WWE Legends of WrestleMania Xbox 360


Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
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  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. 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.
  3. AceGamez
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Be sure you don’t miss out on this trip down memory lane.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This is a no-brainer for anyone who still has a yellow Hulkamania shirt tucked away in their closet.
  10. 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.
  11. If you go into this game with an open mind and realize it has no association with SVR then you should love it.
  12. For fans who already own SvR 2009, Legends of WrestleMania makes for a great companion piece — or perhaps a replacement.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A decent game, which with some tweaks can turn out to be a very interesting arcade wrestling game in the future.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Games Master UK
    This doesn't offer a great deal of depth but it's a fun and accessible nostalgia-fest. [Apr 2009, p.54]
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. If you’re a fan of the WWE, or even better the original WWF, then you won’t be disappointed.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. WadeG
    Mar 27, 2009
    Wrestling games have just turned to crap in the past 10 years in my opinion. Whatever happening to the easy to play fun gameplay of the Wrestling games have just turned to crap in the past 10 years in my opinion. Whatever happening to the easy to play fun gameplay of the N64's WCW/NWO Revenge and Wrestlemania 2000 series. Those games were easy to pick up and learn within a few short minutes and unlike these newer games the more you beat your opponent the more tired they would act. It was the perfect balance of realism and fun to play. This game makes a mockery of the good times. They controls are very unattractive mix of arcade speed and graphics and very complex controls that one one hand makes moves incredibly hard to pull off and second of all forces the player memorize an extensive list of controls. They need to get rid of all the quick time events because that stuff just disconnects you from the game (were arent playing god of war guys). They also need to simplify the grappling system. The finishers are also done halfass and 90 percent of the time your opponent can reverse them if the are good at quicktime events. The whole game just seems like nobody really cared if old school wrestling fans were going to be able to pick up and play. Its got a learning curve so high that unless you are persistent you will feel very underwhelmed by the whole game. Whatever happened to the fun. Full Review »
  2. CrittyS
    Mar 24, 2009
    I will go ahead and say that the videos, the nostalgia, and the historic matches and rivalries are great. When the wrestlers come into their I will go ahead and say that the videos, the nostalgia, and the historic matches and rivalries are great. When the wrestlers come into their old intros down the isle into the squared circle it might even bring chills down your back. But, that's where all the fun stops. If you want to see the wrestler's old intros, their historic matches and re-live the 80's and 90's then you can purchase a wide variety of WWE DVD 3 Disc sets for various events and superstars. THe truth is this game feels rushed and incomplete. Very few games modes and the controls are HORRIFIC. Smackdown vs. Raw is by far the better game, but more than anything is the better controlling game. No Right analog stick for the grapples, everything in this game is tap the A button, tap the A button twice and most of the time the crap doesn't work. B button to run, BUT....you an only RUN in CERTAIN situations????? Are the bleepin kidding me? Yeah, this game is hot garbage all around. Nice videos, and historic backgrounds on all the matches, but super-human character models look like crap too. The Warrior was already jacked up enough on all the Roids he was shooting, now he's twice the size he was. Hunter Hearst Helmsley is BIGGER than the current Triple H???? Classic Shawn Michaels doesn't look anything like Shawn Michaels in actual gameplay. Bottom line, this game is huge dissapointment. This could have been a one of a kind release that we would be playing for years to come. Instead its just like TNA iMPACT the game, a few cool features andgood roster, but bad controls, bad wrestling and rused delivery. Wait for Smackdown vs. Raw 2010! Full Review »