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  • Summary: Showdown: Legends of Wrestling features more than 70 of the greatest wrestlers throughout history. Send your favorite wrestlers to the squared circle for bone-breaking matches, including Table, First Blood, Ladder, Cage, and Battle Royal. Create dream matches, unlock classic feuds, andShowdown: Legends of Wrestling features more than 70 of the greatest wrestlers throughout history. Send your favorite wrestlers to the squared circle for bone-breaking matches, including Table, First Blood, Ladder, Cage, and Battle Royal. Create dream matches, unlock classic feuds, and customize your own wrestler. You'll travel down the path of pain in the new era-based career mode. If you can master the new Ready-To-Brawl controls, you'll be prepared to take on the icons of professional wrestling. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  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. When will Acclaim learn, and design a wrestling game more like "Def Jam Vendetta"? Imagine if you combined that imaginative play technique with good old fashioned wrestling?
  3. The best of the Legends bunch, but Showdown – a title packed with potential – is a disappointing letdown.
  4. 60
    The gameplay is uglier than Paul Bearer in the nude.
  5. The missing tag instructions, flawed control system, serious lack of a story and the number of glitches in this game should be embarrassing for Acclaim.
  6. It pains me to say this, because I was looking forward to the game, but it needs to be said. Move along folks - there is nothing to see here.
  7. It's undeniably cool to pick your favorite wrestlers from yesteryear, but as soon as the actual gameplay kicks in, the lack of attention given to this title quickly chills all those warm fuzzies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Uter
    Jun 26, 2004
    7
    Now these are the wrestlers I like to see in a game. Most (but not all) of the classic wrestlers are here - it's a good selection Now these are the wrestlers I like to see in a game. Most (but not all) of the classic wrestlers are here - it's a good selection overall. The game is a perfect rental in that it's really fun at 1st but not so much after some time. Still, if you ever have a bunch of drunk friends over, it'd be nice to have this in your collection. Expand
  2. CliffJ.
    Jan 22, 2005
    5
    It is nice to have a game with the legends of the past, however like most negative reviews I concur that the game play is too easy, boring, It is nice to have a game with the legends of the past, however like most negative reviews I concur that the game play is too easy, boring, and glitchy. It could be vastly improved if there were detailed plots and feuds between wrestlers, rather than the generic half-assed storylines of the Challenge mode. It would also be nice if ytou could choose what attire the managers come down in; I'd like to have Jimmy Hart come down in one of his suits rather than his doof superman wrestling tights. Also it would be nice to use created wrestlers as managers. This game has potential to be great, hopefully acclaim will make another attempt. Expand