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Wrestling fans who want to relive WWE Wrestlemania history will love the detailed story and the times and events that occurred that made wrestling the popular form of entertainment that millions of fanatics around the world enjoyed during the 80s and 90s.
The real superstar of the game is the amazingly inventive Relive, Rewrite, Redefine mode that lets you reenact classic matches from Wrestlemania I through XV, and even choose to see if you can maybe change parts of Wrestlemania history that just didn't seem right.
The exaggerated character models of the wrestlers in Legends and over-the-top graphical presentation was excellent and is almost historic in nature with its detailed recreations of classic arenas, wrestlers, and signature ring entrances.
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WWE Legends of Wrestemania has an occasionally troublesome camera that can become difficult when you move outside of the ring. This can be a major problem when you're trying to pull of a special move and you can't see your opponent prepping for an attack.
Also, you'd be advised to watch out when playing legends, as your opponent will sometimes score a cheap comeback that appears out of thin air. It can be really annoying if you've been pounding on him and have him at a disadvantage which is suddenly negated by a move that doesn't seem to fit the momentum of the fight.
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The graphical presentation of WWE Legends of Wrestlemania is well above average for most games developed today, but pales beside games like Killzone 2 or Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
A two minute introductory scenes comprised of actual television coverage of the event precede each historical match in Legends. This presentation does a fantastic job of bringing you up to speed on current events if you happen to be new to wrestling and pumping up the adrenalin of wrestling fans about old rivalries. The level of historical detail in the presentation is amazing, and it's obvious that someone spent a lot of nights going over the film and getting the facts right.
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Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross lend their voice to this production and they do an amazing job. Great voice acting with nice emotion and entertaining dialogue. Unfortunately, WWE Legends of Wrestlemania doesn't include any more of the historical voices from the time, which is kind of weird considering its content.
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Gameplay & Story
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania is moderately re-playable, but it's certainly more of a history lesson that's entertaining and satisfying to live and includes enough content to provide both wrestling virgins and fanatics with an adrenalin-filled ride that is highly engaging.
Playing through the modes took me a moderately long 26 hours, but then wrestling never was my first choice for entertainment, so it took me awhile to get into it.
A wonderfully satisfying collection of the cool parts of wrestling in the 80s and 90s allows you to relive the exhibitions and antics of more than 40 larger-than-life WWE legends and their managers.
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The Last Word
Legends is something wrestling fans certainly need to check out, and even people who associate wrestling with brainless endeavours should find this an entertaining experience. WWE Legends of Wrestlemania may basically be a history lesson, but at least this is one you won't sleep through.