WWF Smackdown! (PS1) Review

WWF Smackdown! is very much the wrestling game equivalent of “from humble beginnings”, as this first entry in the series is, erm… lacking in a lot of departments, to put it nicely. It came out just a few months after I’d gotten WrestleMania 2000, so I only played it via renting it out once, and then playing around friends’ houses. Was I wrong to not give it a fair shake?! Let’s… okay, I think we know the answer, but let’s take a look anyway!

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ECW Hardcore Revolution (PS1) Review

ECW’s first game should’ve been a reason to celebrate, but instead it was a blatant cash-grab, both ECW and Acclaim were hurting financially and so clearly wanted this out of the door as fast as possible, and it shows. It’s pretty much just WWF Attitude with ECW characters and logos, plus a Barbed Wire Match. It was still fun for a short burst because I was actually playing as ECW wrestlers, which was weird after all that time, but it soon became rather obvious what was going on. How is it now, in hindsight? Let’s find out!

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Street Fighter Alpha 3 (PS1) Review

Street Fighter Alpha 3

We’ve reached something of a milestone here, as this is the last fighting game I’ll be reviewing as part of this marathon, and the final of three Street Fighter games to boot. After reviewing the original with the first film, and Super SFII with the second film, I thought I’d review my favourite Street Fighter game alongside “Assassin’s Fist”, so I went with Alpha 3, the final of the prequels to SFII and a PS1 game I became very addicted too for a while. Let’s take a look!

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WCW Mayhem (PS1) Review

WCW Mayhem

When I think of WCW games I either think of the great AKI engine games, the really bad Nitro/Thunder duo, or the bizarre game they end on (coming soon!) so WCW Mayhem always falls under the radar, despite being the last “serious” WCW game released, the only traditional wrestling game released by EA and the first wrestling game to have accessible backstage areas. How does this one-off play like? Should it be more fondly remembered? Let’s find out!

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Tekken (PS1) Review

Tekken

I’ve always enjoyed Tekken (the games at least, the film I can give or take…), but it’s always been secondary to the 2D fighters I’ve loved from the likes of CAPCOM and SNK. Still, I have fond memories of being round a friend’s house and him showing me the game and how you can unlock certain characters, and I remember renting it out for a long weekend. How does it hold up now, after many… many sequels and spin-offs? Let’s find out!

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WWF Attitude (PS1 / Dreamcast) Review

WWF Attitude

WWF Attitude was quite the big deal when it came out, to me it was mostly because it actually had a career mode with a calendar screen, house shows, the works. I was really excited, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed, and the create-a-wrestler suite was amazing (at the time) to top things off. I’ll admit the Dreamcast version, which did have improved graphics, is only in my collection because it came with the console, but I did play it a bit, and used it for the purposes of this review, meaning I probably played the Dreamcast version more in 2020 than I did in 1999/2000… Anyway, let’s take a look!

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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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