What’s this week’s Kusoge doing with that chair!?
The Nintendo 64 and initial PlayStation generally lived their lives throughout the “Mindset” or “Monday Night Wars” age of wrestling.
I do not know.
More than a dozen pro fumbling titles struck the N64 library if you count Japanese-only releases like Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 and its follow-up. A few of them, especially the ones developed by AKI Corporation, still hold up today. The PlayStation would see its own success in its latter days with WWF Smackdown! and its follow up. This is not one of those video games.
AKI Corporation did two WCW video games on the N64: WCW vs. NWO: World Tour and WCW/NWO Revenge, and they’re quite enjoyable!
As the title suggests, WCW: Backstage Assault moves all of the action backstage. All of it. There’s not a ring or a referee to be found. I never actually got the point of backstage wrestling to begin with. I guess it contributes to the daytime soap feel when anything can happen at any time, even in the restroom, however I feel I’ve currently suspended enough shock when I purchased into the concept that there could be evil athletes aiming to control the world by methods of a belt. The truth that it’s now telling me there are no rules, oh, but you can still win by pinfall is asking a lot.
The entire backstage trick was already working its way into video games. WCW Chaos currently had it to a degree, and I think the next sensible step is to just eliminate the ring totally and make everything backstage.
I might go on about how much I dislike the Backstage Attack’s fundamental property, but there are a lot of other things to complain about. I think Kevin Nash kind of appearances like Kevin Nash, I just didn’t understand he had grey in his beard in 2000.
More than just looking terrible, they’re also pretty interchangeable. Every wrestler simply appears to have a random assortment of relocations peppered by different groinal attacks.
Maybe I must back up for a moment. I’m not the best individual to discuss wrestling, but Jimmy Hart wasn’t a wrestler. He was this grifter-styled supervisor whose shtick was to knock out authorities or wrestlers with a megaphone. The only time he had actually battle was primarily for laughs as he ‘d fall victim to his own loudspeaker and get his comeuppance or something. He’s maybe not even the strangest member of the cast as Elizabeth can be opened, though, to be fair to her, she was sporting a more aggressive personality at the time.
Undoubtedly, the elevator pitch of Backstage Assault is that anything can take place when there are no rules, and that much is true!
Actually, though, this means that you’re just going to be hitting people with urinals till they stop moving. From the lowest trouble to the highest, the most reliable way to get a battle to end is to just keep whaling on your opponent with all manner of weapons till a knockout is called. Every now and then you can mix it up by climbing up on a box and then throwing yourself at them. However actually, no, ditch that. Simply keep hitting them with pipelines. And when everything is broken in a particular arena, just throw them through an open entrance to find more stuff to strike them with.
I think that’s one thing that’s kind of cool; all the levels are adjoined.
I utilize “fascinating” gently. All the spaces are simply squared off areas filled with junk. Not that digital wrestling rings of the age looked all that terrific, but cardboard fans with 2 frames of animation are still more revitalizing than tilework and tractor-trailers.
What adds to the ugliness is that each location is clearly established to communicate the use of each product, so things you can leap off of are all the exact same height, and this is specifically humorous in the parking lot where they crushed down the front-end of a Jeep so you ‘d understand you can leap off it. Really, it may be the back end because there was a tire hanging off of it, however the point is it looks like you’re fighting in a cardboard diorama.
Did I mention that it’s 2-players just? So while the WWF titles were explore ladder matches, Backstage Assault was like, “2 Stretch Armstrongs in a box loaded with trash; sufficient.” And furthermore, this was the WCW’s swansong. Do you ever reel recurring regret about horrible games that kids absolutely got as Christmas presents?
There’s likewise the matter of the announcers, which is a feature I generally turn off in battling games, but this time around, I provided into my masochism and chose to abuse myself. I played the N64 version, so it does not take long for the voice clips to repeat, and considering that they were horrible to begin with, it does not take long to start harming. It’s like being waterboarded, and whenever they say something brand-new you get a brief gasp of air prior to the abuse starts once again. I do not truly delight in Bobby “The Brain” Heenan on a good day, however it’s going to take a drill to get him saying “long, long, long time” out of my head.
Shortly after Backstage Attack’s release, the WCW was bought out by WWF, ending the Monday Night Wars, which might be considered a grace kill since WCW was definitely tanking. Backstage Attack would therefore stand as the last WCW video game released. It seems kind of suitable that WCW rode onto the N64 on the strengths of WCW vs. NWO: World Trip and ashamed itself out of presence with Backstage Attack, particularly when it was dealt with against the fatal tag team of WWF: No Mercy on the N64 and WWF: Smackdown! 2 on the PlayStation.
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