Genre: Wrestling/Fighting
System: PS3
Review By: Illmatic

I have never been a huge fan of wrestling games, not because I don’t like the sport, or not even because I don’t like fighting games. In fact, I love fighting games, I even have a soft spot for wrestling somewhere in my heart. The reason why I never liked wrestling games was for one simple reason, the controls. Will WWE ALLSTARS continue this tradition, or will it pioneer a new way for us to enjoy wrestling games?

Gameplay: The gameplay in WWE ALLSTARS is unlike most wrestling you may have played. This title is a lot less technical, and a lot more fun. The game plays like a wrestling game but toned down a bit so that it still has an arcade feel to it. ALLSTARS also offers over the top moves and finishers not found in any wrestling game. This alone should bring in new players who have never enjoyed traditional wrestling games. Like most sports games, WWE ALLSTARS has a few different gameplay modes. “Path of the Champions” and “Fantasy Warfare” are the two modes that fans and newcomers will be the most drawn too. Path of the Champions is a mode where you get to select your favorite WWE wrestler and take on some of the biggest names in WWE history in a series of matches, with the last match being the grand finale. If you can make it to the last match you might find yourself battling it out in Wrestlemania or even Summer Slam. Fantasy Warfare is a new mode that many WWE fans have wanted in wrestling games for some time now, thankfully THQ listened, and delivered. In Fantasy Warfare, you play the WWE Superstars vs the WWE Legends. Each match has pre-selected wrestlers to allow the player to see who is the greatest wrestler of all time!

Graphics: The graphics in WWE ALLSTARS have been done incredibly well. The character models are obviously done way out of proportion, but this only adds to the games sexiness. The game kind of hints at what you would expect if Gears of War and Smack Down vs Raw had an illegitimate child, this game would be their offspring. I did not encounter any hiccups or frame rate issues during my game play, which was surprising because it seems that most games today are trying to make frame rate issues a part of the experience. The lighting in the game is phenomenal, and the over the top finishers look amazing!

Sound: The music and sound fx in WWE ALLSTARS have also been done really well. Fans of WWE will enjoy the entrance songs from their favorite wrestlers while newcomers will have a chance to see just how cheesy some of these entrance songs really are. The announcers are witty and at times can be a bit redundant, but this shouldn’t distract from the awesome gameplay.

Controls: Here is where the game makes a name for itself. The controls in WWE ALLSTARS are everything that someone new to a wrestling game could ask for. Ill be honest, they’re not perfect, but they do work exceptionally well. It took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to use the controls effectively, and in no time I was busting “Pedigrees” on the AI’s candy ass.

Wishes: There a few things that I would want in WWE ALLSTARS 2. First off, I would definitely like more characters. It seems like fighting games are coming out with few characters with additional characters as DLC. THQ has already confirmed that additional DLC characters will be available, my question is, why not include them in the game at launch? I think we all the know the obvious answer to this, but we wont get into that. Another huge game mode that is missing from this title is Royal Rumble. How could they forget Royal Rumble?

TQ Bottom Line: If you are a die-hard wrestling fan or even someone who has never liked/played a wrestling game in your life then this title is definitely worth picking up. The game has a ton of replay value and it is flat out fun to play!

Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 Michelas!

Developer:THQ San Diego
Publisher: THQ
Metacritic: 75
MSRP: $59.99 WWE All Stars $55.99 FREE Shipping – Amazon

  • eric sledge

    not bad but wheres the blood backstage fights story and championship belts its just a poor hybrid between the terrible wrestlmania 18 and wrestlemania the arcade game dont believe me go back and play them path of champions is a poor excuse for a story mode what ever hapened to branching storylines long live wwf no mercy and smackdown shut your mouth here comes the pain thq is lazy smackdown vs raw stinks there best days are behind them ohhhhhh yeahhhh

  • dewayne britt

    in wwe allstars 2 have divas and more superstars as playable chacters