WWF Attitude © 1999 Acclaim Entertainment, Incorporated.
Acclaim claws its way back into the ring with Attitude, the follow-up to 1998's blockbuster brawler World Wrestling Federation: War Zone.
Attitude boasts 30 wrestlers, including such favorites as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, The Undertaker, The Rock, D-Generation X, Kane, Val Venis, Ken Shamrock, Al Snow and Sable, plus 12 hidden wrestlers. Each combatant will make a unique entrance, complete with individualized music and special effects. They'll also make unique exits, brawling in the aisle on the way to the dressing room.
Acclaim Studios West (formerly Iguana West) has never met a menu option it didn't like, and World Wrestling Federation Attitude certainly doesn't break with that tradition. The expanded Create-a-wrestler mode is just the beginning of Attitude's customization features. You can able to select your wrestler's gender, strength, endurance, body type and theme song. You'll also be able to separately select the eyes, nose and mouth, subtly adjust the sleeve and pants leg lengths, name your champion and emblazon custom text on jersey, pants and jacket.
You can assign one of 15 nicknames to your wrestler, which the announcer will then voice. The announcer will even correctly refer to your gladiator as "he" or "she." Out on the mat, players finally get a capability they've craved for years: selecting and saving a custom set of moves.
You can keep up with the World Wrestling Federation's ever-expanding repertoire of pay-per-view events by creating your own, selecting as many as eight matches from a lengthy menu of bouts and special events. To top it off, you can inscribe a custom name on banners.
In Exhibition mode alone, Attitude has a staggering 15 different kinds of matches:
Tornado: Like Tag Team, but all four wrestlers can be in ring at once.
Lumberjack: Roving outside the ring are two renegade wrestlers who can't wait to get their meaty hands on you
Gauntlet: Pin four consecutive rivals. Rots of ruck!
Tag Gauntlet: Tag Team meets Gauntlet, but that hardly makes the odds better
Survivor Series: One four-man team tries to vanquish another
Royal Rumble: Pins are for wimps! All you gotta do is throw rivals out of the ring. The bad news: there's 30 guys out to get you
Battle Royal: A.K.A. Royal Rumble Lite. It's you against four, not 30, wrestlers
War: A name that could apply to any of the above. Here, it's a four-way free-for-all until one gladiator is left standing
Stable Match: Two four-man teams play War
Triple Threat: War, minus one wrestler
Triangle: A Triple Threat that ends when one wrestler is eliminated
You can mix it up with seven real-life pals in a King of the Ring match. Other match options include First Blood, I Quit, 2 out of 3 falls, Iron Man, Tornado, Hard Core, Last Man Standing, Steel Cage and Weapons.
You can play a full World Wrestling Federation season, including house shows, TV events such as Monday Night Raw and Pay-Per-View matches. And, oh yes, there are seven title belts.
Questing for the last word in authenticity, Acclaim has motion-captured top wrestlers. In all, Attitude features more than 400 moves, including signature moves and trademark finishing moves.
If you're a stickler for chivalry, the arsenal of baseball bats, shovels and TVs can be turned off. You can also select and edit the arena environment. Before stepping into the squared circle, it might be a good idea to practice your moves in the juiced-up Training mode.
The hulking 256-megabit Pak - the same size as Zelda 64 and Turok 2 - contains plenty of room for state-of-the-art sound. Jerry "The King
" Lawler and Shane McMahon will mouth-off about the commotion, while the digitized music sounds much better than the MIDI tracks found in most games.