Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby rockofhysteria » March 19th, 2017, 11:52 pm

Well Wrestling fans it's been over a month since my last review and for that I apologize but anyways time for another review and by special Request I Present WWE All Stars. This game was Developed by THQ San Diego and Published by THQ this game was released on the XBOX 360 PS3 PS2, PSP Wii,and the Nintendo DS.It was released in 2011 I will be reviewing the 360 version of this game.


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A few years after the ill-fated Legends of Wrestlemania THQ and WWE decided to try their hand again at a more Arcade-Style Wrestling game and thus the creation of WWE All Stars. This game is a step up from LOW but not by much to be honest. The Concept is very sound but the execution is ho hum. This game features a Roster of then Current WWE Susperstars and a Number of WWE Legends plus some cool DLC Characters as well. Ok Let's break it down.


Graphics-Graphically this game is pretty awesome. The Character models perfectly fit the theme of the game with every wrestler looking Jacked to the gills and totally over the top. The Arenas look nice as well and have that Arcade-Feel as well.


Sound-Like pretty much every wrestling game in existence the sound is ok nothing special.


Gameplay-Ok this is the pitfall of the game here like with LOW the gameplay mechanics are frankly terrible. The Controls aren't as responsive as they should be and the Collision Detection is just plain infuriating at times. Some moves are easy to pull off but others are a pain in the butt to pull off there is no real middle ground here. Now for Game Modes you have a few cool ideas but also some real clunkers. In Exhibition mode you have One on One, A Tag Match which sucks because it's basically Tornado Tag rules no option for a Traditional Tag Match, A Triple Threat match and Fatal Four Way. For the Campaign you have 3 paths one is for a single character and one tag team path. The Two Single gauntlets are one for Current WWE Superstars where your goal is to make to and Defeat Randy Orton and a Legends run where you meet The Undertaker at the end. In the Tag Team path you meet DX HHH and Shawn Michaels at the end.There are cool cutscenes involving Orton,Taker and DX during these paths as well.The bad part of the campaigns is they are all practically Identical to each other no matter who you pick for either path you face the exact same opponents every time in the same order with no variation. The One Hit for me is a mode called Fantasy Warfare full of Fantasy matches between Current stars and Legends and they created some truly awesome Video Packages that run before each match. There is also a Create a Wrestler mode here but like with LOW it's pretty crappy compared to the regular Smackdown vs Raw games of the era.


Roster-Once again WWE and THQ nail a spectacular roster full of great modern wrestlers and Awesome legends of the past mixed with some really cool DLC. Here are the Rosters


Current WWE Wrestlers at the time
John Cena
HHH
Rey Mysterio
John Morrison
The Big Show
Sheamus
Kofi Kingston
The Miz
CM Punk
Randy Orton
Drew Mcintyre
The Undertaker
Kane
Edge
Jack Swagger

WWE Legend
Hulk Hogan
Randy Savage
Ultimate Warrior
Jimmy Snuka
Ricky Steamboat
Jake The Snake Roberts
Mr.Perfect
Roddy Piper
Andre The Giant
Eddie Guerrero
Shawn Michaels
The Rock
Sgt Slaughter
Bret Hart
Stone Cold Steve Austin


There are also great DLC characters you can purchase the following

Jerry Lawler
Hawk
Animal
Chris Jericho
R-Truth
The Honky Tonk Man
Dusty Rhodes
Cody Rhodes
Ted Dibiase Sr.
Ted Dibiase Jr.
Michael PS Hayes
Mark Henry



Well there you have it folks WWE All Stars another wrestling game from THQ that had lofty goals but ultimately fell short on delivery. Here i the final Breakdown


Graphics-A
Sound-C
Gameplay-C
Roster-A+

for a final grade of a solid B for me.



Not sure what game I'll do next might do WWF Warzone or one of the more recent WWE games from 2k games. Till then enjoy :)

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby Retro STrife » March 20th, 2017, 9:38 am

Nice review. I only followed wrestling in the '90s, so I was really interested in the LOW game when it was first announced. But then avoided it once the bad reviews came out. Didn't bother getting my hopes up for this one, and looks like I didn't miss out.

For your next one, I think one of the newer 2K games would be cool to read about, just to see if a newer game is worth buying. Or maybe one of the wrestling games for N64 (like WCW/NWO Revenge or WWF No Mercy), which were the ones I spent the most time playing back in the day. I'd be interested to hear what you think is the best wrestling game too, with a review of that.

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby velcrozombie » March 20th, 2017, 11:02 am

Hey, thanks for reviewing the game. I have to admit that I liked it more for the exaggerated designs, extensive roster and the simplicity of play - I don't have nearly the knowledge of wrestling games that you do, so the shortcomings were less apparent to me. I still think it's a fun party game.

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby rockofhysteria » March 21st, 2017, 12:27 pm

velcrozombie wrote:Hey, thanks for reviewing the game. I have to admit that I liked it more for the exaggerated designs, extensive roster and the simplicity of play - I don't have nearly the knowledge of wrestling games that you do, so the shortcomings were less apparent to me. I still think it's a fun party game.





No problem bro sorry it took so long to get it done I've been very busy with my wrestling schedule lately and traveling a lot but I'm home now for a while so I'm going to do reviews quicker.


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