The WWE franchise has brought us some
decent wrestling titles in the past, so it was interesting to hear of the
new driving spin off Crush Hour on the PS2 console. With many top-notch
extreme driving titles on the system, perhaps the most difficult task for
THQ was to bring something new and refreshing to the market. The intention
here was clearly to inject the fun of the grappling US superstars to the
demolision derby-esque arena.
Official WWE license
Crush Hour offers three main modes
of play. Exhibition mode is the game's quick and easy single-player mode,
which allows you to chose your wrestler and vehicle, the arena and rules
for the level. There is also a mildly entertaining split-screen mode for
multiplayer and a season mode which comprises of a series of arenas for
any of thirty pre made WWE superstars. Each wrester, including Stone Cold
Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Kurt Angle and Brock Lester have their own
unique vehicles. As you progress, you can unlock hidden drivers and arenas
for the game.
So how does it play? Well to be
honest, while the arenas sport the real WWE Pay-per-view and TV layouts
the graphics arent that great. Each arena has its own rules and goals which
do add a little variety, but these get boring quick. Weapons can be added
to your car to assist on taking out other competitors and each wrestler
also has a specialized attack unique to that vehicle.
Sound-wise Crush Hour comes with
its own commentary from Jim Ross but after an hour or so this tends to
get annoying more than anything else. Fellow wrestlers will occasionally
bark out insults at you which are ammusing but frankly lack in variety
if not substance.
If destructive driving is your thing
there are definately better titles out there worth considering, but true
WWE fanatics will no doubt purge some fun out of Crush Hour. While the
game doesnt employ any ground breaking ideas or visuals, the reduced price
tag together with decent multiplayer mode might make the game worth a look.