Kings of the ring return
THE year 1995 saw the hit wrestling game WWFWrestlemania do for professional wrestling what NBA
did for basketball, in that it threw out the rule book and gave the game characters over the top and decidedly more entertaining moves to perform on one another.
Well, it may be 16 years late, but the spiritual successor to WWF
has arrived and it’s set to be the most fun you can have donning virtual spandex.
Combos and even aerial juggles play a large part in the combat and fights are just as easily decided with a well-timed finishing move. You’ll still need to master the usual strikes, grapples and reversal moves though.
Including the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, Randy Savage, Triple H and The Undertaker, the roster of 30 past and present wrestlers in the game are split into four classes – acrobat, grappler, brawler and big man. Each class has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Mastering reversal moves or counterattacks plays a key role in the combat and more often than not results in deciding which wrestler retains the upper hand.
Game modes are sparse for a wrestling title. Missing are the usual assortment of chaotic ladder matches, battle royal and elimination challenges.
Instead, there’s the standard 1 v 1, triple threats and fatal four-way exhibition matches, plus tag-team and cage events.
Solo players will also find temporary distractions in two lightweight story modes, which offer a series of fights strung together by cut scenes.
Arguably, the main reason to pick up this game though is the Fantasy Warfare mode, which features a series of special bouts between WWE legends and current superstars of wrestling. Each match even features a highlight video of the real wrestlers in action.
WWE ALL STARS $ 99.95 ( Xbox 360, PS3), $ 79.95 ( Wii), $ 49.95 ( PSP)