ECW Hardcore Revolution
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Developer(s)Acclaim Studios Salt Lake City
Publisher(s)Acclaim Entertainment
Platform(s)Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Dreamcast
ReleaseGame Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation
  • NA: February 17, 2000[1]
  • EU: March 3, 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA: February 29, 2000
  • EU: March 17, 2000
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

ECW Hardcore Revolution is a professional wrestling video game released by Acclaim Entertainment, based on the professional wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). The game was released for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, and Dreamcast in 2000. It was the first wrestling game to be based on ECW, as well as the first professional wrestling video game to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB, although the Game Boy Color version was rated Everyone. Acclaim followed this title with the release of a sequel, ECW Anarchy Rulz, in August 2000.

Gameplay

Gameplay for ECW Hardcore Revolution is identical to WWF Attitude. Much of the content was the same, but with ECW images replacing all WWE owned material. The match rules are also retained.

Two (or more) participants attempt to meet one of the win conditions over their rival/s. They can reduce their opponent's resistance by decreasing their health. This is done by performing successful attacks and reversals.

Nearly all of the main characters were performers and staff members involved with ECW during the game's production. Some personalities who had left the company before or during the production were left in as unlockable content. The additional "jobber" characters are loosely based on other ECW or Acclaim staff, or are completely fictional.

The season mode is similar to the one used in WWF Attitude. The player(s) must win matches to move up the rankings before they can challenge for championship titles at pay-per-view events. In 'Versus' career, the player must first challenge for the fictional Acclaim Championship. After clearing the first tier, the player moves on to the ECW Television Championship division, and then the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. The tag team career only allows players to compete for the ECW World Tag Team Championships.

The game features all of the attacks and taunts that appeared in WWF Attitude, with some renamed, as well as some new ones. However, many of the added moves are just duplicates of moves that are already in the game. For example, Danny Doring's finisher "Whambam Thankyou Maam" is identical to the "Double Arm DDT".

One of the unique features is that match commentary is performed by Joey Styles alone. This is one of the very few wrestling video games in existence to use just one commentator.

Match Types

Most of the matches in the game have been repeated from WWF Attitude, with many having name changes.

Basic Match Types

Match Types

Match types are additional options that can alter match rules.

Win Modifiers

These are more additional options that can be added to a match that will change the win conditions.

Playable roster

The game features numerous wrestlers and other on screen personalities who appeared on ECW programming prior to its release. Most are available by default, with the rest being unlockable through game play. Non-wrestlers have move sets based on characters from WWF Attitude e.g. Joey Styles moves are copied directly from WWF star Edge. Several wrestlers left the company while the game was in development, but were left in as they had already been paid a fee for having their likenesses and voices used. Even though Spicolli had left the company and died years before this game was pitched, he was added as favor by Paul Heyman to Tommy Dreamer. In one of Dreamer's pre-match taunts, he can be heard saying "This one's for you, Spicolli."

Amish Roadkill Francine Mike Awesome Steve Corino
Axl Rotten Jack Victory New Jack Super Crazy
Balls Mahoney Jason Nova Taz
Beulah McGillicutty Jazz Raven Tommy Dreamer
Big Sal E. Graziano Jerry Lynn Rhino Tommy Rich
Bill Alfonso Joey Styles RVD Tony DeVito
Chris Chetti Judge Jeff Jones Sabu Tracy Smothers
C.W. Anderson Justin Credible The Sheik Wild Bill
Cyrus The Virus Lance Storm Simon Diamond Yoshihiro Tajiri
Danny Doring Little Guido Spanish Angel
Dawn Marie Bytch Louie Spicolli Spike Dudley

The game also includes several "Jobber" characters. These characters are loosely based Acclaim and ECW staff, and have moves sets borrowed from the WWF Attitude video game. They appear as opponents in the earlier stages of Career Mode. At first there are only three available, but you can unlock the rest by beating Career mode, and then pressing 'Right' on the character selection screen.

Reception

The Nintendo 64 and PlayStation versions received mixed reviews, while the Dreamcast and Game Boy Color versions received unfavorable reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[33][34][35][36]

Critics praised Joey Styles's commentary, and the use of weapons during the game. However, many reviews criticized Revolution for being a near copy of its predecessors, WWF Attitude and War Zone, and not reflecting ECW's unique style, just covering over everything with ECW wrestlers and themes.[18] Daniel Erickson of NextGen gave the Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 versions negative reviews in two separate issues, calling the latter "One of the few games to inspire active anger and hate. Just having to handle the cart with our bare fingers made us feel dirty" (#63, March 2000);[30] and later calling the former "A blatant insult to the intelligence of wrestling fans and Dreamcast owners" (#65, May 2000).[29]

The Game Boy Color version was heavily criticized by critics and fans alike.[citation needed] Players complained about sluggish controls, poor sound effects and graphics and glitches.[citation needed] It was rated as one of the two worst GBC games of all time by MobyGames.com[citation needed]

See also

References

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