WWF Royal Rumble. Yuke’s (2000) Dreamcast

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Despite Craig’s protestations, the Attitude Era of Wrestling was THE BEST. Yeah, we know that for every awesome TLC there was a turgid Bob Holly match, but there was 10 people pushing for the Championship belt, though only Triple H and the CRock ever had it. 80’s wrestling, was crap. Everything after Attitude has been pretty crap.

So FUCK YOU.

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WWF: Super WrestleMania. LJN (1992) Super Nintendo

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My mate had this game, I remember Christmas ’92 when he got it, I basically moved into his house for a few weeks and played it endlessly. In 1992 this was THE closest thing we could get to wrestling. Satellite TV was way out of most peoples price range, the Internet was still just a few excel documents, and a shitty VHS tape of some of Wrestlemania matches would cost about £30.

Needless to say, I didn’t really know anything about Wrestling, just that Hulk Hogan sounded cool, there was a Macho Man, a bloke with a snake, two fat dudes, the bloke that did that move that kept crippling school kids (The Undertaker), and the one wrestler we knew/liked (Ultimate Warrior) wasn’t in the game. Continue reading

WWE Smackdown! : Here Comes The Pain, THQ, (2003) Playstation 2

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First off, I need to get rid of the elephant in the room –  In Japan, this game is known as ‘Exciting Pro Wrestling 5’. Hear that? THAT’S THE SOUND OF YOU DROPPING THE BALL, THQ! Get your heads in the game! Honestly! You keep this up and you’ll end up going bankru–*ahem*. Without further ado, here is the second installment of

My Life As A Professional Wrestler

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WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role. THQ (2000) PlayStation

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A few months back, I read an issue of Retro Gaming (lost it, moved house) and there was a small article on SmackDown! 2 proclaiming it one of the best wrestling games ever made. This infuriated me, and I couldn’t figure out why.

I had the game in 2000, I queued up outside Electronic Boutique to buy it the day it came out, skipping school, and gorging for months on it’s sparkly goodness. I was eventually converted to No Mercy, and through good ol’ father time I began to forget about SmackDown! 2. This is partly because the sequels all sucked (or didn’ live up to SD!2), but mostly it is because No Mercy is one of the best games ever. I am not just talking best wrestling game. I am saying No Mercy is in my top 10 games of all time.

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WWF: Wrestlemania Challenge. LJN. (1990) Nintendo

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This really is a game you need to take the rose tinted glasses off and NOT play, EVER.

There is nothing here. Literally.

OK, maybe figuratively, but the game is sparce. You get 8 real wrestlers, plus “yourself” and 3 fight modes and, a kind of career, but it is oddly a little hidden. Continue reading

WWF: No Mercy, THQ/AKI Corporation. (2000). Nintendo 64

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Let us start by first diffusing a popular myth – the Attitude Era of wrestling was garbage. It really was. Granted, the main event was always a spectacular sight to see, and there was no shortage of colourful characters…but for every Stone Cold Steve Austin, there was a Steve Blackman. For every Chris Jericho, there was a Chaz. For every Rock/Austin epic, there was a 20 minute clusterf*ck of skinny fat guys falling all over each other in their quest for a broken belt that changed hands 800 times a night. Continue reading