“ Based on ECW (or Extreme Championship Wrestling for the uninitiated) this is a wrestling simulation game developed and produced by Acclaim Entertainment. Expect ECW Anarchy Rulz to be released on the 24 November 2000. „
"ECW Anarchy Rulz" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2001 by Acclaim. It is a sports game with professional wrestling being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" which deemed it suitable for ages 13 and above.
After the disappointing reception of "Hardcore Revolution", ECW Anarchy Rulz was released to serve as a sequel and give professional wrestling gaming a more "ECW" feel. The former title was criticized for bearing too significant of a resemblance to other professional wrestling games and their respective promotions. Being that ECW was the radical outlaw of the professional wrestling world at the time, fans were obviously disappointed with the lack of "hardcore" content. Anarchy Rulz satisfied the much awaited blood lust by including new match stipulations such as a table match, street fight and brimstone match, and selectable arena types which included a backstage parking lot with makeshift ring area.
While developers were attempting to break free of the stigma which surrounded Revolution, Anarchy Rulz suffers in its gameplay by the fact that I found it to be quite like its predecessor. This is not necessarily a complaint, however, as I enjoy the more cerebral and methodical feeling which surrounds the title. Moves in the ring are delivered in a much slower fashion than what could be expected out of a professional wrestling game. This could be seen as a possible con to some but I personally enjoy this aspect. In Anarchy Rulz, players have access to to a career mode and belt tour mode alongside basic exhibition matches. I did not find any specific mode to have any distinct advantage over one another. I found myself particularly drawn to the career mode. Here, players must ascend a rankings ladder to acquire ECW branded championships. The player's ladder ranking is dependent on matches won and lost, and he or she will move up or down one space respectively. Upon reaching the 15th rank the player will be awarded with the ECW Television Championship and must win a further five title defenses to become a contender for the World Championship at the 1st position. Upon winning the world championship, each match thereafter is a title defense and the player may engage with the game until he or she loses the title and struggles to win it back.
The game does suffer from slight repetitiveness. I felt after I acquired the world championship that there was little else to participate in. Exhibition matches do allow the player to select certain stipulations and opponents, but these only serve as mere distractions from the bulk of the game held in the career mode.
The graphics of this title are acceptable in their presentation. Wrestlers appear large, well detailed and it is possible to differentiate between the 34 available combatants. It is unfortunate, however, that their detailing does not bear significant resemblance to what was seen formerly on television. Many finer details of the wrestlers, such as facial scarring, was not present in Anarchy Rulz. The audio is also somewhat lacking. Due to copyright restrictions, Anarchy Rulz was not able to include the popular theme songs created by other bands so several of the entrance themes are highly generic and slightly quirky. The sound effects are also less than stellar. Each match will be accompanied by constant voice snippets from commentator Joey Styles, and these become irritating to listen to during extended periods of gameplay.
It's unfortunate that Anarchy Rulz was the final video game installment for the ECW wrestling promotion. Shortly after this video game was released the company folded in bankruptcy. This title now serves as a nostalgia piece for me to remember the days gone, but it is not likely something which would appeal to a wider audience. Fans of professional wrestling may appreciate this game's flair but I would not be able to recommend it to those beyond this segment.
Let me clear one thing up before we begin, any wrestling fan can step up for this one not just ECW fans, and if you for one moment think the game is out dated or old hat just because Mr McMahon and his WWE (or WWF as they were back then) put Paul Heyman's ECW out of business at the Survivors Series - wrong partner!
ECW Anarchy Rulz features many current WWE grappling greats such as RVD, Tommy Dreamer, Spike Dudley, Justin Credible, Tajiri, Rhyno, Lance Storm, Jerry Lynn and Paul Heyman in their original ECW styles. The game has a comprehensive set of career modes, create a wrestler, pay-per-view and stable, as well as a wealth of other options.
The developers of the game, Acclaim have made many a grand grappler and are responsible for all the wrestling games we've played on in the past including WWF The Arcade Game, In Your House, Warzone and Attitude as well as ECW hardcore Revolution, so they have much experience. Anarchy Rulz is similar to the latter games on the list, although the roster, matches, music (Dope and One Minute Silence) and commentary have been updated.
As mentioned the match options are plentiful featuring some matches never seen in WWF, and some currently used as gimmick matches in the WWE such as:
Tag, Tornado, Singles, 2 on 1, 3 on 1, Battle Royal, 8 Man Tag, Three and Four Way Dances, Survivors Series, Table, Cage, Iron Man, First Blood, Finisher Only, 2 out of 3 Falls, Rage in a Cage, Dumpster, Brimstone, Hate (15 on 1), Backlot Brawl, Death Match, Street Fight, Barbed Wire Ropes, Lumberjack, Stable Match, Team Rumble and I Quit.
As well as all that the ECW Heavyweight, TV, Stable and Toughman titles can be earned in the unbelievably extensive career modes. Team up or against a mate in singles, tag or stable careers, or get to the top and beat the cream of extreme on your own! Win you matches that can range from a good old fashioned wrestling bout to an all out extreme blood feast inside rage in a cage!
You can create your own stable of wrestlers, pay-per-view event, arena, ring and even create your own grappler! Give him or her move set, music, personality and appearance down to the very last detail. Or listen to you favorite ECW themes and read up on the stats of your heroes (even your creations) in the bio room.
The gameplay is certainly much slower than the Recent WWF and WWE
Smack Down! games, but is much more realistic and rewarding with more complex button combos and rewarding game play. The game also features good commentary, blood (can be dis-enabled) and weapons which can decimate -and the wrestlers actually realistically stay down for a long time, allowing you to climb a fence or cage, plan your next devastating manoeuvre or position you foe correctly ready to drive them through a table! Unlike other SmackDown! games where your opposition get up after 6 seconds now matter what you do to them.
Graphics 7 - Very close look alkies if their real life counterparts, these rugged wrestlers look good, although the crowd isn't so good, you can read their signs and they move well. Arenas and weapons look good too.
Gameplay 10 - Rewarding and so realistic - annoyed with anyone? Put them against you in a death match and main them, or maybe a 3 on 1 match, or better a 15 on 1 hate match! So rewarding and fun to play.
Life Span 10 - Still playing on it today (although I have a PS2). So much to unlock and so many options, this game will simply never run out. Career and creation and the fact that is so fun to play will keep it going forever.
Sound 8- Featuring Dope and One Minute Silence. The wrestlers voice-overs are brilliant and set the scene for the bout.
Overall 10 - The fist 10 I have awarded, ever. Simply superb and will never be bettered. I recommend you immediate purchase Sir, as you will never look back. Blows any SmackDown game out of the water, this is extreme!
This title for the Dreamcast goes by the name of ECW Anarchy Rulz. This is a wrestling game made by Acclaim which I came across by accident. I'm a huge wrestling fan but for some reason prior to this games release t wasn't even on the radar. And maybe foe good reason, the previous ECW game Hardcore Revolution didn't go down too well in stores so how did this effort fair?
Well they tried , thats the best I can say about this. the major problem is the engine in which the game ran. In 1998 WWF Warzone was a brilliant wrestling game ,then WWF Attitude came along and was even better. But when the N64 got the Wrestling License and THQ started the Playstation version they had much better control systems than the old Back Back Square style that Acclaim were putting out.
In this effort they do nothing to update the gameplay at all and this comes across very like aWWF clone, they tried adding new things in like Blood matches and Barb wire matches along with tables ladders steel chairs etc but if the gameplay isn't good people just won't like it.
Great roster with all you're favourites from the Sandman and Tommy Dreamer to RVD and Rhyno, The moves are all pretty well animated too.
All in this is an ok effort but just seemed way behind the times. If you're a "hardcore" ECW Fan then it's probably worth a look though.
If someone tell you that ECW is rubbish or WWF is much better. Tell em "You're joking right?"!! Because this game rules. Blood, gore and action all put together into one. Brimstone, dumpster, street fight, rage in a cage and table matces are just totally amazing. Career modes, belt tours... Let me tell you about some of the real features. IN career mode you start off as a rookie battling his way up through the ranks for the TV title until you win that and go for the ECW Heavyweight Championship. You'll face rivals on the way and get into many brawls. But its all worth it when you win. If you do win, you will unlock the Heavyweight Belt Tour in which you have 3 gimmick matches and if you win in Hard mode, you unlock a great cheat. There are cheats like Big Head Mode and you can unlock new characters. You already have great characters like The Sandman, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Tanaka and Justin Credible though! Wow!! Can I go on. Just make your own decision folks! Control's are easy, gameplay's easy and you won't stop playing it for a long, long time!
Different wrestlers, same Attitude. Firstly, Acclaim's ECW Hardcore Revolution is a sad ripoff of WWF Attitude. ECW has all of your favourite ECW Hardcore TV Wrestlers in it, basically replacing the WWF Attitude wrestlers. ECW plays exactly like WWF Attitude. Basic moves like the body slam, hip toss, and suplex are all performed exactly the same way. Executing special moves actually seem to be a bit harder to pull off, making Hardcore Revolution even more frustrating learn. It will take you some time and a moves list to master all of your wrestler's moves. The tons of options that made it into Attitude also make it into Hardcore Revolution. You get the same Exhibition, Career, Tournament, Pay-Per-View, and Create a Wrestler options. Match options are also basically the same. There are steel cage, deathmatch (hardcore), and last man standing matches waiting to be played. The one new option that Hardcore Revoltion sports is the infamous barbed wire match. Here, the ropes are replaced by barbed wire, introducing the Irish Whip to a whole new world of pain. The graphics are fair at best. Far shots are decent, but some of the clothes on the wrestlers look like they were painted on. Oh, and the close-ups are horrible. Hardcore Revolution's sound is everything you'd expect in a wrestling game. Lets not forget the fans, the fans of Hardcore Revolution are definitely true to nature. Shame on you Acclaim, you have just gone and re-hashed WWF Attitude into ECW Hardcore Revolution. So unless you're a hardcore ECW fan, save your money.