WCW Backstage Assault

WCW Backstage Assault is a professional wrestling video game by Electronic Arts. It was the final World Championship Wrestling (WCW) game released as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased the company's assets three months later. Backstage Assault features commentary by Tony Schiavone and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. The game is distinguished by the fact that all gameplay takes place outside of a standard wrestling ring. The game was poorly received, and the game sold only 200,000 copies. A port to the PlayStation 2 was also canceled.

WCW Backstage Assault
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Developer(s)Kodiak Interactive
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Platform(s)PlayStation, Nintendo 64
ReleasePlayStation
  • NA: October 31, 2000
  • EU: November 24, 2000
Nintendo 64
  • NA: December 12, 2000
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

GameplayEdit

Backstage Assault is vastly different from other games of its genre. Previous wrestling games such as WWF SmackDown! and WCW Mayhem featured backstage areas as auxiliary fighting locations. Backstage Assault took the concept further by removing the ring entirely and having all action take place backstage.

The primary gameplay mode is called Hardcore Challenge. It consists of winning matches against random opponents until challenged by the champion. Throughout the game, players can unlock wrestlers, arenas, and moves for use in Create-a-Superstar. The player cannot defend the championship after earning it.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
N64PS
EGMN/A4/10[1]
Game Informer3.5/10[2]3/10[3]
GameProN/A     [4]
GameSpot5.1/10[5]5.1/10[6]
GameZone9/10[7]9/10[8]
IGN4/10[9]2/10[10]
Nintendo Power6.2/10[11]N/A
OPM (US)N/A     [12]
PSMN/A6/10[13]
Aggregate score
Metacritic48/100[14]40/100[15]

WCW Backstage Assault received "generally unfavourable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[14][15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WCW Backstage Assault (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. January 2001. Archived from the original on January 26, 2001. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (December 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault (N64)". Game Informer. No. 92. p. 137.
  3. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (December 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault (PS)". Game Informer. No. 92. p. 110. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Cheat Monkey (November 28, 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 13, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (December 19, 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 10, 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Courtney, Rita (January 15, 2001). "WCW Backstage Assault Review - Nintendo 64". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Lafferty, Michael (January 15, 2001). "WCW Backstage Assault Review - PlayStation". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Lewis, Cory D. (December 12, 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault (N64)". IGN. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Smith, David (November 9, 2000). "WCW Backstage Assault (PS)". IGN. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "WCW Backstage Assault". Nintendo Power. Vol. 139. December 2000.
  12. ^ "WCW Backstage Assault". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2001.
  13. ^ "Review: WCW Backstage Assault". PSM. 2001.
  14. ^ a b "WCW Backstage Assault for Nintendo 64 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  15. ^ a b "WCW Backstage Assault for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 1, 2015.

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