WWF Attitude (DC)

Acclaim has long denied the existence of WWF Attitude for the Dreamcast, but the rumour has turned out to be true and the game is due to appear by late autumn.We tried out a very early version of the game (about 20 per cent complete) and found some easily discernible improvements compared with the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation versions, including an improved frame rate and better sounds and music.

Acclaim has long denied the existence of WWF Attitude for the Dreamcast, but the rumour has turned out to be true and the game is due to appear by late autumn.

We tried out a very early version of the game (about 20 per cent complete) and found some easily discernible improvements compared with the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation versions, including an improved frame rate and better sounds and music. The Dreamcast version features a lot more voice samples than the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 versions.

Graphically, the game is stunningly superior - it's appears almost photo-realistic. Other graphical enhancements are new photos for the character select screens, which look so much cleaner. It also looked as if Acclaim was playing around with using laser pointer effects in the game to make it all the more true to WWF events.

From what we understand, the Dreamcast Attitude will favour the previous console versions, including a number of big-name wrestlers, such as Stone Cold, the Undertaker, the Rock and D-Generation X. There will be 41 in total. The remainder of the wrestlers - another 15 - will be jobbers, or, as one Acclaim representative put it, "the guys who come in to get their faces smashed". These wrestlers will be completely fictional, some even with voices and sounds recorded by internal staff. But, like the big-name wrestlers, all of the jobbers will have their own sound, textures, and entrances.

Here's the official list of real wrestlers that Acclaim is using in the game: The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Kane, Ken Shamrock, The Big Bossman, BA Billy Gunn, The Road Dogg, D'Lo Brown, Mark Henry, Gangrel, Edge, Christian, X-Pac, Triple-H, Mankind, Goldust, Val Venis, Mosh, Thrasher, Taka Michinoku, Owen Hart, Steve Blackman, Droz, Al Snow, Brian Christopher, Dr. Death, Faarooq Bradshaw, and Jeff Jarrett. Additionally, there will be 10 secret wrestlers, including female wrestling champ Sable. All the wrestlers will have signature moves. According to project manager Vince Bracken and designer Jeff Robinson, each superstar wrestler "will have one finisher and between one and three trademark moves, such as corporate elbow, Road Dogg's crazy legs drop, bronco buster, the pimp drop, and sky high". The create-a-player function has been expanded - you will now have separate eyes, noses, and mouths to choose from, in addition to height, weight, and similar, more-common features. Not to mention that you can choose gender, taunts, body type, strength, endurance, costume and entrance.

Unlike War Zone, in Attitude weapons will be available at all times - you will have the option to turn them on or off in any of the matches, so at any stage you can grab a chair or table and swing with all your might. All the weapons from War Zone will be available, and, according to Bracken and Robinson, you'll have the option of grabbing "Vince's bedpan, stop sign, garbage can, baseball bat, briefcase, broom, shovel, plus a few more."

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