Excerpt: As I have stated in my numerous reviews for the genre, I am an avid professional wrestling fan and love to try out any game that I can get my hands on. I remember enjoying a series of Gameboy Advance games called Fire Pro Wrestling a few years back and jumped at the chance to try out a console game in the series. The main draw for me was always the inherent “ballsiness” of the series.
Excerpt: Fire Pro Wrestling probably isn't a name that is part of many a wrestling fan's gaming dictionary, but it should be. Although it doesn't feature any major wrestling brands (at least well-known to the general WWE audience) and looks like it came straight from the SNES visually, it also manages to trump any current wrestling game on the market. The minute I looked at the back of the Fire Pro Wrestling Returns box, I figured it would be ignored because of how it looks.
Conclusion: Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is pretty much a must own for wrestling fans. This game brings back memories of the original ECW with the insane matches and overall mayhem that can be caused in the ring. This one is also great for you crazy people that spend hours upon hours customizing things. You'll spend plenty of time on this one, and at only $19.99, it's a freakin' steal. I can confidently give this bargain treasure a 8.75 out of 10 .
Conclusion: While the visuals are nice to the nostalgically minded, there is no saving the music in this game. It's pure cheese, and will absolutely irritate the most patient of gamers. There is plenty of butt rock here that will have most players leaping for the mute button on their TV remote within seconds. It's an awful, awful audio experience. Gameplay itself is quite deep. There are tons of moves to learn, and pulling them off takes very good timing.
Summary: This game is a True Wrestling fan’s wrestling game. Smackdown is watered down by WWE’s Sportz Entertainment kool aid, and No Mercy is showing signs of age that not even custom mods can really hide, but Fire Pro, is a flame that burns eternally, and in this game, burns brightest. The only problem is how do I score it.
Excerpt: For just $15, you can become a MacMahon-like wrestling tycoon. Spike's Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is a wrestling game that lets you create everything from rings, referees, logos, and wrestlers to leagues, tournaments, and more. It is one of the deepest games I have ever seen in terms of letting the player set everything up the way he or she wants to, but it is far from the easiest or most entertaining game to play; the controls are a mess.
Excerpt: Wrestling games are near and dear to my heart. From the first time I played Pro Wrestling for Nintendo or WWF Wrestlefest at the arcade, I knew I would be playing wrestling games as long as my fingers could mash the buttons. I’ve played some of the greatest wrestling games (Smackdown 2, Touken Retsuden 3) and some of the worst (WCW Nitro, ECW Hardcore Revolution). The Fire Pro series I’ve had a long relationship with. It’s been love/hate mostly.