WCW/n.W.o Thunder (PS1) Review

WCW nWo Thunder

So after reviewing one of the best wrestling games ever, we get the exact opposite. Thunder was made by the same team who made Nitro, and instead of doing anything to fix the game, they just poured more bollocks into it until it completely broke. The fact this came out roughly a month after Revenge boggles the mind. I feel sorry for those who only had a PS1 back in the day and were fans of WCW. Well… Let’s have a look then…

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Tomb Raider (PS1) Review

Tomb Raider

Funnily enough I’ve never really been into the Tomb Raider series. I played the original quite a bit around various friends’ houses, and I THINK I played the second one, also around a friend’s house, but that’s it really. I know all about the series because, let’s face it, it was the first 3D series to actually become “Iconic”, with Lara Croft herself becoming a gaming icon in no time flat. Still, along with giving you a look at the game that inspired the film, how does Tomb Raider play in 2020? Well…

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WWF War Zone (PS1 / N64) Review

WWF Warzone

Guess who finally has more free time to return to the Wrestling Game Rundown? … Well, me, obviously, and while I wish the “more time” aspect would’ve come for a happier reason than the whole world shutting down, I shall take this opportunity regardless! So War Zone is the start of a four-game series using the same engine, one that I have sort-of fond memories of, but they always fell to the AKI engine N64 games in the long run each year. Still, this game was the first to have a proper Create-a-Wrestler, so there’s that! Let’s take a look then…

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WCW Nitro (PS1) Review

WCW Nitro

It still amazes me that this game came out around the same time as the N64 classic I reviewed last time in the Wrestling Game Rundown, as the two games couldn’t be any different. Nitro plays like crap, looks like crap, and was far too enamoured with having small grainy videos play than actually creating a good game… or a half-decent game even. WCW vs. n.W.o World Tour on the other hand was all great gameplay, with good graphics (for the time) and a fun presentation. So, lets grit our teeth and dive headfirst into a game I only have bad memories of and was so relieved to have only rented out…

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Mega Man 8 (PS1) Review

Mega Man 8

We finally come back to my playthrough of the core Mega Man games and reach the infamous Mega Man 8. The series reaches the PS1 and gets an “upgrade” with FMV, voice “acting” and smoother animations, but generally the game seems far cheaper than its predecessors and it featured a stage so monumentally frustrating that I took a break from trying to complete it for about a month before returning… Let’s take a closer look…

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WCW vs. The World (PS1) Review

WCW vs The World

Here we are, the next entry of the Wrestling Game Rundown and it’s the game I mentioned in the previous entry as a game I was looking forward to, but a long delay led to much anger and impatience. Was it worth the wait, and what’s it like now? Let’s find out in what is the first of the later Godly AKI games, even if it’s very barebones, comparatively…

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Power Move Pro Wrestling (PS1) Review

Power Move Pro Wrestling

The first entry into the Wrestling Game Rundown since the old game review blog got transferred over to this one, and it also happens to be the first 3D wrestling game on the list, and indeed the first 3D wrestling game I ever played. We’re also back into made up wrestlers / promotions side of things, though only briefly! (well, for the entire roster, anyway…) So let’s have a look at this old PS1 game, see if it’s a hidden gem, or a blocky mess… or both!

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Metal Gear Solid (PS1) Review

Metal Gear Solid

Unlike a lot of games on this countdown, Metal Gear Solid was always going to get covered on this blog, as will all the other entries in the series (eventually). While I had played quite a bit of Metal Gear on the NES (not that I got too far back then…), MGS on the PS1 was my first real exposure to the series, as I’m sure it was for many. Blending story with varied gameplay, let’s see if Metal Gear Solid still holds up…

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Final Fantasy VII (PS1) Review

Final Fantasy VII

I have a confession to make: I’m David Hogan and I don’t like turn-based RPGs. It’s not that I look down on those who do or anything stupid, but it’s just not my thing, I find it tedious, especially the older ones where you have to grind and level up and face endless random encounters. So why (beyond this being the Smash Ultimate marathon) am I reviewing Final Fantasy VII? Well, I played through it from start to finish in 1997. Why? Well… mostly peer pressure (EVERYONE at school was playing it…) but the story, setting and soundtrack had me completely hooked. How does it hold up today? Well, it’s funny you asked…

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WWF In Your House (PS1) Review

WWF In Your House

Now I can’t remember whether I played this first or Power Move Pro Wrestling, but given this is sort of the last gasp of the 2D era (not including Fire Pro games!) I thought it would make sense to do this next. Plus, thanks to a Smash Bros. marathon I have planned, this will likely be the last Wrestling Game Rundown review of this year, giving us 2019 to dive fully into the realm of early 3D games… What’s that? WWF In Your House? Yeah, it’s shit. Don’t bother with it. You want to know more? Oh well, fine then…

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