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  • Summary: Build your own wrestling legacy in WrestleMania XXI. The game provides a realistic WWE experience, complete with superstar voice-overs and commentary. Create your own wrestler, and watch him or her evolve as you earn new moves, costumes, and abilities. Strive for the WWE heavyweight title in single-player mode, or build your own championship belt, and defend it online. Through Xbox Live, you can take on four of your friends in head-to-head competition, where you'll try to gain prestige with each victory earned. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 48
  2. Negative: 19 out of 48
  1. But the most important inclusion into Wrestlemania 21 is it's full on Xbox Live gameplay with all matches available. That makes the game worth having right there.
  2. Inconsistencies such as the out-of-date player roster (why are Jazz and Nidia still there, yet characters like Heidenreich, William Regal and Torrie Wilson aren't), the fact that only four wrestlers are ever allowed on screen at once (why not six, or eight?), and that the list of unlockable legends is limited to say the least (no Hulk Hogan!) [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  3. "SmackDown" owners will laugh at the lack of options, but WWE Wrestlemania 21 is still the best grappler on Xbox. [GamesMaster]
  4. Be sure you're Live before even thinking about playing. [June 2005, p.88]
  5. Numerous bugs, glitches, and polish issues drag this game down and leave it feeling like a textbook rush job.
  6. I never thought I would say this, but Wrestlemania 21 is worse than both RAW and RAW 2, a feat that is extremely hard to accomplish honestly. Don't even rent this game, it's not worth it.
  7. When you are playing Wrestlemania XXI, the first question that comes to mind is that have the designers ever played a wrestling game before? Of all the recent WWE-games, this one is by far the worst. Just wait for the next one, which is hopefully done by Yuke's. [June 2005, p.67]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 12 out of 14
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    WrestleMania XXI is easily the best wrestling game on the XBOX. It's certainly better than anything you'll find on the Gamecube (with the exception of Day of Reckoning 2.) First of all, the graphics are absolutely phenomenal for an original xbox title, the wrestlers look perfect, every bit of detail is captured, in my opinion, the graphics on this are certainly better than the ones on the SmackDown! series on PS2. The variety of superstars to choose from is great, you can be top superstars of the WWE such as Triple H, John Cena, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho etc. Midcarders/Jobbers like The Hurricane, Eugene, Rene Dupree, Val Venis, Rhyno and Tajiri. Then of course you have the divas, there are only about 6 divas in total but unless you're a real divas fan, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. Finally, you have a new addition to the WWE XBOX game franchise, WM 21 introduces Legends to the game. Andre the Giant, The Rock, Bret Hart, Mankind and Jimmy Snuka are all playable within the game but need to be bought through the WWE Shop.

    The gameplay itself is a lot of fun, there are loads of different moves to use throughout the match so it never feels like you're using the same boring old move over and over again. Each superstar has their own unique finishing maneuver in the game and weapons can be used in matches like steel chairs, sledgehammers etc. There are a variety of arenas in the game like SummerSlam, RAW, SmackDown, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, Heat, Velocity but one of the main flaws with the game is that there is no WrestleMania 21, instead there's only the WrestleMania XX arena, which kind of spoiled the game for me.

    The story mode is a nice addition to the game, you create a superstar and take him through the ranks in order to make him a top WWE superstar, it's not mind blowing but it's not a let down either. As you play through story mode, you will earn money. The money you have earnt can be used to purchase Legends, Arenas and Alt Attires (such as Big Show with hair.)

    Another downside to the game is it's Create-A-Wrestler mode. As you'd expect, it's nothing compared to recent WWE games such as SmackDown vs RAW 2011 or WWE'12 but it's a very poor mode, compared to the previous XBOX original WWE game, WWE RAW 2, where the customization on that is so out there, with the player being able to not only create a wrestler but also being able to edit current WWE superstars attires, WWE WrestleMania 21 just seems like a total let down when it comes to creating a wrestler. Overall, WWE WrestleMania 21 is a fantastic wrestling game, it's really cheap now and can be bought for about £2-£10 somewhere on the internet, it's definitely a must have for anyone looking to get a good wrestling game on the original xbox which is why I'm giving it a 9 out of 10.
  2. Wongit
    May 9, 2005
    Im being nice, this game isn't all that bad, but i had high hopes for this game, and its definetly not that good. Its alright, there are nice graphics, but its got way to many glitches, and the CAW mode is weak. Expand
  3. PeterD.
    Apr 23, 2005
    This game is full of bugs,.!!! the loading is way too long and the play action is too slow in if you compare with previous smackdown (especially bring the pain,.. wich is the best ever if u ask me)... i wish i could get a refund. Expand
  4. TheDude
    Apr 29, 2005
    I recently rented this game and I now wonder whether Studio Gigante and THQ even bothered with testing and quality assurance. There is potential in this game for future releases, but how this game made it to retail shelves is beyond me. Collision detection is awful, AI is brutally dumb, the create-a-wrestler feature is mind-numbing, and the gameplay is slow and full of bugs and defects. I haven't been able to get Live working even with the patch from THQ. My recommendation: rent it, check out the glitzy graphics, return it the next day and demand a refund or a new rental because this game is broken - do not buy!!!! Expand
  5. May 15, 2013
    WWE Wrestlemania 21 for XBOX is the worst wrestling game and WWE game that I have played. It has the worst game play of any wrestling game that has been released and it takes five minutes to do one Boston Crab. When I saw the story mode is a dumb down version WWE Day Of Reckoning for Nintendo GameCube and there was no originality. Expand
  6. BlueFalcon
    May 24, 2005
    I was a bit surprised at just how poor this one was. It's basically unfinished. It looks decent during the wrestler entrances, but not during gamplay. There's all kinds of unfinished animation and weird interactions during gameplay. Gameplay doesn't get much less fun than this. Raw is way better, and it's not all that exceptional itself. Expand
  7. JasonC.
    Apr 26, 2005
    This game should have never been released. It has glimpses of what would make a really cool game, however the game is not finished. I paid 50 U.S. dollars for an unfinished game? come on! I have never played a game with so many glitches in my life. Expand

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