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The roster in WWF Attitude was reasonably current when the game was originally released on the PlayStation and the N64 back in August. Now, the lack of superstars like the Big Show, Chris Jericho, and the Dudley Boys really make the game feel much more dated. However, one plus is that D-Generation X has gotten back together recently, so at least that aspect of the game is correct.
The game is reasonably good for a wrestling game, which is to say it has just about as many weird, quirky collision problems and "which guy am I facing" issues as the next game. The game shies away from much of the rampant button-mashing, which plagues other wrestling games, in favor of a more fighting-game-like approach. This means you'll be doing a lot of "left, right, down, button" type of moves instead of just grappling, hitting a button and a direction, and watching the fireworks. Momentum also comes into play here, which makes it easier to pull off larger, grapple-based moves on your opponents if you soften him up with a few punches and kicks first. The game also has a few reversals here and there, so it's important to vary your method of attack, especially against experienced players.
There are also a whole lot of modes in the game, most of which are slight variations on the same type of match. You can throw down in standard versus matches, two-on-one fights, three-on-one matches, tornado bouts, and tag-team contests, among others. There are also modes based on some of the WWF's more famous Pay-Per-View matches, like the Royal Rumble and the Survivor Series. The Rumble pits you against 29 other wrestlers in an over-the-top-rope brawl. In the real thing, a new wrestler hits the ring one at a time, after a set interval, though here the number of simultaneous wrestlers never gets higher than four. There's a slight pause while a new wrestler enters the ring, but it's nothing too serious. Add to that various match conditions, like hard-core matches or first blood, and you have enough options to keep you creating your own pay-per-views for months.
Graphically, WWF Attitude is a mixed bag. On one hand, it looks much better than the N64 and PlayStation versions of the game. It sports much better textures (though many of the wrestler faces still look pretty bad), a cleaner-looking crowd, and cooler effects. But on the other hand, as a Dreamcast game, it easily could have been better. The wrestler models are still on the blocky side, and the animation looks pretty choppy. The sound has been greatly improved from a fidelity standpoint, but the commentary still manages to sound a little choppy from time to time. Also, the commentary is a little too generic, staying away from calling out specific moves and only occasionally calling the wrestlers by name.
With a few more months, this game could have probably turned out a lot better. But since the game is the very definition of the word "rushed," it's merely a rehash of the older versions of the game. If you didn't buy the PlayStation or N64 version of Attitude in hopes that the DC version would beat them, then you're getting a bittersweet victory. Yes, this is the best version of WWF Attitude, but no, it doesn't live up to the potential of the license or the hardware, and it's really a shame that Acclaim has to end its longtime relationship with the WWF on such a sour note. Rent this one first before making your decision. --Jeff Gerstmann
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Everyone who is familiar with Acclaim Entertainment's WWF games, knows that they did not set the wrestling OR video game worlds on fire. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sacred Dust
This game is good for the Wrestling fanatic like me that will play any wrestling game relased.Once you learn how to play this game it gets cool.Published on December 25, 2002 by "extreme_jeffhardy"
This game is one of the most complete WWFgames out their today! It has lots of match modes like triple threat,one on one,tag team,cage,etc. Including a career match. Read morePublished on August 26, 2002
Even though the graphics for this version were far smoother than the N64 and PS1 versions of Attitude, a simple graphic upgrade just doesn't cut it. Read morePublished on August 24, 2001 by Porky
This game is alright...it's a very good game for being ruushed like it was, but it could be a lot better. Read morePublished on November 25, 2000 by Michael
This game is great! This game has the best create your own wrestler feature then any other game. The moves a hard at first but you get used to them. Read morePublished on October 4, 2000 by Slim Shady
Too Hard? Too Choppy? Too much BS. This game is one of the most challenging Wrestling games I have ever tried. Although it takes more than the average gamesrs 50 I.Q. Read morePublished on September 24, 2000 by "lazyup"