|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Yuke's Media Creations||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Although the past few SmackDown Vs. Raw titles have featured special unlockable "superstar" wrestlers from the WWE's past, there has never been a title that focused directly on legendary wrestlers from the WWE's past. That is, until now.
Legends of WrestleMania is the first WWE-based wrestling game to give you WrestleMania-focused gameplay involving classic wrestlers like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, and Bret Hart, letting you relieve their classic WrestleMania fights.
The game's main mode, WrestleMania Tour Mode is pretty much this game's selling point, allowing you to relive classic WrestleMania bouts. When you enter the mode, you are invited to either Relive, Rematch, or Redefine classic matches from WrestleMania events past. Before you start each match, a highlight reel detailing the events prior to the WrestleMania match is displayed, and you are treated to about five minutes of classic footage.
If you have chosen to Relive a WrestleMania bout, you will play as the match victor, and your goal will be not only to win the match, but to fulfill a set of objectives to make the match more like it was during the real event. For instance, if you are playing the WrestleMania II steel cage mach between "Hulk" Hogan and King Kong Bundy, you will get extra points if you are able to prevent Bundy from attempting to leave the steel cage mid-match. If you fulfill enough of these extra objectives, you will win a "medal," which will allow you to unlock the next WrestleMania event.
But, as much fun as it is reliving the past WrestleMania events, you can also play through old grudge matches from the point of view of the loser in the Rematch mode. This mode is almost identical to the Relive functionality, as you will still have a set of objectives for your wrestler to complete before they are able to move on to the next WrestleMania bout. Of course, if you want to throw out the rules completely, you can check out the Redefine functionality, but I have to say that this was the shallowest mode of the three, and I much preferred the guided experience of the Relive and Rematch functionality.
The only qualm I had with the WrestleMania Tour mode is that it is far too short. Although Wrestling games have never really been known for their long single-player modes, this one clocks in under ten hours for an average player, and probably around the five hour mark for those who are experienced with this type of game. While there have been only so many WrestleMania events, there are plenty of non-main events that could have been included in the game to lengthen the experience.
In addition to the WrestleMania Tour mode, Legends of WrestleMania also includes a Legend Killer mode, which allows you to pit your own created character through the Legends of WrestleMania gamut and make them into their own WWE legend. This mode is a little bit longer than the WrestleMania tour mode, and you can level up your created character RPG-style as you go through the different matches. Although I wasn't as excited to play with my own character as I was when going through the historic WrestleMania matches, I did enjoy leveling my character up; it was a nice alternative to the main mode.