WWE All Stars
|a game by||THQ San Diego|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.5/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||WWE Games, Fighting Games|
If there’s one thing that you can count on, its for the WWE series to properly transport the craziness of the ring seen on TV and turn it into a great video game. WWE All Stars does exactly that – not only does it have one of the best rosters of all time, but the gameplay, graphics, and overall feel of this title are a great compliment to the games that came before it. While playing, it made me especially reminiscent of WWE vs. WCW/NWO Revenge that came out on the N64, especially given how far the wrestling genre of games had come since this release. Despite being full of new features, tons of new and classic characters, and some truly refined controls & combos.
Next Generation Roster
The primary draw for All Stars is, of course, the huge roster thrown at you for this one.
It not only has some of the greatest legends to walk the stage, like John Cena, The Rock, Andre the Giant, Big Show, Triple H, Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Rey Mysterio, but it also has the one and only Macho Man Randy Savage. Notably, this is his first appearance in a THQ/WWE game thus far, making it a wholly unique experience for this alone.
As a fan of the Macho Man, its hard to say that I didn’t come at this game with a bit more leniency, but it turns out that I really didn’t have to. This is NOT a wrestling simulation title – its been well-crafted to be over the top, wild, and insanely fun, somewhat putting realism to the wayside. As a result, the overall tone and feel of the game is fantastic. Getting to watch some of the greatest WWE legends face off against the biggest names today was a blast and that couldn’t have been done without the great game design as a whole.
Above all else, WWE Allstars gives players the opportunity to live out their craziest wrestling dreams with ease. You can create your own fighter and easily get into the action thanks to the single player and exhibition modes. Its essentially a fighting game but set in a WWE ring, which I felt worked incredibly well and added a lot of excitement to each match. In addition, there are 4 different character classes, Acrobat, Big Man, Brawler and Grappler, which actually function differently as advertised – too many games of this genre suffer from having classes that are virtually the same. If I had one gripe with this game, its that it’s a passive take on WWE games.
Its built solely to be aan arcade-style fighter – I personally loved this aspect and felt it was what the series needed, but others have constantly found it to be shallow compared to previous games. Other than that, I couldn’t say much negative about it other than beyond these features, the gameplay is relatively simplistic.
Though this isn’t a realistic take on the WWE, this game is an explosive experience that’s plain fun. Pitting legends against modern superstars, I honestly don’t think you can go wrong in picking up this title.
- Huge roster
- Fast/explosive gameplay
- Decent graphics
- Less realistic take on the series
- Gameplay, though over the top, can get a bit dull