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Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. The two places where this game really fails to deliver are in the pacing and the controls.
  3. 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.
  4. Despite the easy to use finishing moves and the create-a-legend feature, this is still a really bad game.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    30
    Consider this a horrible trip down memory lane and use whatever means necessary to repress it. [Sept 2004, p.89]
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    30
    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]
  9. 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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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »