In just over a week, THQ releases its newest WWE game, WWE All Stars. Departing from the realistic, television style of the SmackDown vs. Raw series, WWE All Stars chooses a more over the top style in both its animations and graphics. The beefed up Superstars and Legends more closely resemble Zangief from Street Fighter IV than their real life counterparts. But that certainly isn’t a bad thing.
WWE All Stars gives a good change of pace to the WWE video game brand without getting in the way of their top selling annualized franchise. Included in WWE All Stars will be a host of WWE Legends and current Superstars including friends of the Flickcast Kane and John Morrison.
Two somewhat surprising additions to the roster are Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Hogan, despite being known as a WWE icon is currently on the payroll of TNA wrestling, WWE’s closest competition. Randy Savage only recently just came back in to the WWE fold after a long absence where not even his name was mentioned on WWE programming for years since his departure from the company in the 1990s.
Perfectly Awesome, Innovative Offense, Ruthless Aggression, Biggest Superstar. Who would win between Andre the Giant or the Big Show? Who is the biggest Superstar of all time? These are the debates that rage in a wrestling fan’s head. WWE All Stars looks to help settle these questions with fifteen dream matchups that can be played out.
Hulk Hogan vs. John Cena. Andre the Giant vs. Big Show. Mr. Perfect vs. The Miz. These are just some of the epic confrontations that either cannot be played out in real life due to the passing of certain legends or likely won’t happen because of generational differences or certain Legends (Hogan) being a part of rival promotions. As past WWE titles have shown, there is a level of awe and nostalgia players have for certain Legends and having the chance to pit them against their modern counterparts is something of intrigue for any WWE fan.
Setting up the notion that the greatest matchups in WWE history may not have happened yet, Fantasy Warfare will see players pick a side – WWE Legends or WWE Superstars – and compete in a series of fantasy matches that pit WWE talent with similar personal or physical attributes against one another to see who is the greatest of all time. Informative and engaging video packages will set up each of the pairings and match objectives.
It’s hard to deny that one of the most entertaining Superstars currently on WWE programming is Santino Marella. The Miracle from Milan has been a comedic staple for more than the past three years between his International title victory in his debut to winning Miss WrestleMania two years in a row to the introduction of his finisher, the Cobra. It is a shame that Santino did not make it in to WWE All Stars. But never fear, in the Creation trailer below, Santino guides a player through the steps to create him, or virtually any other character, be they real life or fantasy, and add them to the WWE All Stars roster.
Stick to the Flickcast for more on WWE All Stars as it approaches its March 29th release date for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo Wii