ECW Hardcore Revolution
|ECW Hardcore Revolution|
North American PlayStation cover art
|Release date(s)||Nintendo 64|
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 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.
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.
It has a rating of 47% at Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting mixed reception. 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.
IGN gives the game a mere 5/10, saying that "after secretly sobbing for months at the loss of its lucrative WWF license, Acclaim has jumped back into the wrestling ring once more with ECW: Hardcore Revolution, a game based around the up-and-coming ... federation" and that "Revolution is basically the company's WWF game of last year with a few additions". Gamespot gives the game 4.2/10, making this a "poor"-rated game on their website, and saying that "ECW and its fans deserve better than this". Digital Press gives a 2.5/10 rating, saying "No matter how much you enjoy ECW, pro wrestling, or video games, this game sucks." Another critic gave the worst review, with an "F" rating, saying "the crowd noise is bizarre - either they're dead silent or going nuts. The fighters tend to repeat the same phrases over and over, usually 'ouch!' or 'ow!'. The controls in the tag team matches are horrendous, and the matches tend to run far too long in general. This game initially impressed me with its extensive option list, but without any muscle behind its gameplay, ECW Hardcore Revolution goes down for the count."
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