QVs – Legends of Wrestlemania

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania

In an attempt to motivate me and get me writing more, I’ve come up with a new concept for the blog. I’m calling these entries, Quickviews. Not the greatest of names perhaps but it works! These will be entries that are reviews of games I’ve been playing recently. They won’t be as in-depth as my other reviews and in some ways they will be more informal. They will only be 750 words at the absolute most, but more frequently 500ish. But hopefully they will give me the chance to hone my writing skills and get some content down, as well as master writing more succinctly so that I don’t waffle incessantly! And on that note, we start with WWE Legends of Wrestlemania on the Xbox 360.

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania is the perfect trip down memory lane for Wrestling fans. Featuring 42 wrestling superstars from the 1980s and 90s, it promises to excite many fans, admittedly this doesn’t include me. I was never very interested although friends were so I’m quite well versed in the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. I impressed myself by recognising a good 60-70% of the wrestlers in the game. Things were looking good at this point. I suspected I’d have a bit of a challenge on my hands as I was never very good at the Smackdown Vs Raw games and even worse at the Playstation Smackdown games of yesteryear. Boy was I wrong. I found Legends to be ridiculously simple; in fact it was too simple. All that was needed was a few grapple or punch moves to build up a combo bar, a two button press ‘finisher’ move and the fight is pretty much over. My record for finishing a match was a mere 43 seconds! There are a few different game modes available such as Relive where you, quite obviously, relive a famous Wrestlemania match. As well as this, there are Rewrite (you change the course of history so to speak) and Redefine where you are presented with a match from Wrestlemania history but in a completely different situation. Finally is the Legend Killer mode, and the one I concentrated on the most. This is where you create your own Legend and fight a gauntlet style battle whereby you fight 10 Wrestling superstars in a row, then move onto the next tier and so on. This mode ended up a lot more repetitive than the others. Most frustratingly of all, one of the tiers requires you to defeat 38 wrestlers in a row! Not so bad in terms of difficulty, however you have to do this all in one sitting. You can pause, but you can’t save at all. It was quite irritating for me as it meant I had to find a couple of hours that I could devote to this one Tier of battles. Luckily my stubbornness won in the end and I managed to get it done but it really wasn’t as much fun as it should have been. Finally, it was just far too short. The Wrestlemania Tour section would only take about 3 hours to complete and the Legend Killer mode took about the same. I am in no way a Wrestling game expert, but I do know that this should have been so much better and could have been a lot more fun too.