Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs New Generation GameCube

  • Publisher: Bandai
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2003
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. A top-notch wrestling title on the GC. The characters all have tons of personality, the gameplay is great, and there are enough modes to keep players pummeling till the end.
  2. GMR Magazine
    90
    A game that moves fast, controls brilliantly, and looks utterly fantastic. [July 2003, p.77]
  3. Cheat Code Central
    90
    If you are a fan of the whacked out cartoon series, then you are definitely going to be tickled beet red with a kick to the solar plexus.
  4. 90
    With gorgeous graphics and fantastic gameplay, Ultimate Muscle is ultimate enjoyment.
  5. A great game. While the AI can be extremely tough and playing the Story mode through so many times gets a bit old, these shortcomings are more than made up for with the intensity, presentation, and clean fun that it has to offer.
  6. GameNow
    83
    Brings exciting visuals, fast gameplay, and over-the-top wrestling moves together in a package that's as fun to play as it is interesting to look at. [July 2003, p.48]
  7. An entirely original wrestling experience and does a great job of recreating the frenetic action of the cartoon, though it must be said that it is an acquired taste.
  8. 80
    It boasts a fun engine, endearingly weird characters, and funny voices and sound effects, but lacks a few key customization options that keep it from becoming the ultimate champ.
  9. 80
    While the gameplay is super tight, the depth is a bit lacking and the single-player modes could definitely use more variety. But for a lot of gamers, the killer personality, fast pace, and handsome looks of Ultimate Muscle will highlight the best trait the game has, it's simply fun to play.
  10. The fanciful settings, story mode full of bitchy trash-talking (voiced by the American television actors), customizable everything, and series of attacks that culminate in nutty cut scenes bring life to a sometimes plodding genre.
  11. Sim-based gameplay mechanics are nowhere to be found in the game and have been replaced by a blistering pace and frenzied style of action that make for a crazy, yet enjoyable, gameplay experience.
  12. 78
    It's over-the-top wacky, it's brought to life with some truly well done cel-shaded visuals, and most important of all, it's seriously fast and fun.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    78
    You won't be disappointed with this game's high octane pace, simple arcade controls, and flamboyant finishers. [July 2003, p.112]
  14. A very decent, albeit short fighting game that brings the spirit of the animated TV show to life and delivers a game system that works very well.
  15. Game Informer
    75
    What I really enjoy is buying painted Muscle figures from the in-game vending machines. [July 2003, p.110]

Awards & Rankings

#83 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 22, 2003
    8
    This game is better than the show because you are your favourite wrestler. You control what he does. The only thing that is bad is the This game is better than the show because you are your favourite wrestler. You control what he does. The only thing that is bad is the graphics they can be better but overall its awesome. Full Review »
  2. MickeyR.
    Jul 12, 2003
    10
    This is one of the best wrestling games I have ever played. Now I am not a fan of the series so I was a little shaky buying it. However it This is one of the best wrestling games I have ever played. Now I am not a fan of the series so I was a little shaky buying it. However it was great. It has relatively easy controls for younger people it has an interesting array of characters and the stories, despite being short are great. Also there are plenty of modes to keep it from ever becoming boring. There are also a couple of secret characters and toys to unlock. Full Review »