WCW Nitro Reviews (Windows)

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.4
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Overall User Score (17 votes) 2.3

Critic Reviews

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GameStar (Germany) (Mar, 1999)
Acclaims WWF-Adaptionen fand ich echt vergnüglich, doch die WCW-Prügler müssen mit zu vielen Widrigkeiten kämpfen. Da wäre etwa die mäßige Grafik mit den häßlichen Hintergrundbildern, die träge Steuerung oder auch der wenig mitreißende Sound. An der Quantität kann man dagegen nicht meckern: Massig Wrestler mit unzähligen Angriffsvariationen halten zumindest den typischen WCW-Fan einigermaßen lang bei der Stange.
Sports Gaming Network (Dec 09, 1998)
Things don't look too bright when the best part of a game is the box that it came with. Unfortunately that is how WCW Nitro is. Most people will spend more time with the installation program then actually playing the game. No, there isn't anything wrong with the installation program, it's just that just about everything about WCW Nitro is a disappointment. THQ used the same horrible gameplay engine as the Playstation version and updated the wrestlers for the PC version. Seems to me that THQ just wanted to release a wrestling game for the PC no matter how bad it is. It is a smart financial move by THQ since WCW Nitro is the first PC wrestling game in three years. As you could tell by my reaction to THQ's WCW Nitro, I recommend you to stay away from this game at ALL COST.
WCW Nitro's game play is decent, but not great. The number of moves is extremely limited, although each player has his own roster of special attacks. The button combos required to pull off most moves are not intuitive, and there are really too many buttons used in the game. A simplified control configuration would make game play much better. Again, the high flying rope tricks are a great aspect of the game, but even they cannot move the game into a higher enjoyment category. Overall, WCW Nitro is a wrestling game that most PC gamers will want to avoid. The game requires an obscene amount of space on your hard drive (150 MB), and it's really not that good.
IGN (Mar 15, 1999)
I tried giving WCW Nitro chances to redeem itself, but each session left me as cold as Hollywood Hogan's black little heart. Go ahead and download the demo if you're ultra-desperate for wrestling action on your PC, but if I were you I'd bide my time and wait for something better than this ¿ and with the kind of ratings pro rating's getting nowadays, you can bet your turnbuckle there'll be another one coming along before you know it.
PC Joker (Jan, 1999)
Über kleinere Mängel wie das in der Außenansicht falsch plazierte Fadenkreuz könnte man ja noch hinwegsehen, nicht aber über das immer gleiche Missionsdesign: „Folge den Wegpunkten und vernichte alle Feinde!“ Kurzum, die Donnerbrigade ist quasi ein digitales Plädoyer für Pazifismus.
GameGenie (1998)
Let this game be an example of what not to do. Which is rushing a title out before its ready. So much could have been done only if the developers weren't in such a hurry. The graphics could have been 3D accelerated. The sounds could have been improved. Each wrestler's finishing move could have been properly represented. I believe that even the hardcore WCW fans will be extremely displeased with this game.
PC Player (Germany) (Apr 07, 1999)
Wer abends vor der Glotze wieder einmal verzweifelt durch die Kanäle zappt und keine Wrestling-Show aufstöbert, der kann mit WCW Nitro seinen Sixpack auch neben den Computer pflanzen. Anhänger der zweifelhaften Sportart werden im Multiplayer-Modus ein zweites Fest der Freude feiern. Beinahe alle bekannten Aktionen der schwergewichtigen Artisten sind ausführbar und sorgen für gepflegte Showkost. Skeptiker dagegen werden zwar den einen oder anderen verschmitzten Lacher hervorbringen, auf die Dauer dem Produkt aber ihren Rücken zukehren. Sofort-Spaß hat mit WCW Nitro nur, wem die Wrestling-Welt geläufig ist, da sich die Balgkunst an typische Bewegungen der Schreihälse hält. Sollten Sie also hinter Begriffen wie Piledriver und Head-Scissors diverse Gartenwerkzeuge vermuten, dann gehören Sie leider nicht zum harten Prügel-Kern.
Game Over Online (Dec 06, 1998)
Here is my advice for THQ: fire whoever is responsible for this monstrosity. Die hard fans are the only group of people I could see actually getting a thrill out of this game if you can overcome the bad control, wretched graphics, and cheap sound effects.