For those who don’t keep up to date on the world of wrestling, WWE All Stars is promising a more arcade-style experience as opposed to the realistic gameplay from the Smackdown vs. Raw series. A roster of both past legends of the ring and the superstars of today is also a huge drawing point for many potential buyers. And having fighters from the golden age of wrestling facing off against current stars via the Fantasy Warfare mode would certainly keep players’ interest.
The genre of wrestling titles has seen anything but a smooth evolution over the last decade, bouncing between simulation and ridiculousness, but WWE All Stars certainly looks to bring the energy and enthusiasm of the real-life fans to every facet of the game. For a full breakdown, take a look at our WWE All Stars review.
If you’re still a little unsure about the style or premise of WWE All Stars, THQ has finally released the game’s launch trailer showing off everything the game has to offer.
Lots of over-the-top gameplay, action figure-based wrestlers to play as, Fantasy Warfare, alternate costumes, and even a special appearance by the one and only Paul Bearer. Check it all out now:
In addition to the trailer, THQ has also given a few more details on the nuts and bolts of the game, and how the differences in each fighter will be seen. According to them, the members of the roster arere divided into four classes: Acrobat, Big Man, Brawler, and Grappler. Obviously someone like Rey Mysterio would be classified as an Acrobat, while Andre The Giant would be a Big Man, and so on.
The classes reflect the character’s wrestling style and explains whatever strengths or weaknesses they possess. The class can also give advantages over other types of opponents, getting players to apply a bit of strategy to their matches and character choice.
With a roster consisting of legends like Hulk Hogan, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and, for the first time ever in a video game, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, there’s plenty for fans to look forward to.. There are also plenty of today’s superstars, such as John Cena, Randy Orton, and CM Punk. In case the initial roster isn’t quite what you were hoping, more DLC fighters are on the way.
The Hulkster may be one of the greatest personalities the industry has seen, but he’s got nothing on the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, the Honky Tonk Man. The gameplay promises to be a fun experience, with intentionally insane wrestling moves combined with an emphasis on combos giving the impression of a fighting game as opposed to a wrestling title.
Do you think the character classes add a bit of strategy to the game? Is the arcade-style gameplay a pro or a con? Are you satisfied with the roster?
WWE All Stars is available now for the PS3, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, and Wii.