WWE Legends of WrestleMania review

  • WrestleMania Tour mode
  • Video packages
  • Attention to detail
  • Chain grapples
  • Repetitive matches
  • Legend Killer can be a slog

We assume there are two types of people reading this review: those who haven’t kept up with wrestling but are curious if this new game is worth it and those who are big fans of the SmackDown series and are wondering how the controls stack up. Since you’ve skipped ahead and read the score already, we’ll say the answer to both questions is a resounding “Kinda”. Because while WWE Legends of WrestleMania is an interesting companion piece to the SmackDown series, the game only slightly feels like a welcome deviation.

Above: Where are they now? One’s a homophobic nut and the other’s dead 

On the surface, Legends is stuffed with all kinds of game features making the overall package very attractive. You’ve got 40 or so old timers to step in the ring with, WrestleMania tour mode (the meat of the game), the Legend Killer mode and uh… 11 exhibition match types. If we sound disappointed it’s because SmackDown raised the bar in terms of depth and features in a 3D wrestling game. We just can’t help but feel Legends is a little lacking.

Above: How it used to be 

By design, Legends’ control scheme is simpler than SmackDown’s right-stick grapple-heavy action. The intentional shift towards using all face buttons – seriously, no right-stick or triggers used – was done to entice older players originally put off by SmackDown, and to be honest, the control layout works within the context. Hogan, Piper, Warrior Yokozuna… none of these guys had many moves in their repertoire. Go back and watch some of those “classic” matches and you’ll witness 13 minutes of two guys performing punches and rest holds. And this was all before WWE wrestlers were required to be agile. There was very little imagination in a match that ended with a Hulkster legdrop, just jingoistic ideals.

Above: Never forget!

More Info

Release date: Mar 24 2009 - Xbox 360, PS3 (US)
Mar 20 2009 - Xbox 360, PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Sports
Published by: THQ
Developed by: THQ
Franchise: WWE
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending


  • travis2310 - October 14, 2009 7 p.m.

    Have to agree with the article, I wouldnt say it is a great game however its a decent game that can be fun to play. It's fun to play the wrestlemania tour mode, one mode im not a huge fan of is the legend killer mode to me it seems repetative and takes a lot of time which can lead to boredom quickly other then that it's really cool to pick up a decent wrestling game that gives us all a chance to play some of the greats.
  • GordanMFreeman - April 12, 2009 2:33 a.m.

    i did not like this game much at all, espically running, really WTF!!!
  • Magic_OF_Mayhem - March 28, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Acclaim made it, not Activision. Other than that, I think that review summed up what I thought of the game. Good job Shane.
  • thochaos - March 26, 2009 7:20 a.m.

    Can you also use the legends in SDvsR09?
  • understudybass - March 24, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    i'm pretty sure that's no one's tag line. very weak shane
  • Coldblooded - March 25, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    watch the hulk video at the 1:08 mark and notice how even He has to look back at them cheep fireworks,

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