Hey there! It’s your friendly neighborhood Chatterbox here with a review of THQ’s WWE Wrestlefest app for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch!
To provide a little backstory on this, I used to play WWF Wrestlefest back in the early 90’s on the arcade consoles. It was one of the greatest arcade games I had ever played. Granted, I was probably 6 or 7 at the time, but still. In the original it was complete chaos in the ring. You had stars such as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter, Road Warriors (LOD), and “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase. Each character had their own specific signature moves and there was a singles Royal Rumble match or Saturday Night’s Main Event Tag Team Tournament (The only way to play against the Road Warriors in the final showdown).
WWE Slamfest offers pretty much the same style concept as the original version did back in the 90s. This time though, they’ve added a Gauntlet Match and Road to Wrestlemania modes where you work your way up through the various titles within the WWE. The cast of characters is pretty deep as well. It gives you 8 characters to start out with (Randy Orton, John Cena, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Macho Man, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts) and you are able to purchase an additional pack of characters (CM Punk, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Sheamus, and Big Bossman along with the classic Survivor Series ring).
The gameplay is just as I had anticipated it to be which was fun and a great addition to my travel games. I find it is much easier to navigate on the ipad rather than the ipod touch due to the fact that it’s bigger… but that was minor.
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I was a tad disappointed with the Road to Wrestlemania mode only in that it felt anti-climatic to get to the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania only to walk out to the ring with the generic “house-show” looking backdrop (No special Wrestlemania Entrance) to do battle with… Jake “The Snake” Roberts. A pretty decent-sized facepalm for me on this one. I had in the back of my head it would be a special encounter with an opponent that I hadn’t beaten 4 times throughout the RTWM challenge. Throwing in a big bout with Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, or even The Ultimate Warrior would have made it a 10 of 10 for me. I love surprises! Even after you win the main event at Wrestlemania, it simply plays the credits. No fireworks, no special title winning image, no glimpse of the belt on your character, nothing! So in that, I was a little disappointed but still had fun playing. I did like that they make you actually compete in and WIN the Royal Rumble match to advance to the next event. It made perfect sense to me.
Are you serious, bro? Also on twitter, @WWEGames posted a photo to Zack Ryder’s attention showcasing a future game add-on of his very own playable character which only makes since, seeing how he is one of the more popular faces on today’s programming. Since they will be doing more add-ons to this, I would love to see Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Ultimate Warrior, Road Warriors, Kane, and maybe another classic like Dusty Rhodes, Yokozuna, or even Goldust (what can I say, I love the gimmick characters). I know that for $.99 to download the packs of wrestlers, I’ll be sure to keep my roster up to date with the latest releases and I hope that there are many.
I’m also hoping that THQ reads this and updates the Road To Wrestlemania game mode where you have a special “Boss Match” against an opponent that maybe you have to pin or submit to unlock in the game (Andre, Big Show, Mark Henry, or Yokozuna). I’m not sure how things like that work in the app development world, but it’s just a thought.
All in all, this has been the absolute BEST app game I have downloaded to date! I give it 9 out of 10! Keep up the good work THQ!
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