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    WCW Backstage Assault

    Game » consists of 3 releases. Released Dec 12, 2000

    A maligned WCW wrestling game focused on hardcore wrestling.

    Short summary describing this game.

    WCW Backstage Assault last edited by jjroberts on 02/04/23 06:44AM View full history

    WCW Backstage Assault is a wrestling game focused on backstage brawling and is the first pro wrestling game to feature no actual wrestling ring. Backstage Assault is the successor of WCW Mayhem and is the second and final WCW game to be produced under the EA banner. It also has the distinction of being the final wrestling game with the WCW license before World Championship Wrestling was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in March 2001.


    The following stars are available immediately without having to be unlocked:

    • Asya
    • Bam Bam Bigelow
    • Big Vito
    • Bill Goldberg
    • Booker T
    • Cpl. Cajun
    • David Flair
    • Diamond Dallas Page
    • Disco Inferno
    • Doug Dellinger
    • Hulk Hogan
    • Jeff Jarrett
    • Jimmy Hart
    • Kevin Nash
    • Konnan
    • Major Gunns
    • Mona
    • Ric Flair
    • Scott Steiner
    • Sarge
    • Sgt. A.W.O.L.
    • Sid Vicious
    • Stevie Ray
    • Sting
    • Torrie Wilson

    The following stars have to be unlocked through Hardcore Challenge and Hardcore Gauntlet:

    • Billy Kidman
    • Brian Adams
    • Bryan Clarke
    • Bret Hart
    • Buff Bagwell
    • Chris Candido
    • Chris Kanyon
    • Crowbar
    • Daffney Unger
    • Don Harris
    • Eric Bischoff
    • Evan Karagias
    • Hugh Morrus
    • Johnny the Bull
    • Kimberly
    • Lance Storm
    • La Parka
    • Lex Luger
    • Lt. Loco
    • Madusa
    • Mike Awesome
    • Miss Elizabeth
    • Miss Hancock
    • Norman Smiley
    • Rey Mysterio Jr.
    • Ron Harris
    • Scott Hall
    • Shane Douglas
    • Shane Helms
    • Shannon Moore
    • Tank Abbott
    • Vampiro
    • Vince Russo

    The Backstage Areas

    WCW Backstage Assault features many multi-roomed backstage areas, stocked to the gills with weapons and "Aerial Opportunities" as well as the occasional fire hazard. Each backstage area is connected with another one, so the player can travel through every area in a match if so desired. Each room has several weapon crates which the player can smash to reveal more damaging weapons than the ones already at the players disposal.

    • The Truck Arena - 1 Room - Fire Hazard
    • The Loading Bay - 2 Rooms
    • The Locker Rooms - 2 Rooms
    • The Bathrooms - 3 Rooms
    • The Block - 2 Rooms - Fire Hazard
    • The Media Center - 2 Rooms
    • The Parking Garage - 2 Rooms

    The Game Modes

    Backstage Assault features the following game modes.

    Exhibition: This is a standard exhibition mode: you are given the freedom to choose where you fight, who you fight, and the rules by which you fight, allowing you to fight to your heart's content. Some of the options include: first blood, the person who cause the opponent to bleed first wins; human torch, the first to set their opponent on fire wins; and the option to have pins and submissions count, or not.

    Hardcore Challenge: This is the game's main mode, similar to an arcade mode seen in most fighting games. The idea is to battle your way to a championship title shot by fighting a different opponent per backstage area. Once everyone has been beaten, the title match is unlocked. The championship belt corresponds to the difficulty, Hardcore Championship being easiest, U.S Championship being normal, and the World Championship being the hardest. Throughout the mode, the player can complete certain requirements in a match to unlock additional wrestlers and moves. Completing each difficulty rewards the player with one of three unlockable backstage areas, The Block, The Media Center and The Parking Garage; the latter being the hardest to obtain. Once completed, the player's score -- which is shown at the end of every match courtesy of a score breakdown -- is entered into the "Hall of Champions". The player also recieves attribute points at the end of the Hardcore Challenge.

    Hardcore Gauntlet: Described in the game as "only for experts" the Hardcore Gauntlet is a more advanced survival mode, facing 7 opponents in succesion with little time for breathers, meaning no stamina is replenished, and no re-tries. Once defeated, the player has to start the whole thing all over again. Some of the better unlockables are obtained through the Hardcore Gauntlet. Speed and efficiency are the key to winning here.


    WCW Backstage assault features commentary from Tony Schiavone and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. The lines of commentary are mostly recycled from WCW Mayhem, with a handful of new lines to fit accordingly with the game's unique setting and location.


    At the time of release, Giant Bomb's Jeff Gerstmann, then at Gamespot, awarded the game a 5.1, citing a lack of variation as its downfall. David Smith of IGN was even less favorable, scoring it a 2.0. The PS1 version has a 40 rating on metacritic, while the N64 version has a slightly better 48 rating.


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