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Best Wrestling Game?

Kagey K

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I have a hard time with this.

Best Arcade Wrestling game:

Wrestlefest. (Arcade)
Quite Hinestly the gameplay, the grappling and the music all went together. It made sense and was fun.

Best Simulation:

WWF Day of Reckoning (GameCube)

For some reason this game encapsulated everything about the era it came out in.

Best Ongoing:

Smackdown 2 (PSX)

Sure the gameplay wasn’t as tight, but you could pick a character and go on forever if you wanted, from Hell in a Cell to Special referee, you were always in charge of the moves your character made and what stables they chose to participate in.

i think my sister and I were somewhere around 2050 when we stopped playing.
 
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SixFourMike

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My choice is between the first 5 Smackdown games, 2 PS1 WCW games and 2 N64 WCW games.

I spent far too many hours on Shut Your Mouth and Here Comes The Pain, with the only downside I remember being HCTP reduced the amount of CAW (create a wrestler) parts you had to choose from. Still the superior game, though.

Honourable mention for WCW/NWO Revenge. Super fun. I'm under the impression that WWF No Mercy was the same engine and the superior game, but I never played it.

I stopped buying wrestling games after I played the first Smackdown vs Raw and didn't like it. Every game since has looked like a downgrade and a move towards simulation rather than fun, and I'm not interested in that. I want the Tony Hawk approach, not Skate.
 
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Kagey K

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My choice is between the first 5 Smackdown games, 2 PS1 WCW games and 2 N64 WCW games.

I spent far too many hours on Shut Your Mouth and Here Comes The Pain, with the only downside I remember being HCTP reduced the amount of CAW (create a wrestler) parts you had to choose from. Still the superior game, though.

Honourable mention for WCW/NWO Revenge. Super fun. I'm under the impression that WWF No Mercy was the same engine and the superior game, but I never played it.
Oh fuck I forgot about the WCW games on N64, both of those were so good. It’s too bad they didn’t offer much in the way of stories.

Pure gameplay WCW/NWO Revenge is up there with Day of Reckoning.
 
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Max_Po

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Best?

1. Smackdown Here Comes the Pain
2. Smackdown Shut your Mouth, however the gameplay is much much shallow.
3. Smackdown 2007 is good.
4. If you are not in WWF/WWE hand down best Wrestling game ... Def Jam Fight for NY

if you want to go blind, try N64 games.
 

Salmon Snake

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My favorite wrestling games are:
- WCW/NWO Revenge
- WWF No Mercy
- Smackdown Here Comes The Pain

I actually didn't own N64, but we played hours upon hours AKI wrestling games at my friends house. Such great memories..

I had Smackdown games from the PS1's Smackdown 2 all the way to Smackdown VS Raw 2006.
 

Hydroxy

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My favourite wrestling game is Smackdown! Here comes the pain, followed by SVR 2008 and then 2010. I haven't played 2006 but I've heard that one is great as well.
Also i recently played Fire Pro Wrestling, its a pretty good game too although you need to buy DLCs to get the most out of it. Also has steam workshop support.
 
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Kagey K

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I was talking with my son as I’m watching old WWE/WCW with him and we really need a golden era game.
 

Kagey K

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My favourite wrestling game is Smackdown! Here comes the pain, followed by SVR 2008 and then 2010. I haven't played 2006 but I've heard that one is great as well.
Also i recently played Fire Pro Wrestling, its a pretty good game too although you need to buy DLCs to get the most out of it. Also has steam workshop support.
Here comes the pain always seemed like 2 steps forward and one step back. I wanted it to be better then it was.
 

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The relatively unheard of WWF Royal Rumble on the Dreamcast. A more arcade and approachable approach to wrestling games more akin to WWF Wrestlemania than Smackdown etc. Loved that as a kid.
 

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Wrestlemania 2000 for accessibility. Feel free to swap any AKI title here.

Giant Gram for the actual grappling engine. No game does reversals better.

Fire Pro Wrestling/King of Colosseum for simming matches.
 

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I don't know if it was the best but WWF Smackdown! back in 2000 was the fucking shit, it got me into wrestling for a couple of years during the whole Stone Cold, HHH, Rock era. So dope. If you squinted at the TV, (in my 14 year old mind) you'd swear you were watching a live broadcast. It was like the Gran Turismo, graphically speaking, of wrestling games. It looked both amazing and like shit at the same time. Great memories.

 

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WWF Warzone was fueled by the attitude era and NWO that were happening at the time. There's been dozens of wrestling games but that goes in my top 3 of all time along with the Technos games of the late 80s and even NES Pro Wrestling.
 

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for me the n64 games due to just fun factor and character creation, after that wwe all stars game on pure arcade fun.
 
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BusierDonkey

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The N64 wrestling games WCW-NWO Revenge and No Mercy were my favorite wwrestling games by a large margin. Still simple enough to pick up and play with friends that didn't play video games , but complex enough to enjoy for a long time.

Special mention to WrestleMania on the NES. It really wasn't good, but I was a kid at the time and Hulk Hogan was just the best.
 
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