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4.0 out of 5 stars I do believe I am quite ready to rumble
I know this will sound crazy, but the main reason I finally broke down and purchased a Playstation several years ago was because I wanted to play some of the wrestling games available for this particular console. For whatever reason, no one has ever come close to producing a decent wrestling game for the PC. At the time, I was a serious wrestling fan, having been drawn...
Published on 21 Aug. 2003 by Daniel Jolley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic, but still good fun
WCW Thunder is an early wrestling game, and now looks dated compared to the likes of WWE: SYM. However, it's still really good fun and amusing to play.
The roster is quite impressive, and becomes superb when you have unlocked all the hidden wrestlers, which include Rey Mysterio with his mask on, the Barbarian, Fit Finley, Psychosis and many more.
There are very...
Published on 31 May 2003 by D W Cornfield


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4.0 out of 5 stars I do believe I am quite ready to rumble, 21 Aug. 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: WCW/NWO Thunder (PS) (Video Game)
I know this will sound crazy, but the main reason I finally broke down and purchased a Playstation several years ago was because I wanted to play some of the wrestling games available for this particular console. For whatever reason, no one has ever come close to producing a decent wrestling game for the PC. At the time, I was a serious wrestling fan, having been drawn back to the fold by the brilliant internal division in WCW between the good guys and the evil NOW. WCW Thunder came out while the WCW was at its peak of popularity, and I just had to have it. While the game has naturally lost some of its luster as time has passed and gaming hardware improved, it had all sorts of enticing features then and remains a fun diversion even now.
WCW Thunder had a lot to offer fans when it was released. For starters, you had some 60 superstars to choose from, including the biggest names around such as Goldberg and Hogan; all kinds of other hidden wrestlers also lay buried inside the game, waiting for you to win with certain characters (or use the handy dandy cheat codes) to unlock them-everything from made-up goofy characters to the wrestlers who got beat up for a living every week to announcers to members of the Nitro Girls (including the luscious Kimberly). While certain basic moves worked for all wrestlers, each individual wrestler, including the hidden ones, had their own signature moves. Thus, you could have Goldberg take his opponent out with the Spear followed by the Jack Hammer, or have Lex Luger turn a man into a little baby while hoisted up in the Torture Rack. Each wrestler came with his own theme music and personal allegiance, but you had the option of changing a guy's alliance. This could become important in terms of one of my favorite features of the game, the ability to have an ally come to the ring to help you avoid a loss or just to help you beat the heck out of your opponent.
The game offers a number of game types for one or two players. You can fight an exhibition match or go for the TV Title, US Heavyweight Title or walk that aisle in pursuit of the World Heavyweight belt. If you get tired of one-on-one action, you can choose tag-team play or battle it out with 29 other wrestlers in a Battle Royal. You can even get down to brass tacks and battle it out in a cage match. The only bad thing about a cage match is the fact that it does not allow you access to any weapons. In normal game play, there are a number of weapons outside the ring (you control how many) that you can pick up and use to beat the fool out of everybody that gets in your way; you can even just keep wailing on your opponent after he hits the ground.
WCW Thunder is and never was perfect, though. For one thing, the game quickly becomes rather easy. You can just pile drive your opponent over and over again into oblivion if you like or take a stop sign upside a guy's head a dozen or more times and pin him easily. The clumsy combination moves actually become a good thing here because it is sometimes a challenge to perform that special killer move your wrestler is famous for and end the match in style. The graphics are decent but not great, and my Playstation seems to have a few hitches in its gitty-up when it tries to render large numbers of wrestlers all at once in Battle Royal mode. I still enjoy playing WCW Thunder, though. It looks a lot like the earlier WCW Nitro game, but it plays a lot better in my opinion. There are better games available now, even for the Playstation, but I have a feeling that I'll be enjoying this game on and off for many years to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic, but still good fun, 31 May 2003
This review is from: WCW/NWO Thunder (PS) (Video Game)
WCW Thunder is an early wrestling game, and now looks dated compared to the likes of WWE: SYM. However, it's still really good fun and amusing to play.
The roster is quite impressive, and becomes superb when you have unlocked all the hidden wrestlers, which include Rey Mysterio with his mask on, the Barbarian, Fit Finley, Psychosis and many more.
There are very few moves you can do in the matches, and it's quite possible to win a match or even a championship by just pummeling someone with a Stop sign.
There are also very few match types, which are single, tag-team, cage, battle royal and championship matches.
On the plus side, each wrestler has a secret finisher which you have to figure out for yourself. This adds to the fun.
All in all, a good game, but it will be very rare now, and you'll be lucky to be able to buy one now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of them all., 9 Jun. 2003
This review is from: WCW/NWO Thunder (PS) (Video Game)
As the title suggests, of all the PSX WCW games, this is my favourtie. While slightly more complicated than the others, it offered a lot more in terms of playability and functionality. The manual teases with the button combos for the finishers of only a few WCW superstars, and you start with a limited roster. As the game progresses, you gradually unlock more, and discover more finishing move button combos.
This game also has two more redeeming features: The rant mode, where the selected WCW Superstar cuts a video promo, and the ability to choose alegiances. Ever since I first placed Hogan and Benoit in Raven's Flock, nobody has messed with me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first ever wrestling game, 26 Feb. 2006
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Craig McLaughlin (Preston, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: WCW/NWO Thunder (PS) (Video Game)
I loved this at the time i thought the graphics were excellent i really did its a super game i love it all my favourite Wrestlers were there!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Variety, 2 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: WCW/NWO Thunder (PS) (Video Game)
Really descent gamę better then wcw nitro in my opinion and huge selection of descent wrestlers.
Battle Royal for this game is awesome and defo the best match type.
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