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      09.10.2009 23:54
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      "WWF: Royal Rumble" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by THQ. It is a sports title 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. Yet another installment in the world of professional wrestling gaming, Royal Rumble comes across as somewhat weak in comparison to the other titles on the market at the time of release. SmackDown!'s growing popularity gave this title fierce competition but instead of creating a graphically stellar comparison, developers opted for a very arcade style experience. Royal Rumble features two gameplay modes. One is a single exhibition match where players select two characters; one primary wrestler and another who can run-in at opportune times and execute powerful two-on-one holds and throws. The other is, as wrestling fans may have guessed, the "Royal Rumble" event where 30 other wrestlers will enter the ring and only one will remain standing. Gameplay of this title is fast paced and resembles an arcade fighter. The exhibition mode of play is odd in its implementation as matches nearing their time limit do not end in the wrestling ring. Towards the end of each exhibition match, if the player or opponent have not been pinned then the wrestling ring fades out of appearance and becomes a backstage area. I find this to be incredibly odd as it is a very sci-fi teleporting effect. Nonetheless, it does lend very well to the arcade aspect of the game. The Royal Rumble itself is a very claustrophobic in ring experience. The game allows up to nine combatants in the ring at any given time, over double the amount of other releases, and this becomes very difficult to navigate through. With fewer participants it is easy to see who my wrestler is facing and is ready to attack, but the sheer amount of wrestlers seen in Royal Rumble presents a strong learning curve that is difficult to pass. Several times on television, Jerry "The King" Lawler would suggest that a wrestler stays defensively in one corner and I find this to be particularly true in this video game; there are too many bodies in the ring at once. I found the roster of this title to be a bit lacking. With only 21 available wrestlers, I often felt as if I was repeating the same match over and over with each rumble. In fact, some wrestlers appear twice in the Royal Rumble event after being eliminated due to the lack of wrestlers on board. The graphics of this title are acceptable. Each wrestler bears enough resemblance to their television counterpart and it is easy to identify them on screen without any further guidance. Some wrestlers did appear slightly blocky, and this was most evident in Mankind's masked attire. His typical brown studded mask did not convert nicely into Dreamcast format and came across as highly distorted and almost ugly to the eye. Each wrestler also sports a near identical body model which takes away from the distinct bodily features of wrestlers in person. The soundtrack of this title is acceptable. The crowd roars, hearty blows will make contact with opponents and a energetic rock theme accompanies each bout. Overall, Royal Rumble provides an acceptable wrestling experience to Dreamcast players. While it is certainly not the best wrestling game available for the console, fans of the sport would likely find this title to be enjoyable despite its flaws. I would recommend this game to prospective buyers.

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      03.09.2009 14:14
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      An empty but great looking wrestling game

      I've played virtually every wrestling game that has ever existed, and whilst the Dreamcast's Royal Rumble isn't jam-packed with the vast options that the Smackdown series of the same generation did, it had one killer feature that blew the PS2's wrestling games out of the water - the ability to have up to nine wrestlers on the screen at once, a mind-blowingly astounding achievement that really still hasn't been bettered, even on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The game is very minimalist aside from this, though - there's an exhibition mode where you can pick any two wrestlers and have a brawl, and then there's the icing on the cake that is the Royal Rumble which, without this, the game would be a good-looking, but rather mediocre title. One notable feature, though, is the ability to get a manager to interfere during a singles match, which hadn't really been done prior to this, and no doubt influenced the use of it in the later Smackdown games. One considerable weakness of the game is that the Royal Rumble match itself has 30 competitors in it, with you seeking to survive the match by throwing the other wrestlers over the top rope. However, the game only has 22 wrestlers, leaving a surfeit of 8 wrestlers, meaning that those 8 will simply be repetitions of wrestlers that have already entered, which seems rather daft. I'm sure the Dreamcast could have accomodated another 8 wrestlers, and if not, then perhaps it explains how they were able to have 9 wrestlers in the ring at once! It's no masterpiece, and were it not for the impressive Royal Rumble mode and stellar graphics, few would even remember it - it's a revolution in some aspects, but also a grave disappointment in others. An interesting experiment more than a great game, it's still worth playing if you're a wrestling fan, perhaps for a rental (at least back in the day) more than a purchase.

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      14.05.2008 12:38
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      A fun little fighter but thats about all it is.

      Being a huge wrestling fan and having Played Smackdown on the PSX at the time, I was completely shocked when I walked into my local games shop and seen WWF Royal Rumble on the shelve exclusively for the Dreamcast. Being such an impulsive shopper at the time, I whipped out my Visa and planked down £250 to get the system along with this game and Virtua Tennis. My thinking that the Tennis game would very rarely feature in my DC. How wrong I was though. It must be said that although Royal Rumble is not a bad game, it's far from being a great one. Theres no doubt that the graphics were at the time the best for any wrestling game and given the time it came out , the roster was perfectly up to speed. But the problem lies in that instead of being a wrestling game, it's just an arcade fighter with wrestlers in it. The only modes you can really do were Exhibitions or Royal Rumbles, it reminded me of the old Wrestlefest Arcade machine, you can just bash buttons to win and theres very little thought to go into it. The sound is ok and the gameplay is kind of like the Smackdown games only more awkward, the targeting on each opponent was annoying and it just wasn't that much fun at all to play. In fact I'm sure I only played this for a few weeks before tiring of it. If you still have a Dreamcast and want a quick fighter that looks good I guess this fits the bill , but if you're looking to indulge in an actual wrestling game then I'd advise best to avoid.

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      13.12.2001 22:01

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      The WWF Royal rumble the best wwf game on the dreamcast which is sad, very,very sad. Beacause i mean the only other one is attitude. The royal Rumble is a fun filled game but has one of the shortest life spans a game could possibly have. The game feels like a straight arcade convertion as you have like 15 wrestlers to choose from and there are only two modes, now in one of the modes you need at least thirty men in it, the royal rumble, you see where i'm going? How could the developers not of thought this one through, and you yourself have to eliminate thirty the computers eliminations don't count so you find yourself eliminating the same person over and over again. Also with the huge success of the thq wwf games why didn't they stick with the winning team instead of going with yukes who have taken all the good bits of the smackdown games... and given it to some else. The royal rumble is fun though as it can be very frantic there can be up to ten or so people in at a time on th dreamcast, on the playstation only four. The loading time is great, and that is probably due to the fact that it only has two modes and 15 or so characters. (Remember the awful loading time on the jam packed smackdown 2?) You find yourself playing this game once every three months or so, you find yourself drawn to it when you're bored silly. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone unless they're desperate for some multiplayer frantic action.

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      26.09.2001 02:21
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      Being the helpful fellow I am I thought I would warn you all not to make the same mistake I did. Whatever you do, DO NOT buy this game. WWF Royal RUmble for Dreamcast is terrible. Even as a die-hard wrestling fan I found it hard to enjoy this. Firstly, there are only two game modes, Exhibition ( I suppose the career mode ) and Royal Rumble. Royal Rumble is pretty self explanotory, a Royal Rumble, last man in the ring wins. Where this game excels is the fact that it can have 9 WWF superstars on screen at any one time, for true Rumble madness. Exhibition mode starts by you picking your star, from a choose of a very poor 21. Then you must pick a partner. These are handy, as during a match you press some butttons and they come in and either attack your opponent, do a double team, break up a pin or throw you a weapon. This is a good idea, and works well. However it soon gets very repetitive in exhibiton. Each match is a one-on-one. There are no Tag team, tables, ladders, cell matches, everything we expect from WWF these days. You can't even leave the ring and fight on the perimiter. There are backstage arenas, but the way they are introduced is poor. Halfway through a fight, the screen dims and returns in a new area, chosen at random. Hardly innovative. However, the graphics are very good, and it is extremely good for 9 men in a ring multiplayer bouts. But the novelty will quickly wear off.

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        17.05.2001 02:33
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        THQ have produced without out a shadow of a doubt created the greatest wrestling games of all time from WCW Revenge to the WWF Smack down series, so when I heard that they where to produce yet another grappling I jumped for, especially since it was for the Dreamcast. With the WWF license and offering up to 9 players on the screen at once WWF Royal Rumble, had me watering at the mouth, with the its smooth 128bit graphics not even with a hint graphical slow down or even pop up. So how could this game fail to deliver… well let me tell you. Royal Rumble has lushes graphics, some of the best the Dreamcast has ever seen and a great pick up and play sense about it, as there is not many menus or options to fiddle with before you start playing, this is unfortunate because of the lack of time and effort put into this game. There is only two modes of play challenge and the Royal Rumble itself. Challenge has you battling against ten computer characters with difficulty rising as you progress, before you start grappling you must choose your character and a ringside partner. You are then giving a choice of three move sets to choose from, these are either double team moves for you and your partner to pull off or just a single move for your partner to do by himself, these are activated by pressing a button combination, which will take time to get used to at first to be able to quickly press A+B while beating your opponent into the ground. The Royal Rumble option has you grappling against one hundred wrestlers in succession, which isn’t an easy task, especially since this time you have no one to watch your back as its all for one as nine beefy men attempt to chuck each other out of the ring. Aldo at first this is a great laugh and a great way to save money on barber bills as many a times you find yourself almost beating your record but then tragedy strikes and your hit from behind with a flying clothesline and knock out of the ring, ver y dramatic. But this sort of mayhem has limited lifetime and will get tiresome. WWF Royal Rumble features eighteen of the WWF’s finest, with two secret characters to be unlocked. This can be done in a matter of hours let alone days, so this game doesn’t have you continually bashing the buttons to receive dos ever so important rewards of hours of play. The control system is much like the one used in Smackdown, which makes for fast and furious grappling fun. The all-important finishers are easy to pull off, with a touch of the L button; so that there is none of the stupid Street Fighter seventeen button combination to be learned. WWF Royal Rumble could have been great but it just doesn’t make the mark for it’s sheer limited lifetime, but because a lot of people will miss out on the great fun to be had even if it is for a week or two, so buy it if you have got money to burn, but you could do a lot worse with your money.

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          30.03.2001 04:12

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          There's not a lot to say about the game, graphics are solid, the sound effects are meaty and the music recreates the atmosphere of the WWF. So no complaints. Thing is, the game is absolutely dire as a solo experience, there is just not enough options and depth to the gameplay to keep you interested. So a bad game? Hell no! Get one, two or three mates around and it suddenly turns into the best thing in the world. It's quite simply one of the best multiplayer experiences ever! The game is mad in the Royal Rumble mode, with up to eight (I think) in the ring at one time, and perhaps this is why the number of moves for the various wrestlers is kept to a minimum. While they all have punch combos, throws, counters, aerial moves and finishers, you'll still feel the characters are a little similar and it is hard to notice any particular strengths. On a 60Hz TV screen, the game runs unbelievably smoother and faster than on an ordinary 50Hz, so if this option is available, it's recommended. If you're looking for a wrestling game with a good one player life-span, look elsewhere. If you're looking for hours of piledriving and sleeper-holding your friends, you must buy this game. I'm not even a wrestling fan and I love it.

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          02.01.2001 03:08

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          General/Summary: Those looking for a sim wrestler will most definetly have to look else where, as this game is far from a sim. It is however a very good multiplayer arcade game that some may find a breath of fresh air from the hardcore sim titles in their gaming library. Gameplay: The gameplay is a little odd at first but give it about 20 mins and you'll be pulling of slams in no time. As I stated before this is an arcade game and with an arcade game comes simple control. you have your grapple button, your punch/kick button and your run/block button. Sounds wierd huh? Well it is. When you start the game, you may find yourself shocked at the fact that there are only 3 options to choose from. However if your shocked you havent read any other reviews:) Exibition is the arcade part of the game. 10 matchs win or lose. Thats it thats all end of story then you have the rumble itself. Madness I tell you.Im sure you have al heard it, 9 wrestlers in the ring at once without an ounce of slowdown. Not much strategy there just beat your opponents ass and kick em out the ring to be the winner. This is where many think the multiplayer aspect shines the most but I disagree. I think its the vs. mode with 3 friends all goin at with their chosen partners that makes this a kick ass game. Ah yes the partners. this aspect of the game IMO is the tightest part. when you select your wrestler you get to choose a partner to help you out during the match. there help ranges from double team moves, to finishing moves, to handing you a weapon to smash some skulls with. The only Problem I know for a fact people have is with the small roster of wrestlers to choose from. 21 characters is not that small a number when you think about the wrestlers you pick regularly in any other wrestling game you own. All I have to say about that is "GET OVER IT". All in all the gameplay is great as long as you have friends to play with. This game is not for outcast :) Graphics: T he graphics are very clear and crisp. They do what is needed to please the eyes. The colors are vibrant and are actualy pretty eye catching. Bottom line you will know all the wrestlers when you see them. Sound: The sound is the worst part of the game. the punches and kicks warrent the same sound and the music in the backround is garbage. You do hear about 10 seconds of each wrestlers theme when they win a match but thats about it. Sound could have been much better then it is

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          02.01.2001 00:58

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          General/Summary: WWF Royal Rumble was just released in August of 2000 by THQ for the Sega Dreamcast; this game marks THQ's first attempt at a wrestling game for the Dreamcast. Many wrestling fans are wondering if this game stands up to the other wrestling games available, I'm happy to say that not only does it, but it surpasses them in some areas. The replay value is good, it may not seem to have much replay value at first (mainly due to the lack of modes), but believe me, once you get started you'll never want to stop, this game is very addictive, I doubt you'll get bored (the multiplayer mode is a blast, especially with the Royal Rumble). If you do get bored though, you can always try to beat your high score. Overall, great, on the surface, it's a shallow game, but if you dig a little deeper you'll find a very rewarding game that's have you coming back for more. The game's presentation is arade-perfect and fits the WWF's attitiude perfectly. Gameplay: Gameplay-3/5- This game lets you play through 2 modes, Exhibition and Royal Rumble. Exhibition pits you against 10 foes, 1 match at a time, it's basically a standard arcade mode, only with wrestlers and only 1 fall is needed to win (and you can fight in a couple of different areas in any given match.). Royal Rumble pits you against 29 opponents (this is the default setting, it can be increased to 60 ,90, or Unlimited) in an over-the-top-rope battle royal, the last man standing is the victor. This game also features an unparalelled amount of background (more specifically, backstage) interactivity, in one area, you can be hit by a car, in another a side of beef or a fish, you can also climb on top of some items and use them to dive onto your opponent (i.e. a car or a speaker.) Overall, good, it accomplishes what it needs to. Graphics: Graphics-5/5- This game features the best graphics ever seen in a domestic wrestling game. The charac ters are huge and, for the most part animate well (the double team moves are amazing). This game manages to fit 9 characters on-screeen at once with no slowdown whatsoever (the last time a wrestling game had anywhere near this amount of characters on-screen was in WWF Raw for the SNES and Genesis.) This game also shows damage done to weapons (another thing that hasn't been seen since WWF Raw.) Overall, the graphics are great, they have set a new standard for U.S. wrestling games. Sound: Sound-5/5- The sound in this game is pretty good; the sound effects are excellent, they are very clear and fit their actions perfectly (the most notable example being the weapon noises, none of them are out of place.) The game's music leaves much to be desired though, the only music is at the title screen and in the victory celebrations. Overall, it's a little disappointing, the DC hardware wasn't used very well in this asoect, but it's still good.

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          05.12.2000 04:18
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          WWF Royal rumble is a superb game for people who are interested in the WWF. It has most of your favourite superstars but not many if you think about it. There are just fewer than 20. It includes wrestlers such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. Others include The Undertaker, Kane and Rikishi. They do all of their standard finishers and trademark moves brilliantly. The graphics are very good and the game actually runs quite fast, unlike WWF Attitude. I reckon that there are not enough modes but it is OK for a laugh with your mates. It does not have a good life span from what you would expect. It lasts about a month MAX! Although I still would recommend this to anyone, even if they don't like wrestling because of all the reasons above. Overall it is a great game to muck around with and will bring you hours of fun!! However Smackdown 2 is out now and this game cannot compete with it. So, if you own a play station buy Smackdown 2 (I have written an opinion about it if anyone is interested) because is the best, but if you only own a dreamcast, buy WWF royal rumble because it is the best wrestling game out on the dreamcast at the moment! Thank you for reading my opinion and I hope you enjoyed you reading it! Please feel free to leave a little comment!

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          03.12.2000 22:23
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          Royal Rumble is a great dreamcast wrestling game. After WWF Attitude and ECW Hardcore Revenge the dreamcast now has a really good wrestling game and unlike the previous two wrestling games it isn't really slow. The game is really fast paced andhas over 2O WWF superstars in it. the graphics are great and the royal rumble allows nine characters in the ring at once without any slowdown. The only problems of the game are that you cant change the stages yourself you have to wait for the stages to change. The same characters keep coming back in the ring in the royal rumble and theres only 2 different modes on the game. You get Shane and Vince by completing the royal rumble and exhibition modes. You can also get the dudley boys by beating exhibition mode with all wrestlers and ladders and chairs by winning royal rumble on level five without continuing. Royal Rumble is a great wrestling game.

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            01.12.2000 03:17
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            Ok, I know I'm being a little harsh in my title, although I'm sure there are plenty of you who'd agree. <crying> Well, the reason for my odd title is that despite WWF's popularity, I can't stand wrestling! <sniffle> Well, despite my views on this "sport" <cough cough>, I got the game to see what it was like. Well....let me think......I don't like it one little bit! The system is basically the same as other wrestlers, but with the added attraction of a clumsy control system. (You'll often find yourself grabbing air!) Small explosions appear everytime you punch or smack an opponent that resembles the birth of a small star, and this really wrecks the realism of the whole game. But then again, games aren't about graphics or realism, they're about fun! Well, although the single player doesn't really appeal to me, it can be great fun with a group of friends as long as you can get the hang of the control system. Graphics are pretty decent, as you'd expect from any DC game - but in the sound department things are sadly lacking. Dull music and dodgy sound effects all add to the disappointment. If you don't really know much about wrestling, I'd stay away from this game. If you're really into it and love wrestling games, get this - it's probbly one of the best out there, although it won't suit all tastes.

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            03.11.2000 02:05

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            Ok, WWF Royal Rumble. What can I say? It's a great game, the graphics is amazing, and the fact that the characters look more life like on the Dreamcast, well. Only thing disappointing about it, is that it's really easy to complete. And the fact it didn't have a career mode in it - like Smackdown did, that was very disappointing. To be honest, I feel that WWF Royal Rumble had a lot of hype than it should of. WWF Smackdown had more over WWF Royal Rumble.

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            03.11.2000 01:30
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            This game is a revolution in modern wrestling games. It is the first modern day game with good graphics to have more than 4 people in the ring at one time, as a matter of fact it has 9 people in the ring!!! Thats a big step and proof of what the Dreamcast can actually do over the pitiful playstation!!! This game has stunning graphics and is quite easy to pick up and play! This game however is drawn back by the fact that it has only 2 options BUT they are both very fun to play. Option number 1 is the famous "Royal Rumble" where you try to guide your superstar to win the rumble against a set number of opponents ranging from 30-Unlimited!! Option number 2 is Arcade, in this option you can do a normal 9 man fight with every man for himself or a team match which consists of 1 player and his partener fighting against 3 other teams of 2 and there is a referee in this match which you can knock out!! This option is great because you can choose what moves your partener runs in to help you with and also you taken away into backstage areas where the fight carries on with even moer weapons such as frozen fish and shopping trolleys!! This is the best WWF game on the planet and if you like WWF then buy it now!!!

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            18.10.2000 23:55
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            Finally, a wrestling game for the DC that is fun. Those who are looking for an options filled wrestling sim will be disappointed but for those looking for a fun, fast paced game Royal Rumble is for you. The Royal Rumble mode is hectic but great fun to play. The main problem is that there are only 21 characters so the same characters will show up in the ring more than once. More modes would have been nice, too. But as it is Royal Rumble is an arcade game, and an extremely fun one at that. Having a partner outside the ring to help out adds a lot to the game. I like the powerup system, too. There is something very satisfying about getting that last 'S' and finishing off your opponent with the Rock Bottom.

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