The Total Recall DUD OF THE MONTH
COLLECTION! WCW BACKSTAGE ASSAULT
Canada, December 15, 2000)
The WCW franchise was
once one of the biggest names in video games. Games like WCW Thunder and WCW/NWO
Revenge easily sold millions of copies worldwide. You would think now that
a huge company like EA Sports would be able to make the best wrestler
game ever, uh? Just look what they did for NFL football, NHL hockey, Fifa
soccer, and many more. Sadly, this WCW game still runs of that awful WCW
Mayhem engine. That means this Backstage Assault game has a lot of the
problems that plagued EA's last wrestling game like poor graphics, awful animation,
a serious lack of moves, and painfully long loading times. EA Sports did try
to make a fun game of hardcore only wrestling (this is not ECW) but it ended
up being boggled down by its many flaws instead.
The game lets you pick from such former big WCW superstars like Booker T,
Jeff Jarrett, Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner, Sting, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, and
many more. Some other WCW characters like Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, Chavo
Geurrero Jr., and Sugar Shane Helms (also known as 'The Hurricane') need
to be unlocked first by either using certain weapons, completing a game, or
by doing something crazy to your opponent like lighting them on fire. Because
the game is called WCW backstage Assault, there are only backstage Hardcore-like
matches in the game and there is 'No Ring' to fight in, which is very weird
to say the least. Most WWE games now have both a ring and several backstage
rooms as well with tons of weapons like Trash cans, pipes all over the place.A nice idea but a wrestling game without the
ring is like a pizza without the crust.
"Looks like Slap Nuts!"
WCW BSA opens up with a great looking cinema that shows just how intense good
wrestling can get, but it all down hill from there on. The in game graphics
first off looks absolutely horrible! Why? The wrestlers themselves look extremely
stiff and they always looked confused on what to do next. The animation is just
awful compared to what have for today's WWE games. Usually if the game has weak
animation then it an excuse to have more detailed wrestlers? NOT HERE! All of
the wrestlers not only walk funny but they also don't come close to looking
like the real thing. That guy in the game looks nothing like the real 'Nature
Boy' Ric Flair and I don't remember seeing the 5 time WCW champ, Booker T, with
such stumpy legs? To add insult to injury some of the backgrounds look very
blurry and messy as well. Some of the backstage areas look interesting though
like the Bathroom is packed with removable sinks and urinals and the Locker-room
area has a breakable table so it's not a complete disaster.
This is suppose to be Goldberg and Booker T fighting here.
Although the graphics stink, the audio is far better than the looks because
of the impressive two man commentary by Tony Sinvulone and the legendary Bobby
'the brain' Heehan. Bobby Heehan has a lot of classic one liners and is really
funny in this game while Tony is the important voice of reason. The commentary
is actually a lot better than those in recent WWE Smackdown games but that should
come as no surprise since they did such a poor job to begin with. You'll even
hear some of the wrestlers background music if you win the fight or in the opening
cinemas but it's usually cut down so won't hear the whole soundtrack and the
worse part is that you can't even select the music for your favourite wrestler
in the limited Create a Player mode.
The game is also seriously lacking in wrestling moves, for example: why can't
the great Lance Storm do his finishing move 'The Maple Leaf' (a mean looking
half Boston Crab), uh!? He was one of WCW's rising stars (before it was cancelled
anyways) and they didn't even include his finishing move?? Unfortunately he's
not the only one missing moves.Another problem I found is that the characters
special moves are far too weak and you'll be lucky if you can get the pin using
special moves like Goldberg's Jackhammer (has anyone kicked out of the Jackhammer
before?). There is one thing I really liked about game play here though. WCW
BSA will show you how much more damage you'll do if you use a weapon or a wall
on your opponent plus if your character'sname is white then your fine but if it's
red then your fighter is in trouble, which is something that THQ Wrestling games
lacked because you never know quite how much punishment you're actually dishing
If there is any good news here, is that it's kind of fun to unlock all of the
secrets in the game like hidden characters and more backstage areas so there
is a reason to come back and play but that alone can't save this wrestling embarrassment.
The graphics are ugly and lackluster, the wrestlers look nothing like their
TV characters, and the controls are not very user friendly at all. Sure the
Nintendo 64 game had a lot of these problems too but what kills the Playstation
edition is the super slow loading times are nearly 30 seconds long before and
after a fight. Even diehard WCW fans will hate this lousy wrestling game.
overall rating: 14/100 Find this game on eBay here!
For 1 or 2 players
Rated (T) for Teen graphics: 1/10