Summary: As someone who grew up in the ’80s, I have fond memories of these rubber WWF toys that I’d ricochet all over my house. Drop Hulk Hogan on his rubbery toes in just the right place and he’d spring forward, smashing face-first into an unsuspecting “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Savage would return the favor, and then I’d tumble them around in the air, textbook wrestling moves amped up to a thousand by my overactive child mind. It was pretty awesome.
Excerpt: Just the kind of over-the-top game that should come from World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE All-Stars takes players back to a much simpler time when wrestling games didn’t need to have expansive rosters of a handful of favorites and a lot of others that are just kind of there to fill things out.
Can't Think of a Witty Wrestling Title. Any Suggestions, HHH?
2 April 2011
Conclusion: For those of you who keep the N64 hanging around for some wrestling action, feel free to retire your old buddy. This game is a must-buy for wrestling fans and fans of fighting games should give it a second look even if they're not interested in the sport.
Excerpt: My opponent and I have worked each other to the bone. Into the red, if you will. We’re both exhausted and battered from our bout. The crowd is vehemently chanting our names, trying desperately to get behind their favorite star. I size my winded foe up and catch him in a grapple. I lift him above my head for the suplex, but he reverses it, trying to wheel himself and my head down into the mat.
Pros: Over-the-top style gameplay is smooth and a blast, Roster features some of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, Cartoony, overly muscular art style and character design are amazing
Cons: Having to replay Path of Champions over and over for unlocks is incredibly annoying, Long loading screens, Handicap matches can drive the player insane
Excerpt: THQ and the WWE have been trying to come up with a second tier “more accessible” wrestling game to compliment the WWE Smackdown Vs Raw series for a few years now. We last saw this with Legends of Wrestlemania, a game which had its moments, but relied too much on re-creating old matches exactly the way they happened in real life.
Summary: Where THQ's Smackdown vs. RAW franchise has always been about a totally immersive WWE wrestling experience, both backstage and in the ring, they've decided to go a completely different way with WWE All-Stars, a game that is a simplified, completely over-the-top wrestling experience. Think SDVR meets NFL Blitz, and you're most of the way there.
Pros: Simplified gaming experience makes wrestling more fun., An over-the-top sport deserves an over-the-top game., Fantasy Warfare is awesome.
Cons: Still a button-mashing frenzy., Some of the timing in the game is off., AI is often too dominant.