September 26, 2022

Headbutts, eye rakes, physique slams, suplexes, arm drags, dropkicks, and metal chairs – professional wrestling has all of it. Whereas the outcomes could also be predetermined, that hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands throughout the globe from falling in love with the “sport.” Whereas many obtained their introduction to the enjoyable through tv programming, others had been launched to Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, Ric Aptitude, and John Cena through video video games. With WWE 2K22 making its massive debut this week, we figured we would ask our workers to discuss their favourite wrestling video video games.

Query: What’s your favourite wrestling online game?

WWF No Mercy – Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor who nonetheless says “IT’S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!”

To suppose there’s a complete technology of wrestling followers who’ve by no means seen a very good wrestling online game in motion. WWF No Mercy was launched all the way in which again within the yr 2000, which somebody may argue was the final time Vince McMahon’s promotion was really nice. It was the tail finish of the Perspective Period and the latter finish of the Nintendo 64’s life cycle. This was the top of the road for the video games from the makers of WCW vs. nWo: World Tour and so they went out on a excessive notice, trotting out a superb roster, strong customization options, backstage brawls, the Royal Rumble match, and the primary (and undoubtedly not the final) ladder match. They even had a Championship Mode that supplied the height of professional wrestling storytelling in video video games at the moment.

Over 20 years later, we nonetheless have not had a recreation like this since. Lord is aware of that All Elite Wrestling is about to provide it a shot, pulling in No Mercy director Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita for his or her upcoming online game. Whether or not they can recapture the magic or not stays to be seen, however I miss video games like No Mercy. They’re rather a lot higher than the glitchfests we now have now.

Smackdown vs Uncooked 2007 – Donovan Erskine, Ray Mysterio fan

I used to be by no means massive into wrestling, however rattling did I like me some Smackdown vs Uncooked 2007. It was a type of video games that me and my siblings would boot up on the GameCube on an early Saturday afternoon and simply play till the solar went down. Creating our personal characters, arising with humorous narratives, and seeing how lengthy we may survive in Royal Rumble, that recreation was only a bottomless nicely of enjoyable. I’ve obtained fond reminiscences of darting across the ring with Ray Mysterio, hitting my brothers with a 619 whereas we jumped across the basement laughing and shouting. Good instances!

WWF Wrestlefest – Blake Morse, Final Warrior

I’m an outdated and grew up loving the wrestlers of the late 80s and early 90s and that’s the period that I nonetheless look again on fondly. I additionally love arcades, so it ought to come as no shock that I liked the crap out of WWF Wrestlefest. First off, it seemed so good for that period of video games and lots of the characters’ designs match their physique sort and look. Sgt. Slaughter and the Bossman each had paunches and the Final Warrior seemed jacked AF. And when you may choose to play by a tag-team gauntlet that featured the most well liked wrasslin’ stars of the time, the true enjoyable was within the Royal Rumble mode the place you could possibly actually be thrown out of the ring as quickly as you bought in solely to must feed the machine much more quarters. It was pure chaos and a hell of a number of enjoyable to take part in. After Wrestlefest a number of wrestling video games misplaced their spark for me as that was kind of the height for me and, dare I say, my technology. 

WCW/nWo Revenge – Sam Chandler, Seems nice in spandex tights

It won’t be the enduring WWE or WWF franchise, however what stands out for me is the old-school WCW/nWo title from the Nintendo 64. This was my first legit wrestling recreation and one which I’d spend hours taking part in. I’d even swap on the additional gore and blood setting and relish seeing a little bit of pixelated blood. I fondly recall grabbing weapons from the viewers till I obtained the bat. Unbelievable recreation.

WWE: Day of Reckoning – Chris Jarrard, Mark for Mr. Excellent

Whereas I’ll acknowledge the greatness of AKI’s wrestling video games on the Nintendo 64, my favourite wrestling recreation really got here just a few years later from the parents at Yuke’s, who had been chargeable for the Smackdown video games on the PlayStation consoles. WWE: Day of Reckoning was a Gamecube unique that was launched reverse the Smackdown titles and intently mimicked the gameplay and design from the AKI N64 classics. 

Day of Reckoning was straightforward to choose up and play whereas providing the flexibility to have television-style matches. The in-ring fight was fluid and intuitive. The sport allowed collisions between gamers doing strikes so you could possibly suplex one wrestler right into a pile of others (one thing that has been lacking from these video games for years). The Gamecube made 4-player sofa battles straightforward and the character creation utilities had been top-flight on the time of launch. It obtained a sequel a yr later that added blood results and enormously improved the graphics, however the in-ring motion simply wasn’t fairly the identical.

Honorable mentions for WCW/nWo Revenge for having the best intro in online game historical past, Saturday Night time Slam Masters merely for being dope, and Def Jam: Struggle for NY for being an actual recreation that existed.

WWF Smackdown – Invoice Lavoy, Co-EIC

Since I’ve solely ever performed one wrestling online game, I’m going with that. WWF Smackdown for the PlayStation was the lone wrestling online game that I ever owned and, in hindsight, it wasn’t a terrific one. I imply, it was, however by right this moment’s requirements, it’s undoubtedly carrying its age. 

3 Depend Bout – TJ Denzer, Senior Information Editor

I do like a number of wrestling video games, from basic to trendy instances. Smackdown Vs. Uncooked 2007 was a spotlight, as was WCW Vs. NWO. In fact, you’ll be able to’t go mistaken with the latest Retro Mania Wrestling both. However one recreation from my days within the arcades nonetheless holds the championship belt in my coronary heart. I really feel prefer it was the primary time a wrestling recreation really and correctly captured the pageantry {of professional} wrestling alongside the combating. The characters strolling down the ramp to their very own music with their personalised entrances whereas the group roared was goosebump metropolis earlier than the struggle.

Not solely that, however 3 Depend Bout had characters that oozed character. They had been straight-up ripoffs of present legends and that was okay. You had Roy Wilson primarily based on Bruiser Brodie, Terry Rogers who was a stand-in for Terry Funk, Grasp Barnes primarily based off the Highway Warriors, and Pink Dragon, primarily based on Nice Muta and full with the poison mist. The sport even included different hardcore the place you struggle in parking heaps until your opponent is down for 10 seconds and demise matches set in electrical roped rings.

3 Depend Bout was arcade laborious, which is the one factor I can depend towards it. The CPU would beat you in most grapples late within the recreation, however all the things else was magnificent. Many wrestling video games have come and gone, however 3 Depend Bout is the right mixture of combating and pageantry that makes it the World Heavyweight Champion of my wrestling recreation pantheon.

WWF Wrestlefest – Steve Tyminski, Stevetendo present host, Arcade Man!

What’s my favourite wrestling online game of all time? That could be a powerful query as I don’t play too many wrestling video video games and didn’t play that many rising up. That being mentioned I keep in mind taking part in WWF Wrestlefest on the arcade after I felt like taking part in one thing totally different. It felt prefer it was attempting to do issues that wrestling video games had been doing in addition to be totally different. It tried to be so excessive and nonetheless take itself severely; it labored on each ranges thus making it top-of-the-line. Whereas I’m right here because the anime fan I’m, I’m giving Final Muscle: Legends VS Subsequent Era as a shout-out. The sport, primarily based on the anime, Final Muscle,  had fascinating characters in addition to fascinating storylines and plot factors. It felt prefer it was attempting to be like what wrestling was and it labored.

WWF Struggle Zone – Asif Khan, Shacknews Luminary/Lola’s Assistant

I performed WWF Struggle Zone greater than some other wrestling online game in historical past. Whereas it wasn’t one of the best WWF recreation to ship throughout the N64 period, I actually loved the create-a-wrestler characteristic. My avatar Earl Divx was born on this recreation, and for that purpose, it’ll at all times be my favourite rasslin’ online game.

WWF SmackDown! – Morgan Shaver, nonetheless laughs at how dangerous the CGI for The Rock was in The Mummy Returns

I don’t have a complete lot of expertise with wrestling video games, however I do have a delicate spot for WWF SmackDown. It was the primary wrestling recreation I used to be in a position to play, although I didn’t personal a replica. I used to be 8 on the time, and my mom used to drop me off at a babysitter’s home, and that babysitter had teenage boys with a PS1 and WWF SmackDown. Any time I had the chance to play it I’d, and I completely liked it. I actually needed a replica of my very own, sadly, these weren’t the forms of video games I used to be allowed to have at house, however you higher consider I obtained as a lot time with the sport as I may at that babysitter’s home. My go-to was The Rock. And much like how dangerous The Rock’s character mannequin seemed in WWF SmackDown, when you haven’t seen The Mummy Returns, take a look at the dangerous CGI scene of The Rock because the Scorpion King, you’ll get chuckle out of it, I promise.

There you might have it, of us. Professional wrestling video video games have a storied historical past on this enterprise. Which titles did we miss right here? Which digital grappler was a staple of your childhood? Tell us within the remark part beneath.

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