Now I can remember Saturday mornings when wrestling was on TV from some dingy town hall. Ah yes, it brings back happy memories. Featuring great wrestlers like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Fit Finlay, it has long since passed away from our screens.
Now it's back, it's bad, it's sweaty, it's most amusing and most importantly it's American. Yes, those entertainment fanatics from across the Atlantic have come up with the World Wrestling Federation - WWF for short. It's huge in the States and is speedily becoming as popular as the Turtles or the Simpsons in good old Blighty. The only ways you can watch WWF is to own Sky Television (where it's shown twice a week) or by buying one of the many WWF videos.
The WWF is made up of many wrestlers, all with their own special moves and gimmicks. For instance, The Undertaker disposes of his victims with his Tombstone move and then puts his hapless opponent into a body bag. The Hitman takes care of the other wrestlers by applying his Sharp
The star of the World Wrestling Federation however, is Hulk Hogan, the original all-American hero. The guy has blonde hair, huge muscles, rips hi shirt off a lot, and has won the WWF championship three times, so getting the wondrous WWF belt.
It's one-quarter wrestling and three-
Before you start the game you have to choose your wrestler. I'll take the form of a WWF announcer for this part. The first wrestler from the United Kingdom, weighing in at 276 pounds, Theee Britishhh Bulll Dogggg!!! (I can't keep this up for much longer). Theeee, oh sod it, the other two are the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan.
So you've chosen your muscle bound wrestler - now for your opponents. You face the wrestlers in the following order - Mr Perfect (who's less than perfect), the Warlord, Million Dollar Man, The Mountie (he always gets his man, ho ho) and finally the baddest of them all, Sergeant Slaughter.
One thing you'll notice about the WWF is that everyone is so flippin' loud - the wrestlers shout their mouths off at just about everyone. As if by magic, the game also contains a lot of yelling and screaming. Before the start of each bout, your opponent will have the chance to say what he thinks of you and you, of course, can scream something back at him. This doesn't improve the gameplay, but it gets you in the right mood for a good scrap.
So you've chosen your wrestler, you've yelled at your opponent, now for the actual bout! Each wrestler has a strength indicator at the bottom of the screen. This strength-
Each wrestler can perform several moves. These are mainly punching or kicking manoeuvres, but each individual has his own special move. To execute yours you must first be in a grapple with your opponent. Then you waggle the joystick left and right to build up your grapple strength, which is represented as a growing bar at the side of the screen. The first wrestler to make their bar reach maximum height wins the grapple. The winner then executes his special move on the other wrestler.
In true WWF style, the action doesn't just take place in the ring - you can battle outside it as well. Outside the ring you get the perfect opportunity to do some real damage to your opponent by banging him across the head with a steel chair which just happens to be lying nearby.
Each bout lasts a maximum of five minutes. During this time the match can be won by pinning the opposing wrestler to the canvas for a count of three seconds. If there isn't an outright winner by the end of the five minutes, then the match is declared a draw ad your challenge for the Wrestle
If any competitor is forced out of the ring, a 20 second clock is started. The clock is reset once both wrestlers are back in the ring but, should any competitor remain out of the ring long enough for the clock to reach 20, the match is declared void and again your challenge for the Wrestle
WWF is yet another licence game from Ocean. The word that would sim up WWF perfectly is "average". The gameplay is really dodgy - the way that you have to waggle the joystick to get one over on your opponent is very frustrating and most of the time you get stuck in a loop of waggling the joystick, losing, getting off the canvas and immediately going into another grapple.
The sound isn't too bad, but it certainly isn't as good as it could have been. There's a tune and a smattering of grunts and cheers, but for a lot of the time there's no sound at all. It can sound a bit odd, suddenly have the crowd burst into spontaneous applause and then stopping dead. What there is is good, but I can't help feeling that more is needed.
After doing this for a minute or so you are so knackered that you don't feel like playing the game. On the other hand, the graphics are really quite good - the wrestlers look like their real-
Oh well. If you're a true WWF fan then you'll probably buy this game along with your Hulk Hogan fluffy slippers and Mr Perfect duvet and pillow