Mon. Sep 26th, 2022


Headbutts, eye rakes, physique slams, suplexes, arm drags, dropkicks and metal chairs – professional wrestling has all of it. Though the results could also be predetermined, that hasn’t stopped thousands and thousands of individuals world wide from falling in love with the “sport”. Whereas many gained their publicity to leisure via tv programming, others have been launched to Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Ric Aptitude, and John Cena via video video games. With WWE 2K22 making its huge debut this week, we thought we might ask our employees to speak about their favourite wrestling online game.


Q: Which is your favourite wrestling online game?

WWF No Mercy – Ozzy Mejia, the senior editor who nonetheless says “It is nonetheless actual to me, dammit!”


To suppose that there’s a complete technology of wrestling followers who’ve by no means seen a extremely good wrestling online game in motion. WWF No Mercy was launched all the best way again within the yr 2000, which one may argue Vince McMahon’s promotion was really fairly cool. It was the tail finish of the Angle Period and the latter a part of the Nintendo 64’s life cycle. It was the top of the road for video games from the makers of WCW vs nWo: World Tour and so they got here with an excellent roster, robust customization options, backstage brawls, Royal Rumble matches and the primary (and positively not the final) ladder match. Additionally they had a championship mode that provided the height of professional wrestling storytelling in video video games on the time.

After greater than 20 years, we nonetheless do not have a recreation like this. Lord is aware of All Elite Wrestling goes to provide it a shot, pulling No Mercy director Hideyuki “Geta” Iwashita for his upcoming online game. Whether or not they handle to regain the magic stays to be seen, however I miss video games like No Mercy. They’re so a lot better than the Glitchfest now we have now.


Smackdown vs Uncooked 2007 – Donovan Erskine, Rey Mysterio Followers


I used to be by no means huge into wrestling, however did I really like Smackdown vs Uncooked 2007. It was a kind of video games that my siblings and I used in addition up on a GameCube on Saturday afternoons and play till the solar went down. Creating our personal characters, developing with humorous narratives, and seeing how lengthy we may survive at Royal Rumble, that recreation was only a bottomless effectively of enjoyable. I’ve fond reminiscences of darting across the ring with Rey Mysterio, hitting his brothers with a 619 whereas we jumped across the basement laughing and screaming. glad instances!


WWF WrestleFest – Blake Morse, Final Warrior

I’ve grown outdated and love wrestlers of the late 80s and early 90s and that is the period that I nonetheless look again on fondly. I additionally love arcades, so it is no marvel I cherished the crap of WWF Wrestlefest. At first, it seemed nice for that period of the sport and lots of the characters’ designs have been tailor-made to their physique varieties and appears. Sergeant Slaughter and Bossman each had punches and Final Warrior Jack was wanting AF. And when you may select to play via a tag-team gauntlet that featured a few of the hottest Wrestlin stars of the time, the true enjoyable was in Royal Rumble mode, the place you might actually stroll out of the ring as quickly as you might. Had been. To feed the machine in much more quarters. It was utter chaos and it was a whole lot of enjoyable to take part in. Loads of wrestling video games misplaced their spark after WrestleFest as a result of it was type of excessive for me and, dare I say, my technology.


WCW/nWo Revenge – Sam Chandler Appears to be like Nice In Spandex Tights


It might not be the enduring WWE or WWF franchise, however what stands out to me most is the old-school WCW/NWO title from the Nintendo 64. It was my first authorized wrestling recreation and one I used to play for hours. I will additionally flip up the additional gore and blood setting and be delighted to see a bit little bit of pixelated blood. I keep in mind grabbing weapons from the viewers until I acquired the bat. Unbelievable recreation.


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


Whereas I will admit the greatness of AKI’s wrestling video games on the Nintendo 64, my favourite wrestling recreation really got here a number of years later from the fellows at Yuk, who have been liable for the SmackDown recreation on the PlayStation console. WWE: Day of Reckoning was a GameCube unique that was launched in contrast to the SmackDown title and carefully mimicked the gameplay and design from the AKI N64 classics.

Day of Reckoning was straightforward to select up and play, offering the power for television-style matches. In-ring fight was fluid and clean. The sport allowed confrontation between gamers making strikes so you might add one wrestler to a pile of others (one thing that is been lacking from these video games for years). The GameCube made 4-player sofa fight straightforward and the character creation utilities have been top-flight on the time of launch. It acquired a sequel a yr later that added blood results and considerably improved graphics, however the in-ring motion wasn’t fairly the identical.

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


WWF SmackDown – Invoice Lavoy, Co-EIC

Since I’ve solely performed one wrestling online game, I am going with that. WWF Smackdown for PlayStation was the one wrestling online game I ever owned and, in the long run, it wasn’t nice. I imply, it was, however by in the present day’s requirements, it is positively carrying its age.


3 Rely Bout – TJ Hazard, Senior Information Editor

I really like a whole lot of wrestling video games from traditional to fashionable instances. Smackdown Vs. Uncooked 2007 was a spotlight, as was WCW Vs. NWO. After all, you can also’t go improper with the latest Retro Mania Wrestling. However a recreation from my days within the arcade nonetheless holds the championship belt in my coronary heart. I really feel like this was the primary time it was a wrestling sport and actually captured the spectacle {of professional} wrestling together with combating. Characters strolling the ramp to their very own music with their very own private entrance whereas the gang roared was the goosebump city earlier than the combat.

Not solely that, however the 3 depend bout featured characters who have been filled with persona. They have been straight rip-offs of current legends and that was okay. You had Roy Wilson based mostly on Bruce Brody, Terry Rogers who was the stand-in for Terry Funk, Grasp Barnes based mostly on Street Warriors, and Purple Dragon based mostly on Nice Muta and full with Poison Haze. The sport additionally contains non-obligatory hardcore the place you combat within the car parking zone till your opponent is down for 10 seconds and loss of life matches are set in an electrical roped ring.

The three depend bout arcade was powerful, which is the one factor I can depend in opposition to. The CPU will beat you in most melee video games in the direction of the top of the sport, however every part else was nice. Many wrestling video games have come and gone, however 3 depend bout is the proper mixture of combating and spectacle that makes it the world heavyweight champion of my wrestling recreation pantheon.


WWF Wrestlefest – Steve Tyminsky, Stevendo Present Host, Arcade Man!


What’s my favourite wrestling online game of all time? It is a powerful query as a result of I did not play a whole lot of wrestling video video games and did not play many video video games rising up. That being mentioned, I keep in mind enjoying WWF Wrestlefest within the arcade after I felt like enjoying one thing totally different. It felt prefer it was attempting to do the identical issues that wrestling video games have been doing and be totally different as effectively. It tried to be so excessive and nonetheless takes itself too critically; It labored on each the degrees thus making it among the finest. Whereas I am right here as a fan of anime, I am giving Final Muscle: Legends VS Subsequent Technology as a shout out. The sport based mostly on the anime, Final Muscle, featured attention-grabbing characters in addition to attention-grabbing story and plot factors. It felt prefer it was attempting to be what wrestling was and it labored.


WWF Battle Zone – Asif Khan, Assistant to ShakeNews Luminary/Lola


I performed WWF Battle Enviornment greater than every other wrestling online game in historical past. Though it wasn’t the very best WWF recreation to ship in the course of the N64 period, I actually loved the create-a-wrestler function. My avatar Earl Divks was born on this recreation, and for that purpose, it’ll all the time be my favourite Wrestlein online game.


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


I haven’t got full wrestling expertise, however I’ve a delicate spot for WWF Smackdown. It was the primary wrestling recreation I used to be in a position to play, though I did not have a duplicate. I used to be 8 on the time, and my mother would drop me off at a babysitter, and that babysitter had teenage boys who had PS1 and WWF Smackdown. Each time I acquired an opportunity to play it, I completely cherished it. I actually needed a duplicate of my very own, sadly, they weren’t the kind of video games I used to be allowed in at residence, however you higher imagine I acquired as a lot time with the video games as I acquired at that babysitter’s home. My go-to was The Rock. And simply as with how dangerous The Rock’s character mannequin seemed on WWF SmackDown, if you have not seen The Mummy Returns, dangerous CGI scene of The Rock because the Scorpion King, you will get a superb snicker from it, I promise.


There you will have it people. Professional wrestling video video games have a protracted historical past on this enterprise. What titles did we lose right here? Which digital wrestler was the primary character of your childhood? Tell us within the remark part under.

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