Review by TBranford
"Oh, the horror!"
I am a pretty big fan of the World Wrestling Federation, and I enjoy watching it on TV. So, I would want to play a decent WWF game. And there have been quite a few good WWF games released over the years, from WWF Smackdown all the way down to some of the classic SNES games. Unfortunately, WWF Warzone for the Playstation is not a good game. In fact, it is probably one of the worst Playstation games I have ever played. I probably even had more fun plaing In Your House then I did this game. The biggest problem is the fact that the basic gameplay, from collision detection to control, is quite frankly terrible. This game is not worth the CD burned on it.
The graphics in the game are decent, and were much more innovative than any seen in a wrestling game. Unfortunately, there is a problem with the graphics in the game, and that comes in the form of collision detection. While the game doesn't suffer from these kinds of problems as much as there is in WWF Attitude, I still noticed quite a few collision detection problems. This is because Acclaim used motion captured graphics. The advantage to do is the fact that the wrestlers look much more realistic then I expected them to. I would have liked to see FMV entrances for the wrestlers, but oh well, I can live without them. Still, the collision detection problems cannot be ignored. Overall, the graphics in the game are decent, besides the collision detection problems.
Music and Sound Effects (7/10)
One of the better things about the game is the fact that the commentary in the game is so good. The two guys that do commentary in the game are none other than Vince McMahon and Jim Ross. I enjoyed hearing the commentary in the game, because it is very realistic. I especially liked it when the name of the finishers were called out, like when JR said ''stone cold stunner!''. The music in the game was decent, although certainly nothing special. I liked how the wrestler's theme music was included in the game, as I liked most of the theme music featured in the game. Undertaker's was especially cool. Overall, the music and sound effects in the game are above average, especially the nice commentary featured.
Gameplay and Control (1/10)
This is where the game really falls apart, in my opinion. First off, the lack of selectable wrestlers is downright disturbing. Sure, there is the Rock, Austin, and Michaels, but there are only 18 selectable characters! I would have liked to see a few more characters added to the game, as it got boring to play as the same old characters time and time again. Also, the control in the game is downright frustrating. I got sick of pushing several moves to do one move. Also, the same move never really connected twice. I swear i would push a certain button combination to do a move, and then push the same exact button combination, and I would do a different move. What's up with that? Overall, the gameplay and control in this game is downright pitiful.
Replay Value: Below Average
Let's see. Picture Attitude, take away all the fun, take away most of the fun modes, take away most of the selectable characters, and you have Warzone. This game really isn't that fun, the only good part about it is the create a wrestler mode, which was outdone in the sequel. Overall, the replay value in the game is below average.
Challenge: Above Average
When most of the challenge in the game comes from trying to do the moves in the game, then the game automatically has problems. 90 percent of the challenge in the game comes from trying to win matches, which is a problem. I would have liked to see the matches being difficult for other reasons. Overall, the chalenge is there, but for all the wrong reasons.
Even if I compare it to games back then, I cannot help but hate this game. The control is frustrating and the lack of playable characters downright sucks. Stay away.
Reviewer's Score: 1/10 | Originally Posted: 07/06/00, Updated 07/06/00
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