WCW Backstage Assault
|WCW Backstage Assault|
North American Playstation cover art
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
WCW Backstage Assault is a professional wrestling video game by Electronic Arts. It was the final World Championship Wrestling (WCW) game released as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased the company's assets three months later. Backstage Assault features commentary by Tony Schiavone and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. The game is distinguished by the fact that all gameplay takes place outside of a standard wrestling ring. This approach was not well received and to date, the game has sold only 200,000 copies.
Backstage Assault is vastly different from other games of its genre. Previous wrestling games such as WWF SmackDown! and WCW Mayhem featured backstage areas as auxiliary fighting locations. Backstage Assault took the concept further by removing the ring entirely and having all action take place backstage.
The primary gameplay mode is called Hardcore Challenge. It consists of winning matches against random opponents until challenged by the champion. Throughout the game, players can unlock wrestlers, arenas, and moves for use in Create-a-Superstar. The player cannot defend the championship after earning it.
The game received mostly negative criticism bashing it for poor graphics, sluggish controls and being based around a bad gimmick. GameSpot reviewer Jeff Gerstmann gave the PlayStation version a rating of 5.1 and the Nintendo 64 version a 5.0 (both Mediocre) stating: "EA's Backstage Assault is a novel idea, but in the end, it doesn't have enough variation to make it worthwhile." IGN's Cory D. Lewis gave both versions a 4.0 rating ("Bad") commenting "It fails to impress in nearly every way, and certainly doesn't deliver a presentation worthy of the WCW license".