Federation Wrestling Demo
Check out the wrestling gameplay by downloading this demo
of a normal one-on-one match...
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This time last year my
flagship game was a wrestling simulator called Federation Online.
Throughout the second half of 2001 it provided wrestling fans with the wildest
action going. Sure it was crude - the graphics were awful, the sound was
awful, the gameplay was lacking - but the potential still shone through. One
year on, the game is back new and improved - and that "potential" has finally
This new incarnation has gone where no other MDickie
wrestling game has gone before: the marketplace! A by-product of the game
getting published is that the misleading "Federation Online" title had to
change to "Federation Wrestling". Whatever you want to call it, it's bravely
stepping into the ring with the big boys. Sure it's going to get crushed, but
not without a fight! It might be 2D but, as you'll see, it boasts dozens of
features that you won't get anywhere else. The fun comes first, and there's
plenty of it...
Despite the name change, the game within still concerns
itself with the exploits of a revolutionary new wrestling promotion called
"Federation Online" that, in the absence of a TV deal, broadcasts its shows on
the Internet. The game gives you the chance to part of the action, as you
create your own superstar that will compete for a lucrative 12-month contract
with the company! If you beat off the competition and sign that contract, then
you're on the rocky road to wrestling stardom. Your tenure with the company
consists of weekly Federation Online shows, international tours, and
monthly pay-per-views. As long as you keep winning you'll spend that time in
the limelight, taking part in fun matches and angles - no doubt with a title
belt around your waist. Should your star begin to fade though, you'll soon be
left floundering in matches that nobody cares about. A year is a long time so,
as in real life, you occasionally have the opportunity to reinvent yourself.
Before every pay-per-view you get to adjust your costume, skills, and moves -
hoping to emerge with an electrifying new attitude!
The Locker Room
You see a lot of characters
come and go throughout your career. Some good, some bad. Either way, the
wrestlers in Federation Wrestling are all unique. They all have there
own costumes, skills, allegiances, music, gestures, attacks, and moves. For
better or worse, you won't have seen any of them before either because they're
all completely fictitious. That doesn't matter though, because once you've
completed the game you get to edit all of the preset characters - and make up
to 95 new ones! The editor is huge, allowing you to edit every last
tiny detail - and each detail has countless options, such as 100's of moves to
browse. Fortunately, you can make things a little quicker by
cloning other wrestlers.
The previews of things like music, attacks, and moves also makes the creation
process much easier...
Change The World
Editing is a big thing in this game. Not only can you
change the wrestlers, but you can also refine the many rules to create your
own matches - and even redecorate the arena that they will take place in.
There are dozens of rings, grounds, backgrounds, aprons, and scenery options.
You can even place up to 20 items and 20 weapons on the scene! The items are
perhaps the best part of the game, as they are all fully interactive - you can
move them, smash them, and even set fire to them! There are all kinds as well:
from wooden tables through to barbed wire, TNT, and thumbtacks. Even the
railings that protect the fans are vulnerable - allowing you to smash your way
into the crowd!
Meet Your Match
The match possibilities are endless. There are 15 or so
little settings that make up the rules and you can edit each one. You choose
what the aim is (first fall wins, best of 3, iron man, elimination, 24/7),
where the falls count (anywhere, only in the ring), what counts as a fall
(pins, submissions, KOs, injuries, bleeding), what the time limit is, what the
reward is (crown a new champion), and of course how many wrestlers are
involved. There can be up to 20 wrestlers and 5 referees in one match, which
surely has to be a record! Such settings will, of course, cripple a slower
computer. In addition to these normal match settings, there are several
gimmicks such as steel cage matches, blast matches (where the arena explodes
at a given time), and gas matches
(where the ring fills with poisonous gas at a given time) - you can even
combine all 3!
Best of all, those match possibilities
also apply to teams
- which pushes the possibilities through the roof! Furthermore, there are 2
distinct types of team play: free teams and tag teams. Free teams have all
members battling in one big war, whereas tag teams keep things under control
by restricting the action to 2 legal men. As restrictive as it sounds, the tag
team matches are the absolute best - not least because you can have up to 5
men on each team! Survivor Series anyone? Unlike a lot of wrestling
games, the tag teams matches pan out well. The team-mate interruptions are
kept to a minimum - even in a pinning predicament you can only come in if the
ref has his back to you, which means the matches don't drag on forever. The
tagging system couldn't be easier either: all you do is walk into the position
of the guy you want to tag and it'll happen automatically. You can even choose
how tag team matches are dealt with: either you can control the whole team or
you can stick to your one character. As with any match, up to 2 human players
can play at once - one on gamepad, one on keyboard. If you so desire, you can
even set all wrestlers to CPU control and just watch the action...
At the centre of every match is at least one referee - and
possibly as many as 5! Unlike most wrestling games, the referees are actually
there in the ring and are very much part of the action. They run over to make
the count and check for submissions - and if they're not there to do so then
they won't happen, which gives rise to all kinds of heel tactics! That is of
course because the refs are as interactive as any other character, and can be
knocked around - whether you mean to or not. They also have other little
quirks to look out for, such as removing weapons from the ring and fast/slow
counting their friends and enemies...
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The boxed full game is available to buy now for just £9.99
(or your currency's equivalent). For full details on your ordering options, wherever you are in
the world, please e-mail