Conclusion: In the graphics department, the game is visually
appealing. There are a number of elaborate
fireworks that make the action in the ring come
alive. For example, each time you perform a
signature move, your character go into matrix
sequence and catches rage to commit the ultimate
and most devastating slam on your opponent.
Excerpt: Classifying a wrestling game as "arcade" is a bit of an oxymoron to me. With spectacular showmanship, high-flying acrobatics, bright colorful costumes and dialogue that has more in common with a soap opera than a major motion picture, the very essence of the WWE is over the top, and
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: Wrestling, with its impossibly resilient wrestlers, outlandish storylines and such, is hardly what you’d called realistic, so it’s a bit of a mystery why there hasn’t been a video game for years that has further exaggerated its OTT nature. WWE All Stars is the opposite to WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw, giving wrestlers superhero like physiques, whilst all their famous manovoures are delivered with a comical and often gravity defying sense of force.
Conclusion: For wrestling fans WWE All Stars is a top notch title, especially the Fantasy match ups, but it soon becomes repetitive pretty quickly for the average gamer. The controls are nowhere near as simple as they could have been and the AI is pretty tough, especially when you’re outnumbered. It’s certainly better than Legends of Wrestlemania was, but still fails to climb to the dizzy heights of a must see pay-per-view event.