This game is a slobberknocker!
Pros: The graphics are vastly improved over the previous WWF wrestle mania 2000. The character sprites look really good for these old type of games. Just about every detail that is on a character is there, whether it'd be HBK's hearts, or Undertakers American Bad Bone outfit, they look really good on this game. Despite this game being older, I prefer some of the character models on this over WWF Smack down on the PlayStation. The crowd looks about as good as it got back then, you have your detailed fan favorite signs that show up and vairy on which character you s
Cons: Some animations look a tad bit choppy , it mostly shows in animations like the flying elbow drop, or a tackle.
The Crowd while they do look good and detailed, they kinda look like they were cardboard cut outs or something like that.
Pros: The sound and the audience makes it authentic and fun to play, having the crowd cheer and boo you really adds to that realistic experience, you also have some bonus sounds effects such as the sounds of your opponents crashing from a turnbuckle, to throwing a barrage of punches and they sound very good. The music is also pretty good,"Let's get it on huah!" It's pretty catchy and memorable stuff which makes or breaks a wrestling game for me, and this one nails it. Not to mention I like the fact the music is actually originally composed, unlike some of the modern wrestling games which have Superstar theme's playing.
Cons: Speaking of superstar theme's, while the entrance music is implemented, it does sound a bit blurred out and compressed, and there's no commentary over the matches.
This is were the game picks up. You got a lot to do, you can clone superstars, edit superstars, and even make your own Caws(Created Wrestlers) You got a royal rumble match, championship matches, triple threat, and specialty matches. You also have a lot to unlock in career mode such as the Ppv arena's and unlock able characters.
I find wrestling games a lot of fun to play, and unlike some morden wrestling games, these ones have a sort of redeemable quality. Pedigree and body slamming my opponent, getting caught in a submission, kicking out of a pin, and even winning the matches and championships. Not to mention the sheer enjoy of bleeding my opponents has made this game a truly enjoyable experience.
Story: 10/10 If I remember anything about the story in these type of games, is that you've got to play through career mode to fully experience them as the wrestling games have feuds and rivalries which usually end in a Ppv title or non-title match. You basically pick out your guy, and then go through career mode and all it has to offer.
The difficulty in this game makes SVR 2006 and the recent games look like nothing. The AI will counter you, slam you, steal your taunts, and use a finisher on you in an attempt to get a win. The controls took a little bit of getting used to, but once you get through with the countering, learning to dive outside the ring, use weapons, you can win the matches with ease. So these games offer quite a good bit of progression.
Overall: 9.7/10 If your looking into a good wrestling game, or just a good overall retro game. This one I can highly recommend you check out.