WCW Nitro Synopsis and Features

WCW Nitro features a variety of game modes including Exhibition, Exhibition Tag Team, Tournament, Vs, Vs Tag Team, and Royal Rumble. Players can wrestle alone or challenge up to three friends to a Royal Rumble. WCW Nitro also features 64 playable characters with 16 of these available at the beginning of the game. These fighters include such favorites as Hulk Hogan, Giant, Randy Savage, Sting, and Kevin Nash.

Players can choose from several rings in such known locations as Nitro, NWO, American Bash, Halloween Havoc, and WCW. Each fighter also has a large list of diverse moves created appropriately upon their real-life counterpart right down from move selection to execution of the move. Other options include selection of match time from one to five to ten minutes or unlimited, ring out from unlimited to 60 seconds, three different difficulties, ability to turn surprise attacks on or off, ring selection, sound balances, sound mode, and control configuration.

Play as or against 64 WCW stars, including Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Sting
Compete in an exhibition match, a tournament, a tag team match, or a battle royal
Master each wrestler’s signature moves to finish off your opponent

Ian Botham’s International Cricket 96 Synopsis

Beam know that the game of cricket converted to a video game would be plain stupid since it would essentially take at least five days of play to get a result, hardly what gamers want. Ian Botham’s International Cricket 96 therefore plays more like a baseball title with fast scoring, quick wickets and unrealistc means.

The game features both major styles of cricket: one day internationals and tests. One day internationals are fun and with the ability to change the overs to ten a side and is perfect for this unrealistic cricket title. Test match cricket on the other hand is useless as the real thing takes up to five days with one team needed to be bowled out twice to take victory. However in this game these tests take less than a day taking away any purpose of this mode.

The game also features plenty of options and a two-player mode that is bound to be fun with friends. Ian Botham’s International Cricket 96 is a interesting take on the sport but it lacks the realism for fans of the game and thrill factor for non fans.

Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball Review

Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball features typical baseball action with great looking stadiums. One of the differences in this game as compared to others is that the play-by-play is very accurate. Unfortunately, nearly everything else is hurting.

Pitching is the best part of the gameplay, this may be due more to the hitting being the worst part though. The game features eight different pitches which is a good variety. For hitting it would have been nice if players were able to use more strategy than simply going up to the plate and hacking. Hitting can be a chore because you need to swing before you see the pitch in order to hit it. Fielding is set up nicely and the baseball diamond looks good. In the lower left corner a mini field appears to help you follow fielders and the baserunners. Baserunning does not have a large impact in this game as the baserunners are not allowed to lead off base.

Graphics are mixed. Stadiums are the best looking objects in the game and players are the worst. Players are not drawn clearly and pixelate beyond recognition at times. Sounds of the game, other than the announcer, are weak as well.

Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball may have looked good if there was no competition, but on a system that many baseball games call home, including the great World Series Baseball 98, this game fails in comparison. There is no reason to choose a game like this when there are so many better baseball titles available.


Stadiums are represented well.


Only the announcer is up to par.


Hitting needs some work.

Replay Value

Plenty of options but with a low fun factor replay is limited.


Contains everything you will need to play the game.