You get an almost full roster of the WWF, from the big names like Austin, HHH, and Big Show down to Prince Albert, Droz, and the Blue Meanie. All pre-defined characters have their real entrance music, as well as a brief (albeit low-quality) snippet of their TitanTron video. Several different taunts (four in the ring, celebration, top-of-the-ramp, walking-to-the-ring) add to the realism.
Disappointed with the belt modes in Revenge? Want something more? Well, the Road To Wrestlemania is sure to be the challenge you've been seeking. You pick your wrestler (a WWF guy or one you've created), pick a tag team partner, and start off in the undercard. You wrestle on RAW and Sunday Night Heat to start off with. Keep winning, and you'll get to wrestle on a Pay Per View like SummerSlam or the Royal Rumble. Earn title shots for all the WWF belts (Hardcore, European, IC, Tag, and World Heavyweight), and defend those belts in singles matches, triple threat matches, hardcore matches, and the nearly-impossible cage matches. Don't hog the glory or accidentally hit your partner in the tag matches, or he may turn on you!
You can create belts, with several different looks to them, and play for the belts in exebition matches, "King of the Ring" tournaments, and the Royal Rumble (same as the battle royale in Revenge, but with a countdown timer and entrance music). One of the few complaints I have about the game, though, is that the beltholders never wear the belts (either created belts or belts in the Road to Wrestlemania).
The thing that really sets this game apart from the other american games is its edit mode. You get to create your wrestler from the ground up. Height and weight, taunts, wrestling style, ratings in different areas, plus you get to assign every move they can do from a list of hundreds. And they don't just have the moves that guys in the WWF use. Want the Crippler Crossface off the ropes (like Benoit uses in Revenge)? It's in there. Want an unseen-in-America two-powerbombs-into-a-DVD move? It's in there. Suplexes, powerbombs, submissions, it's all in there. In addition, most of the taunts that WCW wrestlers used in Revenge are there, so you can recreate DDP, Hogan, Benoit, Hall, Nash, and more! You can even choose to give your wrestlers "ring clothes" to wear to the ring that they remove once they start wrestling, so you don't end up with a wrestler coming down to the ring with sunglasses on, then wrestling the whole match with them. You can even choose an ally to accompany your wrestler to the ring, and three rivals who will make their presence felt in your matches.
Doubleteaming is quite a bit easier than Revenge, which was one of my main gripes. It's a lot easier to do doubleteam moves in the ring. In addition, if you put your opponent up on your shoulders, your parnter (or the third man in triangle matches), will IMMEDIATELY run to the top rope to deliver a Doomsday Device.
The only real weakness of the edit mode is the lack of masks - there are only WWF-type masks (Kane, Mankind, etc.) in there, so if you want to recreate La Parka, Psychosis, Lyger, etc., you're out of luck. However, that's the only real complaint I have with the edit mode. But I've already been able to make great versions of Brad Armstrong, Norman Smiley, Chris Benoit, and Ric Flair, with Dean Malenko and Arn Anderson in the works.
A good site for templates of created wrestlers, as well as general WM2K information, is the Icemaster Wrestlemania 2000 site. Be sure to check it out. He's also got an Create-A-Wrestler template that will help you trade wrestlers with ease.
In summary, I can't recommend this game enough. It's the best pro wrestling game released in America, and a must-have for any wrestling fan, be it a WCW, ECW, Japanese, or WWF fan.
Just thought that I would inform you of a classic Charlie booking idea that was stolen.... What do you and the millions....(and millions)...of The Wade's fans think on this subject?
I had this brilliant booking idea 3 months ago. Ask Chan or Matt if you don't believe me, Chan thought I was insane and Matt thought I was a genius for this idea. Brace yourself...
While WCW was slumping in the ratings, I found it valuable for Dusty Rhodes to take charge of the Mexican Alliance in WCW. He would command this band of Mexicans to dig a tunnel from the WCW headquarters, crossing under the border (The Mason Dixon Line in this instance) where they are safe from the fire of pellet guns, to the WWF headquarters where they would spy on the WWF booking meetings. Then pile into their El Dorado and make their way back to Dusty with a plethara of ideas to boost the ratings. Yes ladies and gentlemen, Mexican Espionage at its finest. I guess Matt was so enlightened by this idea that while attending Oglethorpe University in Atlanta he spilled the info and while cooking up beans at the school, El Dandy (my personal hero) heard of this idea and presented it to Dusty. Recognizing the genious of this idea, he had the Mexican Alliance make the trip to Conneticut and bring in Russo and Ferrera to boost the ratings. Russo originally vetoed the idea, but felt threatened when the Mexicans promised to make him get sick off Tequila and guacamole faster than Mexican water running through a first time tourist.
Coincidence...I think not. My idea was stolen and I want credit, yeah that's it. Stolen my ass, I just wanna see Mexican espionage.
We all know that La Parka is obsessed with Skeletor from He-Man. But, after watching the He-Man movie Saturday night, there is a part where Skeletor is also looks like Psychosis. Could the "Greyskull Connection" be preparing to win the WCW Tag Team Titles?
Just thought I'd let you in on a humourous ad I saw on tv during a cricket ad break. The ad talked about a new flea powder for cats and dogs called "Revolution." I suppose this product will put an end to "Filthy Animals."
I used to wonder why Goldberg had security escort him to the ring; no other wrestler has a security escort (unless you count the Ralphus/Jericho tandem). I used to say, "Is Goldberg that much of a wuss that he fears the other wrestlers?" Yes, I said, that must be it. So I resigned myself to the stupid walk to the ring every Monday with the midget...oops...security escort.
But then during last Monday's show Curt Hennig jumps Goldberg on the way to the ring and what does security do???? Not a damn thing they just stand and watch! So what freaking purpose do these losers have?! Must not be protecting Goldberg.
I realize WCW isn't exactly known for cohesive storytelling but please Wade, please, tell us all what the purpose of Goldberg's security escort is besides standing around and watching Hennig beat his ass.