With WWE 2k18 set for its release, we decided to check out some of the worst and best wrestling games ever. Fans may think Vince McMahon is out of touch with the people today but that just wasn’t the case in the 80s. He would be one of the first wrestling promoters to make a plunge into video games when he took a chance on funding MicroLeague Wrestling in 1987. McMahon had the foresight to see where the video game industry was heading and every year he would sink some money into developing a video game(s).
Some of those games were instant classics while others became video gamer’s worst nightmares. Judging and rating a video game is subjective but most users have the same criteria of what’s decent or not. When it comes to wrestling games, graphics, gameplay mechanics, and the fun factor are key concerns for gamers.
As we mentioned, the WWE has had a lot of swings and misses when it comes to video games. They aren’t the only ones. This list covers all wrestling games that have the capability of using real-life Superstars. So don’t expect to see Def Jam Vendetta and The Simpsons Wrestling on this list. Regardless of all failures, wrestling and the video game industries are booming and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
15 Best - WWF WrestleFest
Released by Technos Japan in 1991, this arcade game would become the number one destination for anyone wanting to play a wrestling game. WWF WrestleFest would be a massive upgrade over its predecessor WWF Superstars. The cartoonish graphics are aesthetically pleasing and added value to the gameplay at the time. It features a limited selection of wrestlers but had an advanced grappling and striking system compared to other arcade games.
14 Worst - WWF In Your House
This video game was the sequel to WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game and it’s basically WWE’s Mortal Kombat version of games. Developed by Sculptured Software and Published by Acclaim Entertainment, this game would be released in 1996.
13 Best - Virtual Pro Wrestling 2: Odo Keisho
Developed by Syn Sophia and published by Asmik Ace, this Japanese wrestling game is arguably the best in the Virtual Pro Wrestling series. With the same engine as WWF WrestleMania 2000, fans wouldn’t have a hard time getting accustomed to the game on the N64. Made for Japanese fans, the roster consisted of several promotions, including NJPW and AJPW. Wrestling legends included Bruiser Brody, Terry and Dory Funk Jr., and Andre the Giant.
12 Worst - Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home
This video game is exactly what the backyard wrestling product is, terrible. No offense to all you wrestlers out there that perform in the backyard of some house or facility, but let’s be honest, you would rather be in a sweet venue where the lights can shine on your work. Developed by Paradox Development and published by Eidos Interactive, this game would be released in 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
11 Best - WWE 2K14
It’s been an up and down love affair with 2k and WWE video games. For all its faults, WWE 2k14 is still one of the best wrestling games out there. If it wasn’t for the 30 years of WrestleMania features in the video game, this title might not even be on the list. Developed by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, 2K Sports would release the game in 2013.
10 Worst - WWF European Rampage Tour
WWF European Rampage Tour has a very nice ring to it but that’s about it. Developed by Arc Developers and published by Ocean Software, this game would be released in 1992 for Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and PC. After the success of WWF WrestleMania in 1991, the company decided to market a game for Europe.
9 Best - WCW/nWo Revenge
Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner almost won the Monday Night Wars and they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for some meddling kids in WWE. Bischoff created the notorious stable, nWo, and wanted to make them a larger than life spectacle. WCW/nWo Revenge would be born out of nWoMania. Developed by Asmik Ace Entertainment and AKI Corporation, THQ would publish and release this video game in 1998.
8 Worst - WCW: The Main Event
This work of art would be one of the few WCW games for Game Boy. Released in 1994, Beam Software would develop the game while NA: FCI published it. With just two types of matches available, a set number of falls and a set time limit, the game limited the user’s experience. Considered repetitive, the only bright spot was a special move that came with each wrestler.
7 Best - TEW 2016
What in the world is TEW? Total Extreme Wrestling is a text-based simulator that makes you the booker of your very own wrestling promotion. So don’t be confused, you won’t see actual wrestling, but if you love text-based simulators than this game is the one for you. Developed by Grey Dog Software and created by Adam Ryland, this game is the latest installment in the series. Ryland has been involved in text simulators since 1995 and this release really shows how great he is at his craft.
6 Worst - WWF Betrayal
Game Boy used to be the hottest handheld video game device around but thanks to technology, that’s no longer the case. In 2001, WayForward Technologies would develop this game that was published by THQ. It would be the last WWE video game released by Game Boy Color and focused on a 1999 storyline involving the kidnapping of Stephanie McMahon.....
5 Best - Fire Pro Wrestling World
Sometimes less is more and that’s the case when it comes to one of the freshest wrestling video games on the market, Fire Pro Wrestling World. Developed by Spike Chunsoft and released in July, this gem is currently only available on PC but will be making its PlayStation 4 debut later this year. As the latest installment in the Fire Pro Wrestling series, the game sticks to its roots as being simplistic but entertaining at the same time.
4 Worst - WCW Backstage Assault
WCW would hit a home run with WCW/nWo Revenge in 1998 but failed horribly with this one in 2000. The game would be developed by Kodiak Interactive and published by Electronic Arts for both PlayStation and Nintendo 64. It would be the final WCW video game released before WWE would buy out the company. Most content provided by the WCW in 2000 was terrible and this game is proof of it.
3 Best - WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain
Developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain would be released in 2003 for PlayStation 2. As the sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, the game had big shoes to fill. Compared to its predecessor, the game features a more intricate grappling system, accurate character scales, and the debut of the Elimination Chamber and Bra and Panties match in a wrestling game.
2 WWF King of the Ring
In 1993, the WWE decided to make the King of the Ring a Pay-Per-View event. They had the right idea because everyone loves wrestling tournaments but we’re not here to judge the event itself. We’re here to judge the video game that was supposed to help make the event more special. Developed by Gray Matter Inc. and Eastridge Technology, LJN would publish this terrible game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy in 1993.
1 Best - WWF No Mercy
You know a video game is great when you still want to play it 17 years later. WWF No Mercy was released in 2000 for Nintendo 64. Developed by Asmik Ace Entertainment and AKI Corporation, the game received extremely positive reviews across all video game publications. Published by THQ, you can argue it’s the best video game they ever been attached to.
What made this game beloved by so many fans was the vast options in the Create-a-Wrestler mode. Compared to other wrestling games at the time, users would become extremely happy because they were overwhelmed with the countless options when creating a character. This game also introduced for the first time to fighting backstage and performing moves on the announcer’s table. The icing on the cake would be the story-mode option that offered different storylines based on the outcome of matches.
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