WWF No Mercy
Tack on another couple hours to your Monday night wrestling stint. When THQ releases No Mercy this November, dorm rooms and living rooms alike are sure to be packed with mat maniacs looking to take out some aggression in the ring. Choose one of the 65-plus brawlers in a single, tag or survival match and watch the personalized intro as he/she makes his/her way to the ring. Use a ladder to flatten your foe, or mix it up Andy Kaufman-style and take on some of the ladies who frequent the circuit. If you get bored of the Squared Circle, toss your opponent backstage and fight it out behind the scenes in one of three different scenarios. To really get folks roped in, Aki is adding transfer Pack support for compatibility with the GBC version, as well as an option to create your own wrestler if you've exhausted the WWF superstars.
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Make sure you don't pass up this little gem while waiting for a good wrestling game to come out on DC or PS2. Asmik has taken just about everything from Wrestlemania 2000 and made it better. The character models and animation are some of the best I've seen in a wrestling game, although I got sick of waiting for mo-capped moves to complete before I could interfere during multiplayer games. The improved double-team moves make pulling off a "3D" with a friend truly rewarding. The simplified control system is still intact, making the game easy to get into, although having more than two characters on-screen seems to affect the control's timing a bit. Over 50 superstars are now packed into the roster and the super-deep create-a-superstar mode boasts an array of options and moves to make anything from jobber to submission fighter. I was able to make myself, complete with "real" fighting moves, and took out powerhouses Stone Cold and the Rock before slamming into the stone wall that is Al Snow. There is room for improvement: Backstage story lines could be deeper. CPU run-ins are frustrating, still no play-by-play (where's JR and the King?), and the Al in multiplayer is not the sharpest knife in the drawer (start a CPU vs. CPU game and watch the wrestlers stare at each other). Do these take away from the experience? A little, but No Mercy is still the best wrestling game on the N64.
Asmik/AKI's WWF Wrestlemania 2000 was a fine game, but it hardly felt like a full-fledged sequel to their previous N64 grappler, WCW-nWo Revenge. WWF No Mercy, however, looks and plays like a proper follow-up. The career mode is more robust, with a heavier--although barely exciting--emphasis on story and backstage alliances. You even earn points you can spend on costumes and moves in a special shopping area. Create-A-Wrestler has been beefed up to Ihe point where you have nearly as many face and body options as in Acclaim's games. You get all this and the same easy-to-wrangle controls. The Al needs help, though.
I'm not a connoisseur of wrestling games, but this brawler is pretty damned cool. One of the things I like most about it are its merciful controls that made it easy to pick up and pull off some pretty cool moves. Within minutes, I looked like I was right at home in the ring as I piledrove my opponents into the mat. There's lots of different moves and reversals, but sometimes it felt like the game's collision detection was buggy and didn't register every hit. The game's minor flaws don't drag it down, however: Mercy has so many customization options and multiplayer modes that there's little chance you'll get bored bashing these grown men in tights.