RELEASED: November 1994
AVAILABLE ON: 32X, GB, GEN, GG, SNES
DEVELOPER(S): Sculptured Software, LJN (GB), Realtime Associates (GG)
PUBLISHER(S): Acclaim Entertainment, Accolade (GB), LJN (SNES)
On January 11th, 1993, the World Wrestling Federation launched their first weekly broadcast, WWF Monday Night Raw, also known as Raw Is War for a spell when the Monday Night War between Raw and WCW Nitro really flared up. Its huge popularity and variety in matches made professional wrestling national, weekly entertainment, and great material for video game developers affiliated with the WWF. The essence of Raw has been captured (or at least they've tried to) into three stand-alone games, and nowadays, it's the semi-basis for THQ's highly successful WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series. The first game strictly based on Raw was released in 1994 for several systems, starting from the Game Boy to Sega's brand-new 32-bit Genesis peripheral, the 32X. The game sounds like a huge step forward, but in reality it feels like we're playing Royal Rumble all over again - with Super WrestleMania's framerate issues.
Raw, as in not complete
Now I'm serious: the look of the game hasn't changed at all. The roster is different and some wrestlers wear particular attires they used back in the day - the details are respectable, such as Taker's purple gloves - but all in all, the game looks exactly, 100% identical to WWF Royal Rumble during gameplay. The framerate, as I said, reminds me of the twitch in WWF Super WrestleMania, though. It doesn't make the game harder to play at all, but it's disturbing to the eyes. There's absolutely no difference in the sound, either, except for very little digitized speech to start off Bam Bam's theme song.
|Now this is what I call a random match-up.|
Every match type from Royal Rumble is present including the main event, but the awkwardly named Triple Tag Team has once again been reverted back to "Survivor Series". In addition, there's Bedlam, which is nowadays known as a Tornado Tag. It basically means that all team members are in the ring at the same time, and apparently there are no disqualifications since the captain of my opposing team keeps punching the ref with no punishment, and there's a chair and a bucket on the ringside - but apparently you also cannot leave the ring during the match, if your partner's been eliminated, which is kind of odd. Raw Endurance is an odd match in which you have the option of choosing six wrestlers to clash it out with the rest of the roster, or go against a team of six wrestlers using just one guy. Thumb massacre galore.
|The tug meter's a little more responsive, but it |
takes a hell of a lot of energy to execute a simple
Despite a few "enhancements", it's the very same game as WWF Royal Rumble, just not even that good. I would've wished for some better controls at least, now that they had finally ditched the possibility of doing another 8-bit game and since they had time to work on something a little more than another simple mashfest they delivered five years back. It's not total crap, but quite useless.
GRAPHICS : 7.7
SOUND : 6.5
PLAYABILITY : 5.9
LIFESPAN : 5.2
CONCLUSION : 5.5
GameRankings: 80.00% (GEN), 58.00% (SNES)