ECW Hardcore Revolution

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ECW Hardcore Revolution
ECW Hardcore Revolution box art for the PlayStation
North American PlayStation cover art
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
PlayStation[1]
Dreamcast
Game Boy Color
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
  • NA January 31, 2000
  • EU March 3, 2000
PlayStation
  • NA January 31, 2000
  • EU 2000
Game Boy Color
  • NA February 2000
  • EU 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA February 29, 2000
  • EU 2000
Genre(s) Fighting
Sports
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, Sony PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, and Game Boy Color. It was the first wrestling game to be based on ECW, as well as the first professional wrestling 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, six months after this game was released.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay to ECW Hardcore Revolution is identical to WWF Attitude. Much of the content was the same, but elements were changed to replace WWE owned material with Extreme Championship Wrestling material. The similarities are so strong that match rules from WWF Attitude are retained. Some matches could be won or lost via a ring-out count or DQ, which does not happen in ECW.

All of the characters were performers and staff members involved with ECW during the game's production. Some personalities who left the company during production were left in as unlockable characters. Some of the "jobber" characters are based on Acclaim staff, or are completely fictional creations.

In Season mode, a fictional Acclaim Championship becomes the first title that your character competes for. This is due to ECW only having 3 championships, whereas 4 were available in WWE Attitude.

The game does feature a few unique moves, but many are actually duplicates of moves that are also available in the game. For example, Danny Doring's finisher "Whambam Thankyou Mam" is identical to "Double Arm DDT".

One of the game's unique features is match commentary by Joey Styles. This is one of the very few wrestling based video games to use just one commentator.

Match Types[edit]

With the exception of the Barbed Wire Match, all of the matches in the game featured in WWF Attitude mostly under different names. For example, a Triple Threat match would become a 3 Way Dance. Matches which involve elimination are denoted with an asterisk (*).

The Barbed Wire Match replaces the ring ropes with barbed wire. Similar to cage matches, certain moves are unusable and damage is inflicted if a player runs into them. However, the ability to climb the turnbuckles in the corner and to leave the ring is retained. Players bleed automatically from the torso or back if they run into the barbed wire.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (N64) 56.91%[2]
(PS) 54.50%[3]
(DC) 43.79%[4]
(GBC) 38.33%[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2/5 stars[6][7]
(PS & GBC) 1/5 stars[8][9]
EGM 6.75/10[10]
GameFan 40%[11]
Game Informer (PS) 8.25/10[12]
(N64) 8/10[13]
(DC) 7.75/10[14]
(GBC) 2/10[15]
GamePro (N64) 3.5/5 stars[16]
(PS) 3/5 stars[17]
Game Revolution D+[18]
GameSpot (DC) 5.6/10[19]
(GBC) 4.5/10[20]
4.2/10[21][22]
GameSpy 2/10[23]
IGN (DC) 6.9/10[24]
(N64) 5/10[25]
(PS) 4/10[26]
(GBC) 3/10[27]
Nintendo Power 5.9/10[28]
OPM (US) 1.5/5 stars[29]

The game was met with very mixed to negative reception. GameRankings gave it a score of 56.91% for the Nintendo 64 version;[2] 54.50% for the PlayStation version;[3] 43.79% for the Dreamcast version;[4] and 38.33% for the Game Boy Color version.[5]

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.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Ottoson, Joe. "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (N64) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Licata, Jonathan. "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (DC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ottoson, Joe. "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ Melville, Bryan. "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "ECW Hardcore Revolution (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2000. 
  11. ^ Mears, Rick "The Wanderer" (February 18, 2000). "REVIEW for ECW Hardcore Revolution (N64)". GameFan. Archived from the original on April 11, 2000. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (April 5, 2000). "ECW: Hardcore Revolution - PlayStation". Game Informer. Archived from the original on December 6, 2000. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ McNamara, Andy; Fitzloff, Jay; Reiner, Andrew (March 31, 2000). "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (N64)". Game Informer. Archived from the original on June 1, 2000. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (DC)". Game Informer (84). April 2000. 
  15. ^ "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (GBC)". Game Informer (84). April 2000. 
  16. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (February 17, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Lou Gubrious (February 19, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 1, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ G-Wok (March 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (DC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b Gerstmann, Jeff (March 13, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ Provo, Frank (March 14, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (February 17, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  22. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (February 17, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ Fragmaster (March 1, 2000). "ECW Hardcore". PlanetDreamcast. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  24. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (March 3, 2000). "ECW Hardcore Revolution Review (DC)". IGN. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  25. ^ Casamassina, Matt (February 17, 2000). "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (N64)". IGN. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ Nix, Marc; Gil (February 23, 2000). "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (PS)". IGN. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ Nix, Marc (March 7, 2000). "ECW: Hardcore Revolution (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ "ECW Hardcore Revolution (N64)". Nintendo Power 130. March 2000. 
  29. ^ "ECW Hardcore Revolution". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2000. 

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