Electronic Gaming MonthlyThe single-player modes hold XIX back from being the ultimate grappler. [Nov 2003, p.198]
GMR MagazineOddly, though, Yuke's employs two separate buttons for blocks when there's clearly no need to use more than one, and it offers no option to modify this scheme. [Nov 2003, p.74]
Better, if for no other reason but the improved game mechanics. If they had made those improvements alone and left out the "Revenge" mode, I probably would score the game higher. However, the fact that they invested time, effort, and money into this mode forces me to push their score down.
Cheat Code CentralUltimately the issue I have with XIX is one of inconsistency. For one thing the game has many modes and match types, enough to satisfy any hardcore gamer, but the fighting engine and the AI drag the overall enjoyment level of the game down significantly.
Awards & Rankings
#14 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#8 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings
Mar 4, 2016A solid outing for a first wrestling on GameCube. The roster is star-studded and the story mode is pretty funny. Nothing better than throwingA solid outing for a first wrestling on GameCube. The roster is star-studded and the story mode is pretty funny. Nothing better than throwing construction workers into a pit.… Full Review »
Nov 14, 2014I am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot ofI am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot of things to say here, but can't due to the 5000 character limit.
If you're here only looking for small comments rather than a full review then here it is: WWE WrestleMania XIX is a disappointment. If you're looking for actual wrestling then you should move onto another WWE game.
Now for full review....
Sports games have never been a winner at telling stories, and that trend continues here. The story mode in this game is called "Revenge". In the beginning, you are fired by your boss, Vince McMahon, for absolutely no reason. Stephanie McMahon will then contact you and offer a chance at demolishing everything Vince has ever built by sabotaging props of Wrestlemania XIX. During the game you will throw WWE staff into traffic, vandalize cars, and reek the kind of havoc that would otherwise land you in prison.
2. Voice Acting
There isn't much voice acting to work on, but what is there feels like it was scraped together out of desperation. Stephanie McMahon sounds like a computerized speak-and-spell. There is really nothing worth listening to here.
3. Graphics and Visuals
The graphics are as laughable as can be, even for a game made in year 2003. But these downgraded graphics allowed the developers to focus on other things, like advanced customization, and the street fighting in this game that they call wrestling.
Gameplay refers to combat & matches, customization, and various areas you can explore within the game. Put it all together and it's above average!
The wrestling is solid, but is poorly implemented. Having a light and heavy grapple system opens up more opportunities for strategy and comboing, which you'll need during PvP. And the game gives you the control layout in the pause menu, which is pretty cool. You can slam or punch your opponent, or just get out a weapon and start wailing on them. You even do really cool moves at the turnbuckle or ring corner. But it feels like a lot of this game, when it was in development tried focussed on getting its ratings through PvP, because that is where the real fun is at. However, there is no multiplayer in Revenge mode, only Exhibition, and you cannot unlock anything for playing Exhibition, resulting in it being unbalanced. Revenge mode almost never takes place in a ring, so all these moves you have can never be utilized.
The customization is superb! You're given lots of variety, and can change your move-set at any time. But.... (yep, there's another "but") the character creation is something to be feared due to it's confusing menu scaling and lack of graphics. Perfectionists will wind up taking more time than needed, creating the character they want.
Are you a fan of techno club music? Because that is what you'll be hearing the entire game menu. Whether or not it's a good thing is for you to decide. During gameplay, it will repeat the same 5'ish tracks throughout any match or mission.
6. Bugs & Glitches
All though the bugs are tiny and low priority; it still happened. After playing Revenge mode long enough, I would constantly hear a wind-blowing sound that wouldn't go away, even during loading screens. Had to fix it by resetting the game. This is the only bug that happened during my playthrough.
7. Personal Enjoyment
The most fun I had with this game was playing as Stacy Keibler and giving a security guard a nosebleed for shaking booty. You know it's video game formula when you can play as a diva and beat up full-grown men. That is something I like. What I don't like is that 95% of the gameplay is spent outside the wrestling ring, and that Revenge mode is only 2 to 3 hours long. It uses the WWE name, the Wrestlemania name, and it's shiny*** roster of superstars to lure players in, and has them believe that this will be a great wrestling game, as evidence shown by the in-game intro. But in reality, turns out to be a bunch of street brawls. There is little-to-no replay value for those who don't have any friends. Putting in multiplayer is fine, but there needs to be something for the solo players in order to keep them hooked to the game.
8. Overall Verdict
It has good ideas, but I just can't support WWE Wrestlemania XIX for gamecube as a full-fledged wrestling video game. Does it deserve to be destroyed? No, of course not. It isn't the worst wrestling game. But fans looking for the nostalgic retro feeling will notice how lacking it is. Originally rated this a 6, but am now rating it a 5 out of 10. THQ and Yukes can do better than this, and we know they can.… Full Review »
Sep 12, 2014Wrestlemania XIX is a game with a surprising amount of depth, even more than current games like WWE 2K14.
Story: 7/10 - The story mode isWrestlemania XIX is a game with a surprising amount of depth, even more than current games like WWE 2K14.
Story: 7/10 - The story mode is great, but could use some improvements. You start as a wrestler of your choice, and your goal is to ruin Vince McMahon's Wrestlemania XIX event. This starts off kind of fun, but then quickly degenerates into "Beat and bloody X amount of guards". The missions get repetitive, but the reward is worth it. If you manage to beat a section of the story, you unlock that part of the story's setting as a minigame for exhibition play.
Gameplay: 9/10 - While the game may seem tacky at first, it's a lot of fun to play. You can select an arena, match type, and a variety of wrestlers (20-30, I can't remember for sure). Matches are a blast: it's a battle of who can press A or B first and then who can reverse moves the best. Your health bar (indicated by a glowing bar at the top of your name) works really well. It accurately conveys the condition wrestlers are in when they've been beaten to a pulp; health actually makes it difficult to make a comeback, unlike current wrestling games. The Create A Wrestler (CAW) mode is AMAZING. There's so much depth and variety to be found: It you want to make a knight, go on ahead. Spider-Man? There you go. An android? The option is there if you want it!
Graphics: 8/10 - Wrestlers look a heck of a lot like their real-life counterparts. Tattoos, hair, attires - all perfectly translated to video game form. Animations look amazing, even if they are sometimes a bit stiff looking.
Music: 9/10 - There's nothing really memorable here, just some forgettable instrumental tracks. On the plus side, hits sound great and wrestler music is just as it is on TV.
Overall: 8/10 - Wrestlemania XIX boasts addicting gameplay and a large variety of wrestlers to choose from. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who loves wrestling games. It's MILES better than the repetitive wrestling games of nowadays.… Full Review »