- Original release year: 1998
- Consoles: N64
It’s WWE Fastlane tonight. You know, the WWE PPV no one really cares about, because it’s the shit sandwiched between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania and we all know Roman Reigns is going to win the main event to go on to face HHH at Wrestlemania. But hey, the match should be fun at least and who knows? Maybe WWE will surprise us all and have Ambrose win the match (yes please!). There’s also Brie Bella, who will no doubt be tributing Daniel Bryan for some cheap pops. So there’s that. Remember when WWE had competition though and actually had to be innovative to survive? WCW nearly destroyed the WWE…
Some may wonder why I am choosing to feature this game when I already featured WWF No Mercy, a game also by AKI that was their final wrestling game on the N64 and improved on their previous games in almost every way imaginable.
The reason will mean a lot to wrestling fans of the 1990s and that reason is because this is not a WWF game. No, this is a WCW game. In fact, it was the final WCW game released by wrestling legends, AKI. For fans of WCW, this is the best, pure experience you are going to get of the wrestling organisation in a video game. Sure, there’s been a few appearances of the WCW brand in WWE games, since the takeover, but this is a real WCW game released in their peak and prime (well, just about. WCW was starting to go downhill in 1998). Because of this, the roster is incredible for any fans of the Southern wrestling company. The only unfortunate exclusion from the game is wrestling legend, Ric Flair, who had temporarily left the company (or been fired – my memory is hazy), due to a dispute with Eric Bischoff. Otherwise though, there’s everyone from Hulk/Hollywood Hogan, the rest of the nWo (original, Hollywood and Wolfpac versions), Goldberg, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Diamond Dallas Page, Sting, Dean Malenko and plenty of other legendary wrestlers.
Gameplay wise, the game is fantastic, just like WWF No Mercy. The Championship edition isn’t as deep as the one in No Mercy, the entrance presentation for the wrestlers isn’t as good and there’s fewer match types, but otherwise, it is the same brilliant fighting mechanics and controls. The diverse roster, with alternative attires (want to play as Surfer Sting? Not a problem. Want to play as Crow Sting? Also not a problem. Want to play as Wolfpac Sting? Well, you get the idea) and WCW presentation makes this a must play for die hard WCW and 90s wrestling fans.