WWF War Zone is a pro wrestling video game that was developed by Iguana West. It was released by Acclaim Entertainment all the way back in 1998.
Upon release, it was available on the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Game Boy, and the game features wrestlers from the World Wrestling Federation. It was followed by its very own sequel, which was called WWF Attitude and was released in 1999.
In this article, we’re going to tell you all you need to know about this classic wrestling video game. Read on to learn more.
WWF War Zone Gameplay
In War Zone, gameplay follows a system in which players need to grapple with their adversary and perform a number of presses on the D-pad, then press buttons to perform different wrestling moves. The game also features commentary, which was voiced by Jim Ross and Vince McMahon.
There are a number of game modes to choose from. The single-player mode features the WWF Challenge mode, where you are able to choose a character and challenge other wrestlers for WWF titles.
Sometimes, wrestlers that you have previously defeated will challenge you to a Grudge Match. These are usually cage or weapon matches.
After you have won the championship, you will be able to defend it against a number of challengers. There are also several multiplayer modes available, like free-for-all, tornado tag team matches, and two-on-two cage matches.
The game also boasts quite a few unlockable features, one of the most coveted being the hidden characters. It also has a training mode, where the player can practice the moves of any of the wrestlers.
To win a match, you must meet any of the given win conditions within the time limit. You will need to use a combination of grapple moves, strikes, and holds to deplete your opponent’s health, which makes them more susceptible to win attempts.
Versus is the regular WWF War Zone match, and it pits two players together to fight within a time frame. This is the default match type for the majority of the matches in Career Mode.
Tag team has two teams of two players fighting against each other. One wrestler from each team is considered the active (‘legal’) player, while the other is on the apron and is inactive. Players are able to switch members at any time with the Tag function.
The inactive player can assist in the match, but he can only perform actions for 15 seconds at a time. The match ends when regular win conditions involving both partners are met.
Cage matches replace the ring ropes with cage walls. This match can only be won by climbing over one of the cage walls, and running into a wall will cause damage.
You are also able to do diving attacks from the top of the walls. Cage matches are usually the default for Grudge Matches in Career Mode.
The main roster for the game consists of 18 wrestlers who worked for the WWF while the game was being developed. It includes some from the previous installment, like Goldust, The Undertaker, and Ahmed Johnson. There were also some new additions, like Kane and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The game features three wrestlers from The Hart Foundation, namely Owen Hart, Bret Hart, and The British Bulldog. Both of The Headbangers, Thrasher and Mosh, were added, as well as three of Mick Foley’s personas - Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love.
Cactus Jack and Dude Love are not available right away, so they need to be unlocked. There is also a ‘Create-A-Wrestler’ feature that allows you to design your very own character.
In addition, there are three pre-made characters that can also be unlocked. They are not real-life wrestlers, but they use the move sets of some of the other wrestlers who are already in the game.
This is a classic game that every wrestling fan should try out if they still have their old consoles. It provides a unique gaming experience, and is a breath of fresh-air from the complex, detailed games that are being released these days. Happy wrestling!
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