Review by friendlydude
"You might wanna go with the Playstation version"
While most people probably wouldn't notice much of a difference between the Playstation and Saturn version of WWF In Your House, when playing the game on the Saturn and giving everything a close look, a couple things about it immediately jumped out to me and made me realize that the PSX version is probably superior.
I'm not normally a negative guy, but I think in this case it would be a better idea to start off the review mentioning all the things that make it pretty unspectacular.
First of all, let's talk about the challenge. For some really unusual reason, it's MUCH harder to win matches in this version because your life bar drains quite a lot in just a matter of two or three hits! It can be ANY move from ANY opponent when entering a World Title Tournament, and your life bar is guaranteed to drain much faster than you'd be willing to tolerate. In the Playstation version, it seemed like Goldust was the only wrestler whose life would drain heavily from a hit, because let's be honest- in real life he was a pretty weak guy in the ring (though he DID hae a few spectacular upper card moments such as a match with Rowdy Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania). However, in the Saturn version ALL the wrestlers are weak and take a lot of damage.
What does this mean for you? It means, in many situations, such as during the final match where you have to fight all the wrestlers in the game, the challenge becomes too much to handle. Most people will find it frustrating to have to go through 8 or 9 wrestlers, only for the last challenger to come in and take you out in just a few hits. Isn't that really unfair? In the Playstation version, you can take up to 10-15 hits before it's "lights out" and game over. There is simply NO excuse to make the challenge THIS hard, especially when the game is set on Easy. Something is seriously wrong here.
Another thing that really annoys me about the Saturn version are how the loading times are even longer compared to the Playstation. I'm totally serious- in the PSX version, it takes maybe 15 seconds before the match begins. Here, you have to wait up to an inexcusable 25-30 seconds. You are given a very nifty option in the Playstation version to skip over match introductions (by simply holding down the X button and waiting for the loading screen to appear, thereby passing the entire thing altogether in one simple press of a button).
In the Saturn version, you have to wait for the introduction screen to appear before being allowed to hit a button to skip over it. This alone can tack on an additional 10 seconds to the already alarmingly inconvenient loading time. To give you another idea how long you have to wait- in the Playstation version I can go through a World Title Tournament in 20 minutes. Here it takes up to 30 minutes, all thanks to the loading.
In case you want to know why it's so important to skip over match introductions, it's because they are a *really* boring and lifeless thing to watch, with Vince McMahon carelessly saying who's facing who. NOTHING else happens to help keep your interest. There's no screaming fans in the background, and no wrestlers jumping around and dancing. Just an extremely boring introduction screen that shows a picture of the wrestler you're controlling along with your opponents, with Vince saying "What a match-up this is, "So and so" vs. "So and so". The PSX version of WWF In Your House allows you to skip over this entire introduction process before it even appears on screen!
Trust me, once you see for yourself how boring it is to watch, you'll certainly be glad the Playstation version grants you the option to hold down the X button to pass over the entire thing and go straight to the loading screen.
Also, for some reason, the Saturn version removed the awesome Sound Test Menu from the Playstation version (where you can listen to all the sounds, match commentary and entrance themes from the game). Of course, you can put the game disc in the CD player to listen to all the wrestler theme songs, but there's nowhere in the Saturn version where you can listen to all the wild, crazy and outrageously funny sound effects. To me, that's really disappointing.
Most of the other things about the two versions have remained pretty much the same, though. The graphics in both versions are identical, and the gameplay is mostly the same as well.
Now here's a few things the Saturn version does better. For one thing, there's an extra move available for two of the wrestlers. A very good example is the Undertaker. In this version, you can deliver multiple chokeslams to your opponent, whereas the Playstation version only allows one chokeslam at a time. Of course, in the PSX version you can STILL deliver multiple chokeslams if you're performing a combo, but as a regular move? Exclusive to the Saturn only. Also, they added an extra move for Shawn Michaels as well. Just an extra move for Shawn and the Undertaker. Doesn't really matter when you think about it.
Also, in the Saturn version you can deliver all the outrageous finishing moves whenever you want, whereas on the Playstation these moves can only be executed when you're fighting one-on-one matches. However, after you've seen the same old finishing moves time and time again, none of this really matters. Just like Mortal Kombat- once you've seen the finishing moves once or twice for each wrestler, the fun factor really wears off after that, and you don't care about it anymore.
Also worth noting is that some of the regular devastating moves such as the Vader Bomb and the Pedigree drain a LOT more damage in the Saturn version. That's probably more realistic. It doesn't make the game any easier to complete unfortunately, because most of the time you'll be going through matches just trying to survive any way you can in this version.
Of course, realism shouldn't matter at all because you're playing an old arcade-style wrestling game, and those games were created with the purpose of just having fun, and not putting too much thought and energy into the realistic aspects of the wrestlers and the moves they perform (unlike today, where realism has been attempted time and time again, only for the games to end up looking dated, forgettable and boring a short time later.
You still have all your options to turn off the blocking button, turn off powerups and adjust the difficulty setting. All these things have remained the same. Too bad the hardest difficulty setting is basically the same as the easiest setting. My goodness this version is hard.
Still... the Playstation version has this one beat. No doubt about it. Once you play both, you are guaranteed to end up preferring the Playstation version.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 06/11/07
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