It is sadly no real surprise that Aklaim lasted only marginally longer than the hype around this game. Other reviews on Amazon some up this game well enough but are very much from one or other point of view.
In reality this is no great game, it is quite buggy (ok very buggy), a bit slow and quite straight forward to master. The initial challenge the game offers quickly disappear leaving you to be able to pretty much beat the hell out of however you want, as whoever you want.
In the last statement lies this games saving grace, if like me you grew up watching what was then WWF and WCW and miss the likes of the British Bulldog, Bret Hart and The Ulimate Warrior and co - then you will love this game because it brings together pretty much everyone you could want on one title. At the time wrestling games on the Mega Drive right through to the Gameboy really offered nothing you could see describe as authentic to the stars of the time. With Showdown you can choose not only your wrestler but also a choice of costumes, often from various times in their career. Finishing moves are all captured here too but are performed by simply pressing one button as your opponent is on the way out and need no practice to master. You've then got a few venues, including Wembley Stadium amongst others which all add to the spectacle.
The match types are a nice feature, ladders, tables and cages are all available but don't change the gameplay much. You can use weapons too but as stated earlier the game is easy enough to win handsomely with or without them.
If you want a good wrestling game then there are plenty better than this, but if it is a rather nostalgic look back at the glory that was the wrestling of the 80's and 90's then this will be the title for you. More on offer than any other 'Legends' title, and with no more Aklaim this will be the last of the series so we sadly can wait for nothing better.