• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2001
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. 49
    Acclaim really disappointed me. The wrestling engine is very slow. It's interesting but going through Career Mode got old really fast.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Some great ideas (art style, reversal system), but it still can’t hang. [Feb 2002, p.85]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. But in the end, Acclaim has exceeded my expectations. Given, those expectations were very, very low to begin with.
  8. 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.
  9. Maybe I’m sadistic, but it’s the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. [Feb 2002, p.152]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The game is very mechanical…and it’s so…painfully…slow. [Feb 2002, p.108]
  13. The game can often feel painfully slow. [Feb 2002, p.38]
  14. Dull and repetitive. Truly a boring title.
  15. If you know the names Von Erich’s, The Iron Sheik or One Man Gang, then you might add a point here.
  16. It has some serious flaws in the gameplay that ultimately keep it from joining the ranks of the truly inspired wrestling titles.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. The characters in Legends have an exaggerated action-figure look, but they move smoothly and have a robust collection of moves.
  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. 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.
  22. At best an incomplete, clunky game with derivative appearance and gameplay.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

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