WWF RAW 32X
- Genre: wrestling
- Players: 1 to 4
- Publisher: Acclaim
- Developer: Sculptured Software
This Acclaim port-over is sure to make 32X owners wonder why they needed that 32X at all. The Super NES and Genesis versions of WWF were the best wrestling games for any home system, mainly because it featured special moves and secret Mega Moves that kept players bashing and brawling.
The 32X version features the same 12 wrestlers, the same moves, and even the same Mega Moves, except this time the Mega Moves are printed right in the manual, which takes away one of the few exciting facets of the original. So what's different on the 32X version? The wrestler pictures are much sharper, the sound is slightly better, and the actual game screens have minuscule improvements in graphics. What this does is make the 32X version equal to the Super NES, hardly a noteworthy feat for a 32-bit game.
The actual gameplay is the same button-mash fest that the Super NES/Genesis version was. You're constantly required to hit as many buttons as fast as you can. What this does is give you hand cramps, blisters, and can make you sweat (which is always bad). Still, if you own a 32X, love wrestling, have tireless fingers, can roll your tongue, have hair on your back, and don't already own a version of WWF Raw, the 32X version is the best of the brawling bunch. GP
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This time, the best of the WWF brawlers meet on the 32X. Although some minor improvements have been made, this version is identical to the Genesis game.
With the advanced power of the 32X, it's understandable that 32X owners should be given a much enhanced shot at Wrestlemania. What's not so understandable is why this version is not a much enhanced version of the previous titles.
ProTip: Items like the WWF sign are usable, Try knocking out the ref first, though.
You get the same number of wrestlers, the same mega moves, and the same basic gameplay. Wrestling options include Tag Team, One- on-One or a no-holds-barred, knockdown, drag-out Brawl involving all the wrestlers. But if you've played it all before, what's the point?
The graphical enhancements are minor, and though colorful and quick, the sprites still remain small. The sounds are about the same as the Genesis version. The music doesn't try to be anything special. But then again, it's not like wrestling fens enjoy the opera anyway.
The control is squirrelly, especially when you're playing the tough computer A.I. Grappling and mega moves require patience and practice.
The Throng Remains The Same
With no real improvements, this version of WWF Raw seems a little useless. If you're a 32X owner who's never played, get this game. But Genesis Raw-sketeers have definitely seen this match before.
- To win the grapples easier, pound your opponent when they're down on the canvas by using a basic button press.
- Toss someone out of the ring and whale away on them until the countdown gets to about six. Then stroll back in like nothing happened.