Review by XGlite015

""Anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation!!!""

Now this is a fun wrestling game, Most 16-bit wrestling games are crap but this one came out of nowhere, I have never played any 16-bit wrestling game that is as good and fun as WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game. WWF Wrestlemania on the Sega Genesis is a port of the arcade game by Midway, it has the same gameplay elements of their previous hit game, NBA Jam. With the NBA Jam-like gameplay, you can expect silliness in the game like high/long top rope maneuvers, superfast combos, weapon attacks, second wind, and unbelievable special moves, and those elements make the game so fun to play. And now for the review:
NOTE: Scoring system => 10 is the best or highest score, 5 means average, 1 is the worst score. I don't give ratings on the game's controls, I only describe and comment on it.

GRAPHICS -> The graphics are good, neat digitized characters ala Mortal Kombat but the game's graphics seem to lack the crisp color palette of the Arcade version and is inferior compared to the SNES version(it's understandable, the SNES is a more superior hardware the the Genesis) but still the colors are decent and overall, presented well. There are some slow down at times when 4 wrestlers are on-screen at once but doesn't hinder gameplay. With only one wrestling arena, Graphics gets an 8 out of 10.

MUSIC and SOUND -> The wrestlers' themes are presented in Midi-ish(I don't know if it can really be called midi music but it sounds midi) format, they don't mimic the original themes from the show but they are recognizable. The background music as you play the game is decent but could get repetitious and annoying. Sound effects are good, nice commentary by Vince McMahon, and the crowd sounds are the same, with slight difference, as those in the NBA Jam games. Character voices and the smacking or fight sounds are done well. Music and Sounds scores 8 out of 10.

CONTROLS -> Very simplistic and easy to learn, you move your character using the directional pad, and then you have the punch, power punch, kick, power kick, and the block button. It's so easy to familiarize yourself with the controls, you'll be doing combos, top-rope attacks, running attacks, throws, and special moves in no time.

GAMEPLAY -> Very fun and entertaining to play! especially performing silly moves like Bret Hart's rolling uppercut or Doink's electro shake, and those super-fast combos. It's fun to play the 2 player co-op mode, two players helping each other to beat the crap out of computer controlled opponents. And there are Royal Rumble and 2 or more against 1 matches, it's fun to kick the crap out of 2 or more CPU characters and win. Like NBA Jam, it's so fun to play because the game doesn't take itself seriously, no realistic physics or rules, just all-out brawls. The only thing this game lacks are more characters and arenas, eight wrestlers and one wrestling arena is not enough. Still Gameplay hits the perfect score of 10 out of 10 for fun factor.

REPLAY VALUE and EXTRAS -> After finishing the game, there's not much you can do except for playing the 2-player modes. It's still fun to play 2 player matches but with the lack of characters and different arenas, it could get repetitive and boring. There are no extras to unlock, no extra modes, characters or arenas and that's a shame coz ports of arcade games should have tons of extras for replayability. Replay Value gets an above average score of 6 out of 10 for the fun 2 player co-op mode and matches.

WHAT THE GAME LACKS:
- More characters: there are many popular WWF superstars back then, why not include the likes Diesel, Own Hart, and Kama. In this kind of game there should be at least 10-15 characters, maximum of 20 plus for variety and replayability.
- More Arenas: why not include a backstage or a steel cage?.
- Extras: all arcade ports should have extras for variety and replayability, how about secret characters like those in NBA Jam T.E., and some extra modes.
- 4 Player mode: 2 player may be fun but 4 players is much better especially in Royal rumble mode.
- Fatalities/Finishing moves: rumor has it that they were going to include fatalities or finishing moves in this game but the plans were scrapped in the last minute. Only one character has a finishing move.

THE VERDICT:
The game is very good, I can't give it a perfect score coz the game still lacks certain elements that makes a game perfect. Overall the game feels like it was rushed, only 8 characters and 1 arena is not satisfying and rumor has it that they were going to include fatalities but only one character has it. Still it is better than its sequel, WWF In Your House in terms of gameplay and is still a must-buy especially if you can get it cheap and if you have a Sega Nomad, it's fun to play this game on the go.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/08/03, Updated 07/08/03


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