Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
  1. Beyond the licensing, WWE Legends of WrestleMania is a smartly-designed game that enables studio antics to be more approachable to the common gamer. The gameplay isn’t dumbed down to the point where hardcore wrestling fans will scoff at Legends either.
  2. For fans of WWE games, those who grew up in the 80s and 90s watching WWE wrestling, or those who always wondered who would win between John Cena and Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Big Show, or how about the tag team of Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr vs. Dusty Rhodes and Ted Dibiase; this game is a must-buy.
  3. There is no doubt that Legends of WrestleMania is a really entertaining game. The over-the-top graphics, solid sound, and simple but yet engaging gameplay all manage to recreate some great WrestleManias of past.
  4. This is a no-brainer for anyone who still has a yellow Hulkamania shirt tucked away in their closet.
  5. Whether you still watch wrestling or just enjoyed it back in the day, Legends is entertaining to the end. Its pared-down controls may disappoint hardcore fans, but they do make it more playable for newcomers - and players of all stripes will appreciate the giant bearhug it gives to nostalgia.
  6. If you go into this game with an open mind and realize it has no association with SVR then you should love it.
  7. WWE Legends of Wrestling is the one game all old school "WWF" fans should pick up. No other wrestling title has come close to matching the same level of nostalgia that Legends conveys in its close attention to detail and Wrestlemania Tour mode.
  8. If you are expecting from WWE Legends of Wrestlemania the typical atmosphere from the 80s, a more friendly and enhanced gameplay and new game modes, that can make you relive emotions from the past, you won’t be let down. WWE Legends of Wrestlemania does this and more, making of the THQ game a must have for everyone, especially for the nostalgic of the 80s.
  9. At the end of the day though, you have to applaud THQ for going so wholeheartedly after such a specific demographic; SvR players probably won't like it but that doesn't matter, because they don't need it. They have their wrestling game, and now, thanks to THQ, us oldies have ours. It may be far from perfect but I'll be damned if it isn't fun.
  10. The new control scheme is, for me, a change for the better. I for one wouldn't mind a similar system employed for SDvR10, although I'd imagine hardcore fans might not agree. At the end of the day, though, what's most important is that Legends does exactly what it set out to do, and that's provide a rose-tinted nostalgia trip down 80s and 90s wrestling.
  11. Excessive quick time events, repeated moves and puzzling omissions (no Macho Man Randy Savage) had us griping, but overall, Legends of WrestleMania is a fun homage to wrestling's glory days.
  12. Be sure you don’t miss out on this trip down memory lane.
  13. For fans who already own SvR 2009, Legends of WrestleMania makes for a great companion piece — or perhaps a replacement.
  14. WWE Legends of WrestleMania succeeds in its goal of being a welcome nostalgia trip down memory lane. Long-time wrestling fans will certainly appreciate reliving this experience from the earlier years of WrestleMania.
  15. 80
    THQ has put together a pretty great love letter here for old school wrestling fans, and laid down a pretty good foundation for a new series.
  16. This doesn't offer a great deal of depth but it's a fun and accessible nostalgia-fest. [Apr 2009, p.54]
  17. Considering the beyond-favourable roster, the fact that you can import every character from SmackDown 2009, all of which come packing the new approach that Legends takes, and the back-to-basics gameplay, which is ultimately more fun, and THQ’s next step in the wrestling market is one of the finest sports entertainment experiences in years.
  18. Despite its looks, quite similar to the Smackdown franchise, Legends is a very different game. It has all the charm of a huge bunch of timeless stars of the WWE, and it offers a more dynamic and faster gameplay. Unfortunately, it's rather short: its game modes are just a few hours of fun, before relying just in the Exhibition modes.
  19. If you’re a fan of the WWE, or even better the original WWF, then you won’t be disappointed.
  20. 80
    With a ton of unlockables and dozens of classic wrestlers from the glory days of the World Wrestling Federation, Legends of WrestleMania is a fan's dream come true.
  21. It's great fun in multi-player when you have some friends over. It's also fun just playing the single player mode. The classic video highlights are both interesting and funny.
  22. Legends of Wrestlemania pays tribute to the classic WWE wrestlers and to the 80's & 90's generations. It's an easy-going gameplay experience for the new casual players interested in the classic legends. The huge and amazing videos and the Wrestlemania Tour mode are some of its best points. It is not the best wrestling game but is the only one offering a link between the past and the present of the WWE.
  23. As the first WWE Legends-focused title, WWE Legends of WrestleMania does a good job of creating a memorable experience that you can share with friends or enjoy all by yourself.
  24. I thoroughly enjoyed Legends Of WrestleMania. It's repetitive, yet oddly refreshing gameplay is nicely interspersed with great examples of the positive use of Quick Time Events, the videos preceding the fights in the Tour mode are authentic and add to the fan appreciation value of the game and the roster of great names allows for some hilarious multiplayer antics.
  25. WWE Legends of Wrestlemania is a game that will keep you occupied for a long time. The fighters are cool, the movies bring back good memories and there are many modes. On the graphics-side the game has his flaws, but it is still a lot of fun to play.
  26. A perfect start to a franchise that looks to have a bright future. As it currently stands, the current game isn’t the most in-depth fighter on the market nor does it have a plethora of game modes to offer to wrestling game veterans. What it does well is recreating the history and recapturing the glory days of WWE when it was at the top of its game.
  27. A decent game, which with some tweaks can turn out to be a very interesting arcade wrestling game in the future.
  28. Legends' pacing is really the only serious detriment to the game. The implementation of quick-time events feels more like an awkward attempt to differentiate the series from THQ’s Smackdown franchise, rather than a fresh new gameplay mechanic. Old-school grappling fans who are longing for a simpler wrestling game will likely get the most out of LoW, but those accustomed to the fast and furious pace found in SVR will have a harder time embracing the "streamlined" controls.
  29. THQ successfully manages to bring us a wrestling game aimed at the nostalgic, long-time fans, that will be able to relive some of the greatest moments of WWE from the ’80s and ’90s. The simplified gameplay makes it more approachable to every kind of gamer, but the hardcore ones could dislike its lack of difficulty, even at the higher levels.
  30. Legends of Wrestlemania does what exactly what you think it should. Despite some repetition and being short on gameplay content and depth, it’s a casual, enjoyable romp through the good ol’ days that put our childhood heroes (and villians) on a pedestal.
  31. WWE Legends of WrestleMania seems greatly at odds with the established franchise, known for its realistic simulation model and wide variety.
  32. 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.
  33. If you were a fan, even if you haven’t been in a decade, this should provide enough smiling moments to make it worth a look and then a trade in. It’s worth the investment is you know the origins of the WWE franchise. On the other hand, if you’re a stalwart of the wrestling genre on consoles then there are other, more rewarding, games to invest your time and piledrivers on.
  34. 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.
  35. Okay, it's a lighter package than the annual Smackdown update, but with the inclusion of a huge hunk of videos and a pitch-perfect retro flair, this return to the golden age of wrestling is well worth a look.
  36. 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.
  37. The glory days of '80s/'90s wrestling is an appropriately arcade style affair and all the better for it.
  38. This is a fun game, and for wrestling fans of old, it will surely unearth some long forgotten memories. There is some lasting appeal in terms of different gameplay modes and multiplayer options, but I do expect the appeal to fade as the nostalgia wears off.
  39. 70
    It's a real shame that Legends of WrestleMania turns out to be such a slight affair as otherwise it's quite possibly the best wrestling game that developer Yuke's has made in a long time. The control system is a genuine improvement over previous efforts and the strong roster of legends is highly appealing. Had Yuke's fleshed out the WrestleMania Tour portion of the game into a fully-fledged story mode, this could have been something pretty special. As it stands however, Legends simply feels like an incomplete experience, which is a real shame and a major missed opportunity.
  40. 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.
  41. For those people craving a wrestling game with all of their classic heroes then they should look no further, but with a less than comprehensive career mode and a seemingly tacked on online feature, it will fail to grip you long term.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. In the end, Legends of WrestleMania fails to completely live up to its potential, but does provide a fun experience for a short time.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Unlike its glistening, preening stars, Legends of WrestleMania is weak and insubstantial.
  48. Justifying the enthusiasm by reviving fights, characters and many exciting moments swallowed by the sports books, this game is able to generate some sympathy from the fans. Don’t expect much more than that.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. That simple control style makes the multiplayer feel flat.
  52. 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.
  53. WWE Legends of Wrestlemania is what I like to call casual core game, easy to learn hard to master, and excels at giving fans nostalgia for the past glory days of wrestling with the Relive, Rewrite, and Recreate modes.
  54. But if you like your games with a challenge, if you want more depth, and want a multiplayer experience that doesn’t degenerate into strike attacks, then unfortunately Legends of WrestleMania is unlikely to be for you.
  55. The gameplay can be fun for a little while, but it soon becomes an exercise in repetition and boredom.
  56. Nostalgia will inspire you to check this game out, but not even nostalgia can save this slow, brief and completely disappointing game.
  57. 50
    The premise is good -- a game for wrestling fans who can quote every moment of past Wrestlemanias who want nothing to do with a newfangled control system. If the action was consistent and engaging Legends could have been a major success.
  58. A good concept ruined by clunky mechanics and a poor progression system. On a par with Midway's "TNA Impact." [June 2009, p.80]
  59. Unfortunately, the simplicity went a notch too far, and instead of a fun, arcade-like romp through memories of wrestling yesteryear, we're left with a wrestling game that has the best roster in 10 years, but some of the least challenging and least fun gameplay.

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