Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic 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. It's a considerable improvement over the last two games, and is a step towards putting up a fight with the THQ line of games for supremacy of the console-wrestling genre.
  3. 80
    Although there is still work to be done, Showdown: Legends of Wrestling's new look and play style is a big step in the right direction. Fans looking for a walk down memory lane aren't going to be disappointed.
  4. Give this game a chance. Yes, it's got the Acclaim name on it, and the engine is less refined than others. However, the incredible cast alone is with the price of admission, and the game itself is fun enough.
  5. 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?
  6. It's a pretty solid wrestling game but if you don't really care about the "legends" you'd probably be better off going with a game from the Smackdown series.
  7. 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.
  8. Showdown isn't a terrible wrestling game, but it isn't a very good one, either. It's an improvement, though, so if using the stars of your youth is a draw, this one is worth a rental.
  9. The best of the Legends bunch, but Showdown – a title packed with potential – is a disappointing letdown.
  10. A significant improvement on its predecessors, but for many gamers the bugs that are still present in the series three games in will be enough to put them off the title for good.
  11. The game should be fun for wrestling aficionados, but non-wrestling fans and gamers looking for current superstars won't have much interest in this title.
  12. Everything positive that has been added to the game doesn't do anything to counteract the mechanical artificial intelligence and visual problems that plague much of it.
  13. It's fun but the difficulty is weak, almost to the point where button-mashing can create instant success. That kind of thing can't be entertaining forever.
  14. You may be thinking that this all sounds very familiar, and it is, but in terms of enjoyment, Showdown is a vast improvement on its predecessors.
  15. After two failed games it might be too much to ask for an excellent follow up, but a playable one would have been nice.
  16. It's a nice homage to wrestling's past, but just can't compete with the wrestling games of the present. [Aug 2004, p.96]
  17. 60
    The gameplay is uglier than Paul Bearer in the nude.
  18. 59
    A game meant for fans of wrestling and Not for fans of wrestling videogames. Despite what some may think, there is a difference. As fans of wrestling will no doubt enjoy the nostalgia and history of the wrestlers involved with Legends, while fans of wrestling videogames will likely find it too clunky, damaged, and dumb for any long term value.
  19. All we're left with is an arena full of great classic wrestlers, still wishing they were in a better game. [Aug 2004, p.83]
  20. The downsides are hard to ignore (or even tolerate sometimes), but the fun multiplayer, huge roster of wrestlers, and better-looking graphics than previous installments, make it a weekend rental for a hit of wrestling nostalgia, rather than an outright purchase.
  21. 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.
  22. 55
    One of the most forgettable games I have played in a long time. The series refuses to follow in the foot steps of the great and innovative Smackdown series on the PS2 or evolve much at all for that mater.
  23. All of these touches are implemented adequately enough, but they just can't make up for the broken gameplay.
  24. The Legends games are just awful, no matter which way you look at them.
  25. 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.
  26. The two places where this game really fails to deliver are in the pacing and the controls.
  27. The game suffers from collision detection problems, clunky controls, awful A.I. and sub par graphics. While Showdown may entertain old school wrestling fans, it will certainly leave most people frustrated and disappointed.
  28. Despite the easy to use finishing moves and the create-a-legend feature, this is still a really bad game.
  29. 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.
  30. The poor presentation and frustrating, buggy gameplay will turn off most of us who were looking for a way to recreate the landmark moments and atmosphere from a different era of sports entertainment.
  31. Consider this a horrible trip down memory lane and use whatever means necessary to repress it. [Sept 2004, p.89]
  32. Matches are slower than molasses on a flat surface and play out like blooper reels, with fighters facing the wrong way, refusing to pick up tables or pull off signature strikes. [Sept 2004, p.99]
  33. 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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  1. CliffJ.
    Jan 22, 2005
    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. Full Review »
  2. Uter
    Jun 26, 2004
    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. Full Review »