Reviewed by Mike
With the success of WWF Warzone, and the massive popularity of
the World Wrestling Federation, Acclaim was easily looking at a
million seller with their newest release, WWF Attitude. Certainly,
the company could expect to cash in on the popularity of
wrestling with this title, regardless of how good the game
happens to be. So when the game was released, gamers couldn't
help but wonder if the game would be any good. WWF Warzone,
the prequel to Attitude, sold millions, but got hacked to pieces
by the gaming public. The game was so bad, that THQ's WCW
Revenge looked great in comparison. Finally, after months of
hype and anticipation, the game has finally arrived. Sadly, it
didn't come with any of the realistic action you hoped for.
Graphics 8 out of 10
The graphics in WWF Attitude are great. The animation is
fluid, and the wrestlers certainly look a hell of a lot better
than those from WCW Revenge. The action in the ring looks
as close to the real thing you can get on the Nintendo 64. The only
problem with the graphics is the crowd. Instead of life like
characters, such as the crowds found in EA sports games,
you get flat, seemingly dead fans. This wouldn't be so bad,
if they could only shut up now and then.
Music and Sound 2 out of 10
Unlike the graphics, the sound here is by far the worst of any
wrestling game. While the theme music for the WWF superstars is
good, the rest of the game sounds like utter crap. For the most
part, the crowd is dead and silent during the matches. This fast
kills any excitement you may get out the game, and often leads
to bordem. However, don't get the idea that the crowd remains
silent non stop. That's simply not the case, and it's a shame to.
You will often have to listen to dull, horrid sounding, and downright
annoying chants. These chants are some of the worst I have had
the misfortune to hear, in any game. As for the other sound
effects, such as bodies smacking together, you can say it's
lame at best.
This game can be quite fun if you enjoy multi player games. There
are over 15 modes of play to bash your friends head in, from
Steel cage matches, weapons match, lumber jack matches,
tag team wars, etc. However, the one player mode is a joke.
Even on the hardest setting, you won't get much of a challenge
out of this one. The computer AI is downright retarded. After
a couple days of playing the game, you'll be able to dominate
the computer with ease. The career mode is also a waste of
time, and once you capture the world title, the career ends.
Yup, no chances to go on and defend your title.
Game Play-Fun 5 out of 10
The multi player mode is fun, but as all wrestlers move the
same way, the game gets boring fast. As for the single player
modes....forget it. The bad crowd and dull game play kill any
fun you might have.....FAST.
The game play presents quite a few frustrating moments. For
one, the grappling system in this game is garbage, especially in
the one player mode. Most of the time, your opponent will tie
you up in some lame arm/wrist lock, and you'll have to wait a
few seconds for him to break the hold. This gets annoying when
your wrestlers finisher must be done from a grapple.
On the topic of finishers, good luck if your wrestler uses a
submission hold! When you lock your opponent in a submission,
the CPU will often make you break the hold right away, with no
reason. Sometimes, you'll be able to get the hold on for a few
seconds, but that is rare. Why couldn't the programmers of
this game take the time to fix this? I suppose it's a case of
being lazy, stupid, or both.
Reversals in this game are a pain in the ass. Try using Steve
Austin to body slam Sable, and tell me you're not annoyed when
she keeps on reversing the damn thing. How unrealistic can you get?
Last on my list, is the fact that your opponent often jumps
up from big moves, including finishers. This is just about
as unrealistic as you can get in a wrestling game. But again,
Acclaim couldn't be bothered to fix this little problem.
Replayability 4 out of 10
The one player modes are useless, and the multi player thrill
won't last long. Wait for WCW Mayhem to come out for your
wrestling needs, as that game is your best bet.
Pound for pound, this is one of the most unrealistic wrestling
game out there. Aside from the Warzone, there are no Nintendo 64
games that even come close to this. The game play here is so
bad, you'll expect to see the THQ logo on the screen!
Overall 4 out of 10
With a steady flow of wrestling titles coming down the pipe, it's
best you avoid WWF Attitude. Wait for WCW Mayhem, or even
THQ's WWF 2000. If you like fast paced wrestling action, stay
the hell away from anything with the Acclaim logo on it.