realistic than the real thing, WWE Day of Reckoning,
is the latest and greatest wrestling game for the
Cube. Brought to you by the people that developed
Wrestlemania XIX, this version picks up where this
one left off - and also includes what it left out.
It's faster, deeper, bloodier and sexier - when you
include the Bra & Panties matches.
from a more developed storyline, Day of Reckoning
features more sophisticated controls and moves. The
game is still user-friendly and has a great tutorial
for beginners. It's still challenging to button mash
your way through the game and still possible to win
but to get to the top you'll eventually have to have
more finesse over your character's moves.
your own character or take some stock unknown and
attempt to take him or her to the top. The options
for creating your own character are staggering. Choose
from male or female and design the body to your specs
right down to the wrinkles under the eye. There's
never been anything like it on the Cube.
are 40 different characters including Legends, Divas
and Superstars. You can't use them in the story mode
since you must start out as an unknown. Vince McMahon
will tell you what to do and if you want to make it
to the top you better listen to him. Each completed
goal will take you further up the ladder to wrestling
superstardom. Unlike the previous wrestling game,
most of the action takes place in the ring and not
in boiler rooms and parking lots.
fans will get shivers down their spines when their
favorite stars make an entrance. Each is accompanied
by his or her theme songs, bathed in fireworks and
backlit by videos. These characters sure know how
to make an entrance. They look great, with rippling
muscles and fluid facial expressions. It's too bad
that there aren't any voiceovers for the characters.
Instead, you'll have to settle for text which takes
a bit of wind out of the sails.
are varied and plentiful. Choose from Tag Team, Fatal
4 Way, Hell in a Cell and Bra & Panties - to name
a few. The blood will flow and the girls will show.
such as counters, reversals, heavy and light attacks
can be triggered by tapping or holding down the buttons.
Grappling is more realistic and relatively easy to
perform. You can also perform combos, jump off the
top rope, throw your opponent out of the ring, continue
fighting on the floor and use various weapons such
as tables and chairs. The camera work mirrors the
televised events with close-ups and sweeping angles
that circle the ring. Throughout the dazzling display
you never loose sight of your character.
one-player, two-player, three and four-player matches
in a variety of venues. I heard some grumbling about
the lack of characters but at 40, there's really not
much to complain about. There's always someone that's
going to complain that his or her favorite wrestler
is missing but if you're not satisfied with what the
game offers, then make your own.
of the characters are well detailed. You can literally
see the sweat dripping off their brows. The animations
are great and include some in-game cutscenes that
add to the drama. The soundtrack consists of rock
and hip hop tunes but the best portion of the audio
comes in the form of collisions when limbs and bodies
meet. The sound is more brutal than anything you'll
hear in a real wrestling match.
Day of Reckoning, accomplishes what it was set out
to do. It may not be the best wrestling videogame
ever, but it's certainly the best we've seen on a
Nintendo system. You won't even miss an online mode
some idiot brings it to your attention.