Excerpt: A while ago, we were commenting on the lack of variety in the wrestling game genre. You had your official WWE licences from THQ, and that was about it. Now though, Eidos, EA and Acclaim are collectively throwing us a bone in the form of Backyard Wrestling , the Def Jam series and Legends of Wrestling respectively. Showdown , this latest version of the latter title, promises a lot of good things.
Excerpt: The biggest draw of Legends of Wrestling is its large roster of past and current stars of wrestling. Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Sting, Ultimate Warrior, Andre The Giant, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, Andy Kaufman, Big Poppa Pump, Eddie Guerro, and many more are present.
Excerpt: As great as the concept is of creating a game starring the Legends of Wrestling , the developers at Acclaim hopefully go home every night and beat each other with guitars and steel chairs. If this were the first wrestling title of the 128-bit era, the graphics and sound would still be below standard. But when trying to follow up THQ's WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It , the eye and ear candy of Legends is about as pleasant as taking a flying elbow smash to the groin!
Excerpt: Wrestling. Hulks of men, single-handedly responsible for making Spandex a profitable business, engaging in no-holds barred grappling action in a squared-ring for an audience that shrieks with every suplex, punch and kick. Violence - like sex - sells, but the continued success of the World Wrestling Federation (since changed to World Wrestling Entertainment) cannot be attributed to the simulated violence alone; no, wrestling is soap-opera for men.
Excerpt: But if you're Acclaim, you shop around, do a little wheeling and dealing, and put a game together about a bunch of loosely tied together individuals who are no longer associated with the WWF (and some who are). Enter Legends of Wrestling , featuring such famous acts as "The man who put wrestling on the map," Hulk Hogan; "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be," Bret Hart; and "The whole f*n show," Rob Van Damme.
Excerpt: Along comes one of the best and most welcome ideas in wrestling game history: to take the best-loved wrestlers from yesteryear, like Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheik, and the Rock N' Roll Express, and put them together in one game. Old-school wrestling fans would love it, and fans of modern wrestling would get a taste of history. It's a sure-fire hit!