User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12

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  1. Dec 28, 2012
    10
    If I was stranded on a desert island, and could only choose one game to keep with me, this would be it. If you're a wrestling fan, you'll completely appreciate how setting up feuds and leagues and tournaments never gets old. The level of creation and customization is staggering. Just about every move you've ever seen on TV is represented or has a close equivalent in the master list. Plenty of match types and you can create your own championships. Easy to play and learn, moves are based on precise timing, not button mashing or anything the current WWE games are forcing us to do, like stopping a fast moving icon in a specific part of a bar to escape a move. There is a basic reversal system, and the big moves are easy to pull off. One of the neatest features is the CRITICAL! system where certain moves can cause an immediate injury or knockout at complete random. They are semi-rare, and will always surprise you when it happens. Older style graphics may seem lame to some, but it allows for more sprites on the screen (8-man tag match, anyone?) and fast loading. Check out fireproclub.com for more info and a helpful community for sharing creations and tips. BTW, there are over 500 slots for your created characters, so you can create just about anyone you want, and have room to keep them! Expand
  2. May 5, 2013
    8
    Unlike other games like smackdown, the TNA's and others during it's time and after, this game contains a huge roster, tons of moves and customization. Unfortunately it is 2D and takes some getting used to when it comes to the moves you can do.
    Your patience and time practicing will pay off as it is an addicting game.
    Right now this is one of my favorites, up there with the No Mercy's and
    Wrestlemania 2000's. Expand
  3. Apr 12, 2012
    9
    This is by far one of the greatest wrestling games of all time. Great default roster (300+), great gameplay that utilizes timed button pressing, and beyond phenomenal customization with the ability to create wrestlers, rings, and referees.
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is archaic, arduous, and arcane, but is it fun? Absolutely.
  2. 70
    The fact that you can create your own shows, rings, belts, logos, superstars and more means that if you dig the game's style of grappling, there are literally thousands of things for you to do. However, this game is far from being for everyone.
  3. 100
    Let me just get this out the way: Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is the best wrestling game ever. That's not an exaggerated statement -- you will not find a better mat simulator on the market.