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WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (Xbox 360)
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WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (Xbox 360)
Advantages: The ability to play as some of your wrestling favourites.
Disadvantages: The game's too easy and just generally a bit rubbish.
Having been hooked on WWE wrestling games ever since the Smackdown series first hit the original Playstation back in 2000; always when a new WWE game is released I look well and truly forward to playing it. THQ took time away from the Smackdown series here with Legends of Wrestlemania, and decided to put together a game where you can compete as some of your favourite wrestlers from the eighties and nineties such as Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, and Mr Perfect.
When I first sat down to play Legends of Wrestlemania on my Xbox 360 several years back, I was excited to get involved in matches with some of my favourite wrestlers from years gone by. It's fun to see your favourites in pixel form, and the game allows you to recreate/change history in some of the most high profile wrestling matches ever to have taken place.
Legends of Wrestlemania is a bit of fun for nostalgic value, when it comes to the actual quality of the gameplay however the game is seriously let down. The game is just far too easy, and although the simplistic arcade nature of the game may appeal to some; if you're an experienced gamer looking for a challenge then Legends of Wrestlemania is definitely not going to provide you with that. The graphics are nothing special here, particularly revisiting the game several years after originally playing it, and whilst Legends of Wrestlemania definitely isn't a bad game; it's certainly not a very exciting one either.
It didn't take me too long at all to get bored of playing Legends of Wrestlemania, and although it's nice to be able to play as some of your former wrestling favourites; the novelty of the game is quick to wear off, and the game does little to make you want to keep playing.
The sound quality is pretty reasonable here, nothing groundbreaking though, and definitely not the best that you'll find in a wrestling game. With the game as easy as it is, and the graphics as average as they are, the sound does very little to raise up the overall quality of what is a very lacklustre offering of a wrestling game.
If you were a wrestling fan in the eighties/nineties then you'll probably want to rent Legends of Wrestlemania in order to relive a few happy memories; I wouldn't recommend investing in the game though as it's unlikely that you'll be wanting to play the game for more than a couple of hours once the initial novelty of playing as some of your favourite wrestling legends has worn off. I've definitely played worse wrestling games in the past than Legends of Wrestlemania, the arcade style and incredible ease of the game doesn't sit too well with me at all though, and in terms of gameplay it just doesn't come anywhere close to matching the quality of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for instance, a game that was released around about the same time as this one.
Given that you can currently pick up the most recently released THQ wrestling game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, for £13.98 on Amazon; I see very little reason as to why anyone would want to fork out for Legends of Wrestlemania, particularly when Legends of Wrestlemania itself is £10.18 for a game that will provide you with far less entertainment, and undoubtedly get cast aside a lot more quickly also.
Legends of Wrestlemania is by no means a must have THQ sports title, if you were a fan of wrestling in the eighties/nineties though then playing the game at least once is probably worthwhile, albeit unessential. Put it on your Lovefilm rentals list by all means if you're a big fan of wrestling, don't expect much from this game though as if you do then you're bound to be disappointed.
Summary: Worth playing once if you were a big wrestling fan in the eighties/nineties.