WWE Legends of Wrestlemania, game (2008, PS3)
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  • Some may have a problem with the wrestlers excluded from this title, namely Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Randy “Macho Man” Savage
  • While the pairings are interesting, these changes don't offer a deep experience


    • by Mackenzie Lambert

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      With the recent release of WWE 2K14, there was a lot of emphasis on the WWE’s premiere pay-per-view, Wrestlemania. It was a chance for fans of any age to become familiar with the rich history of the event. Yet, this was not a first time a game put such focus on the grandest stage of them all. In fact, its probably one of the titles they would have you forget in favor of the new game. In honest, I don;t blame them since the game was hardly anything that special.

      Legends of Wrestlemania puts players in the boots of some of the company’s top wrestling talent. The roster reads like a who’s who of superstars of the 80’s


      and 90’s. Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Ultimate Warrior, and Andre the Giant are joined by noted mid-card talent like Mr. Perfect, Big Boss Man, Honky Tonk Man, and Ravishing Rick Rude. Some may have a problem with the wrestlers excluded from this title, namely Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

      Take note: this game only looks at the first 14 Wrestlemania events, only covering the first half of the event’s history. However, the game does a fine job at presenting this section of that history. Graphics are appropriate for the entrances for the specific Wrestlemania. Howard Finkel, the ring announcer for the event, introduces the wrestlers as they come to the

      ring.

      A number of the wrestlers have their original theme music. Hulk Hogan comes out to “Real American.” Jake “The Snake” Roberts uses his classic synth-theme. Yet, some wrestlers have different music, likely due to licensing issues. Big Boss Man doesn’t use “Servin’ Hard Time” and comes out to his Attitude Era theme. Andre the Giant never used a theme song, yet he comes out to a theme song reserved for a giant heel character. You do have the option to change entrances and use music from your hard drive for entrances.

      The game features many match options, despite the fact that many of these options don’t reflect the old school style of 80’s/90’s WWE. There are ...


      • WWE Legends of Wrestlemania, game (2008, PS3)
      singles, tag team, steel cage, and Royal Rumble. There are also ladder matches and Hell in a Cell if you wish to actually play them with this particular roster.

      The focal point of the game is the Re-live, Re-Write, Re-define mode. There are matches from the 14 Wrestlemanias that can be played in the different categories. Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy can be replayed spot for spot. Greg Valentine vs. Junkyard Dog can be re-written to allow JYD to be the Intercontinental champion. Andre and Big John Studd could have their match in a Hell in a Cell…for some strange reason. While the pairings are interesting, these changes don’t offer a deep experience.

      The weakness of the

      game is the simplified controls. Instead of grapple-style controls akin to the Smackdown series, Yuke’s uses arcade controls laced with quick-time events to perform finishing moves. With these controls, matches don’t feel epic and could be won in a matter of minutes, killing any sense of spectacle associated with the event.

      While this game has been out for a number of years and could be bought for very cheap, there is little reason to put any money in this game. With the recent 30 Years of Wrestlemania in WWE 2K14, this title has become obsolete. Unless you want some easy trophies for your PSN profile, just skip this game entirely and go with WWE 2K14 for the ultimate Wrestlemania history lesson.




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