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Legends of Wrestling

Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
66 customer reviews
Metascore: 55 / 100

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Legends of Wrestling

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  • ASIN: B00005NBFN
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,614 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2001
Having been recently disappointed by Smackdown: Just Bring It, I went out and picked up Legends of Wrestling. After playing it all weekend, I came to the conclusion that taking certain aspects of both and combining them into one game would create the ultimate wrestling game...but having to pick just one for now, Legends is the best.
The first thing that I saw in the game was the roster, which absolutely blew me away. Characters include such greats as: George "The Animal" Steele, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Terry Funk, Hulk Hogan, Rob Van Damm, Sabu, The Iron Shiek, Rock 'N' Roll Express, Ted Dibiase, Mr. Fuji, Don Muraco, Bret Hart, Tito Santana, Rick Martel, the Road Warriors, Kerry Von Erich (during one of the between-bout loading screens, a picture of the whole Von Erich family is shown, but I'm not sure how many of them are playable characters) and loads more. Those of us who grew up with 80's wrestling will be in heaven here.
Gameplay has two basic modes, exhibition (one match) and career. Exhibition only has four or five different modes, as opposed to the 70-something Smackdown has, and this is the main place where Legends loses out to Smackdown. Career mode is far superior to Smackdown's Story mode, however. In Career mode, you select a wrestler and start their career, working through the various regions of the country to claim the title and move on to the next region. Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart was my manager...Lou Albano is another manager available in the game; managers can also be turned off, as can blood and a few other options. You work through various types of matches, including 4-man elimination, 3-way elimination, single & tag team.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Beal on November 14, 2001
From what I have seen in Gamespot's preview section of this game Acclaim has started from scratch with the engine. Also, the weapons will actually do a large amount of damage for once. Which also brings to mind that blood is in the matches which really pleases the crowd. Acclaim is attempting to use a combination system in which we can link moves. Lets not forget that the submissions are tweaked a bit too, now a person has to button-mash like mad to either get out of the submission or to keep it on. On a final note I admit I had my doubts at first but from the sound of things Acclaim has a good chance to redeem itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Roth on January 13, 2002
The graphics are exceptionally well done, although there are some major clipping bugs. As Terry Funk, I attempted to climb out of the ring, Funk went through the motions of stepping over the top rope, only to remain in the ring; walk through the ropes while falling through the ring apron to the floor. Another major bug I noticed was in a four way match. While I had Jerry Lawler in a sleeper on the canvas, another wrestler pinned the 4th wrestler in the match, this caused Terry Funk to remain on the canvas in the sleeper hold position. You ask what the problem with that is? Well, Jerry Lawler disappeared. After eliminating the other guy, which would have left myself as Funk and Lawler in the ring to battle it out, where ever I walked Funk would jerk to the right as if there was a ghost hanging around. The only way to end this match was to enter the pause menu and select quit game.
Another thing you will notice about the graphics, is that some of the wrestlers are overly exaggerated. King Kong Bundy is a lot larger than One Man Gang, when in reality in the 80's they were of similar size. Wrestlers are also a lot more muscular than you will remember them. It looks as if Acclaim was going for the 80's cartoonish wrestling look, but that is not to say that the game is at all cartooney.
The entrances are a nice touch, although they get a bit repetitive, easily skipped by using the start button. There are some load times that you won't find in SmackDown, but they're not too bad.
The ring introductions are nicely done, and gives the game a 1980's NWA feel. Both wrestlers standing in the ring, the ring announce introduces the guys one at a time, where he is from, how tall he is and his approximate weight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on January 2, 2002
This is it, the second game to introduce the great genre of wrestling games to the PS2 system. Acclaim, after flopping badly with its ECW games finally makes a strong effort at redemption with Legends of Wrestling. With a new fighting engine and fresh (old) new faces, Acclaim has finally put itself back on the scoreboard.
Though by no means the perfect wrestling game, Legends of Wrestling is definitely a winner and in fact a great start to what could become the next best series of wrestling games on the next generation systems.
Acclaim has finally revamped its "Warzone" wrestling engine and has introduced a pretty great new system. The "combo/reversal" system is pretty sweet, allowing you to link grappling moves into realistic fluid combos, and produce believable counters to moves, just as you normally see in TV wrestling. Overall, this does produce some pretty intense realistic matches.
The wrestlers themselves have a pretty diverse moveset: three levels of attack, three levels of hit, grapple front, grapple back, grapple leg on mat, grapple head on mat, grapple side on mat, turnbuckle, ring apron, top rope, WEAPONS MOVES (like RVD's Van Daminator) etc. The moves are well rendered and with the combo reversal system look pretty crisp.
Plus, the "cheat button" available is pretty fun to have as your manager or tag partner will either distract the ref or come and interfere during the match for you.
Truly harkening back to the old territory days of wrestling before the WWF monopoly, the game basically follows your wrestler traveling throughout the old wrestling territories (Southwest, Southeast, Mid-West, Northeast and Pacific) winning (and defending) the regional titles before uniting them into a U.S.
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