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The Total Recall
DUD OF THE MONTH
COLLECTION!


HOW THE GRINCH
STOLE CHRISTMAS

Month it won: December 2005
(Acclaim, March 1, 2000)
Special note: The Grinch's first video game!

Introduction and Story:
One of the coolest DVD's to come out in 2004 in my opinion was The Rise and Fall of ECW. This special 2 DVD set chronicles a small but highly violent and entertaining wrestling company that liked breaking all the rules. That company was ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling! In it you can witness all the controversy surrounding its heavy use of blood, swearing, and some of the most shocking matches in wrestling history. The DVD was so good that is easily out performs other wrestling WWE DVD's like the dismal Great American Bash 2004 and even Wrestlemania XX. Sadly, one of the reasons why the company folded in the first place was because it just didn't have the big budget to get the name out there and it certainly didn't help matters when the video games were total garbage. Take Acclaim's ECW Hardcore Revolution for example.

To warn you in advance: this game is really Acclaim's WWF Attitude from the Summer of 1999 (also on the Dreamcast, N64, and Playstation) but now that Acclaim has lost their big WWF license to rival company THQ. To counter the lost they created a new wrestling game under the ECW name, a company few people would know about but at the time this brand of wrestling was gaining some serious popularity at the time with its more edgy style. ECW is based on more hardcore 18 to 35 demographic rather than more family friendly Sports Entertainment wrestling that the WWF (or WWE) and the old WCW are known for. With huge up and comers like Tommy Dreamer, Mike Awesome, Subu, Justin Incredible, and the Sandman making a name for themselves for their wreckless and intense fighting, ECW Hardcore Revolution had the chance to be a much more different game.

Controls and Game Play:  
So did Acclaim fix any of the problems from WWF Attitude when they released ECW Hardcore Revolution? Nope! This game sucks too! You still have all the play modes for single or multi-player action and you can still Create-A-Wrestler if you like but there is for little else new and even the low energy presentation looks the same. You can fight with cool weapons like Singapore canes, chairs, and lots more but what wrestling game doesn't these days? You can also wrestling in a cool looking barbwire ring but this is really used for a novelty effect more then anything else so it quickly becomes boring.

Not only is the game play in ECW H.R. is very chunky with most the modes looking the same but the controls are unresponsive and out of date as well. Punches and Kicks offen don't have to need to connect to hit a player and to add insult to injury the audience will even boo you if you use the same moves over and over again. There is virtually no difference between this lousy game and its N64 and Playstation counterparts either but I did noticed it was harder to control your character on the bulky Dreamcast controller.

Graphics and Sounds:
Moving on to the graphics, guys like Lance Storm, Taz, and Rob Van Dam to not act like their TV counterparts at all. Ususally when a guy like RVD comes down to the ring he is in a overly cocky mood and loves to show off to the crowd, in the game however, his animations look incomplete and he does his jumping roundhouse kick it just looks awful. Despite having some decent character models, everybody on the roster looks so sluggish that they appear to be drunk in the ring and why does it look like they are dancing at the end of the match? Diehard ECW fans will also notice that stars will not come out to their original heavy metal music either. The wrestlers will shot off a few one liners now and again but they feel more cheesy then extreme.

The Bottomline:
I already toll you everything about this game but how can I end the review here? I know, I'll do what Dr. Suess would do, sing a song! I wouldn't even spend a buck because you game really really sucks Mr. Grinch!

Conclusion:  

How the Grinch Stole Christmas overall rating: 38/100
Look for another game on eBay here!

For 1 to 4 players
Rated (E) for Everyone
graphics: 4/10
sound: 4/10
gameplay: 5/10

-StarSoldier (Ryan Genno) 2005


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