WWE Legends of WrestleMania (360)

Forget Brock Lesnar and John Cena. With awesome superstars like Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior and Bret "The Hitman" Heart, the best days of the World Wrestling Federation featured many moments that today's young WWE roster has yet to live up to. With a metric ton of unlockables, live footage straight from the achieves and dozens of classic wrestlers hailing from the glory days of the WWF, Legends of WrestleMania is a fan's dream come true and one of the most fun wrestling games in years.

THE VERDICT by McKinley Noble McKinley Noble's Avatar With a ton of unlockables and dozens of classic wrestlers from the glory days of the World Wrestling Federation, Legends of WrestleMania is a fan's dream come true.

WWE Legends of WrestleMania is made for fans who have fond memories of watching wrestlers like Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan go at it in the squared circle. Legends harkens back to a period in time when the "sport" was less about grappling mechanics and more about heavy punches and power moves. Thanks to a great deal of dedication from developer Yuke's and the WWE, Legends of WrestleMania looks and plays like a dream match, despite some questionable controls and clunky physics.

History Repeated

From the moment you first see WWE Legends of WrestleMania in action, you'll be amazed that the game looks as good as it does. Whether you're playing on PS3 or the Xbox 360, the overly muscled physiques of Yokozuna and Andre the Giant may not be very realistic, but they're definitely imposing and powerful. I'd even say they visuals compare favorably to the Smackdown vs. Raw series. Entrance themes and theme music play out just like the real-life matches they imitate; I had a nostalgic tear in my eye as I saw a young, lanky Undertaker take to the squared circle to his trademark music.

Much of the incentive to play WWE Legends of WrestleMania comes from unlocking events and footage in the WrestleMania Tour mode, where you can replay famous match-ups from past WrestleManias, like Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior or Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock. Even better, the game also gives you the option to "Relive", "Rewrite", and "Redefine" matches, all of which let you alter the very course of Wrestlemania history with insanely awesome results.

No Ring Rust Here

While Legends looks and sounds almost perfect, the dividing factor for wrestling fanatics may be the grappling engine, which has been retooled to focus more on Quick Time Event button cues and button mashing. Even though the action feels faster than Smackdown vs. Raw, the combat in Legends isn't perfect. Instead of complex analog stick rotation linked to dozens of specific moves, simply hitting the face buttons will result in damaging combos. I actually like the fact that the more you build up your Finishing Meter, the more showy and powerful your attacks get; I just wish that it were easier to connect on most of them. The hit detection is spotty at best but strangely enough, it doesn't affect the computer A.I. at all.

Still, the arcade style action is a blast when you've unlocked the deep roster of characters. Old school favorites like The Big Bossman, Rick Rude and the Undertaker are present and accounted for, and each wrassler has a full complement of costumes and intro movies. There are a large number of match types as well, which lets you mix things up nicely. You even have the ability to import wrestlers from Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, which is a welcome feature for sure. There's just no two ways about it: WWE Legends of WrestleMania is a great trip down memory lane and it's a fantastic wrestling game to boot.

PROS: Nostalgic footage from WWF archives, lots of unlockables, graphics look ridiculously good for a wrestling game.
CONS: Stiff wrestling engine, hit-or-miss collusion detection, difficulty is uneven in several matches, regardless of current in-game settings.

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wariomangreat123

I thought they would have gotten rid of the problems that plaqued the SVR series by now.

billyb77

This game is crappy. How can you think the controls are perfect? They're terrible.

Play the demo first guys. Nowhere near as good as Smackdown and not even as fun as TNA.

StormKing

billyb77 wrote:

This game is crappy. How can you think the controls are perfect? They're terrible.
Play the demo first guys. Nowhere near as good as Smackdown and not even as fun as TNA.

Not as fun as TNA!? Now that's saying something. THQ needs to put AKI back on the payroll....at least for the Lengends of Wrestlemania games if they decide to make more of em'.

eday_2010

Definitely play the demo first. I was disappointed with the demo, and think the 4 out of 5 rating is way too high. Gamespot's 5 out of 10 seems right. I was disappointed in the presentation and "recreation" of the Wrestlemanias, and the controls aren't very good. Sure, they are arcadey, but they are also very limiting. Some some things weren't very accurate. Andre the Giant is too agile. Sure, playing as him if he is slow and lumbering may not be that fun perhaps, but it's historically accurate, especially if regular attacks barely phased him.

I'll get this when it's in the bargain bin in a few months, and I'll rent it out of curiousity, but it is definitely not worth full price. Thumbs down.

pytliks

billyb77 wrote:

This game is crappy. How can you think the controls are perfect? They're terrible.

Play the demo first guys. Nowhere near as good as Smackdown and not even as fun as TNA.

Yeah...I'm with you Billyb and eday_2010...gameplay and controls come first...nostalgia and what not second. I loved the old footage as much as the next, but I can go out and buy the dvds for that...my GP Sports review reflected the big gap between those two points.

lonnie

what the hell is wrong with u thq what happen to the controls this is not my first sont where as u use one set of buttons damn u just set us back big with this game i want my money back in full i spent 60.00 on this i rather play pong on atari than play this smackdown vs raw is wayyyyy better i dont care if u can import SVR to this game the dont do the same moves and the tag team sucks pay me my money back

gigachanger

hopefully thq will see that we all have the same complaint the controls and release a patch that lets u use svr09 controls. there also one other big disapointment when u import a caw alot of the moves from svr09 are not in this game.

KarlB

One thing a disappointed about the achievements/trotheys. That there is not one when you played the perssent version of the wrestler and put aginest the past version of the wrestler. So what it would be worth 0 points on XBOX 360 side things. But they should have a achievement/trothey for that.

krakakilla

Mckinley Noble is honestly getting paid from WWE for this crappy game. This games controls blow and I was not impressed at all, like several others of us. This game isn't on par with TNA Impact which is at least playable. So Mckinley go tell Vinny Mac to give us true wrestling fans a real game and not to subject us to this shit.

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