Legends of Wrestling (PS2) Review

I remember being excited by the idea of Legends of Wrestling but it wasn’t until the second entry that I really enjoyed myself… and then the less said about entry #3 the better (well, until I review it, obviously…) So going back to LOW it was a strange experience, the golf swing-o-meter system is here like in LOW II though slightly worse and the roster, move variety and graphical style are also all far less. Makes sense given it came out first, but that did make it rather a chore to play through for this review… Oh well, let’s take a look!

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Fire Pro Wrestling (GBA) Review

Here we go, my first step into the world of Fire Pro, a step that led to one of the most addictive games I can ever remember playing in Fire Pro Returns. GBA’s Fire Pro to get back on topic was a really fun game and it didn’t take long for me to get the hang of the timing-based controls, plus it’s always fun to rename characters! Let’s take a look then…

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WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It! (PS2) Review

Just Bring It! is not only the first PS2 game on this never-ending marathon, but it’s also the last WWF game on it… because of the name change to WWE, obviously! Far from the last game from that company… It’s also the last game to have eight people in the ring at once for a good while, plus the first game to have proper commentary! … Man, the commentary… Me and my friend still quote it for a laugh sometimes… So with all these firsts and lasts, what’s it actually like? Let’s find out!

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WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role (PS1) Review

When Smackdown! 2 came out, all I was interested in was the impending release of No Mercy on the N64, so even though I played it once or twice around a friend’s house, it was “quick and arcade-y” and just “not as good”. While that’s still true, the following year (or two… possibly longer) I brought it cheap and had a good laugh with a friend doing the endless career mode together. Turns out having a quick and simple control style and a bit of a weird and funny career mode can do wonders to cover any flaw… for a while. Let’s take a look!

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WWF No Mercy (N64) Review

Well… here we go then. A few months ago I reviewed GoldenEye on the N64, now I get to the other biggie: WWF No Mercy, a game I played for literally years after the console ended. The main draw was me and my friend playing 40-Man Royal Rumble matches with Hardcore, pin and submissions on. There nothing quite like brawling to a bar backstage, pinning someone, hearing a countdown to the next entrant who then walks into the bar to continue the match. It’s a fun, usually hour-long multiplayer experience I have yet to be able to recreate in a game since. Beyond that though, what else is great about No Mercy? Let’s find out!

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WCW Backstage Assault (PS1) Review

You know what I really hate about wrestling games? The wrestling ring! THANK YOU BACKSTAGE ASSAULT. Seriously though, when is a wrestling game not a wrestling game but instead a vs. fighting game with wrestlers? It might be WrestleMania: The Arcade Game and its sequel, but even those games had a ring in it… Oh well, let’s take a look at Backstage Assault, both the first game to feature only backstage environments and the last game released with the WCW logo on it. Yep, this is how WCW’s gaming legacy ended…

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ECW Anarchy Rulz (PS1) Review

ECW games are like buses, you wait forever for one then two comes along at once! … then the company goes bankrupt. Oh well! Anarchy Rulz sees us wave goodbye to the “War Zone Engine”, and not a moment too soon as it started to get old during Attitude, and Hardcore Revolution didn’t do it any favours. Still, this game features a match where people explode into flames when they get tossed over the top onto lava-like “hot coals”, so… hooray?

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WWF Royal Rumble (Dreamcast) Review

Those who have been following my blog for a while, specifically these reviews, you may notice a certain love for the Royal Rumble match which stems from the 1992 Royal Rumble being the match that turned me into a diehard fan of the pseudo-sport for life (though sadly, not of the core WWF/E product, as it turns out…) So you can imagine my excitement when a new game titled “Royal Rumble” was announced as coming to the Dreamcast and that it had up to NINE wrestlers in the ring at once, a record number that has yet to be beaten (outside of the hilariously broken MDickie games, anyway…) Sadly being an arcade port there isn’t a lot to the game… at all. Is it still worth a look, you ask? Well, let’s find out!

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WWF Smackdown! (PS1) Review

WWF Smackdown! is very much the wrestling game equivalent of “from humble beginnings”, as this first entry in the series is, erm… lacking in a lot of departments, to put it nicely. It came out just a few months after I’d gotten WrestleMania 2000, so I only played it via renting it out once, and then playing around friends’ houses. Was I wrong to not give it a fair shake?! Let’s… okay, I think we know the answer, but let’s take a look anyway!

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ECW Hardcore Revolution (PS1) Review

ECW’s first game should’ve been a reason to celebrate, but instead it was a blatant cash-grab, both ECW and Acclaim were hurting financially and so clearly wanted this out of the door as fast as possible, and it shows. It’s pretty much just WWF Attitude with ECW characters and logos, plus a Barbed Wire Match. It was still fun for a short burst because I was actually playing as ECW wrestlers, which was weird after all that time, but it soon became rather obvious what was going on. How is it now, in hindsight? Let’s find out!

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