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      27.05.2008 17:56

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      This is the best WCW game for the Playstation

      Surprised to look around the reviews and see this rated so low. This is without a doubt the best WCW game that was made on the Playstation, fair enough Thunder and Nitro in retrospect weren't much kop but WCW Mayhem was a pretty good game. This was from the time when WCW had peaked and was on the way down but to be fair to it, there was still a huge roster with Goldberg , Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and many more still availible to play as when this game hit. Theres a lack of modes in the game but with such a big roster there's plenty to do and see in the game, each wrestler has their own move set and finishing move that are mostly all animated well, only with the odd glitch. Maybe its nostalgia but I still kinda like it. I felt the grapple system whilst not perfect was still ok and much improved on the previous WCW games on PSX and the entrances and music etc were all well presented. IF you're not a wrestling fan you may not enjoy it but I think since WCW is now gone this along with WCW Revenge for N64 are the best nostalgia trip you can have nowadays and would recommend this game for the feel of how good wrestling used to be in years gone by.

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      02.11.2001 05:00
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      World Championship Wrestling, known to most people as WCW. The company who are known as 2nd best compared with the world wrestling federation. WCW is known for it many talented wrestlers such as Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit for example who are now of course in the WWF. I have watched a bit of WCW in the past, which was probably the reason for me purchasing this game. I brought it about a year and a half ago when I watched WCW (before I discovered the WWF) and saw it as a good opportunity to by my first wrestling game ever. Ok when I brought this game I didn’t know many of the WCW superstars, only really Kevin ‘big sexy’ Nash and Scott Hall. Despite this I still brought it, as I wanted a good game. Since the invasion of WCW and ECW on the WWF playing the game now is far better because I know the people. For example I can now beat up Booker T with Chris Jericho and enjoy it! But……………. This alone isn’t enough there needs to be far more towards a game like this. So where shall I start? Graphics ======= For a game made in 1999 the graphics on this aren’t very good at all. The player’s actual body are not to out of shape and the faces look good to. The real problem is when having a match. If you throw a punch lets say it doesn’t look very effective (wow just like the real thing!!). Kicking though is a better example, if you kick your opponent then it looks as if his body has been folded when takes it. It is hard to describe but know this it just doesn’t look right. Also for some reason the game is rather slow. I mean take WWF attitude for example or better yet ECW Revolution they are much faster moving and much smoother. EA sports didn’t really get this together. The Crowds are, as you would expect on any game made around this time, usual cardboard people. Also with the graphics when using a weapon the wrestler looks like he has no elbows. So I guess the graphics are rather poor. However, this doesn’t mean the game is completely bad, yes makes it worse but there are still many good things about this game. Let me now take you onto the actual game play. MAIN MENU ========== Quick Game --------------- I think this is a pointless option and one that I have only used to see what it was. Selecting this option just takes you on to choose a difficulty level and then a wrestler and you start your match. Yeah it’s quicker but going to the main event option is far better. Main Event --------------- This is where you select a match you want. On most wrestling games this is called exhibition. You can choose to play against your friend or the computer in any of the available matches. To give you an idea of what is on this game I will tag you through some of the matches. Handicap – This is where you face two wrestlers on your own. The good thing I like about this is that the two people have to tag in and out so they can’t continually beat you down. This then gives you a chance to actually win a match. I guess this match is just a tag team match with one of the teams only having 1 wrestler therefore making it a handicap match. Four Way Dance – This is one of the matches I like, you stat of with 4 people in the ring all wrestling each other. Now when you pin one of your opponents they leave the ring leaving just 3 of you. Once the other members have been eliminated by pin fall then you win. This is great fun against human opponents. Battle Royal – This match consists of 4 wrestlers in the ring at the same time. The aim of this match is to throw your opponent over the ropes (just like a royal rumble) the last person left standing is the winner. NB. You cannot climb out of the ring at all in this match. There are of course a few other matches but I thought it would help if you had a sample of what is actually in this game. Quest For The Best ------------------------- This is the career mode in WCW Mayhem. It is called quest for the best because that is exactly what you are trying to be, the WCW heavyweight champion. During quest for the best there is a ranking system for each title you go for. You start of going for the TV title and you are unranked. If you win your fight against the person ranked 5th then you move up. Once you are raked number 1 then you can challenge for the belt. After you win the belt you will have to defend several times before moving on to the cruiserweight title and eventually the WCW heavyweight title. During your quest for the best mode you will unlock characters depending on weather you do it on easy, medium or hard. The thing that I find strange is how you can go backstage every match and use weapons and pin your opponent backstage. Surely this should be saved for just hardcore matches although it does make it much more fun. Pay-per-view Password ----------------------------- When WCW was still running its ‘own’ show then at each ppv there would be a password for this game. This password allows you to put it into the game and it recreates the WCW ppv for you so that you can have the exact sae matches yourself. This mode is also used for cheats as well. As WCW has finished and is now ‘trying’ to invade the WWF you don’t get these passwords. However, if you want a whole list of passwords for cheats or ppvs then just look around the Internet, one site I found good was www.gamefaqs.com. I actually have pages of these ppv passwords and find them great fun to play. SOUND ====== Hmm what can I write about the sound? Lets first take into account the commentary. For a wrestling game to have commentary is a rare thing as there are more recent ones e.g. Smackdown, which don’t have commentary. Although quite basic the commentary is sm ooth and as you would expect really it is actually better than I have seen on some games. It is a nice bonus to have this in the game. One good thing about this game it the noises that the weapons make. When you hit someone with a weapon they make a realistic noise, this adds a nice touch to the game. FINISHING MANOEUVRES ================ When playing the game you’ll notice a momentum meter. This shows how good the crowd response to the moves you are doing is. Now to do a finishing move you have to wait until the momentum meter has reached its flashing stage then you can execute the move. Finishing moves will allow you to pin your opponent easily s that you can win the match. MOVES ====== The good thing about this game is the way that you execute your moves. You have to grapple first and this normally leads to many extra moves being available. I have no trouble doing the moves as they are straight forward and easy to do and they d not need memorising on games such as WWF Attitude. OVERALL ========= Well what can I say really except that this game is ok. It is not wonderfully brilliant but it is not totally bad either its in between really. I would recommend this to WCW fans if they have a spare £10 and want a game where you fight in the ring unlike WCW backstage assault. I think you ought to find someone who has it and play it first. I’m not going to recommend this game as it is old and I don’t think that very many people would enjoy playing it as it is so old. Thank you for reading my opinion I hope it helped you. :O)

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        27.07.2001 23:34
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        • "It's got Doug Dillenger in"

        ...it's bad, rather bad. It's not REALLY bad, I mean, it's better than WCW Nitro for the Playstation it's just, the thing was hyped up far too much and didn't deliver. EA Sports 1st WCW games since they acquired the license is nasty. The collission detection is bad, the commentary is bad, the moves are bad, everybody does the same sort of moves. The wrestler select screen is bad, they stand there with limp wrists! The fighting backstage is...not too bad! But don't hit someone with a weapon it's bad due to bad collission detection. The create a wrestler is bad, you basically just nick stuff from the other wrestlers, it's nowhere near as good as Attitude or WM2K or WWF No Mercy. And it's got Kenny Kaos in, that's bad. There's a limited amount of real theme music, that's bad. Of course Hogan's music is here in it's entirity...me smells a rat. It was hyped up as being really good, shame it isn't. Going backstage is a good idea, but it's just done really nastily. I DO like the run ins when you go backstage tho!!!!! The graphics are rather poor, the crowd is about as cardboard as my girlfriends rubber! The sound is reasonable. The idea is good, it just doesn't work in practise. Buy Attitude, it's better. It's got blood in it, the only problem with attitude is doing 27 button combinations then coming out with a bodyslam or a side headlock...that's bad too!!!! Like yellow snow and angry fathers...avoid!

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          24.06.2001 18:58
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          In the same way that a fight between two six-packed wrestlers might be interrupted by a third fighter scampering into the rin, EA have leapt into a gaming arena that’s previously been reserved for ‘rasslin stalwarts Acclaim and T.HQ. Thankfully, WCW Mayhem is good enough to avoid EA ending up lying in a pool of blood and bones on the floor. There’s plenty that I don’t like about Mayhem. The 60+ wrestlers are squat, swollen headed dwarfs, who slide around the ring like they’re on rollerskates. The number of options is extremely limited - aside from changing rope break and submission rules, the volume of the crowd is just about the only customisable feature. And there’s an unforgivable loading delay before each match, where the screen goes completely black except for a ‘Please Wait’ message. Shocking. But where EA’s game scores is with its unrivalled speed. It’s astonishingly fast, to the point where punches, throws and holds occur at the kind of eye-jittering pace that real-life wrestling reaches, helping Mayhem feel much more like a traditional beat-‘em-up. With every move coming with its own over-the-top crunching or slapping noise, and the camera moving in to get a good look at the most painful moves, Mayhem makes WWF Attitude look like the very first Tekken, and offers some superbly exciting fighting as a result. The number of moves is disappointing compared to WWF No Mercy and Attitude, but Mayhem concentrates on quality rather than quantity, with only the most useful reversals, turnbuckle throws and spine-snapping submissions included. They’re not always easy to pull off - especially if your opponent won’t lie still and take what’s coming to him - but they look all the more painful for their sheer speed. I had to look away from the screen every time Booker-T performed his patented ‘I’m Going to Somersault Onto Your Stomach’ manoeuv re. WCW Mayhem also enables fights to spill outside the ring, and while not as good as Smackdown on the PS1 and No Mercy, it can offer some great fun. You have the chance to head outside to the changing rooms, exterior corridors or even the car park. The action is viewed from a security camera, which turns everything an authentic shade of grey, and there are a huge number of carelessly placed objects waiting to be shoved down your opponent’s throat. (You can’t, unfortunately, actually open their mouths wide and stick it down there [the weapon, you sick person] choking them, but you can’t have everything). Chairs are the most common weapon-in-waiting, although there’s just about every household item you could think of lying around - including the kitchen sink. I’m sure there must be a law against bashing someone over the head with a porcelain basin, though. As a one player game, Mayhem is short lived. Matches are over too quickly, the stamina/energy bars seem stacked in your favour, and repeating any one move is guaranteed to topple any fighter - I won the first ‘Hard’ belt on my first go within 15 minutes. But it’s a worthy multiplayer game - fast, funny and challenging, and although it’s not as comprehensive, attractive or lasting as WWF No Mercy, its fast play makes it an enjoyable wrestler in its own right.

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            16.05.2001 18:12

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            In the same way that a fight between two six-packed wrestlers might be interrupted by a third fighter scampering into the rin, EA have leapt into a gaming arena that’s previously been reserved for ‘rasslin stalwarts Acclaim and T.HQ. Thankfully, WCW Mayhem is good enough to avoid EA ending up lying in a pool of blood and bones on the floor. There’s plenty that I don’t like about Mayhem. The 60+ wrestlers are squat, swollen headed dwarfs, who slide around the ring like they’re on rollerskates. The number of options is extremely limited - aside from changing rope break and submission rules, the volume of the crowd is just about the only customisable feature. And there’s an unforgivable loading delay before each match, where the screen goes completely black except for a ‘Please Wait’ message. Shocking. But where EA’s game scores is with its unrivalled speed. It’s astonishingly fast, to the point where punches, throws and holds occur at the kind of eye-jittering pace that real-life wrestling reaches, helping Mayhem feel much more like a traditional beat-‘em-up. With every move coming with its own over-the-top crunching or slapping noise, and the camera moving in to get a good look at the most painful moves, Mayhem makes WWF Attitude look like the very first Tekken, and offers some superbly exciting fighting as a result. The number of moves is disappointing compared to WWF No Mercy and Attitude, but Mayhem concentrates on quality rather than quantity, with only the most useful reversals, turnbuckle throws and spine-snapping submissions included. They’re not always easy to pull off - especially if your opponent won’t lie still and take what’s coming to him - but they look all the more painful for their sheer speed. I had to look away from the screen every time Booker-T performed his patented ‘I’m Going to Somersault Onto Your Stomach’ manoeuv re. WCW Mayhem also enables fights to spill outside the ring, and while not as good as Smackdown on the PS1 and No Mercy, it can offer some great fun. You have the chance to head outside to the changing rooms, exterior corridors or even the car park. The action is viewed from a security camera, which turns everything an authentic shade of grey, and there are a huge number of carelessly placed objects waiting to be shoved down your opponent’s throat. (You can’t, unfortunately, actually open their mouths wide and stick it down there [the weapon, you sick person] choking them, but you can’t have everything). Chairs are the most common weapon-in-waiting, although there’s just about every household item you could think of lying around - including the kitchen sink. I’m sure there must be a law against bashing someone over the head with a porcelain basin, though. As a one player game, Mayhem is short lived. Matches are over too quickly, the stamina/energy bars seem stacked in your favour, and repeating any one move is guaranteed to topple any fighter - I won the first ‘Hard’ belt on my first go within 15 minutes. But it’s a worthy multiplayer game - fast, funny and challenging, and although it’s not as comprehensive, attractive or lasting as WWF No Mercy, its fast play makes it an enjoyable wrestler in its own right.

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            08.02.2001 20:37

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            This is a quite appalling game that is a disgrace to the Playstation. The game play is very poor and I feel that the makers could learn a lot from WWF Smackdown one and two. I rented mayhem for the weekend and after an hour of playing on it I realised that I was wasting my time. When you compare it to such works of art like Smackdown and Royal Rumble it is like they are in a completely different league. The game is not addictive and the graphics are also nothing special. I urge everyone to not buy this game as it is a disgrace and the makers should really be shot for their embarrassing creation.

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          Wrestle the biggest stars in sports entertainment in and out of the squared circle. Be one of over 50 WCW celebrity wrestlers including Goldberg, Sting, Bret "The Hitman" Hart or create your own! Break through secret areas outside the ring and continue brawling backstage into the locker room and garage areas. Fight in all the WCW TV events including 12 PPV super-events!