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A fun WWF game, but...
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2000
I purchased this game when it was actually released right here on Amazon, and I'll tell you what I thought of it after a week of playing. It's a fun game. It looks beautiful. Probably the best looking wrestling game I've seen. The power of Dreamcast really shows here. I wish THQ would have actually thrown in some wrestler intros, since those would probably look nice on DC, but they didn't for some reason. The wrestlers just start out in the ring and do a pose or something, similar to the Ready To Rumble games, but without the trash talking or funny lines.
When they say it's "Arcade-like", they're not kidding! This game is NOT as deep as Smackdown or Wrestlemania 2000. There is no create-a-wrester, season mode, cage matches, special ref, or any of the wonderful features that made those other THQ games great. There are only about 20 wrestlers in this game. If you love lots of modes in wrestling games, then you'll be disappointed here. There are only two modes in Royal Rumble. Yes, 2.
Exibition: You pick a WWF superstar and go through 10 (quick) matches with random superstars, until you win..... nothing?
Royal Rumble: Pick a WWF superstar, and wrestle in the 30 man over the top battle royal. Since there are only about 20 wrestlers in the game, guys you have eliminated will return. The only good thing here, is that 9 guys can be in the ring at once - which is a first for wrestling games, but can be really confusing at times.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a game like Smackdown - with it's create-a-superstar mode, season mode, and all the extras, then you'll be disappointed in Royal Rumble. If you're looking for a fun game you can toss in and have a quick match or two with a buddy, then you'll probably like this game.