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  • Summary: Legends of Wrestling: SHOWDOWN is the exclusive supercard of the immortals! Battle through the annals of time clashing with the greatest grapplers to set foot in the squared circle. Create dream matches, unlock classic feuds and travel down the path of pain in the first-ever era-based career mode to see if you have what it takes to beat the icons of professional wrestling! The only game with over 70 of the greatest ring warriors ever, including the recently announced Ultimate Warrior! Brand new "Ready To Brawl" controls for ultimate mat mayhem. Bone-breaking matches including Table, First Blood, Ladder, Cage, Battle Royal, 6 & 8 Man Elimination Bouts, Handicap, plus 3 & 4 Way Dances. Travel down the path of pain in the all-new era-based, feud-driven career mode. Never-before-seen Classic Matches with hidden licensed arenas. Two-man commentary. Wrestling tutorial from the "excellence of execution" Bret "Hitman" Hart. Create-A-Legend returns with all new textures allowing players to make their ultimate icon of wrestling. Signature entrances and taunts for each Legend, including all new licensed music composed by "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. [Acclaim] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. But it's the wrestling side that has really been beefed up. A new control system finally makes the action flow back and forth like only wrestling can. Plus the controls are easy to learn and get you into the thick of the action fast, pulling off fancy moves.
  2. The game is ultimately let down by similar bugs that plagued the previous two games.
  3. But it's a general rule that when you knock down your opponent, you should be able to stomp on them, pin them, or something like that. Well, not here. Unless you actually knock your opponent down and stun them, you can't grab them or anything until they get back up on their own.
  4. 60
    I honestly don't remember playing a wrestling game with an engine this bad in years, and I've played quite literally every wrestling game out there.
  5. This game could have been so much better than it is, but I didn't think it would ever turn out as distinctly average as it has.
  6. 35
    It's a bad game, but it's a bad game with aspirations, and every so often it manages to entertain in spite of its gaping, hideous flaws.
  7. Showdown is just as bad as its two predecessors in almost every way. [Aug 2004, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. TaylorW.
    Jul 6, 2004
    Very good way better than low 1 & 2 but too many gliches and not enough extras.
  2. BrandonG.
    Jul 9, 2004
    Granted the glitches are terrible , the gameplay is a bit sluggish at times , but the new grapple engine is far easier that the last 2 . overall fun for a while. Collapse
  3. DaveH.
    Jul 10, 2004
    Much better than LOW1 and 2. Lots of potential but the gameplay isn't solid enough to keep you hooked. The framerate suffers a bit on the PS2 when there are more than 4 characters on screen. I feel that if they would have spent some more time improving the controls, fixing all the glitches and the framerate, this could have easily have gotten an 8. I really wanted to like this game but the gameplay just doesn't do it for me. Expand
  4. RichT.
    Jul 30, 2004
    What can I say other than I was very disappointed. The game isn't worth $49.99 not even $19.99 due to all of the technical problems and boring decade storyline. No hidden characters, no hidden arenas, cheats, nothing. Showdown is just an all out stinkfest of boredom waiting to sink you into the deepest bowels of depression and disappointment. I was really looking forward to a game that would do the Legends of Wrestling justice, but as usual acclaim has fallen short and should take some serious notes from the master of wrestling games THQ.... (The Smackdown Franchise).. I am surprised Acclaim hasn't recalled LOW Showdown due to all of the technical problems. For example, during the showdown challenge the controls stick during moves, the screen freezes during gameplay, the announcers' voices become deep and hard to understand and seem to repeat themselves and get stuck on phrases like an old 33 record that has been scratched. In addition, when your wrestler performs some moves, he goes to grab his opponet and applies the hold to an invisible character/air while the opponet is off in another direction. In my opinion, Acclaim should have a massive recall of the game, fix the glitches and technical problems, create more exciting story lines, have hidden characters such as Big Van Vader, Buff Bagwell, Nature Boy Ric Flair, Magnum T.A., Lex Luger, The Four Horsemen, Midnight Express, and some of the TNA Superstars on the roster, easier controls, and lots of hidden items such as costumes, music entrances, arenas, cheats, and etc.. I am not an video game expert or developer but come on!!!, Acclaim ,Just talk to a few wrestling fans and You will have a number one best selling wrestling game that can stand toe to toe with The Smackdown Franchise and THQ. Do yourself a favor and rent this game before you buy it....Two last things... Don't believe the hype about this game. If anything it should be called Letdown..Legends of wrestling... by acclaim.... Expand
  5. jimmywoodnut
    Aug 20, 2004
    This game is o.k at first but then after about 30-60 of playing u finally get how 2 and the game is pretty cool but then after about another hour it truly sux a$$ the only reason i gave it any more than 1 is coz u can be hulk hogan and i am a big fan and anyways hogan isn't even very good in the game which was very unexpected seeing as he is on the front cover and all anyways i would reccomend it 2 any1 who loves some of the most boring games in the world Expand