Conclusion: With Xbox gamers having such high hopes for WrestleMania 21, it is truly a shame that it couldn’t live up to its potential. While many of the glaring issues could be considered growing pains for Studio Gigante, it’s of little consolation for gamers that have been waiting for a decent wrestling title on the Xbox.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Broken, cumbersome and very hard to enjoy, WWE WrestleMania 21 cannot be saved by its slick appearance and host of celebrity voices. An amusingly badly-scripted, bling-bling series of storyline cutscenes will provide a few laughs, but the game itself is just too frustrating to provide much entertainment. WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, despite its age, would serve you much better.
Excerpt: Wrestling games have always been incredibly popular, thanks to the easy to grasp game action and the colorful, over the top characters that populate the rosters. For years, most wrestling fans had to rely on the PlayStation to get their fix, thanks to the number of games released for that console.
Excerpt: Out of the two wrestling games that I have sampled on the Xbox, Raw 1 & 2, neither have really shown anything extraordinary. Wrestling games in general havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really been that great ever since WWF Attitude on the N64 and PS1. Wrestlemania 21, though a tad better in some ways compared to the Raw games, still doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hack it when it comes to being a good simulation of the squared circle.
Conclusion: If you're looking at the game from a licensed point of view, it's got everything in there, minus a couple of more recent wrestlers, and the addition of a few 'legends'. It also looks great – the wrestlers are modelled and animated very nicely for the most part, especially for the intros where they've really captured the characters of the wrestlers.
Pros: Looks pretty good., Good story mode., It's got everything WWE wrestling wise that you could possibly want.
Cons: Wrestling system is unrefined and works poorly., Annoying bugs., No influence on story mode or ability to play it as an existing WWE wrestler.