WWF Rage in the Cage was the third of Acclaim and Sculptured Software’s 16-bit WWF games. It’s very similar to Royal Rumble, which released around the same time, but trades the battle royal for a steel cage match, introductions by Howard Finkel and a bunch of postage stamp sized FMV sequences. It also boasts a few exclusive wrestlers – The Nasty Boyz (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) and the Headshrinkers (Fatu and Samu).
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was one of the last big releases for the 16-bit consoles for Acclaim, who by that point was shifting resources onto the Saturn and PSX. The game is kind of impressive, given what the developers were working with – weak systems and limited cartridge space, but it is quite compromised when compared to the full arcade experience. Sheeva was the only character lost, but the number of stages was severely limited.
This ad can be used as an example of an instance where a good game was produced from a lousy movie (Alien 3), and a lousy game was produced from a good movie (Terminator 2). It’s not incontrovertible proof that bad movies make good games and vice-versa, because The Crow: City of Angels game we showcased last week exists.
Rambo for the NES is a fairly typical licensed run and gun platformer upon first glance, but it actually shares quite a bit in common with Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The game is based on Rambo: First Blood Part II, but deviates from the film at numerous points.
Both the NES and the WWF were at the top of their game at the end of the 1980s, so it was only natural that the two forces would collide. WWF WrestleMania Challenge is the second WWF effort for the system, and features eight WWF superstars, including favourites such as Hulk Hogan, The Macho Man Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.
The first South Park video game is a rather horrible first person shooter. For what was a very lucrative project for Acclaim, it seems like they allocated an extremely low budget to it – everything looks cheap, there is next to no variety in the weapons and enemies, enemies are bullet sponges, and the game runs like utter crap. Yet it’s not the worst South Park game Acclaim released!
WWF War Zone is Acclaim’s first wrestling game to use 3D graphics. Initially well-received, WWF War Zone developed quite the following for its create-a-wrestler feature. Many criticised WWF War Zone‘s use of fighting game like movements for basic wrestling moves – one would have to spend quite some time learning a wrestler’s moves before they could play the game effectively. Also interesting is that the game featured Bret Hart, despite coming out in July 1998, nearly 8 months after his unceremonious exit from the WWF.
NFL Quarterback Club 2002 is Acclaim’s only NFL game for the sixth generation consoles. The NFL Quarterback Club series was initially quite popular on the Nintendo 64, but the arrival and significant improvement of Madden on the system, along with a series of only minor changes between releases saw its fanbase dwindle.
Enough idiots were fooled by the pretty graphics of Rise of the Robots that a sequel could be made. Of course most of the press were so eager to make up for their mistaken overrating of the original game that they savaged Rise 2: Resurrection, regardless of its actual merit or lack-thereof.