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Legends of Wrestling II

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GameCube
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PlayStation 2
59
3.2
Xbox
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I can't breathe from the laughter. That's me body slamming the Hulk. Huh, a review? PlayStation 2 Vance (98)

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81
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Last year, former WWF and ECW license holders Acclaim sat without a direction for their lagging wrestling games. Without a big time wrestling promotion to back, Acclaim went the legends route, nabbing a true legend in Hulk Hogan and paying him to promote their first legends game, Legends of Wrestling. While LOW received so-so reviews across the board, I thought it was a solid, but a bit rough, wrestling game that was deeper and more interesting than the disappointing WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It.
76
XboxPGNx Media
“Legends of Wrestling II” is another decent attempt by Acclaim. It doesn’t improve on the original too much, especially in the gameplay. The game is extremely fun in multiplayer mode, and there are many legends included. This is definitely a rental and depending on your experience, maybe a purchase.
75
GameCubeGaming Target
Another big step forward is that Acclaim added a lot of the gameplay modes that were glaringly missing from the original. Legends of Wrestling II has expanded upon the original LOW's limited two, three, and four way bouts and simple two team tag-team match to include Ladder, Cage, Battle Royal, and six and eight man tag-team matches. The new storyline driven career mode is another great addition to the game and actually gives solo players a reason to pick this title up. What all of these new additions come down to is that you will really want to sit down, play this game, and get your hands dirty with the wide variety of gameplay that is included. The biggest challenge will be to get past the repetitive controls.
75
XboxGame Shark
Overall I think this game is good but before you put down any money, I suggest you rent it and see how you like it. It's not WWE and it's not NWA but it's the people who made those franchises possible. Though I wish Ric Flair was in here so we could have some of the bloody cage matches of yore; but let's hope for Legends of Wrestling 3. Imagine the possibilities with LOW3… A ladder match with Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels or a cage match with Mic Foley and the Undertaker. Hopefully Acclaim makes another installment of this franchise.
73
GameCubePGNx Media
“Legends of Wrestling II” is another decent attempt by Acclaim. It doesn’t improve on the original too much, especially in the gameplay. The game is extremely fun in multiplayer mode, and there are many legends included. This is definitely a rental and depending on your experience, maybe a purchase.
73
PlayStation 2PGNx Media
What happens when one company is so much better than its “competitors” that they can no longer afford to run and sell out? Whoever owns the license of the big company, pretty much gets the best licensed wrestling title. THQ has the current WWE license but that didn’t stop Acclaim and Acclaim Studios Salt Lake City from making Legends of Wrestling and its sequel, Legends of Wrestling II.
71
Xbox4Players.de
Legends of Wrestling II ist zwar in jeder Hinsicht seinem Vorgänger überlegen, dennoch kann es nicht vollends überzeugen. Zwar ist die Steuerung sehr gut und auch das überarbeitete Kombo-System erledigt seinen Dienst vollauf zufrieden stellend, doch der Zusammenprall von „Old-School-Wrestling“ mit modernen Komponenten wie Leiter-Matches usw. wirkt anachronistisch und schadet dem Spiel eher. Zudem laufen die Matches dank der im Endeffekt sehr eingeschränkten Move-Auswahl meist nach Schema F ab. Die eigentlich gute grafische „Larger-than-life“-Gestaltung der Charaktere ist zwar ansehnlich, wird jedoch durch übles Clipping und teilweise hölzerne Animationen wieder auf ein Durchschnittsniveau zurückgestuft. Doch trotz aller Mankos kann sich Legends of Wrestling II als kurzweilige Alternative zu dem mittlerweile angestaubten Raw etablieren, erreicht aber nie die Klasse von z.B. der Smackdown-Serie oder den kultigen Wrestling-Spielen auf dem N64.
71
PlayStation 24Players.de
Auch wenn Legends of Wrestling II in jeder Hinsicht besser ist als der Vorgänger - auf lange Sicht erreicht der neue Versuch, alte Legenden wieder auferstehen zu lassen, nicht einmal annähernd die Langzeitmotivation von Smackdown 4. Auf Grund der makellosen Steuerung und dem immer noch unerreicht guten (und verbesserten) Kombo-System ist LoW II für Fans trotzdem einen Blick wert. Denn wo sonst hat man die Möglichkeit, mit den Helden seiner Wrestling-Jugend in den Ring zu steigen? Allerdings muss man dafür auch ein relativ eingeschränktes Bewegungsrepertoire in Kauf nehmen, das auf Dauer zu Langeweile führt. Editor, Grafik und Sound gehen in Ordnung, erreichen aber auch trotz aller Vorzüge niemals den Umfang der Smackdown-Serie. Für Fans auf Grund der Video-Interviews sicherlich interessant, solltet Ihr auf jeden Fall ein Probespielchen machen.
70
XboxXBox Solution (XBS)
Legends of Wrestling II is a decent game. I’ve never been a huge wrestling fan but it was a lot of fun playing through the title with characters I remember watching when I was younger (painfully enforced by my older brother). For the true wrestling fan, this title may be just what you’re looking for, but if you’re a stickler for the technical side of games, it may not be polished enough to suit your needs. Obviously made by a wrestling fan, for a wrestling fan, besides the technical problems it’s a fun game to play that has more to offer on the up side than the down side!
69
GameCubeIGN
Legends of Wrestling II is plagued by the same contradiction as every other wrestling videogame, but it has a somewhat rougher time of it than most. These games are attempting to make a legitimate competition out of a fixed sport. It's a sport which derives almost all of its entertainment value from the fact that the outcome is predetermined and the performers are cooperating in order to put on a show. Now, in some cases, this is not so much of a problem. Games like SmackDown! and Fire Pro compensate by letting the players put on the show themselves, providing a massive selection of options for moves, match types, and so on. They lack the extra excitement added by the angle -- what goes on outside of the ring to set up a match -- but they can usually live without that.
69
PlayStation 2IGN
Legends of Wrestling II is plagued by the same contradiction as every other wrestling videogame, but it has a somewhat rougher time of it than most. These games are attempting to make a legitimate competition out of a fixed sport. It's a sport which derives almost all of its entertainment value from the fact that the outcome is predetermined and the performers are cooperating in order to put on a show. Now, in some cases, this is not so much of a problem. Games like SmackDown! and Fire Pro compensate by letting the players put on the show themselves, providing a massive selection of options for moves, match types, and so on. They lack the extra excitement added by the angle -- what goes on outside of the ring to set up a match -- but they can usually live without that.
68
XboxIGN
To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure if Legends of Wrestling has chosen a task that its creators could ever accomplish. They have wrestling, and they have legends, but they don't have what made them legends in the first place. If the game were completely solid in every other respect, with unquestionably superior graphics and gameplay, maybe that could make up for its conceptual flaws, but given its technical issues and the bugs that remain in its control scheme, it can't quite make it over the top.
67
PlayStation 2GameZone
Wrestling has come a long way since its early days when stories and plots were just beginning to dramatize the fights and build them up into showdowns of epic proportions. There was a time when the build-up was more exciting to watch than the actual confrontation and the colorful participants were so ludicrously entertaining to watch. As a tribute to these wrestlers, Legends of Wrestling II brings them back in action, however, without the exciting drama.
65
XboxGameZone
While the game does showcase slight improvements, Legends of Wresting II doesn’t really bring anything new to the table that will blow gamers and wrestling fans away. With a strong lineup of past wrestling legends of yesteryear and a great multiplayer selection, this is a game worthy of a rental. As for the true wrestling fans, do yourself a favor and stay away from this one.
63
PlayStation 2games xtreme
Overall, the game has come along way in not very much time. Unfortunately (I seem to have used this word a lot during this review), the game still has a very long way to go until it outsells the WWE games.
62
XboxGameSpot
From Hulk Hogan and the Iron Sheik to Owen Hart and Bruno Sanmartino, Legends of Wrestling II's significantly improved roster gives you the chance to play as some of the greatest wrestlers to ever appear in the squared circle, but as enticing as that sounds, the gameplay just doesn't live up to the concept. The action gets repetitive because of the lack of moves and the general sluggishness of the controls, making it difficult to really get into the game. However, Legends of Wrestling II does have some redeeming qualities such as a solid counter system, dozens of unlockable wrestlers, and plenty of extras, including video interviews with many of the wrestlers and managers featured in the game. There really isn't much to choose from in terms of wrestling on the Xbox, so if you absolutely need a wrestling fix, then Legends of Wrestling II is worth a rental.
60
GameCubeGameSpot
From Hulk Hogan and the Iron Shiek to Owen Hart and Bruno Sanmartino, Legends of Wrestling II's significantly improved roster gives you the chance to play as some of the greatest wrestlers to ever appear in the squared circle, but as enticing as that sounds, the gameplay just doesn't live up to the concept. The action gets repetitive because of the lack of moves and just general sluggishness of the controls, making it difficult to really get into the game. In addition, the GameCube version lacks some of the better secondary features in Legends of Wrestling II, such as the great video interviews with many of the wrestlers featured in the game. Ultimately, Legends of Wrestling II is difficult to recommend to all but the hard-core wrestling fan looking for a little nostalgia.
60
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Like its predecessor, Legends of Wrestling II features a great concept that's largely overshadowed by a number of gameplay flaws. The experience of playing as some of professional wrestling's greatest personalities--such as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Andre the Giant--is made much less enjoyable than it might have been due to some sluggish controls and other issues. And while the game's original approach extends beyond its cast of characters and into its different modes of play, the actual gameplay itself simply doesn't hold up well enough to make any of these modes worthwhile.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Unless you have some peculiar obsession with "the good old days" of wrestling before it grew into a peculiar over-exaggerated American soap opera, or idolise the likes of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks, then don't let curiosity get the better of you. Legends of Wrestling II is onto a loser from the outset and doesn't even make the best of what it has. SmackDown retains the belt.
42
GameCubeThe Next Level
With the money you would spend on a couple of boring pay-per-view events, you can buy Legends of Wrestling II and an nWo T-shirt. With a group of friends over, you can't go wrong, and even when they leave there is enough here to keep you playing awhile. The worst that'll happen is you'll develop an intense aversion to gambling. It could be worse.
42
PlayStation 2Netjak
Anyone who’s read my Smackdown reviews knows what I look for in a wrestling title—gameplay and realism. At the beginning, when Acclaim hit us with the first Legends of Wrestling game, many people didn’t know what to expect. We knew we were in for a major dose of nostalgia, but how would it play compared to the likes of Smackdown or No Mercy? Unfortunately, it sucked. Badly.
40
GameCubeGameSpy
I've scored the GCN's LoW2 lower than the PS2 and Xbox versions because of its lack of the interviews featured on the other platforms. The PS2 and Xbox feature rather lengthy chats with Hulk Hogan, Rocky Johnson, Bruno Sammartino, and others. These interviews are the best thing about the game on those platforms, and they are absent here due to the GCN's tiny disc size. Therefore, if you're interested in some wrestling nostalgia, be sure to rent LoW2 for the other systems if you have that option. The lack of interviews combined with the GCN's persistent slowdown makes it the Spike Dudley of the series.
40
XboxGameSpy
If you played last year's Legends of Wrestling and you really liked it and couldn't wait for a sequel so you could do more of the same with better graphics, then you'll really dig this game. If LoW whet your appetite as you saw great potential for LoW2, you will be disappointed like me. Still, there is a lack of wrestling games for the Xbox, and LoW2 really is worth a rental if only to watch the interviews. Just don't expect a great game.
40
PlayStation 2GameSpy
I really wanted to like Legends of Wrestling 2. The nostalgia factor alone makes the game worth checking out. It's just that LoW2 is missing that certain something … namely compelling gameplay.
35
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Je sens que je vais encore devoir répéter ça dans quelques mois, pour la troisième édition, mais tant pis : c'est moche, mou, peu jouable, ça ne vaut pas ce que l'on trouve chez la concurrence et en plus il faut l'acheter. Voilà, à l'année prochaine pour L.o.W. 3