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The lack of attack variety, lackluster graphics and low replay value make for one seriously disappointing wrestling game.
Luckily, Powerhead Games was able to include a few gameplay modes. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to play through them without giving up on the game. You can find one-on-one matches, three way dances, four way dances, and a tag team match to boot. If you get tired of exhibition, you can always play the game’s career mode. Here you will advance through a “story” in between of the “exciting” matches. During the career mode you will be guides by Captain Lou and Jimmy Hart, which is a good addition to the career mode.
Pünktlich zum Höhepunkt der närrischen Jahreszeit präsentiert uns Acclaim mit einem breiten Grinsen im Gesicht seinen aktuellen Wrestling-Scherz. Leider liegen die Lacher ganz allein beim Entwickler. Die Grafik besteht hauptsächlich aus Low-Res-Sprites, die auch noch aus einem ziemlich umfangarmen Farbspektrum zusammengebastelt wurden. Noch härter hat es die Animationen erwischt. Sie unterschreiten selbst das absolute Minimum an nötigen Bewegungsphasen, was die ohnehin sehr wenigen Moves extrem abgehackt wirken lässt. Mit “Einzelmatch‘,“Karriere“ und “Turnier“ stehen zwar drei Spielmodi zur Verfügung, die verpacken allerdings das flache Gameplay nur immer wieder mit einer anderen Dekoration, ohne tatsächlich die Spielphysik zu verändern. Musik und Effekte sind passabel. Das war‘s dann aber. Und wegen fehlender Multiplayer-Modi kann man das Leid noch nicht einmal
Pro wrestling is all about big egos, big arms, and big moves. Developer Powerhead Games attempts to take all the spectacle and excitement of the sport and fit it neatly into a GBA cart. Sadly, almost nothing of what makes wrestling so popular comes across in Legends of Wrestling II. It reduces an over-the-top sport to a tedious waste of time. When it comes to pro wrestling, people either love it or hate it. There's usually not too much middle ground. Finally, though, we have something that both fans and non-fans can agree on -- Legends of Wrestling II just isn't a good game.
There are several different game modes, from one-on-one to 3 and 4 way matches. The career mode is where Captain Lou Albano manages you as you work your way up the ranks of the wrestling world. But really, there are much better careers out there for everyone. Just stay in school…
Legends of Wrestling II for the Game Boy Advance is a train wreck of a game. For starters, you just won't find most of the options featured in competing products. It doesn't have the sheer volume of modes and match types that THQ's WWE Road to WrestleMania X8 offers, and it doesn't let you create 70-something custom characters and select from more than 300 real fighting moves like you can in Bam Entertainment's Fire Pro Wrestling 2. But even when it isn't being compared with the competition, Acclaim's wrestling game falls short in every respect.
The bar for portable wrestling titles has been set high. The Fire Pro Wrestling games have established the series as the international heavyweight champion of portable wrestling. The combatants may be fictitious, but the fighting system is fathoms deeper than anything we've ever seen before. With Legends of Wrestling II, the portable version of the marginal console wrestling game, Acclaim is throwing their hat in the proverbial ring. However, after playing LOWII, it seems like they should be throwing in the towel.
The rest of the package seems hastily thrown together. While the menu screens and career aspects are nice, there's no two-player support, which is almost unforgivable in any wrestling title. The computer AI is cheap one moment and then brain-dead the next, but the most irritating aspect by far is the overall sluggishness of the action inside the ring. Acclaim should have never released this title in such a sorry state of playability, but the only way for companies to get the message that this is unacceptable is when players or their parents stop buying titles from them.
This Christmas, there isn't a large choice of GBA games if you're a wrestling fan, but one thing's for sure: you don't want this one. Legends of Wrestling II on the Game Boy Advance is just downright awful, having almost no redeeming qualities as a wrestling title beyond its claim of 40 different, classic professionals in its roster. The game is ugly, clunky, and a chore to play, and should be avoided at all costs.
All in all LOWII for the GBA is a major disappointment, outside having a super impressive roster of old school wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, George "the Animal" Steele, just to name a few. It falls short in every category that makes a great wrestling game fun. I was hoping that with the super star roster that LOWII boast, it could take 2D wrestling back to the glory days of Pro Wrestling and Tecmo's Wrestling. However, with poor graphics and animations, as well as, sloppy and unrefined controls; Legends of Wrestling II is really just a futile exercise in frustration. If you need a good wrestling game for the GBA, go on the hunt for Fire Pro Wrestling 1 or 2 and just avoid this title at all cost, because this is the type of game that will drive a person to alcoholism just to forget that they played it. Now if you will excuse me, I need a double shot of Crown Royal on the rocks.
The "action" is in a permanent state of slo-mo, and yet it still has abysmal graphics. Bret Hart looks like a woman, and everyone else resembles action figures that have been melted beyond recognition in the microwave. Avoid this like a used King Kong Bundy jockstrap.