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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.