Pro wrestling (now dubbed “sports entertainment”) may have become a shadow of it’s former self in recent years, but in the 80′s and 90′s it was at it’s peak with the soaring popularity of such superstars as The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, and The Rock. Legends Of Wrestlemania is a return to wrestling’s glory days showcasing these and many more popular wrestling stars of the 80′s Hulkamania era all the way to the attitude era of the late 90′s.
Legends Of Wrestlemania features detailed though somewhat idealized representations of upwards of forty classic superstars and all of the Wrestlemania venues up to Wrestlemania XV. L.O.W. plays similar to the Smackdown series but leans a bit toward the arcadesy aspects of the lackluster Legends Of Wrestling series. The result is easily accessible yet not tremendously deep gameplay that will suit the casual gamer more ideally. While there is also the same deep character creator the Smackdown series is famous for, it has been greatly stripped down, offering fewer move selections and entrance animations than ever. One pleasant surprise however is the inclusion of custom soundtracks for entrance music, a seldom used feature on the PS3.
L.O.W. is by no means a deep game with only a handful of challenges and a few tiers of opponents to defeat as a created character. It can actually become rather stale and repetitive after completing several matches. This is never more true than during the final legend tier which pits you against all thirty-eight legends in a mind-numbing gauntlet that does nothing but test your patience. The adjustable computer difficulty is a blessing here, but also can suck most of the challenge out of the game as well, making the computer nothing more than a punching bag. Another discrepancy is the omission of quite possibly one of the greatest legends of Wrestlemania, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who is mysteriously absent from the game for unknown reasons.
All in all, Legends Of Wrestlemania is a fairly decent wrestling game. Fans of wrestling from the 80′s and 90′s who grew up with these wrestling icons will get the most out of this title however.
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