I like wrestling games you guys
most of them are pretty garbage but there are some serious gems if you look
here's a breakdown of the best wrestling games for every system I can think of
is the greatest wrestling game ever made. With a fictional cast of characters including The Amazon, who has a move called the Pirahna Bite, and is from ??? (I am going to guess Brazil, video game) and combat that includes up to TWO moves, you won't get a more dynamic professional wrestling experience anywhere.
Plus it invented A WINNER IS YOU
World Championship Wrestling
was the other NES wrestling game I owned as a kid, which means it is the second best wrestling game ever made. This one has real wrestlers, like Ric Flair, and Eddie Gilbert. Plus you could wail on dudes with a wrench.
Fun fact, Paul Heyman did the intro!
Saturday Night Slam Masters was a Capcom wrestling game with a pretty fun combat system and rad music
but what really makes Saturday Night alright for fighting is this:
Mike "The Motherfucking Mayor" Haggar. He will eat your trashcan meat.
was the last in a series of games that all used the same mechanics, like Royal Rumble and King Of The Ring for Sega CD
I liked all of those games, but Raw was my favorite. It had Doink.
Also PRESS AYYYYYYYYYYYYY AND BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (Todd Pettingill alert!!!!) (skip to about a minute in for what I'm talkin' about)
Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game came out for almost every system ever made at that point, but it'll always be a genesis game to me. When I first saw this game I nearly shit my pants. The Undertaker whacking dudes with literal tombstones! Doink zapping people with a joybuzzer!
Shit like this:
also I still can't watch wrestling without yelling PIN HIM like Vince McMahon (and occasionally DOINK THE CLOWN... VERSUS... BRET THE HITMAN HART)
The Simpsons Wrestling
is actually a terrible game, but I loved it anyway. It was stupid as hell but wailing on simpsons guys with other simpsons guys was fun to me. Also Ned Flanders is appropriately broken. I blame Jesus.
I'd like to say WCW Nitro
was a better game, but it wasn't. Everyone pretended it was awesome, but deep down, we knew. Still, it came out at the height of WCWmania so it had that going for it. Plus it had wacky secret characters, like Santa!
Well now, this is where the rubber meets the road. The N64, while being completely shitty at everything else, was Unquestioned Lord And Master Of Wrestling Games
They were all pretty much refinements on the same game. AKI Corporation made a sweet ass wrestling engine for Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 in Japan, and THQ proceeded to use it for pretty much all their wrestling games on the N64
so you got WCW Vs. The World, WCW/NWO World Tour
, and WCW/NWO Revenge
on the WCW side, and then once THQ acquired the WWF license we got WWF Wrestlemania 2000
and my personal favorite
WWF No Mercy.
I won't break these down at length, suffice to say they were all basically the same game that was improved with each iteration, though some people prefer Wrestlemania over No Mercy for some reason. The WWF games in particular had really good character creators, leading to things like this:
And No Mercy in particular was pretty cool due to the branching storylines it had for each title. I almost did a Let's Play of that game one time, but then got lazy and stopped, to the shock of no one. Maybe someday I will go back to it! Probably not though.
AKI's wrestling engine wouldn't die, and some weirdo at EA came up with the idea to make a series of wrestling games starring rappers. Uh, okay. The first one, Def Jam Vendetta
was a fairly standard wrestling game, aside from the fact that you were playing as Busta Rhymes and Ghostface Killah. The second, Fight For NY, is more of a Fight Club set up, where there are rings sometimes, but sometimes you're fighting on rooftops or in a subway or in a raging fire. Also the final boss is Evil Snoop Dogg. Also also, Henry Rollins runs the gym. HENRY ROLLINS RUNS THE GYM.
Currently, the Smackdown Vs. Raw
series, or I guess the WWE series, now, is just OK. I find the WWE games that go off the rails like Legends Of Wrestlemania
and WWE All-Stars
to be much more entertaining
LOW is basically an homage to 80s wrestling, from the rubbery LJN-figure looks of the wrestlers, to the weird mini-rings and shitty lower thirds. It's got some QTEs that, while taking some of your control away, does a lot to make the matches feel more like they would on TV. And you can import your guys from Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009! Which gives you more guys, I suppose.
WWE All-Stars is genuinely cool, once you get past the eye-demolishing art design. It's super arcadey, so you have stuff like juggle combos and finishing moves that send a guy 20 feet in the air. It's a nice change from the rather stodgy control and gameplay of the main series. There are also cool video packages that set up dream feuds like CM Punk Vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, and a pretty awesome story mode with Old School Undertaker. (The Randy Orton one is just OK.)
So yeah I realized about halfway through this that this huge exhaustive post about wrestling games probably has no business here, but I wanted to talk about wrestling games, so
deal with it
(talk about wrestling games)