• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Acclaim comes off of the top rope with what could be one of the sleeper hits of this holiday season. With all of the stars that made wrestling what it is today, Legends of Wrestling is a must-have.
  2. The characters in Legends have an exaggerated action-figure look, but they move smoothly and have a robust collection of moves.
  3. Where's the Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Dave Boy Smith, Hakeem the African Dream, Bushwhackers, Killer Bees, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Big John Studd, Andre the Giant, and others?
  4. Maybe I’m sadistic, but it’s the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. [Feb 2002, p.152]
  5. A big part of the game’s failure lies in the controls that seem so difficult at times that performing any move, no matter how simple, can become a grueling experience for gamers thinking the game’s arcade style makes for easy character control.
  6. 70
    One thing I will say is that Acclaim has the beginnings of a game engine and gameplay model that could really kick some serious butt if they just take the time to implement more modes and tweak what's already there.
  7. It is fair to say that had Legends of Wrestling possessed the wealth of options present in the aforementioned "Smackdown," it would be the ultimate wrestlefest.
  8. Don’t get us wrong we don’t hate Legends Of Wrestling 2. As a wrestling game it’s original and fun in places, it’s just not essential. One for wrestling’s die-hard veterans.
  9. Some great ideas (art style, reversal system), but it still can’t hang. [Feb 2002, p.85]
  10. The game can often feel painfully slow. [Feb 2002, p.38]
  11. If you know the names Von Erich’s, The Iron Sheik or One Man Gang, then you might add a point here.
  12. 60
    Unless you're desperate to see Captain Lou Albano in action again (and who isn't?), scant reason for a purchase presents itself. Casual wrestling fans can pass.
  13. When you press a button to pull off a move there's far too long a wait for any action, and the game actually builds up a queue which can mean you are waiting for moves to happen before you can continue.
  14. There is nothing really good about this game except for the ability to wrestle with your favorite old-timers, as boring as that experience may be.
  15. Some of the greatest wrestlers from decades past are making their first-ever appearance in a video game, and that in itself is exciting. However, the lack of match variety, the sloppy control, and the poor overall execution make Legends of Wrestling a rental at best.
  16. The game is very mechanical…and it’s so…painfully…slow. [Feb 2002, p.108]
  17. But in the end, Acclaim has exceeded my expectations. Given, those expectations were very, very low to begin with.
  18. 49
    Acclaim really disappointed me. The wrestling engine is very slow. It's interesting but going through Career Mode got old really fast.
  19. Dull and repetitive. Truly a boring title.
  20. The grappling system is decent, but grows weary soon enough. And considering how much the success of professional wrestling depends on the showmanship of its combatants, the game delivers a pretty bland experience.
  21. As downright horrible as this pitiful attempt at a wrestling game was, it did hold a lot of promise for things to come and what could happen if the developers were given the opportunity to do it right.
  22. 40
    The slow, unintuitive controls underlie awful, slapped-together graphics and a bargain-bin soundtrack that features MIDI-rock sound-alikes of the wrestlers’ classic themes.
  23. It has some serious flaws in the gameplay that ultimately keep it from joining the ranks of the truly inspired wrestling titles.
  24. At best an incomplete, clunky game with derivative appearance and gameplay.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Robbie
    Oct 27, 2002
    To be honest, once i began playing LOW, I have totally forgot the SD! controls. LOL :) Anyway, a kicking game with a lot of potential. Pretty cool entrances with cool variations! A must have, long time wrestling fan or not. Full Review »
  2. JosephW.
    May 31, 2002
    I like it, could be a better gameplay, but for a cd based game, it is fun and once used to the buttons it is challenging.
  3. Sully
    May 29, 2002
    I like some of the characters on this game but what is up with the controls? It has a very bad lack of controls and entrances. And when you grab the rope, the person is not even touching it and it calls a rope break. I body slammed someone in a 3-way match and the other person fell too. I only like this game because of the wrestlers like Road Warriors and Hulk Hogan and Rob Van Dam and some others. I think this game lacks wrestlers like Andre the Giant and lacks controls. The next game needs to be fixed if there are people going to pay for Legends of Wrestling 2 (if they have one). Full Review »