WWF War Zone (Nintendo N64, 1998)
|Think you're ready for the big time? Are you longing to challenge the world's best wrestlers? If so, the glitz and glamour of the World Wrestling Federation is yours for the taking in Acclaim's WWF War Zone. Choose from 16 of the following wrestlers in your bid to become champion: Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Triple H, Ahmed, Faarooq, The Undertaker, Mosh, Kane, Mankind, British Bulldog, Bret Hart, Goldust, Rocky Maivia, Thrasher, and Ken Shamrock.
WWF War Zone features a gameplay system in which players must grapple with their opponent and perform a series of presses on the directional pad then a button press to perform wrestling maneuvers. WWF War Zone also features the audio commentary, provided by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.
The heart of the game is the WWF Challenge, which has players advancing through four distinct stages. Each stage involves winning a certain number of matches to earn the Intercontinental Championship Belt and then the World Wrestling Federation Championship. Be prepared to compete in grudge matches along the way, special challenges demanded by defeated opponents. Since there are only three shots at the title, players have to keep winning or the game will end.
Other play options include Versus, Tag Team, Cage, Weapons, Royal Rumble, Training, and the N64-exclusive Gauntlet mode, where users try to defeat six consecutive wrestlers. A Create Player mode lets mad scientists tweak a grappler's appearance, special moves, personality, theme music, and attributes in five areas: strength, toughness, speed, recovery, and charisma. Up to 30 custom wrestlers can be saved to the Controller Pak. WWF War Zone also features three difficulty levels, four-player support, three camera angles, and an adjustable match time limit.
The Nintendo 64 and PlayStation versions received "favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator GameRankings. Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot complimented the gameplay and graphics and called the Nintendo 64 version the best wrestling game on the system. Matt Casamassina also praised the game's graphics in his review of the Nintendo 64 version, calling it "the best looking wrestling game ever made." While he faulted the game for its collision detection, static cutscenes and small selection of wrestlers, he recommended the game and anticipated the release of a sequel. Tim Hsu of Game Revolution also offered praised for the N64 version's presentation, multiplayer options and create-a-wrestler mode. However, he expressed disappointment with its limited single-player mode. Nevertheless, he wrote that the game was good enough that it might even appeal to gamers who were not fans of professional wrestling.
War Zone gained favor with gamers and was a popular rental title in the United States for months after its release. The game was also a bestseller in the UK.
|Game||WWF War Zone|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes|
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