WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game lets you dance on the mats with eight of the biggest names in professional wrestling. Fight as or against digitized renditions of Bam Bam Bigelow, Doink, Brett "Hitman" Hart, Lex Luger, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Undertaker, and Yokozuna with hopes of winning the Intercontinental Title or the World Wrestling Federation Title.
Intercontinental mode consists of four one-on-one bouts, a series of one-on-two matches, and a championship one-on-three bout. WWF title action features two-on-one bouts against all the other wrestlers, a series of three-on-one bouts against all eight wrestlers, and a special Royal Rumble match to end all matches. If you want to play this game with a friend, you can battle head-to-head in a best of three one-fall match, or you can team up in a series of two-on-two matches against all eight wrestlers, including yourselves!
Wrestlers in this game fight using a number of different punches and kicks and an assortment of moves specific to the sport of wrestling, such as back drops, flying dropkicks, reversals, super clotheslines, head slams, suplexes, bodyslams, and piledrivers. Wrestlers can climb atop the turnbuckle and launch an attack, and each wrestler has special Arcade style Mayhem Moves, such as the Tombstone Slam and the Shocking Hand Buzzer. Combination moves (up to 30-hits in succession) are also part of the game. Sometimes the action will get out of hand and move outside the ring.
Wrestling matches are timed, and each opponent has an energy meter, which depletes with every hit sustained. When you are on the ropes or almost completely down and out, you can rapidly press any button to hasten your recovery. WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game also features play-by-play commentary by Vince McMahon, a veteran of the WWF broadcast booth.
WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game merges the personalities and action of the popular WWF TV show characters with a Mortal Kombat-style fighting game. This title features digitized graphics of 8 WWF superstars: Doink, Razor Ramon, Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Lex Luger.
Although presented as a wrestling title, this game is structured like a one-on-one fighter, features over-the-top special moves characteristic of WWF. Each match is divided into a series of rounds, much like a fighting game. Instead of each round ending in a KO, it simply ends when the player forces the other wrestler(s) to fall by reducing their energy meter. Game modes include single player arcade mode, tournament mode, and versus mode for one-on-one multiplayer.
This wrestling game is pure gold! It gets 5 out of 5 from me.
I really hate clowns! So there's no greater pleasure for me than to beat up DOINK! Not much to say about this game really - except that it is awesome! The sound could be a little bit improved - especially the marching in music of the wrestlers - but besides from that...
You can chose between 8 wrestlers in either 1 or 2 player modes. If 2 players are chosen, you can kick the crap out of each other or build a tag team (try choosing the same wrestler - it's kinda fun when there are three Yokozunas in the same ring).
You can compete for the intercontinental or the heavyweight title - not much difference really - except that in intercontinental you start fighting 1 guy and end up with three opponents for the grand finale. On the heavyweight level you start with two opponents and end up fighting a battle royal.
But enough about this - if you have any more questions read the included file - it's a manual/move list. Now I have some serious crash - paw - ouch - boinging to do!!! Enjoy the game!
WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game is an excellent conversion of the popular Bally Midway arcade game of the same name. In contrast to some earlier duds such as Judge Dredd, Acclaim got itself together this time around to deliver an excellent conversion that rivals non-PC versions (e.g. SEGA Genesis and PSX) in delivering a no-holds-barred wrestling action for the PC.
Eight of the original WWF wrestlers along with their characteristic moves are here at your disposal, including Doink the Clown, Razor Ramon, and Lex Luger. The wrestlers are all digitized and nicely detailed (about half the screen large), making it easy to perform moves, and a lot of fun to see the results.. especially when it's your opponent who is tossed around the ring.
The variety of moves you can perform is one of the game's best features. Even the common moves such as a punch are different from character to character. For example, while one wrestler's super-punch may be a smashing forearm to his opponent's head, another's will be a powerful round-house. Special moves are harder to pull off, but always spectacular to watch, with plenty of visual effects and bone-rattling sound effects. With a four-button gamepad (probably the best control method), there's enough challenge involved in learning and performing the moves to keep the game interesting, but not overly so.
The only problem with WWF Wrestlemania that hurts its long-term play value is the limited number of wrestlers. The tournament mode has you facing off against the same eight wrestlers you can choose from, sometimes even pitting your character against himself. Some new faces including "mystery" characters similar to arcade fighting games would have made the game much more fun. Also, the 2D side view makes the game look a bit too two-dimensional and characters like paper cutouts, although character graphics are detailed enough to carry the game. If you are a wrestling fan or just like fighting games in general, WWF Wrestlemania is a must-have. The game looks good, feels great, and above all - it's a blast to play. Highly recommended!
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