WWE Crush Hour - GameCube

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WWE Crush Hour (GameCube)
Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Car
Combat Game
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Pacific Coast Power & Light Soft. Co.: THQ
Publishers: THQ (GB)
Released: 16 May 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Memory Card


Unexpectedly, THQ’s latest WWE game isn’t actually a wrestling game. It took us by surprise too, and it is in fact, a vehicle combat game similar to the like of Monster Jam and the popular Twisted Metal series. But is it any good...?

Before players can get into the game proper, they must first select both a character and vehicle to fight with. Wrestlers featured include The Rock and The Hardy Boys, but don’t really make a difference to how the overall game is played. However, the vehicles you drive in can make the world of difference. Heavy-duty trucks, for example, lack agility but are great at causing serious damage and are very durable. Smaller vehicles can’t take much damage but are much better at avoiding enemy attacks. Try to find the right balance.

Several modes of play including Ladder and Hardcore help to give a sense of direction, an objective to the player. There are 12 fully destructible arenas to fight in, and each of them is littered with an arsenal of projectile weaponry, not to mention traps and hazards.

The GameCube version is the better looking of the two versions, and with its super-ergonomic controller, is easier to master than its PS2 counterpart.

On-the-fly commentary by the WWE’s Jim Ross provides a sense of excitement and atmosphere, and there’s a banging heavy metal soundtrack just to give the game that extra bite.

WWE Crush Hour is by no means a revolutionary game, it’s been done many times before. But in multi-player mode it’s a winning formula that guarantees great gaming. Enjoy.