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WCW/NWO Thunder

video game review video game review Video Game Review: WCW/NWO Thunder Publisher: THQ
Category: Sports, Wrestling
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: January 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4

Even wrestling fanatics won't be KO'd by WCW/NWO Thunder. We like the video introductions for the characters as they enter the ring, but that's really the only unique feature.

The game is stuffed with modes galore, but hey, fighting is fighting. There's a Battle Royal for one-player or two-player, a single match mode for one or two players, and three tournament modes for WCW TV, U.S. heavyweight, and world heavyweight. Pretty soon all these options run together. Oh, let's not forgot the cage matches for one or two players. Cage matches prevent interference from outside the ring and also provide the best environment for the beasties of mankind. Too bad a zookeeper isn't on hand.

Wrapping it up, the characters move too slowly, and the problem is compounded by poor camera performance outside the ring. When the action does go ringside, all the usual weapons are there -- chairs, TV's, etc. Cheating is now a tradition in wrestling. While Thunder doesn't steal the thunder of WWF War Zone or WCW/NWO Revenge, it does have all the standard oodles and googles to at least make it passable. We still think THQ should take our idea to make a wrestling game that stars politicians... but don't count on seeing James Rogan in the ring any time soon.

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