Retro Gaming 90’s- WWF Raw: (1994)

When it comes down to old school pro-wrestling titles prior to the PS1 era of gaming one of the few titles that some people might remember from the mid 90’s was WWF Raw which came out back in ’94. WWF Raw the video game was developed by Realtime Associates and published by Acclaim Entertainment and was released for multiple game systems. WWF Raw ’94 appeared on the Super NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear and 32X and included various superstars who were present on the show’s roster at the time. There were popular superstars that were featured in WWF Raw ’94 including Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, Lex Luger, Diesel, Owen Hart, Yokozuna, 1-2-3 Kid and more. WWF Raw looked similar to that of its spiritual predecessor WWF Royal Rumble from ’93; it also included a more diverse move-set along with modified gameplay mechanics. In WWF Raw ’94 players saw a more complex grapple system in the form of a tug of war battle between opponents who locked up. There are many people who would agree that adding more realism to WWF Raw ’94 was a step in the right direction. However, there were critics who would argue that the complex grapple system along with the challenging AI made WWF RAW ’94 more difficult than it needed to be.

The inclusion of various match types such as: Singles, Tag-Team, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and Bedlam were considered to be among the few positives of WWF Raw ’94. Even though, WWF Raw ’94 was ported for various game systems between ’94-’95 there has been a lot of debate on which version of the game was more superior. Looking at things from a graphical standpoint the argument can be made that the Genesis or Sega 32X versions were among the best ports for WWF Raw ’94. But in terms of actual characters sprites some can make the argument that the Genesis version of WWF Raw ’94 was better overall. While WWF Raw ’94 was not considered among the best pro-wrestling games from the 90’s it definitely was not worst. WWF RAW ’94 could have been a much better game during the N64 era of gaming from ’96-’00.

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