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Re: Rockofhysteria's Wrestling Game Reviews is back with a different name

Postby WorstInTheLobby » July 2nd, 2023, 8:54 pm

Alright I said I would do this review sometime this week my first review in way too long and I meant to put it off till the end of the week after I spent a entire weeks with the game but then it hit me that spending more time with this game is not going to change my opinion of it at all. So here is my review of AEW Fight Forever which was developed by the Legendary Yukes and is available on all modern platforms. Now I will be reviewing the Switch Version because that is the version I purchased since I was looking for a good wrestling game that wasn't NES Pro Wrestling for the system lol.

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When Yukes left 2k a few years ago it caused a big stir for wrestling game fans because they were the backbone behind the WWE 2k franchise that had been on a steady decline before hitting absolute rock bottom with WWE 2k20. Yukes said they left 2k because they weren't given a chance to make the kind of wrestling game they really wanted to make. And with the release of this product I don't blame 2k a bit for not letting them lol. This game in a lot of ways is like the original ECW games and the TNA Impact Wrestling games of the past. When they were announced they had hype behind them from wrestling fans. Fans were excited because their promotion was going to compete with the mighty WWE on the video game front and then as Wrestling Podcaster and legend Bruce Pritchard says "And then the bell rang" Now it's time to break this game down.


First off AEW Top stars Kenny Omega and Nick and Matt Jackson were supposedly involved heavily with the development in this game and judging by it's quality I'm inclined to believe them. This game is most definately a throwback to the N64 days which in 2023 is not really a compliment more like a reminder of why the wrestling game genre needed to evolve 20 years ago.


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Graphically this game looks pitiful it looks like a early PS2 game which 20 years ago was pretty good but in 2023 is pretty jank. The presentation is very lacking in 2023 to have a fully licensed wrestling with NO match commentary is just sad. And the fews line that are there are lackluster at best. Jim Ross in particular sounds just un interested now.

The sound is nothing special in this game a lot of the AEW stars in the real TV product use real songs as their themes but those songs are completely absent from this game which is a pretty dumb decision particularly for Chris Jericho who sings his own theme which has become Iconic with the song Judas from the Fozzy album of the same name.



The Gameplay is just as Jank as everything else in this game. Nothing flows smoothly in the matches it's all stuttery and there is very noticeable input lag. The ONLY thing positive I can say about it is their mechanics for the Ladder Match are simple and much better than in WWE 2K games lol You have your standard match types 1 on 1 2 on 2 3 way 4 way etc. But also some AEW specials like the Casino Battle Royale and the Barbed Wire Exploding Death Match. I was very interested in the latter 2 matches but I gotta be honest once you have played them 1 time you really don't need to ever play them again. There is a story mode on here called Road to Elite and it's ok at best you can use a CAW or use someone on the actual Roster I used Sting for mine and it was a ok experience not good and not bad just ok you go through a year of doing matches on the TV shows and the PPV's trying to become AEW World champ etc etc. Pretty standard fare here. The Control Scheme of this game is pretty good and simple but the bad input lag really kills it unfortunately.


I haven't played the Online and don't ever plan to so I will not talk about it here.



Lastly the Roster. The Roster on this game is pretty good you have the AEW Staples like Omega,The Young Bucks,Chris Jericho,Adam Cole,Adam Page,Darby Allen,Britt Baker,MJF,Wardlow, Jon Moxley,and the like but you also have guys like FTR,Sting,Brian Cage,Christian Cage,Kris Statlander, Jungle Boy Cody Rhodes, and a whole slew of others, Overall the roster is pretty good and there will be future DLC that does include Owen Hart in his first video game appearance since Showdown Legends Of Wrestling.

There are also a bunch of "Mini Games" in this title as well but really they are nothing special at all.

I really wanted to like this game. I love it when you have more than one truly good wrestling franchise out there in gaming but this is just not good. I'm not even sure they could fix this game with Patches. I really hope this is not a one and done for AEW and Yukes I hope they can do another game and hopefully make a good game next time but this just is not it.



If I had to give this a official letter grade I would say D+ and that's being extremely kind.


For my next review I'm thinking of doing WWF Attitude or ECW Hardcore Revolution :)

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Retro STrife
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Re: Rockofhysteria's Wrestling Game Reviews is back with a different name

Postby Retro STrife » July 4th, 2023, 8:33 am

It’s great to have you back again! Keep em coming. I always enjoy reading these.

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Re: Rockofhysteria's Wrestling Game Reviews is back with a different name

Postby RDReynolds » July 4th, 2023, 12:18 pm

WOW! I love this game and its arcade sensibilities, so I'll throw a counter grade of a B+ at it. :)

Also, the theme songs are in the game. You can access whatever songs you want with the jukebox and have them play in menus as background during matches as well.

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Re: Rockofhysteria's Wrestling Game Reviews is back with a different name

Postby LoganRuckman » July 6th, 2023, 2:31 pm

Welcome back!

I'm excited for that WWF Attitude review. I know it hasn't aged well and even during its own time, it was kind of mid compared to the WCW and later WWF games like No Mercy during the same generation, but I have a lot of nostalgia for this game. I loved it as a kid!

Will you ever review Day Of Reckoning or Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain? Some of the best wrestling games to ever exist

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Re: Rockofhysteria's Wrestling Game Reviews is back with a different name

Postby Retro STrife » July 11th, 2023, 8:39 am

I’m with Logan- I think an Attitude review would be cool too. I remember it being kinda crappy compared to the N64’s WCW games, but I still have good memories playing it on PS1. Attitude was probably the last WWF/WWE game I really played. I lost interest in the games by the late 90s, so I’m not really familiar with what came after.


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