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.
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.
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.
Summary: Spend a few minutes watching any WWE broadcast, and it becomes clear that over-the-top spectacle is what it's all about. Professional wrestling's relentless quest to be larger than life makes it well suited for the creative freedom of video games, yet it has been years since any wrestling game really took this idea and ran with it. Now WWE All Stars has entered the arena and amplified the high-flying, hard-hitting action to an arcade pitch.
Pros: Signature moves and finishers pack an awesome punch, Great roster of WWE superstars past and present, Basics are easy to grasp, Dramatic match intros use archival WWE footage
Cons: Finicky reversal timing, Frequent and lengthy loading screens, No tutorial for trickier elements, Some unintentionally bizarre actions
Excerpt: THQ are the definitive creators of wrestling games, however over the years, their wrestling games have become a little stagnant. That's not to say that their games are bad, on the contrary, they have been excellent but every now and then, you need to shake things up and this is where WWE All Stars comes into fray. Reminiscent of WWE Legends of Wrestlemania, WWE All Stars gives what old school wrestling fans want, an all-star line-up of classic wrestlers from the ages.
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
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.