.
Any WWF/ECW/WCW game by any other company isn't worth it imo. Backstage assault was lame as far as i recall it. While a fun concept I seem to remember that the wrestlers stood up straight (Khali straight) the moment the move was done. No smooth changing of position or anything.
Oliver is right, WCW Backstage Assault was so bad, it was terrific. I think Bobby Heenan had some great one-liners in the game (of course once you do like 5 matches you will get tired of them, but on first listen I was laughing a ton), and the sheer amount of places to fight was impressive for such a crummy game.
One thing about WM 2000, it is a REALLY hard game. I have never gotten more upset at a video game than playing that game (I never played No Mercy). In fact, it led to one of the first times my mom ever heard me curse loudly. I had kept it quiet all my life (the cursing), but after losing one match by countout after like 25 minutes, I screamed out "WHAT THE FUCK," and I knew instantly I was in big trouble. I heard her yell and I immediately turned the game off and kept quiet until the moment blowed over.
Sorry, weird tangent. But do pick up WCW/nWo Revenge as well, because that game was great.
For what my opinion's worth, I too would recommend the AKI/THQ games, ESPECIALLY No Mercy. In fact, I play that game to this day! No Mercy is also a difficult game to master at points, but it's well worth it, especially when it comes to unlocking certain wrestlers.
And in regards to Spaceman Spiff's comment about WCW/nWo Revenge's roster, that was just one of the many great aspects of that game. Mind you, in No Mercy, you can customize each wrestler's appearance four different ways, so what I did was expand my roster by altering a given wrestler's appearance entirely to create a new personality (for instance, using one of Mankind's iterations to make a Terry Funk). Additionally, you can also update and/or retrofit your wrestlers as you see fit, obviously.
It's kinda' generic in a way, but along with the numerous slots for CAWs, and being able to double the number of CAWs you can create (provided you've got a memory card), AND changing up the appearances for your respective CAWs, you can have a roster of IMMENSELY INSANE proportions.
P.S.: Tornado tag matches with no DQ, no countout and weapons RULE. So do matches with KO only!
For WCW games... Revenge is the only one worth getting, just for the huge roster - a lot of NWO guys too.
Overall, I thought No Mercy was the best. It's got the best graphics of all the N64 wrestling games... it's got a very easy and fun Create-A-Wrestler... and it has more wrestlers than WM2000. Also, in No Mercy, you can defend your title against anybody at anytime. You can also hold PPVs where you choose the matches.
WM2000 was good when it came out, but the graphics are cartoony.
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I've played every american released wrestling game for the N64. We'll go by company.
Warzone (Acclaim): 12 wrestlers, clunky controls with an arcade style twist.
Attitude (Acclaim): Follow up to Warzone. Same clunky controls, much larger roster.
Wrestlemania 2000 (THQ/AKI): Excellent game with the best control scheme ever in place. Granted, looks wise it's not as pretty as Attitude, but the animation is smoother than silk.
No Mercy (THQ/AKI): By far, the absolute best wrestling game EVER. Take WM2K, tweak and fine tune everything, and you're good to go.
WCW/nWo World Tour (THQ/AKI): This is the same game engine that was later adapted for the WWE games when WCW switched to EA Sports to make their game. Interesting roster with many Puroresu knockoffs makes it still worth a look, plus it's the only game to date that you can rip someone's mask off (by continuously performing an eyerake grapple).
Revenge (THQ/AKI): Same controls as all the other THQ wrestling games on the N64, plus the first game to really offer a height differential. It's also impossible to break up the Crippler Crossface and the Liontamer once applied, so cheese away with Benoit and Jericho.
Meyhem (EA Sports): You'd think EA would deliver the goods. I think there's a total of 25 different moves in the game, seriously. Everybody does the same stuff, and it all really reverted to arcadey-ness shenanigans, whereas THQ was hitting on all cylinders.
Backstage Assault (EA Sports): Vince Russo's dream come true; a ring free environment for sports entertainment. You can fight backstage in No Mercy for the N64 by the by. Did I mention that's the one you should get your hands on?
ECW Hardcore Revolution (Acclaim): Take Attitude, insert ECW guys with a slew of VERY DIFFICULT AERIAL MANEUVERS. Nobody shelled out to get anybody's real music, so you have crappy generic sounding stuff. Spike Dudley is the same height as everybody else, which is creepy. The most fun I had out of this game was the barbed wire ropes match. My brother and I would run ourselves into the wire over and over again (with a really unintentionally hilarious animation every time you do it) to see who could die first. No wonder Acclaim no longer exists as a game making company.
In short, get No Mercy. You can mod anybody on the game to make them look how they do now, and you can create just about anybody else.
Hold nothing sacred and you'll never be dissapointed. Especially not this statement.
Maybe it's the fact that, at the time ECW:HR game came out, I was working a horrible job, and hence, took the utmost glee in making CAWs of my two idiot bosses just so I could spend hours throwing them into barbed wire and watching them bleed.
Anarchy Rulz blew all kinds of chunks, but I found Hardcore Revolution to be extremely cathartic.
"Oh my God! They have a shit-load of Cockapoo stuff!" -Jennifer's greatest quote... ever.
It was a reference to something the CEO of Activision said around the time of the merger, where he referred to "exploiting" Activision's main franchises on an annual basis. http://www.penny-arcade.com/2007/12/5/