GRAP­PLE FEAST—MAYBE NOT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - — GAME RE­VIEWS BY ARUP DAS

WWE12 is eas­ily the best game in wrestling as far as graph­ics are con­cerned. And then just as you have stated this, you are shocked by the sloppy graph­ics ac­com­pa­ny­ing the wrestler’s en­trance. The let­down leaves you scarred.

But putting that aside, this game has over 60 wrestlers start­ing from the leg­endary Randy Or­ton to the pop­u­lar The Rock. There are amaz­ing cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions to cre­ate your own wrestler—you get to de­cide his gen­der, physique, fa­cial fea­tures, ring at­tire, au­di­ence re­ac­tion and even cre­ate sto­ry­lines and en­trance videos. Your play­ers can have their sig­na­ture moves too. The match sched­ule too is highly flex­i­ble, from quick one-off matches to mul­ti­player modes against ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. But be­ware: the AI is a bit frus­trat­ing be­cause your op­po­nent ei­ther be­comes a help­less punching bag or a player who an­tic­i­pates your ev­ery move.

One of the best ad­di­tions is that you must beat your op­po­nent for some time in or­der to un­lock pow­er­ful moves. As soon as your op­po­nent has weak­ened, you get free ac­cess to un­leash your pow­er­ful moves to com­pletely knock them out cold. The game play feels solid and gives a mean­ing to your fight—plus a bit of strat­egy comes into place as well.

The Road to Wrestle­ma­nia has been tweaked. Un­like pre­vi­ous edi­tions, in this sin­gle-player mode you are not al­lowed to choose your su­per­star. In WWE 12, you play three as­signed su­per­stars: the vil­lain, the out­sider and the hero. It has three lengthy chap­ters which en­sure you end up gam­ing for 10-12 hours. You can avoid the var­i­ous chap­ters, in­clud­ing the first that has Shea­mus as the vil­lain, and stick to the WWE Uni­verse game. WWE12 has ac­quired the bling fac­tor or sorts with the num­ber of star wrestlers added but when it comes to play­ing the game, well, it is fairly pre­dictable and ul­ti­mately quite or­di­nary.

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