• Legends of Wrestling throws the greatest wrestlers into one game to find out who is the true king of kings. Wrestling superstars, including Hulk Hogan, Bret "Hitman" Hart, and Jerry "The King" Lawler, step back into the ring to deliver more body slams, piledrivers, and powerbombs to the competition. Play as authentic professional wrestlers or create your own legendary fighter, and then travel around the world to battle for wrestling's top titles. Legends of Wrestling also
Legends of Wrestling brings 30 of pro wrestling's all-time best out of retirement and back into the ring. You play as Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, George "The Animal" Steele, and others. You can also create your own wrestler or build a team of wrestlers.
The game features 12 bone-crushing match types, ranging from the ladder to six- and eight-man elimination bouts. Singles and tag-team career mode take you to arenas across the U.S. and all over the world. Throughout, you can link moves together to create near-lethal combos. Special guest referees are on the lookout all the while.
Legends of Wrestling's TV broadcast style uses new camera angles and cutscenes. In-depth match analysis and career guidance comes from Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Captain Lou Albano himself. Interactive wrestler entrances, complete with crowd responses and grappler taunts, heighten the realism. And if you want to go super pro, use the create-a-stencil feature to add logos and text to the ring attire of your favorite legends.
Take extreme action to the limit in this festival of body-slamming, trash-talking WWF all-star brawl from Acclaim. This is the first wrestling game to take the greatest superstars from all over the world and throw them in one game to find out who will triumph. Boasting a brand-new game engine designed, developed and delivered exclusively for use on the next-generation consoles, this is not just a flashy version of outdated technology. The game lets you choose from 42 of the best wrestlers of all time, including Hulk Hogan, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Rob Van Dam, Terry Funk, The Road Warriors, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Ted DiBiase, George "The Animal" Steele and many more. You've also got the stupendous Intermediate Start Position (ISP) system that lets you link moves together for lethal single-button combinations for superior gaming. The entire experience is beefed up by in-depth match analysis and career guidance by the best managers in the business - Captain Lou Albano and "Mouth Of The South" Jimmy Hart. You can also explore the awesome Create-A-Legend functionality that allows for the deepest wrestler customization in the history of wrestling video games.
When Acclaim lost the extremely lucrative rights to produce the official WWF game, they invested in the WCW license--which promptly went bankrupt. Without another recognizable federation to back, they produced a game featuring ex-wrestling stars. Legends of Wrestling's presentation lacks the polished sheen of WWF Smackdown. Character selection and in-between bout screens are basic and static affairs. This lack of polish is highlighted by the prebout introductions, where the wrestlers high-five nonexistent crowd members on the way down to the ring and inexplicably pause until the next loading sequence kicks in.
Once you get into the ring, though, the game has a much more solid feel. But it comes at a price: the slow-paced action. Plus, the computer AI can be poor, as it often ignores chances to finish off defenseless opponents. Despite this, there is enjoyment to be had. Fights with three or four wrestlers are fun, but as with most games of this genre, multiplayer is where this game takes off: it supports up to five players with a PS2 multitap. A simple career mode and unlockable wrestlers add to the package along with the simple joy of smashing chairs over your opponents' heads.
Legends of Wrestling does push the genre in the right direction with interesting additions, such as a counter gauge that enables you to evade attacks with a well-timed button press. If you're not put off by its slow nature and basic look, it's an enjoyable alternative to Smackdown. --Jonathan Winter
Note: This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game. -- Amazon.co.uk