One of the best, if not the best treat for wrestling fans is the release of video games based on their product and featuring their roster of wrestlers. Not only do video games allow for the fans to live out their fantasies of stepping into the squared circle but fans can have fun making the matches they always wanted and deciding who gets to wear the titles. Not only that, the video games allow for the product to stay fresh in the fans' minds if they can't watch their favorite promotion on TV or don't want to shell out over $50 for a PPV. Yet for every great game there are always one or two turds that are likely to end up in the bargain bin of your local used game store in a couple weeks. In essence the video games allow fans the opportunity to participate in a world that they would have no chance of being in otherwise.
This list is designed to look at the worst of the worst; the wrestling games that make you question why you are in fact a pro wrestling fan. These games are horrible for a variety of reasons, from bad graphics to horrible controls, to having absolutely nothing to do with actual wrestling, each are unique in their own futility. These games are an insult to wrestling fans both old and young around the world. It almost seems that these games were made by people who had no idea what fans wanted out of a wrestling game and just released a hopeful money grab out into the world.
So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other games that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
10 Microleague Wrestling
9 TNA Impact!
8 Steel Cage Challenge
7 Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood
Based on the cult success of the video series Best of Backyard Wrestling and a prior video game Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood was released by Eidos Interactive. Unfortunately this game did not reach the success of its predecessor and was hated by critics who reviewed it stating it was just a rushed sequel that did not have many improvements from the first game. It also did not help that outside of a few ECW originals and members of the Insane Clown Posse on the roster, the game featured indie and backyard wrestlers who were not well known to a wide enough audience to sell the game.
6 WrestleMania: The Arcade Game
5 ECW Hardcore Revolution
4 WCW Mayhem
One of two wrestling games ever made by EA, WCW Mayhem was a disaster from the word go. While it was the first wrestling game to feature audio commentary, the N64 version of the game was the only version to feature both Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan, while other versions just cut out Schiavone even though Heenan addresses him directly in some instances. Other issues included not many diverse movesets for wrestlers, an outdated roster, and the create-a-wrestler system was lacking. What is worse is that there was no need for this game, but WCW decided that they did not want to share video game publisher THQ with rival WWE, so they signed with EA who had no experience making wrestling games.
3 WWE Crush Hour
2 Royal Rumble (Dreamcast)
1 WCW Backstage Assault
A game based around the crummy idea that a wrestling game does not need an actual wrestling ring. With wrestlers left to fight in a variety of backstage areas, the gimmick got old really quick. What's even more odd was that the main gameplay mode involved fighting toward a championship, but the player could not defend the belt once they won it. It was unfortunate that this would be the last video game released by WCW before being bought out by the WWE in 2001. It had bad gameplay and a moronic gimmick, so it was really no surprise that to this day the game only sold around 200,000 copies.
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