I have been a long-time fan of wrestling video games. I owned virtually every THQ game on N64, with my favourites being WCW/nWo Revenge (which I still maintain had the deepest roster of any game ever) and the venerable WWF No Mercy. I then migrated over to Sony and have owned every single PS2 adaptation of SmackDown except for Just Bring It (which apparently means I own all the GOOD ones).
Everyone loves to create their own legends wrestlers and have their favourite classics take on each other, or current superstars. But these “creations” were never 100% “right”. If only a game coming along would allow you to truly go back, in a way that was (until now) only hinted at with the Blue Steel Cage and WrestleMania IX ring from a few SmackDown’s ago. Good news… there IS.
THQ has announced a WWE Legends of WrestleMania game. While minimal details are known at this time, it is confirmed that Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan are in the game. And judging by this video here, it looks incredible.
IGN also has an interesting little preview, and I am exceptionally pumped to hear that Heenan (as Andre’s manager) actually gets involved in the match.
No roster details are announced, so let the specualting begin! It’s highly unlikely that the Ultimate Warrior will be in the game due to his licensing issues with WWE/WWF, not to mention his questionable sanity. And unfortunately, I doubt “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be in; they still haven’t released a DVD compilation of one of their best World Champions ever, nor have they had any involvement with him since he left WCW. While there are rumours about why this is so (rumours which I will not help perpetuate), it is a shame. Because I would love to re-enact the Main Events from WrestleMania V and VI.
The game contains 40 wrestlers, and is set in the 80s and 90s. There are countless stars from those eras for WWE to choose from, and so many WrestleMania Moments to be recreated. I can’t wait!
I remember seeing a video on YouTube a long while back, has to be almost two years now. It was about this cool little game where you create an alien from scratch, build up a civilization, and then venture out into space. I hadn’t thought much of it again until read this article (http://pc.ign.com/articles/885/885477p1.html) at IGN about Spore, being released on PC on September 7th.
This game honestly sounds like the deepest, most open-ended PC game I’ve ever heard of. They already have over 1 million user-created creatures catalogued, and that number will probably be up into the 4-5 million range by the time the game is released. I can’t wait to see the online gaming community’s creativity unleashed in this environment, just as I enjoy going through all the Mii Creation contests that Nintendo Wii has online. Plus I can’t wait to take a bunch of bacteria, turn them into ugly-ass aliens who beat the crap out of each other, and then take them into spaceships and blow the crap out of other aliens!