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ECW Anarchy Rulz is constructed with the same engine used for the first ECW game, Hardcore Revolution, and first created for Acclaim's other wrestling titles, WWF WarZone and WWF Attitude. In fact, the rights to ECW games were snatched up by Acclaim when they lost the WWF license to THQ. The result is a game that plays quite similarly to those previous titles, but with extra options and, of course, a 2000 ECW roster, including old favorites like Rob Van Dam, the Dudleys, and Tommy Dreamer, as well as new faces such as the American Dream Dusty Rhodes.
Don't like the 34 ECW wrestlers already included in the game? Anarchy Rulz includes a Create-A-Wrestler mode where you can edit your wrestler's look, size, move set, and even whether they are a heel or a face. This mode will be immediately familiar to fans of the previous games using this engine.
There are a number of different types of matches and modes in the game. Some return from Hardcore Revolution, such as Career mode, where you take a wrestler and move through the ranks of ECW, eventually shooting for the World Heavyweight title, and an Exhibition mode where you can choose all sorts of different matches, from one-on-one to the patented ECW Three Way Dance. Tournament mode combines different aspects of the two above modes. New for Anarchy Rulz are some extra violent bouts, including Last Man Standing, Barbed Wire and Table Matches. Each match can be customized, from length to more specific rules such as No DQ or special pinfall stipulations. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide