Tuesday, February 21, 2012
My review of WWE Wrestlefest: iPhone version
Note: I basically copied my review from the Kingdom of Foom forum so if you've already read it there, it's the same thing.
I've decided to take some time out of my semi-busy life to actually contribute back to the community that has given me so much entertainment, or something. Today I picked up WWE Wrestlefest for the iPhone for $2.99. (Just a heads up, if you own an iPad and an iPhone, the game isn't cross transferable, they are 2 separate apps!)
Graphics: The graphics in this game are pretty amazing for an iOS game, it really has an arcade feel to it, the characters look like their real life counterparts, done in a comic book style. The crowd even looks pretty cool which was a nice touch.
Sound: Although every person comes out to the exact same song, they did a nice job with the sound effects.Justin Roberts announces each character before the match begins and the kicks and punches sound pretty good for something I'm playing on my phone, music doesn't even sound this good on it. So that's saying something.
Gameplay: Granted I've only gotten to play this for a short period of time (About 2 hours) the controls are decent for what it is, if you've played Street Fighter 4 on the iPhone, controls are very similar, you have a joystick on the left side of the screen, and 2 buttons (one for punch, one for kick) on the right.) It took me a little bit to get used to the controls, my first match Undertaker whooped me like a government mule, poor Macho Man will never be the same. After I took time and looked at the in game manual, I had a better idea of what was going on and actually won a match. From what I can tell, special moves just kind of happen at random, I managed to hit an RKO with Randy Orton as well as his swinging backbreaker. I've seen Undertaker use the tombstone piledriver and the Last Ride as well. As far as gameplay modes are concerned: Exhibition, Road to Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night's Main Event Tournament, Tag Team and Gauntlet Match fill out the options, meaning that there is a lot to choose from, which isn't a bad deal even though all of them play pretty much the same, throw in multiplayer (which sadly I can't seem to get to work, nobody in my vicinity has this game) and the $2.99 price tag isn't so bad.
Playable Characters: Jake "The Snake" Roberts, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, The Rock, Randy Orton, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and the Undertaker fill in the main roster. I would've liked to have had LOD or at least Demolition make it in, I suppose though this is WWE Wrestlefest, not the WWF I remember as a kid, and besides, does WWE even have a legit tag team anymore? Air Boom? Epico and Primo? Anyone?
Arenas: Your choices consist of Smackdown, Raw, Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night's Main Event, and if you want to pay extra money, the "Old" Survivor Series arena. Honestly they all look exactly alike, just the ring aprons are different.
Complaints: My only real gripe with this game is that I have to pay extra money to unlock the following people: Big Boss Man, CM Punk, Shawn Michaels, Sheamus, Triple H, and the Survivor Series ring. Now granted, it's 99 cents, but why not make it an unlockable you can earn by completing the different modes? I know that DLC has become a common place but it seems like every game is doing this now. I suppose it worked in the 80's, it might as well work now.
Overall thoughts: For 4 dollars (I caved in and bought the DLC) I'm not too upset with this game, I've definitely spent money on a lot worse (DLC for Heavy Rain comes to mind...) and for an iOS game as I mentioned before, it's pretty well done. So if you enjoy arcade style wrestling, I'd recommend picking this one up.
Posted by Jeffery at 2:19 PM