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Gaming Target (Jul 08, 2002)
Legend of Wrestling is a great throwback to the golden age of wrestling. All of your (my) favorite wrestlers from the ninteen-eighties are here with few exceptions. The game controls great and is full of brilliant bravado. The interactive entrances are a great touch and help to add character to this title. There is a great base here and this fall's sequel should be even better.
Games Master (Aug, 2002)
This isn’t a whole lot different to the PS2 version. There aren’t all that many game modes, so don’t expect tables, ladders, cage matches or battle royals (although they have been announced for the sequel - which is nice). The grappling system is both slick and easy to get your thumbs round, so pulling off counter attacks and reversals is both simple and hugely satisfying. Unfortunately, bog-standard manoeuvres like running, jumping or climbing the ropes can be a very hit and miss affair, making matches very frustrating at the best of times. Likewise, the Create-A-Wrestler isn’t bad, just flawed (a poor selection of outfits is one thing, but only one face?!? And a pretty darned ugly one at that). There’s a lot of potential here, but with control niggles, no commentary and a lacklustre single player, it’s not quite a must-have.
GameZone (Jul 09, 2002)
The graphics are fine, and the grunts and groans do well for the vehicle, but this game really can’t compete with other similar programs on different platforms. The return of the legendary stars that gave this sport its high profile is a nice touch. This game is solid, but not the best platform-wrestling program on the market.
Game Over Online (Aug 02, 2002)
Legends of Wrestling is undeniably a novel concept but considering that this game came out for the PS2 last year and has thus seen very minimal improvement in its GameCube incarnation, it doesn’t give gamers much reason to give the game a second chance, or a first chance really. All the issues that plagued the PS2 version are back in full force; simplistic, if shoddy animation, inconsistent frame-rates, and lackluster character designs are all present. This isn’t to say that the game is complete crap. Wrestling fans may get a few hours of enjoyment out of it, thanks to its stellar line-up of classic fighters, and the create-a-wrestler option is also fairly fleshed-out. If you’re a hardcore wrestling fanatic and dig the thought of being able to control grapplers of wrestling past than you might want to give this game a look-see, otherwise I’d advise you to steer clear.
65 (Nov 14, 2003)
Overall, this game certainly has its share of flaws and other shortcomings, I was still able to have fun with it. While it is harder to enjoy the game when you are just playing it by yourself, you will be able to appreciate it better when you have friends to play it with. While you may not appreciate the other things in the game, you'll be able to appreciate that you'll be able to play as numerous Legends of Wrestling.
Legends of Wrestling is a welcome change of style for wrestling games. The game may need a few additions/adjustments to achieve classic status but what is here is enjoyable. With Legends of Wrestling 2 in development let's hope that everything is subtitled and the problems we have mentioned are sorted out.
Legends of Wrestling fährt zwar jede Menge Wrestler auf, der ohnehin begrenzte Spielspaß hält allerdings nicht allzu lange an. Schade, denn diese Wrestler hätten ein wirklich legendäres Spiel verdient.
GameSpy (Jul 07, 2002)
There's a lot to like about LoW, but there's more to dislike. More move variety and an enhanced reversal and combo system would really help the game out, as well as improved frame rates and controls. Acclaim has already announced a sequel, and if everything here is enhanced, it could very well be the undisputed champion of wrestling games. Sadly, LoW is just a flash in the pan.
Nintendojo (2002)
I won’t lie; I’m a bit disappointed with Legends. I think that Acclaim came up with a great idea to stay in the wrestling business but maybe the final product could’ve been tweaked a bit more. In any event, Acclaim, you keep chugging away on the Cube. We certainly can use all the games we can get.
IGN (Jun 12, 2002)
Legends of Wrestling is a mediocre wrestling game. It's got a great selection of old-school wrestlers to play with and some good design ideas, not to mention a refreshing graphic style, but like so many wrestling games, it's all hopelessly scarred by sloppy execution. Slow, tedious controls hamper the experience greatly, collision detection problems scratch it further, and graphic shortcomings -- from jerky animations to an unpredictable framerate -- ruin it more still.
The Age (Jul 04, 2002)
Controlling the wrestlers seems a little too sluggish, but don't worry - there are plenty of objects to whack your opponent with. Before you begin the game you have the option to turn blood effects on or off. We decided to throw caution to the wind and turn the blood on - and by the end of the fight Hogan was covered in it. If you find the "legends" of wrestling all a little too old hat, there is the option to create your own fighter. Male or female, you can dress your wrestler right down to what they're going to wear on their left wrist. Game modes include Tournament and Career, as well as Exhibition, which allows for versus and tagteam game play. If TV isn't showing enough wrestling for your liking, invite some friends over for an allin brawl for four.
Netjak (Jun 18, 2002)
The game had all the makings of a great game, yet failed to produce a slam-dunk. They even failed to make a lay-up... Heck, they couldn't have made a foul shot. With so much potential, it is disappointing to see all of that anticipation go to waste. A purchase for anyone is highly unadvisable. Legends of Wrestling would be a decent renter for the weekend, just to button-mash your friends. Other than that, the game is nothing more than a sick attempt to purge the wallets of old school goodness. Shame on you Acclaim!
Gameplanet (Aug 09, 2002)
In summary, this is a very badly executed brawler - it smacks of a game that was designed to be generic and easy to port, as evidenced by it's appearance on all major current platforms. It's no fun, it's ugly as all hell and is not even any good in multiplayer mode. There's no point having the very best character designer in existence if you don't want to go on and use that player you created in the actual game. It might appeal to a select few in the audience but we strongly recommend you rent it first. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Armchair Empire, The (Aug 13, 2002)
The music is comprised of cheap, tinny rock and roll without commentators or voice-overs. Not even the Hulk opens his mouth for this one! Legends of Wrestling just screams rush job/quick cash in. The concept was grand but the execution was anything but. VS mode might afford a couple of ‘80s wrasslin’ buffs a few hours of fun but it’ll never replace any of today’s wrestling titles. It couldn’t even make me stop playing Pro Wrestling.
Gaming Age (Aug 14, 2002)
In the end, Legends of Wrestling turns out to be a pretty stale wrestling game with plenty of key icons missing in the history of wrestling. Acclaim is working fast to release a sequel. Let's hope that they fix the issues that plagued this one. There are far better wrestling games out there, and the only appeal to this game would be to play as a wrestler that isn't available in other games. This trade off isn't worth it and neither is this game.