“ A free download from the Internet, this is the wrestling world's version of Championship Manager - take control of a Federation in an attempt to get the highest ratings for your TV shows. „
"Promotion Wars" is a simulation video game. It was first released in 2004 and has since disappeared from the Internet; distributed primarily from one user to another or through services such as "Rapidshare". This game has not been rated by age guidance panels but due to its text based content I would generally find it suitable for all ages. The game is not a resource intensive application and should be operable on most hardware specifications running the Windows operating system. Promotion Wars is a simulation video game akin to many popular football based video games such as "Championship Manager". Here, players assume the role as the new owner of a top US or Japanese professional wrestling promotion and use an available budget to create exciting television shows in aims of outdoing the competition, becoming financially superior and ultimately the sole existing promotion as other companies fold. While it is not the only wrestling simulation game currently being distributed on the Internet, it does come across as one of the better releases due to its high level of control over the decisions made. Players may hire and fire talent, change championship title holders, designate feuds between superstars and make or break tag teams. This is done through a series of menus which are text based. Aspects related to the title of the menu, such as available talent and their cost versus skill level, are presented in a grid style format with appropriate fields being inserted into the display. The calendar view of Promotion Wars ties the game together. Here, players are shown their upcoming shows and may plan accordingly in build up towards the show. Shows also must be assigned a building which is an option frequently absent in other simulation video games. Players are given a list of popular International stadiums and may select one according to its seating arrangements and cost. Costs are often recovered through the setting of a ticket price which is adjusted from a financial menu system. If a player sets his or her price too high, it could be catastrophic to the event as simulated fans may not attend and the player would run at a loss. What stands out to me about Promotion Wars over others is its degree of computer customization. This can be both a pro and a con. With other titles, the user is granted full control over the way his or her shows are booked right down to the wrestlers getting on the microphone to infuriate their opponents. In Promotion Wars, the interview booking aspect is automatically included into a pre-match segment which doesn't require user interaction. This does make the game experience slightly easier but is something I would like to have controlled for a fuller simulation experience. The graphics of Promotion Wars are very basic and not too eye catching. Easy to click menu buttons allow for smooth navigation between the various tools and mechanisms of the game, but it would perhaps have been nice to see a fuller graphical presentation such as photos beyond a company logo. As the video game is primarily text based, this can become very repetitive to read as the match results seem to be randomly generated from a stock set of moves and phrases related to a wrestler's in-ring mannerism. The game does not feature any soundtrack accompanying it. As the world waits in eager anticipation for Hulk Hogan's shock debut in World Wrestling Entertainment's main lower budget rival in TNA Wrestling, I've found myself playing this game more frequently. It unfortunately becomes boring due to the lack of variety in the match outcomes and my hours of creative thought can quickly become spoiled in a matter of moments due to the boring results. It is simple and functional in its design but is not something which grips me for extended periods of time. Dedicated simulation fans may enjoy this title but more casual players may not find this to be an enjoyable experience.
I came across this product while viewing the PC section. This is something I used to play when I was younger. Interestlingly, this product still exists. Promotion wars is a free wrestling promoter simulator game that was created by Adam Jennings in 2000. This game gives people the chance to run the wrestling companies of TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling), ROH (Ring of Honour), and other top promotions in North America. Some of the older versions are still downloadable which allows you to run the WWF, WCW, and ECW. The latest downloadable version 1.2e is a simple game. It is like the football manager of wrestling, or a simpler version of the GM mode in Smackdown vs Raw 2008 on playstation and xbox platforms. The last version however was released in 2004 so the rosters are not up to date. On the promotion wars website however there are many links to updates that allow you to put the WWE onto the game. You can also find many downloadable scenarios and other promotions to run, even the smaller ones like BCW (a small canadian promotion). Other downloads include an editor which allows you to edit promotions and wrestlers, aswell as create them. This simulator game allows you to either run the chosen wrestling promotions or create your own indy wrestling company from scratch and build it to the top. All the wrestlers are real and there are no fake people on the game. You can sign free agents e.g. Stone Cold Steve Austin or you can try and prize away talents from the bigger companies. There are no videos from the matches. It is a text game. When you have enough wrestlers on the roster you will put on weekly shows to which you have to decide the matches and who wins like a real promotion. You can decide so many things, from running talk show segments with a selected host to putting your world title in the line in a 30 man Battle Royal. There are a lot of matches, and in the editor you can decide to create new matches if you desire. The game is a very good pastime for all wrestling fans. I think it is worthy of having a go if you like wrestling. If you do not like wrestling then there really is no point of playing this game. As the game is free it is obviously great value for money. I have never understood why they have not made people pay for this game as it can last forever. Warning however, if you start a small indy company you are going to be in it for the long run. Dont just think that if you have the money that you are going to be able to sign any wrestler. If you want to be able to buy the top dogs you are going to have to build a reputation to start bringing them in. If you prefer the old school wrestling then just download an earlier version which is available somewhere on the website link below. The old version as I said consists of ECW, WCW, and WWF. However, there are updates on the new game which allow you to have these brands. All you need is on the website link, and they will give you the websites you need to go to to get the updates. you can download from http://www.geocities.com/promwars/ It is an addictive game and only recommended for wrestling fans. Therefore for wrestling fans - 4.5/5 star rating - non wrestling fans - 1/5 star. Why? Because you will not be interested in wrestling will you. My rating of the product will be the former. Jelboy