It Came From YouTube: WCW Backstage Assault- one of the worst wrestling video games of all time.

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This is Joe Gagne’s review of WCW Backstage Assault for the Sony Playstation (it was also released for the Nintendo 64).

A WCW wrestling game that takes places entirely backstage… so there’s no actual ring for you to wrestle in in this wrestling game.


Check out the oddball roster choices Joe helpfully outlines for us.

If you ever wanted to take Head of Security Doug Dillinger all the way to the top, this is the game for you, baby!

The game is the worst WCW game ever, and one of the worst wrestling games period so of course I had to post Joe’s review of it for you, Crappers.

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23 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: WCW Backstage Assault- one of the worst wrestling video games of all time."
  1. Down With OPC says:

    It was also unfortunately the last WCW game ever.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What made this game an even bigger joke was the fact that the N64 had arguably the four greatest wrestling games of all time. By comparison this was even shittier than it would have been on any other system.

  3. Walt says:

    I used to own every wrestling game for the N64, except this one. This was so bad I rented it once and vowed to never play it again.

    Out of all the wrestling games I played over the years, it’s a tie between this and Wrestlemania for the NES as the worst. I like TNA Impact for the Wii better than this…

  4. John says:

    The name Backstage Assault sounds like it could be the name of a Law & Order spinoff series. After The Puerto Rican tag team was assaulted at Clash of the Champions 19 who do you call? L&O:BA. Just think how fast they could have investigated the scene when Stone Cold got run over.

    If Doug Dillinger & Vince Russo are characters in the game why not Ed Ferrera or Klondike Bill? Perhaps even Grizzly Smith, Annette Yothers or Janie Engle. I don’t know enough about this Virgil Runnels person to say if they should be included or not.

  5. ScMcS says:

    WCW vs. nWo World Tour? One of the best wrestling games ever.
    WCW Revenge? Even better.
    Mayhem? It was OK
    Backstage Assault? I’d rather play Thunder. Yes, THUNDER.

  6. Jay "The Brain" Mann says:

    At least they managed to get the majority of 2000 WCW’s roster in the game…

    …yeah, that’s all I’ve got. (has anyone ever bothered to unlock every character?)

  7. George from Dudleyville, NY says:

    I owned this game because I had my PS1 modded to play imports and burned games. So I had my WCW loving cousin burn me a copy of his. Immediately knew after a few minutes I wasted my blank CD and yelled at him for not warning me. I did enjoy yelling “Who’s in the back? or “Who’s in the Humvee?”. My personal favorite was ” Who could that be in the Limousine?”. And people asked how I could play the old ECW games.

  8. Drew says:

    I thought it was universally known that WWF No Mercy is the best wrestling game ever.

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought WrestleMania 2000 was better because of the lack of slowdown in 4 player matches. I’d also put Fire Pro Wrestling Returns over the AKI games personally. and Wrestlefest in the arcades deserves a mention as well.

    • Jay "The Brain" Mann says:

      There’s no universe where a game that can forget your save files, forcing you to unlock everything again (stupid Ho costing $500,000!) is considered the best one.

      I’m… not really sure what I’d pick as the “best wrestling game ever”. But for me, it’s not No Mercy or HCTP.

      • Walt says:

        Try playing Fire Pro Wrestling Returns and Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium. SFPX Premium was for the Super Famicom, but for SNES/Super Famicom, very solid.

        Fire Pro Returns allows you do do pretty much whatever you want. Make 500 wrestler? Yes. Steel Cage matches? Yes. Deathmatches…two types (3 including Cage)…Want to do Lucha Libre? Go ahead. Old School? Yes. Strong Style? Yes. Sports Entertainment? Yes. Shoot Style? Yes. Kickboxing? Yes. MMA? Both Japanese and UFC style.

        No unlockables…just create your logos, ring color schemes, wrestlers and have at it. You can book 12 shows in Manager Mode or you can run your own fantasy feds.

    • drunkenmaster says:

      One vote for No Mercy here. I also feel like it’s the greatest wrestling game ever, even after the pesky slowdowns and automatic files erasing.

  9. AlexK says:

    Superman 64 is more qualified to be a wrestling game than this.

  10. Ed says:

    I take exception to the “one of” comment…

  11. dude says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for making me remember this horrible game, I’d ALMOST forgotten it lol

  12. George from Dudleyville, NY says:

    All the THQ/AKI N64 games were great (No Mercy glitches aside). Huge ECW fan, so there warzone/attitude upgraded ECW games were loved by me. Had to be 18 to own btw. I agree with Walt as far as Humans/Spike Fire Pro Games being a favorite. The longevity of these games alone does it. Japanese wrestling games were always better. Whether it be Fire Pro, 90’s New Japan games (pretty much becoming wwe smack down games), King of Colliseum and Giant Gram for dreamcast.

    • Walt says:

      I also liked the AJPW games, Natsume Championship Wrestling for the SNES was a blatant copy after Natsume lost the AJPW license. I never played but always wanted to play Virtual Pro Wrestling 1 and 2 for the N64

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