Legends of Wrestling 2 (Xbox) by Acclaim Entertainment

Legends of Wrestling 2 (Xbox) by Acclaim Entertainment Box Art

Release Date
November 25, 2002.

Average Overall Score:
8.00 / 10

Legends of Wrestling 2 brings you back to the glory days of wrestling as you step up to some of the best in the business including new additions Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Big John Studd and many more. This game is obviously geared towards the long time wrestling fan with a line-up of over 60 (20+ more then the original) legendary characters and bonus DVD content of the Legends themselves. For some this will be just another wrestling game, while for others it will serve as a trip down memory lane."

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Friday, December 17, 2004

User Reviews

Score: 80
Overall User Average: 8.00 / 10 (80.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.25 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.50 / 10
Date reviewed: August 1, 2004.

Overall: The biggest appeal of this game is seeing the old school wrestlers of my youth! i havent watched wrestling for ages but used to ALL the time when i was young and this fed me up well with some of that old school wrestling magic
Gameplay: Gameplay, when you first start is great, nearly everything you've seen wrestlers do, can be done! Problem is, after 30-50 matches it gets very tedious, variety in match types becomes very little as the game goes on (career mode) it would be nice to throw in some tag team matches, instead of just ladder and cage and the versus modes
Graphics: Visually this game is almost all you could ask for! Only problem i have is the crowd looks very pathetic. But blood splatters all over the floor....great stuff!
Sound: Sound again is all you could expect! The soundtrack, while not bad, gets on your nerve after a while, but you can change it to a certain degree
Suggestions: more variety in career mode, better crowd visuals, better integration of custom music, better ways to unlock wrestlers, and i reckon if u added todays wrestlers aswell that'd be cool!

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: better than 1 but still not that great. there are some fun elements like more match types & 4 costumes for each wrestler, the costume part is really cool its like though the years for the wrestler.
Gameplay: the moves & reversals are very easy to pull off. but the game gets very stale after a while.
Graphics: once again they made all the wrestlers really buff. people like Roddy Piper & Jerry Lawler dont really have huge muscles. the wrestlers do look better than 1.
Sound: typical wrestling sounds for a game.
Suggestions: keep up with the multiple costumes. but please throw out the stupid buying wrestlers system. its really hard to get one wrestler when the thing goes really fast. what happened to where we can put in a cheat and get all the wrestlers automatically like #1. do that again.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: December 14, 2002.

Overall: Do you like Old School Wrestling?

It doesn't matter because Legends Of Wrestling II is a must have for any wrestling fan. This is just a fun game to play. I've spent several hours playing the game and creating superstars of today and tommorrow.
Gameplay: Perhaps one of the easiest wrestling games I've ever seen move wise. Moves are easy to pull off and linked/reverse moves are even easier. Matches are done with the typical health meter system but don't let that fool you, Although arcadish in nature, when you up the difficulty level matches can take awhile to finish. Frame rate is good, Collision detection is good, and the wrestlers look larger then life....and well they should, after all, these are legends we're talking about. Game Modes include Standard Vs Match, 3 way dance, 4 way dance, Rumble, Cage, and Ladder match. Tag team matches include Standard tag, 3 way tag, 4 way tag, 6 man tag, and 8 man tag. Ladder and Cage matches are pretty good although during the ladder match the ladder itself suffers from some collision problems. The steel cage is great....It's much higher then a real cage and so it should be to accomdate these legends.

It also has a MUCH improved Career mode over Legends Of Wrestling I. In career mode you start out as Joe Jabroni(a wrestler you create or one of the legends in the game.) You start by picking one of 5 regions in the US. Once you pick a region, A storyline screen pops up. Moving at random, You stop the highlight square(Much like a bingo card) and you get that storyline. In other words it's possible to run a career several times as each region has up to 12 different storylines or more.

This gives the game high reply Value. Once you've become champion of a region you move to another region and once again get to select a storyline for that region. Once you've become champion of each region you're awarded the US title. From here you go to the World Region and a shot to become World Champion.

You also have tournament mode which can be done in three ways, Single, Tag, and Tag Title. Once you've won the tag team titles you can defend them in exhibition mode.

3 diffuclty levels can make for some fun but don't think playing on easy(Jobber level) is a push over. Even on easy, the game gets progressivly harder. (I ran one storyline where I had to have the promoters nephew as my tag partner....but I wasn't allowed to let him fight....I had to fight a tag team by myself....How's that for fun?) Once you win the US and World belts, You can defend them in exhibition mode aginst the computer or your freinds. Speaking of freinds, Up to 4 people can play for some real mat mayhem. Other things worthy of a mention, In 8 man tag team matches, all 8 men are on the apron....Impressive considering up till now you could usually only have 4 at any one time.

As for Create A Wrestler, Again this feature is much improved from the original but it is not without it's flaws. You're choice of hair for your wrestler is severally limited. Tattoos do not appear where they should on a human body...(for instance some arm tattoos look as if they are under the wrestlers arm.

You do have a good choice of options to dress you wrestler for success and there is even a store where you can unlock more clothing options. When it comes to giving your wrestlers moves you can hand pick every move you do or pick a legend set and modifiy it. When it comes to your wrestlers persona, you have so many options for names that you can easily make any legends or current superstar that you like. It has so many options for name, Nickname, hometown, and the like that you can make just about anyone you can dream up....and the best part, If you use available names and cities, during your ring entrance the announcer will say them.

The only real bad thing I can mention is that they took away the ability to rip your own intro music(Xbox Only)....and the intro music provided is mostly mediocre.

Graphics: Ok, we're not talking the best graphics ever but still the game is done well. Wrestlers appear to be blown up to giant size and why not....they're legends. Arena's are done very well. Each arena looks great including the Gym arena's you wrestle in during your regional days.

Although Not all about Visual appeal, The extras in the game need to be mnetioned somewhere. This has, hands down one for the best extras I've ever seen. Legend Interviews that make use of the DVD player inside the Xbox and PS2. Some of the bigget names in the sport where interviewed for the game and let me tell you, I've spent alot of time watching them. Each segement of interview is about 5 minutes long with almost ever wrestler having a bonus interview segment. If you really love old school wrestling or you want to know more about the legends of the sport....watch this and learn.

Another extra is the shop option that allows you to buy new outfits, wrestlers, arenas, cheats, stats, and concept art of some of the legends. The way it works is, after you finish any match type of win a region in career mode, you get green coins. (A few for basic matches, a little more for things like ladder, cage, and 8 man tags, and alot for winning regional and world titles.) Once you have these coins can you go shopping? Not yet. You have three coin types...Green which are given to you, then Blue and red coins which you must gamble for. How does that work? Simple, You trade in a certain number of green coins for a chance at blue coins, and more green coins for red coins. When you gamble, you get another bingo like card. You place your bets on the bingo card and then squares start to highlight red. You must stop the moving highlight on a sqaure you placed a bet on to win. Once you've earned enough coins you can start unlocking all kinds of stuff.

Sound: The typical slaps of the mat and crowd noise here. One thing that will catch your attention on the sound front is the wonderful clang of a shot with a steel chair. Weapons sounds are probaly some of the best sounds in the game. The soundtrack isn't too bad either with a bunch of up and coming bands getting some play time. The big bad however is Saliva which supplies &q for the opening of the game.....drawback, these kickass songs are not available as intro music and that is a shame.

Suggestions: What Would I change? Bring back the ability to rip your own intro music. Include all music on the game soundtrack for intro music.

Fix the Tattoo, Create a wrestler faces, and hair issues. They need work.

Allow a champion to wear the belt he's won.

Female Legends.

Tag team entrances

Create A Tag team so that you can put your guys together and have them enter together.

How about a create a title option....I'd like to be able to create an NWA World title or a WCCW World title for that real feel of history....or better yet....base the regions on real regionals that used to exist.

Play by Play and Color man would be nice.

Until Legends Of Wrestling 3....see ya.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

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