WWF Wrestlemania Challenge review - Nintendo Entertainment System
Where do you think you'd find up to six sweaty muscular psychos rampaging around in a small enclosed area apparently attacking each other? In a World Wrestling Federation ring, of course! In the WWF, the "performer's" objective is to entertain the wrestle-crazy crowds by putting on a display of carefully scripted violence.
This latest effort from NES masters Acclaim makes you a newcomer in a digitised version of the WWF circuit. Using your carefully-honed wrestling skills, your aim is to face up to every wrestler the WWF organisers throw your way, and hopefully make mincemeat out of them in a variety of hilarious and yet rather painful ways.
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge gives you (and a chum if you like) the chance to take on the rest of the WWF circuit in pursuit of the WWF World Championship title! Fancy your chances?
What the Mean Machines staff thought
WWF is a fun game which pretty much manages to capture the atmosphere of the real thing. Playability is its strongest point, with plenty of neat features and options - each wrestler's range of different moves is superb. The computer opponents are good, but the two-player mode is best, with plenty of fun-packed grippin' and grapplin' japes. However, the graphics and sound are both disappointing, and don't reflect the overall standards set by the gameplay. WWF fans will certainly enjoy this, but if you're simply after wrestling action and aren't bothered by the absence of such famous names as Big Boss Man and Hulk Hogan, check out Tecmo World Wrestling, which I think is even better!
I must admit that I found WWF a bit disappointing, especially coming from Rare (who I always thought could do no wrong). The graphics are really quite average and the sound is dull. Playability is all-important and it's only here that WWF pulls back a few points. With all of the wrestlers and their individual moves, it's all good, long-lasting fun. Add in all of the different one and two-player options and the game suddenly gets a bit more interesting. However, straight after playing this I had another go on the previous Nintendo wrestling biggie - Tecmo World Wrestling, and to be honest I found that a lot more enjoyable. I'd recommend you check that out first, but if you're a massive WWF-only fan into a bit of tag-team japery, check out this new Acclaim title.
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