An overall good game that should've been so much better
This is one of the most strangest wrestling games I've ever played, as it's a lot different than what one may expect, and that's for better or worse. This game does most of the things it wants too just fine for the most part, but many disappointing changes were made to the formula of Wrestling games of around the time this game was released, most of them feeling unnecessary and needlessly convoluted. One big example is the gameplay. The gameplay from Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009, while not perfect, was great and worked well with what game it was. This game throws ALL of that out of the window for a more button based style of gameplay, and unfortunately, it just doesn't work as well, as the gameplay, while can still be good, can be extremely repetitive. I honestly have no clue why THQ and Yukes thought this was a good idea, because even if it were to simulate classic gameplay, it doesn't blend in with what many gamers nowadays are used too, which is better controls. There's a reason we moved on from the controls of yesteryear. The visuals are also a bit strange. While they're fantastic for the time, as they are crisp, bright, and detailed, I find it strange that everyone kind of looks like an action figure when everything else looks lifelike. I understand what they were going for with games like "WWE All Stars", but I'm still scratching my head here. Also, a few big wrestlers are missing for some odd reason. "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Bushwhackers, Eddie Guerrero, Demolition, and Bruno Sammartino just to name a few. The absence of these wrestlers are strange and can make the roster in this game feel a bit underwhelming. Don't get me wrong. The roster in this game is great, as it still has most of the iconic legends fans would expect, but it sucks to see a few favorites omitted. Despite these flaws, I found this game to be pretty awesome, as it lets you relive, rewrite, and redefine matches, which all have historical videos that showcase the WrestleMania match you're about to play. In other words, this is sort of an earlier version of "30 Years Of WrestleMania" from WWE 2K14, and it works surprisingly well here. You can bring your own custom legend through a hall of fame game mode, which is awesome. Overall, the awesome game modes and a good amount of replay value can make this game a fun afternoon. Another thing that's cool is that this game allows you to import everyone from Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009 if you have it already, so you can put a new age wrestler against a legend. One example could be Andre The Giant vs. The Big Show. Overall, despite this game still offering a ton of overall awesomeness, I can't help but feel like the developers of this game tried fixing what didn't need to be fixed, and ultimately made an inferior version of a game that many WWE legends fans were hoping for. The repetitive gameplay, the slightly underwhelming roster, and the odd wrestler models may be enough to disappoint those who were hoping for a game like the ones they know and love, but with Legends, which, unfortunately, this is not for the most part. Overall, I still recommend this game to anyone who has the right mindset for it, because it still offers a lot for WWE Legends fans. But, at the end of the day, it's more recommended to play WWE 2K14 instead, as that also has legends, as well as a fantastic game mode that may just be better than what this game has to offer. Despite the problems I have with this game, it's still good overall. It just should've been so much better.
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