Chris Haythornthwaite wrestles men in pants - all in the name
of entertainment of course...
sweaty men with tight shorts on and shaved heads. Women with short
shorts on and bikini tops, smacking each other and stripping off.
Now before you think what is this, and on the BBC as well, is
this what my licence is paying for, let me clarify what I am talking
about. World Wrestling Entertainment, an American sports entertainment
live show and television program that has 'characters' and a 'storyline'.
If you think 'EastEnders' crossed with the circus you will get
an idea of the type of events that take place.
those of you who aren't familiar with WWE could be forgiven for
thinking that this game based on the popular main event in the
WWE calendar, 'Wrestlemania' is the 21st in the series. There
has been quite a few wrestling games made in the last couple of
years, but the 21st in the title refers to the number of years
'Wrestlemania' has been running. So with such a long pedigree
the makers of this game have a lot to draw from, and they have
done just that.
latest incarnation of the wrestling game is chocked full of options,
unlockables and game play. As the player you have the choose between
an exhibition match where you can play as one of the WWE current
great wrestlers, or you can create your own wrestler and engage
in a career mode where you will work your way up through the leagues
to the main events. There is also a two-player mode and a shop
where you can use the money you have earned in the career mode
to buy a host of different things from new costumes and load screens
to new arenas and past legends in WWE history such as Brett 'the
hitman' Hart and Andre the Giant.
games itself plays as a usual wrestling game plays, which is to
say it is slower than as standard beat em' up. The moves can be
jerky, but this version does attempt to fix this inherent problem.
It employs a system where by you can link movements together and
create combos that make the game effective and realistic. However
the drawback to this is that after a bit of practice you can get
the timing spot on, leaving any newcomer that you might be playing
with no chance of getting a look in unless they know the counter
moves for the character they are playing.
with all this said, this is still the pinnacle of the sports entertainment
wrestling video game incarnation to date. Also with X-box extras
such as four player mode, custom soundtracks, (where you can play
music through the game that has been recorded to your hard drive),
and online multi-player through X-box Live.
you are a wrestling fan and you enjoy the video games, then you
are going to love the career mode and the amount of unlockables
here. However for anyone else with a passing interest this might
just be a little too specialised for your taste. I would highly
recommend a rent first.