RELEASED: February 2002
AVAILABLE ON: PC, Xbox
DEVELOPER(S): Anchor Inc. (PC), THQ (Xbox), Microvision Inc.
I've never considered myself to be much of a PC player. Actually, when I first got a proper computer, a friend of mine burned a few relatively new games for me to test out the actual spunk of my hardware as opposed to its technical information - which usually doesn't mean squat just in itself. One of those games was WWF Raw, which was only a couple of months old, and although I was already quite a professional wrestling fan, I wasn't too excited about it since wrestling games had never made a very positive impression on me before, and it was a PC game - I was a console gamer all the way. In time, I found myself somewhat addicted to it, but after getting familiar with the SmackDown! series on the PlayStations, I forgot there ever was a WWF Raw - the SmackDown!'s were so much better. Raw's not a bad game, in fact it's even sort of entertaining, but all things considered, it was a huge step backwards by THQ. It's a sixth-generation game, it looks like one, but it plays out like it was released about five years earlier.
It's like sushi-raw
|My character looks technically better than ever |
before. Wish there'd be more options, though.
The roster is the first stepping stone for us to come across. The game was released in February 2002, and apparently it was supposed to be released almost a year before. The roster's outdated and quite hastily put together all around. There are 39 male wrestlers, four Divas, and four unlockable characters in Vince, Shane and Stephanie McMahon, and... are you ready for this? Fred Durst. Yes, I'm very seriously talking about Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst. Apparently including him was THQ returning the favour to the band, for allowing the developers to use "Rollin'" as The Undertaker's theme song in the game. Whacked. Not as whacked as the game can be at its worst (or best?), though.
|Some people complain about the blur effect, |
I kind of like it.
|It's time to play some other game!|
Anyway, I wasn't supposed to talk about the A.I. and gameplay mechanics, I was supposed to talk about the goal of the game. So, again, your goal is to become King of the Ring and win each of the six championships in the game: the Hardcore title, the European title, the Intercontinental title, the WWF title, strangely the Light Heavyweight title even if you're playing as a super heavyweight, and even more strangely, the Women's title. You can imagine how hard it is for one to contain himself when the Big Show is congratulated for becoming the NEEEEEEW WWF Women's Champion. Yes, it's very much possible. You need to beat all Divas in the game to win the title, and it's perfectly irrelevant whether you're really using a female character or the biggest guy in the game. An embarrassing mistake or some sick inside joke? I don't even want to know.
|Stone Cold Hammerblow!|
I hope you realize that WWF Raw isn't exactly an awful game, it's just damn incomplete. The developers didn't quite think all of it through, and it's more than a bit too simple. It's hard to comprehend a sixth-generation title missing out on features that had been present in wrestling games for years. I don't understand why the game was made, other than the sake of capitalism. But, like I said, it's semi-entertaining. At least it has decent controls - as long as you're using a pad instead of the keyboard - and some of its quirks are amusing rather than really distracting.
GRAPHICS : 8.7
SOUND : 6.3
PLAYABILITY : 7.0
LIFESPAN : 5.5
CONCLUSION : 6.3
a.k.a. WWF Raw Is War, WWE Raw
GameRankings: 52.87% (PC), 64.92% (Xbox)
Actually, this PC version of the game is called WWE Raw, just as every copy of the original Xbox game printed since May, 2002. This is due to the World Wildlife Fund's famous lawsuit against the World Wrestling Federation over the use of the WWF abbreviation. In May, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation officially changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment. However, the WWF logo is used in the actual content of every version of the game instead of the slightly different WWE logo.
The game was supposed to be an Xbox launch title, but its release was delayed by a total of four months, due to the developers being forced to "clean up" the game, for example by removing all blood effects from it.