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Review: WWF No Mercy

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(IDG) -- WWF No Mercy takes the number one wrestling game for the N64 and slaps in new matches, backstage areas, and new wrestlers. It's bigger than even Kurt Angle's ego! WWF No Mercy reigns as the new heavyweight champion of N64 wrestlers--it's true, it's true.

Mamacita!

No Mercy features over 65 of the hottest WWF superstars, including the Rock, the American Bad Ass Undertaker, Stephanie McMahon, Kurt Angle, and plenty more. You can piledrive into several modes and matches, including singles, tag-team, three-way, the fearsome cage match, and an all-new ladder match. If that's not enough, you also have 10 backstage areas to brawl in, like the Acolytes' barroom, the locker room, and more. You can play either as a WWF star or you can make your own brawler in create-a-wrestler mode, earning cash to buy moves and outfits in SmackDown mall.

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Technically, No Mercy is a revamp of Wrestle Mania 2000, and veterans will recognize its familiar gameplay and easy-to-use controls once the action gets going. Graphically, No Mercy upgrades to a more photo-realistic audience, and the wrestlers, despite being a little blocky, are accurately rendered. The one thing missing is the smack talk--you'll have to contend with reading generic text dialogue to follow the story line.

Despite its minor flaws, you won't find a better wrestling game on the Nintendo 64. And that is the bottom line, 'cuz GamePro said so.

Graphics: Each wrestler looks, moves, and taunts just like the real deal, while a photo- realistic audience leers in the background. Although the wrestlers are rendered nicely, they still look a bit blocky.

Sound: The audience cheers their favorite wrestlers to the ring during short clips of authentic entrance music and video. A techno beat keeps the action going in the ring, but that's the extent of it--the game has no wrestler voices or commentary to brag about.

Control: Learning the controls is as simple as a rake to the eyes. You'll use the combination of the directional pad and buttons to punch/kick or grab to pull off a move, while the analog stick is delegated to taunting.

Fun: Meet the new heavyweight champion wrestler for the N64! With an onslaught of brawlers, multiple play modes, and a solid create-a-wrestler feature, No Mercy will have you grappling for days on end. It's a definite must-have for wrestling fans.




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