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WWE - Survivor Series (GBA)

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      07.06.2009 02:38
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      "WWE Survivor Series" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by THQ. It is a sports game with professional wrestling being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its violent content.

      The gameplay of this title is a clone of an earlier release known as "Road to Wrestlemania". When comparing the two games side by side, I found little difference in terms of the actual mechanics. Here, the visuals have received a slight update but that is all I truly noted in terms of difference. The gameplay itself features a story mode, an exhibition mode and a versus mode which allows up to four players to connect via a game link cable. The story mode requires the player to first select a wrestler, ranging from more popular names, such as Edge, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and The Undertaker, to superstars in their emerging years like John Cena and Randy Orton. The player will then select either the RAW or SmackDown! Brand to begin his or her journey in rising through the WWE's ranks. The game culminates when the player has won the brand's respective world championship. I found the controls to be responsive but noted an obvious fault in its lack of differentiation between the wrestlers. Yes, each sport their typical costumes but their moves are nearly identical. Each wrestler will punch, kick and slam in the same fashion which renders selecting a different wrestler unnecessary as they are equal in strength and ability.

      The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the action in the ring. Each of the wrestlers resemble their gargantuan counterparts on television and are animated very smoothly. The ring features grey ropes and a white canvas which keeps attention firmly on the wrestlers and is accented by a roaring crowd that taunt, hold signs and generally provide a feel of excitement in the match. Each wrestler also has a short entrance clip as they show off their poses and fireworks while approaching the ring. The soundtrack is minimal and only contains very brief snippets of the wrestler's theme songs during their entrance segment. From there, generic upbeat themes will accompany the match and is accompanied by an assortment of "crunching" sounds when making physical contact.

      Overall, Survivor Series is a game which may entertain wrestling fans but does not provide it for an extended period of time. After completing the story mode there is little incentive to replay it and may only prove fun when making use of multiplayer connectivity.

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