RELEASED: March 1999
AVAILABLE ON: DC, GB, N64, PS1
DEVELOPER(S): Acclaim Entertainment, Iguana Entertainment (DC), Crawfish Interactive (GB)
PUBLISHER(S): Acclaim Entertainment
WWF Attitude is not just a fancy name for a video game, it was an actual era within the world of professional wrestling. In the heat of the ratings war (dubbed the Monday Night War) between WCW Nitro and WWF Raw, the WWF adapted a style of programming aimed at a more mature audience as opposed to their earlier years, when they had family-friendly heroes for cover boys, such a Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. This era spawned such controversial factions as Degeneration-X, originally led by Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and the Ministry of Darkness, comprised of the satanic minions of the "Dark Lord", The Undertaker. I've said it before that I consider Attitude the finest era of professional wrestling there ever was. I wish the same praise could be given to the namesake game of these glory days - the last WWF game by Acclaim, who had co-operated with the company ever since the beginning. It's notably better than WWF War Zone, but it has its quirks. Lots of 'em.
|Still not quite what I'm looking for, but we're |
getting there. Slowly. Yet surely.
There is a previously unparalleled amount of 44 characters in the game. 14 of them are secret characters, who are kind of a funny, partly slapstick bunch. At least I can't take wrestling using Paul Bearer (The Undertaker's former manager known for his extremely high-pitched voice) very seriously. Or "Head", a fictional, bodiless jobber voiced by Al Snow. The rest of the secret cast includes Cactus Jack and Dude Love, like the previous game, as well as Shawn Michaels who was retired from active wrestling duty at that time, Sgt. Slaughter, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and the first chosen few female wrestlers in a WWF game (I'm not counting Luna Vachon in WWF Raw) - Chyna, Sable and Jacqueline. The standard line-up consists of many factions and tag teams, which were as much of a main focus in regular WWF programming as the WWF Championship back during the Attitude. The Acolytes, D-X, The Headbangers, The Brood, The Ministry of Darkness, The Corporation - they're all here in some shape or form. I dig the line-up of the game quite a bit, I can't really name anyone who was left out unfairly. Well, except for Viscera who was a very visible part of the Ministry (literally), but I've never personally liked the guy, so I'll let it pass.
|Edge looks like he's gonna lose, but remember: |
you only think you know him.
There are plenty of match types to go around. We haven't even got to our first match yet, so don't get your hopes up of a great game, though. First, there's the Exhibition Match. You can choose between a standard single or tag match, a tornado tag, two kinds of handicap matches, a lumberjack match, a gauntlet, a tag gauntlet, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, two sorts of fatal fourways, a stable match, and two different triple threats. Whew! Talk about an overhaul! Well, it doesn't end there. Once you have chosen a standard match, you can colour it up a little by adding a win modifier, in other words a last minute stipulation. You can suddenly make your match-up an Iron Man match, I Quit match, a Finisher match (never heard of that one before) or a 2-out-of-3 falls. Then, there's a King of the Ring tournament for you to participate in, as well as a Career Mode in which your ultimate goal is to win every active championship belt, starting from the European Championship, all the way to the coveted WWF title. Sounds so good I'm almost embarrassed to say the gameplay sucks. Not as bad as before, but it's one department Acclaim didn't get very far on. It's great they made all these improvements, it's just too bad they missed the most important quality of any game.
|Attention. Dark Lord in the house.|
|You're certainly looking humble for a King.|
Due to better graphics, a definitive roster of superstars and loads of new features, WWF Attitude slaps its predecessor semi-silly, but its gameplay values go to show why the WWF game franchise needed a reboot. The control scheme might be slightly more sensible than before, but it's not any easier to work with.
GRAPHICS : 8.2
SOUND : 6.5
PLAYABILITY : 6.6
LIFESPAN : 6.5
CONCLUSION : 6.6
GameRankings: 58.71% (DC), 62.00% (GB), 72.67% (N64), 79.33% (PS1)
All versions of the game, with the exception of the original Game Boy Color version released in March 1999, are dedicated to the memory of Owen Hart, who died in a house show accident on May 23rd, 1999. The developers chose not to delete him from the roster of subsequent versions.
Despite not being included in the game's roster, Matt and Jeff Hardy performed motion capture for it.