Earlier, I posted a list of the five best wrestling games. But you've gotta take the good with the bad, so here is a list of the five worst wrestling games!
5. Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood
This game, while not the most life changing thing I've ever played, was not the worst. In fact, it was quite enjoyable. The roster is a wide array of legendary wrestlers like Sandman, Vampiro, and New Jack; porn stars like Tera Patrick, Sunrise Adams, and Tylene Buck; and of course the Insane Clown Posse. The game also boasted a rock/metal soundtrack, insane fighting areas like a mini-golf course, and the wacky sense of humor that the tape and DVD series had. My only gripe is that it would have been nice to see at least one ring.
4. Wrestlemania X8
Many players were looking forward to the next WWF (which changed to WWE shortly before the game was released, making it the last game to feature the WWF logo) game that would release on the GameCube. Sadly, many of us were spoiled by WWF No Mercy's wide roster and customization, and were sadly disappointed with this quantum leap backward. Future games would improve, but sadly, the GameCube games served more as a warm up for the far superior PS2 Smackdown games, which traditionally released after the GameCube games.
3. Legends Of Wrestling
You gotta give Acclaim credit. They never knew when to quit...until bankruptcy. When ECW folded, Acclaim was without a wrestling game to make, so they created the Legends Of Wrestling series. While the concept looked great on paper, it failed to capture the fun that the WWE games had. That didn't stop Acclaim from releasing two more, with little improvement on each successive title.
2. TNA iMPACT!
The time was right for TNA to have their own game. Having secured a television contract with Spike TV, a network that previously ran WWE Raw and ECW, and having the game made by Midway, TNA was poised to take on the world. Then the game was released, and shortly after, Midway folded. TNA iMPACT! was horrible in execution, it's wrestler creator (present in only the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions) was severely lacking, and the story mode had to have been written by Uwe Boll! What should have been a promising game was doomed from the start. Southpeak would rerelease this game on the PSP and DS, changing things in the game, one such change was replacing Christian Cage with Hulk Hogan, but TNA's hope for a new game contract is dashed. Just as well, as you can easily create the arenas and wrestlers in the WWE games now.
1. WCW Backstage Assault
Released when WCW was on it's last legs, EA decided that a wrestling game with backstage areas was a good idea. Now, I'm in favor of backstage areas, but not when that's all that's in the game. WCW Backstage Assault was the last WCW game ever released, and as such, it was an insult to the rich history and legacy that WCW had. These days, WWE is doing its best to restore the former glory its former rival had with their WWE Network and the fact you can create WCW in the games, but it will take a lot to repair the damage Backstage Assault did.