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  • 4.36 out of 5 (282 votes)
    WWF Wrestlemania: the Arcade game (pc game)
  • Genre: Sport, Fighting, Tournaments
  • Software house: Acclaim
  • Year: 1995
  • System: DOS
3 out of 5

Cheesy wrestling action

Wrestling: you either love it or hate it and usually for the same reasons. This fighting game based on the most pantomime-like of 'sports' features all the cheesy characters, corny one-liners and over-the-top action of the real-life event. While it won't satisfy true beat 'em up fans, it does provide some reasonably enjoyable action for dedicated wrestling followers. Although pitched as a wrestling game, like WWF Raw, this is actually more of a Pit-Fighter or Mortal Kombat-style fighter, thanks to its faster pace, wide range of moves and digitized graphics. The line-up of fighters is fairly extensive, featuring eight of the most popular wrestlers from the period, including The Undertaker, Lex Luger and Shawn Michaels. While there are standard wrestling moves on display here, the game is also notable for its inclusion of somewhat bizarre combos and attacks including The Undertaker's ability to cast spirits at his opponents and which only heighten the similarity to the MK series. A few modes are available here, including two single-player ones which offer variations on championship matches and two multi-player modes which allow players to go head-to-head with a friend or to team up with them and take on a computer-controlled tag team. As far as wrestling games go, this is fairly decent, with fighting that is fast and reasonably fluid, moves that are over-the-top and brutal, and slick graphics. It might not be Street Fighter IV, lacking that game's complexity and depth, but if you are a wrestling fan then this provides plenty of entertainment.
4 out of 5

Wrestling game that was no clown!

WWF Wrestlemania: the Arcade game is a purebred wrestling arcader, over the top, fun, with a host of actors, sorry, wrestlers, of about 8, so, yeah, not that many. But at least they are well put together, both from an animation perspective as well as from the point of view of the combo system that animates them. While the controls are mapped to only about 3 buttons, except the directions, of course, the number of special moves that can be achieved are quite a few, and thus you won't feel cheated when playing the game. Polished enough, fun, colorful, as stupid as wrestling could be and as over the top, this game can sure be a winner in his own right! So, yeah, give it a try, see how you like it, I'm pretty sure you're going to find it quite as entertaining as I did if you love the performance art, sorry, the sport, itself. Else, a game in the Guilty Gear series will go much better for that that treasure grace more than clownery and hulking guys in spandex suits! Not that there's anything wrong with spandex suits on middle aged men, don't get me wrong!

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