Fire Pro Wrest ling World
More than a blank canvas
Currently in Steam Early Access, this license-free grappler gets away with stipulations official games can’t: barbed wire boards, exploding landmines, and even MMA cage brawls. Those thinking that sounds slightly outlandish should remember it all actually happened in pro wrestling’s storied history.
Nowhere is Spike Chunsoft’s affection for sports entertainment more evident than in the editing suite – you just have to assemble the bits. A rummage through the Steam Workshop reveals thousands of player-shared creations from every era: Terry Funk, Kamala, Sabu, TMNT’s Krang, Street Fighter’s Akuma, and a dozen Kane variations. They’re basic approximations rendered in a dated engine, sure, but this simplicity makes customisation easy. You can quickly combine and colour individual layers to make, say, The Rock, or Anne Robinson, or a sumo with bear paws and tiny feet.
The in-ring action gets tougher due to the overwhelming number of moves and corresponding states in which to use them. Despite basic visuals, FPWW is a complex fighter with intricacies lost on anyone under the impression Irish whips are a type of coffee. Treat this as an arcade beat-’em-up and there are few joys to find in its crudely animated clashes. Those willing to learn the tutorial’s ropes, though, can put on a technical showcase full of holds, counters, and reversals. In summary, then, more Dean Malenko than Shawn Michaels.
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