The classic days of wrestling clash with today in THQ's newest WWE romp that is a nice way to hold you over until the next Smackdown vs. Raw title. Much like their Legends of Wrestlemania game, this one breaks away from classic wrestling and makes each wrestler larger then life and comic book-like with amazing overdone power moves. The game has only a few match types and things for you to do that include one on one, tag team, triple threat, four way dances, steel cage, handicap match, fantasy warfare matches and short 10 match story modes to name a few off. The list of wrestlers in the game include Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, John Cena, The Rock, CM Punk, Kane, Roddy Piper, Andre The Giant, Edge, Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Triple H and many more for a total of 30 pro wrestling legends and today's stars.
This is one of those games that you can just pick up the control and go at it against the computer or friends and not have to really read any instructions. What you don't know the game will show you sometimes. The game play is a little sloppy and repetitive making the game just so-so in the fun department and leaving me just wanting to put in my Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 game to play true wrestling, not overdone power moves that you will see over and over making them lose their charm. This is a good first outing for this style of game and a little bit better then Legends of Wrestlemania in controls making this an average beat-em up fighter. On a fun side note: I found myself only playing the legends and making them put the smackdown on today's superstars.
At first look I was not a fan of this game's overdone versions of the wrestlers. They are too overly muscled and some of their faces look almost rubber making me dislike the look. But after playing the game, I lightened up on the look of the wrestlers. While still not great, they fit the over all feel of this larger than life game. My favorite ones were Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage and my least favorite was Andre The Giant (who just looks strange in his presentation) and Hulk Hogan (whose hair is just all wrong). The rings, crowd and movements are all look good making this game a B- on the PS3 report card.
The sound is pretty dang good with loud thuds and hits noises for your moves, not to mention the wrestlers theme songs and commentary by Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler! The sounds of your super moves are as epic as the finisher and the loud thuds as bodies hit the mat are things epic wrestling games are made off. Over all great sound for an average game.
This game is not that bad, but it is a let down in terms of so-so controls, limited moves, overdone character designs and short lackluster intros. Plus once you beat the boring challenges, the game has nothing to offer. The game does have a good premise of dream match ups and somewhat enjoyable are all the classic legends they added. Plus the return of Randy Savage to a WWE video game makes it worth checking out. Over all WWE All Stars is one of those games that's worth playing if you're a diehard wrestling fan or a fan of beat em up style fighters, but if you want a good classic wrestling game this is not for you. I would say go check out WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 or AAA: Heroes of the Ring. Both of those feature straight wrestling matches without all the overdone theatrics. Good try on doing something new, THQ, with the WWE license and I would say that if an All Stars 2 happen please add more match types and moves!