Hello and welcome to Monday 4th January – 2016! I hope your week is starting well. The weather has finally decided it’s winter time, bit late though 🙁 Anyway! today I take on a grappler from the Arcade in the form of…
Wrestlemania the Arcade game on the Arcade
Midway, they do love their digitized fighter games and this is no exception to that rule, only this time it’s those lovable musclebound rogues from the WWF era of the wrestling genre. You can choose 1 of 8 Superstars to climb into the squared circle with to do battle against the rest of the roster to claim either the Intercontinental title or the World heavy weight championship. These 2 modes vary in difficulty with the IC championship being the easier of the 2 paths to have a go at. All the Wrestlers in the game are digitised versions of their true to life counterparts as only Midway knows how. The game is more a fighting game than a wrestling game, with over the top moves present such as the Undertakers Tombstone smash ( yes, he hits you over the noggin with a real tombstone! ). The game does feature genuine wrestling manoeuvres like Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter or Shawn Michaels super kick, but even these are done in an OTT manner. The roster you can select to play as are:- Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Doink the Clown, Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow and Yokozuna. Each superstar has his own special moves to perform and each with the over the top special SPECIAL moves. The game is fast paced and relates more to Mortal Kombat more than a traditional Wrestling title. Commentary is provided by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler, which is a bit on the repetitive side but adds to the game atmosphere. The Superstars all have their respective theme music in the game which is a nice touch I feel as they could have just omitted these from the game completely. The animations are not too bad, with each move executed well and enough for the player to recognise the official from the made up. This game can be played with friends too, a multi player mode was put in which pits you and a friend against the rest of the roster in a tag team mode, but has you both in the ring at the same time. What I like about this game is the fast pace and frantic game play as the CPU doesn’t hold back, makes you think on your feet rather than have time to work out strategy on how best to defeat an opponent. Bonus’s can be gained through various methods, such as not performing a single block in a match and other hidden variables that I will leave you to find out.
Graphics:- Not bad considering the time line, and this was when Mortal Kombat was at it’s height of infamy, so the Digitized era was firmly in place. Each superstar is instantly recognizable from their real life brethren, animations can seem a little on the fast side, but this game embraces it, so it doesn’t feel too out of place. The colours are nice and solid too and really brightens up what could have been a very dull game.
Sound:- In game music is present along with the commentary track, which is quite nice as they could have opted to have a silent track with just the sound effects from the Wrestlers getting hit and any special moves that are being executed. The entrance themes being included in the game gave it a more realistic approach as well, I think this was a welcome addition.
Overall:- Even if you are not into WWF/WWE Wrestling, this game is worth a play for the chuckle value, the multi player aspect, while not perfect is at least Co-Op and not Vs which so many fighting games have you do. It’s not something you would come back to so often, more a gather round the TV and have a laugh with your mates ( Get the Playstation Version for best authenticity ). A good effort to bring the Wrestling genre into an fast paced entertainment package, if you enjoyed Mortal Kombat, then grab this and give it a whirl.