Legends of Wrestlemania PlayStation 3

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. WWE Legends of WrestleMania is the perfect wrestling game for the guys in their late twenties, because it's totally focused on the old school wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant and on fifteen editions of WrestleMania, from 1985 to 1999. The core of the gameplay, very arcade and casual, is based on grapples made by quick time events, and way too easy and simplistic to perform very long combos and attacks.
  2. WWE Legends of WrestleMania seems greatly at odds with the established franchise, known for its realistic simulation model and wide variety.
  3. While Legends of WrestleMania has plenty of fun matches to participate in and a worthy roster to choose from, the streamlined controls and all-together easier difficulty make recommending this to veteran fans a hard task.
  4. Thanks to a bunch of different game modes, multiplayer action and the possibility to create your own unique wrestler, WWE Legends of Wrestlemania turns out to be a very complete and over the top wrestling game. And if you add up the tons of content that you can unlock by throwing your opponent through the ring, it only gets better. The game is far from perfect, but if you dig sweaty men in spandex than you will dig WWE Legends of Wrestlemania.
  5. Truth be told, we were put off by Legends’ quick-time event-heavy controls. Yet at the same time, we felt driven to replay matches and earn unlockables. Yes, we had fun but we griped a bunch too. Maybe the next Legends game can return to the right-analog stick action we’re so used to. Or maybe it’s we who are blinded by nostalgia.
  6. WWE Legends of WrestleMania is a game sure to please the legions of nostalgic fans out there. It’s easy to pick up and play, although this could also be its biggest downfall.
  7. 70
    Overall it is hard to recommend for Smackdown! Vs. Raw fans under the age of 27; short of The Rock, HHH, Shaun Michaels, Stone Cold, and Hulk Hogan, most of these wrestlers have been dead or out of the spotlight for years. For anyone with a taste for some classic WWF you can't get any better than this – game wise, anyway.
  8. For fans, Legends is a diverting interactive museum and an interesting expansion of the legends included in more recent Smackdowns. [June 2009, p.78]
  9. A somewhat nostalgic wrestling title that fails to hit the standards set by the Smackdown vs. Raw franchise. Good fun though, even with the simplified controls.
  10. 68
    Fans of the WWE series will really enjoy playing this game. For newcomers, the fine controls will provide you a way to become a WWE fan.
  11. Still, I'm not really in love with the actual game, and after finishing everything (the achievements/trophies are really easy to get by the way), I find myself more interested in the concept than the actual execution.
  12. In the end, Legends of WrestleMania fails to completely live up to its potential, but does provide a fun experience for a short time.
  13. 65
    The historic videos are great, Road to WrestleMania is an interesting idea and who doesn't love seeing the Ultimate Warrior back in the ring? Still, the actual gameplay falls short in this one. The matches aren't that exciting, the controls are lacking, little nuances (such as proper titles) are missing and this just doesn't feel like a solid WWE offering.
  14. That simple control style makes the multiplayer feel flat.
  15. Legends of Wrestlemania sustains itself mostly on nostalgia and on a simple an accessible gameplay concept. The nostalgia part is not so detailed like many passionate fans may demand, but at least it has succeeded in being accessible.
  16. Those of you who do know your Ric Flairs from your Rick Rudes, this is a decent jaunt through the history of the biggest wrestling company on the planet, but the lack of depth means it just falls short of an essential purchase.
  17. Feels positively ancient, gets by on retro charm. [May 2009, p.65]
  18. 58
    The needless addition of QTEs to the formula and a relatively short single-player experience keep it from becoming a legend in its own right.
  19. A lovely flashback for fans, but the insipid action wears thin. [May 2009, p.72]
  20. The gameplay can be fun for a little while, but it soon becomes an exercise in repetition and boredom.
  21. 50
    If the action was consistent and engaging Legends could have been a major success.
  22. The gameplay is so repetitive and robotic. [May 2009, p.101]
  23. Nostalgia will inspire you to check this game out, but not even nostalgia can save this slow, brief and completely disappointing game.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. BryceP
    Dec 4, 2009
    8
    I liked all the trophies, legends and and game modes and all but the cheat codes and they only gave you 4 managers to choose from!
  2. BrandonJ
    Oct 15, 2009
    6
    Ok this game wasn't great @ all, however the content of videos and old theme music were really cool and makes this game a worthy Ok this game wasn't great @ all, however the content of videos and old theme music were really cool and makes this game a worthy (DISCOUNTED) purchase 4 all throwback wrestling fans in their mid 2 late 20's like me and all those that are older & still play video games. The ability 2 import all of the wrestlers from SvR 2010 and even my created wrestlers was pretty sweet but I wish it also included the downloaded wrestlers that I paid an extra $10 for on PSN, now that would've been really cool. Unfortunately the fighting mechanic was entirely 2 simplistic but thank God it wasn't as awful as tna impacts controls (ugh). I honestly didn't play the game online due 2 the fact that SvR 2010's online lagging discouraged me & once I easily obtained every bit of content and every trophy I just didn't care 2 play it any further. The presentation of the Retro theme was awesome but the overall gameplay was a friggin mess, and hopefully if there's another LOW it'll be significantly better. Full Review »
  3. Tye
    Jul 16, 2009
    1
    Bad Bad Bad Bad!Smackdown V.s Raw is Awsome this is Nothing Like it.This Sucks more than Transformers the Vidio game.Ok not that bad!but Bad Bad Bad Bad!Smackdown V.s Raw is Awsome this is Nothing Like it.This Sucks more than Transformers the Vidio game.Ok not that bad!but still its Pretty Bad. Full Review »