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A good idea, but very poorly executed,
This review is from: WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (PS3) (Video Game)
When THQ announced they would be coming out with a legends only wrestling game, I was over the moon, being a fan of the WWF of the 1980s and 1990s. I am also a fan of the latest Smackdown vs. Raw game (2009) which played extremely well, and was great fun. I therefore had great hopes for this game...
Unfortunately however, this game has belied its promise. THQ explained that they wanted to simplify the controls on this game as compared to Smackdown. What they have done is introduce a new system where you use the four buttons - "square" to punch, "x" to grapple, "triangle" to reverse, and "circle" to run. These buttons work with the L directional button. These new controls make the characters hard to control - for example, you cannot run at your opponent and catch him off guard with a sudden strike. You will always bounce off the ropes before you run towards your opponent, which gives him enough time to prepare for the attack. Similarly, to exit the ring you have to press side and circle. To climb the top rope, you have to press side and circle twice (very quickly), which means you inadvertently exit the ring instead of climbing the top rope many times. It is almost impossible to reserse a grapple move. The controls are not user friendly, and can be very frustrating.
It is not just the controls that are the problem, however. The characters are not as well animated as in the Smackdown games. Ric Flair for example does not look anything like the real Ric Flair. The characters look cartoony, and not very lifelike although some are better than the others.
The moves are limited - in Smackdown vs. Raw, every character had 2 finishers and 2 signature moves. In this game, each character has only one special move. Even the characters who are imported, like John Cena, have just one finisher. There is no STFU - just the FU as his finisher. Also, the 5 knuckle shuffle is a regular move while standing over a fallen opponent's head - you can give it 10 times in a match if you want to, which kind of defeats the purpose.
The only redeeming factor in the game is the legends...its great to have the Ultimate Warrior in the game, as well as the other golden oldies like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hard, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock. In particular, I enjoyed using the Ultimate Warrior - his finishing sequence is great in the game.
Allover, a frustrating experience and a wasted opportunity for THQ. I wish there was some way the legends could be imported into Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, but I am told this is not possible, at least for now. I would recommend that unless you are an absolutely die-hard fan of 1980s or 1990s wrestling, don't buy this game. Instead, get Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 which had the legends as part of the regular game. It is much cheaper as well!