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      02.03.2010 03:24
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      "WCW vs nWo: World Tour" is a professional wrestling video game. It was first released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998 by THQ. In the United States, the game received a guidance rating of "E" which deemed it appropriate for all ages.

      In the world of professional wrestling, the feud between the "WCW" and "nWo" factions was one of the most memorable and lengthy processes. Week after week, professional wrestlers from the nWo side would wreak havoc for WCW competitors and drive attention towards themselves and their ideology of domination. This idea was brought to the Nintendo 64 console by THQ with questionable success.

      The title features numerous modes of play. Players may select from the title "WCW vs nWo" mode which features an elimination style tournament with up to five wrestlers from each faction competing against one another, a single match exhibition mode with different stipulations including tag teams and handicaps, the "Challenge" mode which bears similarities to a typical career function as the player challenges other wrestlers in aims of becoming champion, "League" mode which is composed of a single round robin tournament with up to 16 superstars, and a "tournament" mode with up to 8 superstars competing on an elimination style basis. In actuality, each different mode is identical in its performance.

      In comparison to other professional wrestling video games at the time, the roster of World Tour is rather small; 13 WCW wrestlers including "The Giant" and "Sting", eight nWo wrestlers including "Hollywood Hogan" and "Syxx", and 17 fantasy wrestlers based on competitors in Japan were implemented to create a roster of 38 playable characters by default. Successful completion of the "Challenge" mode unlocks a further four competitors.

      Each wrestler also includes four different costume variations which can be set up prior to selecting him. For example, players may revert the newer black and white "Hollywood Hogan" character to his humble red and yellow roots as The Hulkster with a push of a button. After character selections are made it's off to the wrestling match.

      Prior to each bout, a panning camera will present the wrestlers in the competition and they will each strike a taunting gesture. Unfortunately, the gestures are rather generic and limited to actions such as arms raising towards the ceiling above. In the actual match, taunting gestures can be activated by moving the analog joystick in any direction. These actions are more suitable for the wrestler in play and reflect what was typically seen on TV such as Hulk Hogan's muscular poses. Movement of the wrestler is controlled entirely with the arrow keys. Strikes are executed with the B button and grappling holds begin with the A button followed by a tap of an arrow and action button to execute a maneuver. This process continues until the player is able to successfully pin or force his or her opponent into a successful submission hold. Upon completion, the player is sent back to the main menu to select new options or proceed within a tournament setting.

      What I noticed about the gameplay of this title is its rather sensitive computer opponents. There were many instances when my retreating paces would force opposing wrestlers to roll away from me or block against my backwards motion, and the situation reversed itself when attacking which saw their idle virtual bodies absorb all of my punishment with little reaction. Because of this a lot of the game could be perceived as being very easy. Once familiar with the buttons, players will be able to easily dominate their opposition without much effort even on the hardest settings. I soon grew bored of the title but do find it fun when wrestling friends are around as the game supports up to four human players within an exhibition match.

      The graphics are presented from an overhead isometric perspective which looks down on the match in play. Each wrestler sports familiar costumes which wrestling fans would easily be able to identify on screen, though their facial and bodily designs aren't up to scratch. The character models sport a rigid and "blocky" construction which seems to be held together with a virtual adhesive; sort of resembling an action figure rather than a professional wrestler. The wrestling ring appears as it should and is complete with interactive ropes that bounce and turnbuckles which can be climbed for aerial moves. On the outside of this is the adoring audience which, while present, is very blurry and washed out on the display. The effect sort of resembles a "pixel walk" which continually scrolls up and down to suggest jumping and other excitement. The soundtrack is complete with some "whooshing" noises when a maneuver connects with an opponent, and generic soft rock recordings which accompany each wrestling match.

      World Tour was a good attempt at bringing the action of WCW wrestling to the Nintendo 64. I didn't find it to be all that great in the end, however. The easy gameplay when combined with quirky visuals and average audio didn't make for the best video game. As a WCW enthusiast I do enjoy playing this game from time to time, though feel only more involved professional wrestling fans may find this to be a pleasing experience.

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      13.05.2008 21:47

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      Nostalgic fans may still like it but doesn't stand up anymore.

      Looking back this game looks a little dated, but it holds a special place in my gaming heart as it was the first of the THQ/AKI partnership that brought us the best wrestling games ever made. The graphics don't hold up that well now and the gameplay seems a little slow but at the time I was blown away by this game. I didn't have an N64 when this game came out, my cousin brought the N64 to my grans and he had an import version of it. I was astounded, then I learned that within the next couple of months WCW Revenge would be released. This would be the sequal which was fastrer, looked better and had a better roster. This game is still great as it was made at the height of the NWO with Hogan, Hall and Nash and Syxx all taking on WCW stars such as Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair and Sting. One thing I did love about this game which wasn't properly replicated in WCW Revenge was the Japanese wrestlers. Take Michinoku and The Great Sasuke , along with a host of other rare wrestlers are in there and you'll find they have the best moves! However I can't really recommend people looking out for it now as there are better alternatives on all systems. Fun for it's time, a little too dated now.

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      14.08.2001 01:21

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      WCW vs now: World Tour is one of the first games that I bought for the Nintendo 64. When it was released it was one of the top range games in gameplay and graphics. You can choose from a variety of WCW wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerro, Kevin Nash, Sting, and many, many more. There are a number of different options top fiddle with. You can have exhibition matches which can include tag-team matches, fatal four-way matches, single games, handicap matches, whatever you want. There are also some championship options to play with, and from completing these championships you can unlock DDP, Glacier, Wrath, and some boxer dude. During the matches you can get out of the ring and grab an object out of the audience. You can grab chairs, bats, tables, and then you can start beating your opponent silly, great stuff. As I already said, the game is now outdated by other great games such as WWF: No Mercy. This game gets a 7* out of ten* on the heffmester fun factor scale. If you want real quality fun, buy WWF: No Mercy Have a nice day!

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      08.04.2001 14:10

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      I think this game is one of the best games out for the N64 right now. The game is very addictive, especially with multiple players. It is worth the money just to play the Battle Royal feature of the game. The downside of this game is the sound. First of all, I think it needed some sort of commentator to replace the monotonous music that was played in the background. The music brought down this game because it was very annoying and not much fun to listen too. I found myself turning off the sound many times while playing this game. The graphics were also not up to their full potential. I thought they could have been better if they were worked on a bit more. They weren't detailed very well. An example of this is the wrestler's face in the ring. The face never changes expression. But with those negatives aside, this game is very addictive and a very good purchase. Its replay value is top notch and well worth the money.

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      29.12.2000 21:39

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      General/Summary: The wrestling game that started it all! All the good wrestling games are based on this. This game still being good after the release of Revenge, WM2K and No Mercy (the other THQ wrestling games). Now that I own WM2K I play it more, of course, but before it I spend weekend after weekend playing this game with my friends. That was the best game we've to play on multiplayer (wrestling games are my favorite type of multiplayer games). This game includes the WCW season of 1997. All the main WCW team superstars are there, such as the Steiners, Sting, Flair, Giant, Benoit, malenko, etc, and also the nWo main superstars (Outsiders, Hogan, Syxx, Bagwell, Norton, Bischoff (*lol*), etc). It includes new feds (DOA and IU). I really don't know if they exist for real, but at last some of their wrestlers are real, like Shaolim (most known as Hakushi in the WWF), Hannibal (japan), Mr. Fuji (former WWF manager) and probably all the others. There are 6 wrestlers to unlock, you need to finish each one of the fed's championships. On the WCW championship, DDP. On the nWo championship, Macho Man. On the DOA championship, Wrath (current Brian Clark of Kronik). On the IU championship, Glacier. On the Heavyweight championship (after completing all feds' championships), the kickboxer Joe Bruiser. On the Cruiserweight championship (aso available when you complete all the feds'championships), the female wrestler Blackwidow. THIS GAME IS A CLASSIC! Gameplay: Very good, not as good as the newest THQ games, but almost the same. The grappling system is what works better in wrestling games and received an important award in a type of "Oscars Academy" for videogames. The roster is huge. It has three dificulty levels ("easy" and "medium" are easy to beat the opponents, in "hard" it's like you being Barry Horowitz while your opponent is Godlberg). The multiplayer rocks, but unfortunaely we can't carry we
      apons to the rigside like on the newest wrestling games. Create-a-Wrestler section: NAH! Too old for it! By the way: where's the ref?! Graphics: Graphics are good but not great. The crowd is horrible (designed in 2-D and ugly, without signs), but it still being a problem in Wrestlemania 2K (except for the signs). The wrestlers are a little bit blocky (and it still being a problem in newest wrestling games) and the faces don't look real (solved in newest wrestling games). The ring design is ok (4 different rings available). Sound: There's a curious thing about this game: it sounds BETTER than the newest wrestling games. Since Revenge that the ring music got simply horrible, but it doesn't happen in World tour where the musics are pretty cool! The sound effects are the same as the newest wrestling games: good. There are no entrace mucis for wrestlers, they appear inside the ring at the beginning of each match.

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      11.08.2000 20:54

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      This game is not good. Take my word for it. The game features WCW star roster from 1997 including superstars such as: Hollywood Hogan, Sting, Lex Luger, The Giant (Big Show), Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Syxx (X-Pac), Ric Flair, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Glacier, Wrath, Diamond Dallas Page, Macho Man Randy Savage, Buff Bagwell, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Ulitmo Dragon and many more people. The game also features about 50 fake wrestlers. The graphics are very basic. The moves look crap. The controls are good but so are the controls for THQs other games. I would advise you not to buy this but instead get WCW/nWo Revenge or WWF WrestleMania 2000. They are both made by THQ and are excellent. Either that or wait for WWF No Mercy also from THQ out in Nov/Dec 2000. No Mercy is supossed to feature Cage Match, Ladder Match and a full roster of 80 WWF superstars. Get that. But miss this old and basic title out. I bought it from a friend and sold it after a month. Rating-40% It sucks

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      14.07.2000 04:05

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      The Nwo/Wcw were the two greatest factions in wrestling when wcw was on top there was a recruiting war and all sorts, but now it is out of date it is quick to play. I have played many hours of gameplay although it does involve button bashing . The wrestlers are mostly up to date but now most and leaving and new are coming they should then updates to the people who buy the game. All of the wrestler have there own moves which is expected in any game now days.This used to be a good games but has losts its appeal and now there is smackdown on the playstation all is lost unless they launch a new wcw game which is like smackdown. I will be waiting.

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      08.07.2000 16:21
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      This was good for its day but has now been well and truely beaten. There are many good points about the game, though. There are loads of charecters, all with many moves, you can play tag, 3 on 1, royal rumble, there are loads of options! You can also get out of the ring and pick up many things such as, bats, chairs, tables etc! This makes the game great fun and a chalange! There are also many tornament modes! One bad thing is that it is not- save-pak compatible and this means on the tornaments you get bored! Over all o good laugh!

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      06.07.2000 02:46

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      This is a pretty slow game but it is preety good and easy to play. When I played on the game I did not get board of it at all it is class. The wrestlers are all up to date apart from the Giant and all of the wrestler have there own moves that makes it even better same with wrestlers in the way of up to date. This is a good game maybe the best on the N64 but on the playstation it would not be that good because smckdown is very very good.

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      29.06.2000 18:23

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      This game is quite enjoyable for a while. It has good sharp graphics lots of moves and characters, some out of ring weapons and lots of other options such as tag team, royal rumble all the normal. The thing is unless you are a real fan of wersltling which I am not you may find it a bit boring. The gameplay is very linear and basic, once you have mastered the moves, there is nothing more to do. The multiplayer is the only long lasting elemnt of the game. This is also looking a bit dated compared to the new wrestling titles such as smackdown which has more options and all the new wrestling characters. This is for wrestling fans only, otherwise worth a rent.

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      23.06.2000 01:49

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      This is a great game with good graphics but it just cannot match wwf smackdown.But it also depends which you prefer wwf or wcw so if you like wcw best then buy this cos it is not that much worse and it is still a good game with loads of moves so if ya have not got either and you prefer wcw games then buy this you will not regret it so just get one fo them and you will be plesed with either.

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