WWF War Zone
- nintendo 64
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wrestling game wwf war zone nintendo 64
Professional wrestling is huge. People who cut their teeth on the Rock and Wrestling era of the WWF are returning in droves, and the industry is doing better than it ever has before. Games based on wrestling have progressed through the years, and while WWF War Zone plays similarly to its predecessors, it presents a package that is completely unmatched in both gameplay and in atmosphere. The result is a game that easily qualifies as the best wrestling game on the N64.
Most of the WWF's biggest stars are represented, including Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Kane, Mankind, the Rock, Triple H, and Ken Shamrock. Since the beginning of the game's development, Bret Hart, Ahmed Johnson, and the British Bulldog have left the WWF, but they remain in the game. Hidden wrestlers are also in the game, in the form of Mankind's other personalities, Dude Love and Cactus Jack. There is a fairly extensive create-a-wrestler option, but you're limited to picking entire move sets, instead of picking each move.
There are several different modes in War Zone. The challenge mode is the game's main mode, putting your wrestler in a quest to win the championship belt. Along the way you'll be challenged to grudge matches by the wrestlers you've wronged during your career. These grudge matches come in the form of two of the game's other modes. Weapons matches are falls-anywhere, no-rules kinds of matches, where smacking your opponent with a two-by-four and suplexing him onto a table are the order of the day. The cage match forces you to beat your opponent, then climb out of the cage while he's too dazed to do anything about it. Once you've won the belt in challenge mode, the game continues with you defending the belt against various challengers. Gauntlet mode pits you against multiple wrestlers, one at a time, much like a fighting game survival mode. The Royal Rumble is a lot like the real thing, where you must throw your opponents over the top rope to eliminate them, and more wrestlers come to take their place, but the maximum number of men in the ring is four instead of the real Rumble's 30. There is also a really good tag-team mode that contains most of the four-man action from the real thing. Multiplayer modes include a free-for-all, cooperative cage matches, and tornado mode. There is also a training mode, but it isn't as useful as the manual would have you believe.
War Zone plays, essentially, like every other wrestling game out there. But the control has been refined to a point of perfection, and a complicated tie-up system keeps people from doing cheap, low-damage moves over and over again. The game controls very tightly, and while you will do some button mashing to add damage to your holds, as well as break your opponent's holds and pins, it is kept to a minimum. It's good to see wrestling games move away from the button-mashing style that has plagued them (and the controllers that played them) for years. Speaking of the controller, the N64 controller really wasn't cut out for this kind of action. You're forced to use all of the C buttons, and the analog stick really isn't worth using. The digital pad, however, does the job.
The graphics in War Zone are really, really good. Some of the characters (the Undertaker, for instance) look eerily like their real-life counterparts, although a few of the other characters' faces (Triple H) look a little weird. The sound effects are really good - all the grunts and screams were recorded by the real wrestlers. The game features wrestlers' entrance music, but the N64's pitiful MIDI rendering of the tracks is very, very weak. The two-man announce team of Vince McMahon and Jim Ross is good, but the cartridge's lack of storage space limits the number of phrases when compared to the PlayStation version. However, there is still a good amount of varience in the commentary.
WWF War Zone is long on gameplay but really lacks on the atmosphere side. While the wrestlers taunt during matches, their personalities never really come across. While it may have two modes that the PlayStation version doesn't have, the PlayStation has more style to it and puts on a better show than the N64 version, even with its slightly pixelated (though still great) graphics. Still, if graphics and gameplay modes are all you care about, the N64 version is the way to go. --Jeff Gerstmann
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I've played the SmackDown! vs RAW games, Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain was my favorite long ago, and was usurped by the first Smackdown VS RAW. Now I'm going back in time and checking out the games that inspired features in these games. And it all goes back to "Warzone".
I've heard a lot of good reviews of this game, and people usually compare great wrestling games to WWF Warzone, or Here Comes The Pain, because they're both really interactive. So this is a review of why WWF Warzone is worth buying. Because that's why you're here, right?
There are pros to it, and cons to it. First let me get the CONS out of the way:
--No storyline. You win belts, you fight matches.
--The roster is super small, almost as big as the first Smackdown VS Raw, but with no Divas. (Thank God.)
--The N64 Controller.
--Countering is difficult. Timing is also critical for executing moves and the move list is vague and hard to figure out.
I am reviewing this game as if I live back in the year it was released. But at the time of its release this crap was new. People had just recovered from the shock and fail of epic proportions that was the Sega Saturn. PlayStation and N64 held the videogame market in a deathlock. And so here are the features of this version, the N64 version, which make it so "good":
--You can win belts. You don't get to wear them, but a scantily-clad female trods around the ring on one foot, Gumby-style, holding it in the air the moment you win one. It's so cheesy that it's awesome.
--You can THROW A PERSON OUT OF THE RING!!!
--The game has commentary, albeit it is very repetitive. However its cleverly programmed so they say the Wrestler name and then a condition. For example, ">Wrestler name< is out cold!" or ">Wrestler name< goes for the pin!" It's pretty cool. Fans in the crowd will also shout out things and quotes from the wrestlers. I like how they call the custom character "Player 1".
--Characters have individual voice acting.
--Entrances! (Limited to the character walking out onstage in front of the Titantron screen with their theme playing, doing a pose, then walking down the ramp).
--You can create, program, save, load, and use your own custom character!
--Finishers, but you have to either figure them out or go online to learn them.
--Grudge matches in the middle of your journey to become the champion.
--Cage matches! The opponent must be pummelled quite a bit before you can escape.
--WEAPONS. Steel chairs, the bell, a table, TV set, a board and a camcorder...need I say more?
--and finally, the roster. The character selection is EXTREMELY limited but you've got access to some really heavy duty and very popular superstars in here: Stone Cold, Triple H, Kane, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and The Rock JUST to name a few.
It took me a little while to get accustomed to the controls. You can side-step and block, and also reverse moves, but I'm not sure how to do reversals. You can irish whip your opponent into a turnbuckle then attack them in it, make them tap out via submission, charge them (try running towards a dude with Stone Cold and press B...hehehe) And you can also taunt! The N64 controller layout makes doing all of this very tedious, but the fact that it's all included is incredible. I was able to win an Intercontinental belt with Stone Cold and that made my day. You can also build a custom character to use in the match and if you have a friend who has a memory card and some belts, you can fight over them and they can take them!
In my opinion this is the grand-daddy of modern-day wrestling games. Sure, it's small and laughable. The character models are horrible, Triple H's ponytail is glued to his shoulders. Stone Cold looks morbidly obese. But the fact that I can enjoy all the features from a "modern game" (weapon combat, custom fighters, cage match, finishers) on a N64 just makes it totally worth buying.
If you're a wrestling fan or you are looking for a game to play with your friends over a night of drinking and socializing, grab it. But if you hate wrestling, or have no patience for learning the controls, then don't. Thank you, 'til next time!!!
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