GRAPPLE FEAST—MAYBE NOT
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.