Review by Emptyeye

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 11/01/99

One of the final NES games, it seems rushed...

WWF King of the Ring was the final World Wrestling Federation game made for the NES. It had several play mode and around 10 wrestlers, as well as a create-a-wrestler feature. In spite of all these things, however, it simply wasn't a very good game. The ratings:

Graphics: 5/10- Well as with most wrestling games, there isn't much to look at. You have the ring, which looks like, well, a wrestling ring, and the wrestlers, who are decently animated, and you can tell who each wrestlers is supposed to be. The crowd looks bland, and their animation looks basically like lightning hits them.

Sound: 4/10- As with many wrestling games, there is no music during the actual match. But there also no commentary, and only average sound effects, like grunts and groans, and of course, let's not forget the sounds of the bell as the 1. 2. 3. count is being made. The sound effects are alright, though the crowd sounds nothing like a real crowd. When you go to select your wrestlers, you can hear a cheesy, midi rendition of their theme music. Your music if you choose to create a wrestler is the title screen music.

Control: 5/10- There are certain moves that you can pull at certain times, which are executed by pushing one button, or perhaps one button and a control pad direction. However, once you get into the tie-up, it's mostly button mashing for supremacy. Also, creating your wrestler isn't the most intuivite thing ever either. Furthermore, each of the wrestlers have the same standard set of moves, and there's no variation between the wrestlers except on appearence, in spite of what the status screens claim.

Story: 5/10- It's the standard wrestling story...win the title by defeating all the other wrestlers. You can also try for the lesser "King of the Ring" title in an 8-man elimination tournament.

Challenge: 4/10- There are 3 different difficulty levels, but even on hard, it's a pretty easy game if you're a good enough button masher. There's little or no personality difference between the wrestlers, so once you've beaten one rival, you've beaten them all. There's no increasing challenge in any of the modes either.

Replay Value: 3/10- As stated earlier, once you've beaten one enemy, you've beaten them all. Also, the Created Wrestler you make only stays until you turn off the game, and the extent of that is that you get stats, which you can increase by winning matches. You can't edit the appearence or anything. So there's not much to do in the way of creation either.

Overall: 5/10- This game was made in the NES's dying days, and it shows. There's little or no skill involved in winning matches, and the stats really don't mean anything. As such, you will quickly get bored with this sub-par title, especially if you're used to such games as WWF War Zone. Stay away.

Rating:   2.5 - Playable

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