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WWE Legends of WrestleMania - updated impressions

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The newest mode we want to talk about is the Legend Killer mode, in which you fight through multiple tiers of wrestlers in a sort of survival gauntlet. First, you’ll need to create a Legend, which is done in the game’s create-a-legend mode. This is in addition to create modes for move-sets, entrances and tag teams.

Once you’ve created your Legend, you head to the Legend Killer mode and select the first tier to fight in. Essentially, you need to fight through ten superstars to pass each tier, of which there are several. These battles are with one health bar and progress like a gauntlet match. Defeat one and immediately fight the other. Incidentally, this is also how you gain experience for your fighter.

How you perform in the match in terms of types of moves performed, taunts or how much health you have remaining all factor into how much EXP you earn after the fight. Now, the tough part about this mode is that if you lose a match, you can either restart the fight you lost or exit the mode and level up your character. You can then restart the tier with your powered up grappler, but have to fight from the beginning. It feels a little like a slog through the mode, but leveling up characters is pretty cool and the more variety you put into your matches, the bigger the reward.

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Lastly, one of the coolest features in Legends is the ability to import not only all of the characters from SmackDown vs RAW 2009, but your created characters too. In fact, one Legend Killer tier is locked to those particular characters. As long as you have a saved game, you can import these grapplers to have new and old fighters standing tall against one another.

Set for release March 24 - just in time for WrestleMania - Legends is banking on its simplified control scheme to bring in older fans. At the same time, Legends also runs the risk of alienating fans of the SmackDown series. Check back in a few weeks to see if Legends can stand beside SmackDown in wrestling-game greatness.

Feb 26, 2009

15 comments

  • jayrocker97 - March 3, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    you awesome graphics this is gonna be so realistic cool its just like on television i need it so bad im a huge wrestling fan
  • jayrocker97 - March 3, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    i think its awesome i want it so bad i hope i have enough in my game stop card
  • thochaos - February 27, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    I must have this. I have a bad feeling that I'm going to have to trade in a lot of games to finance this though =/
  • nitrocole - February 27, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    Nice Preview
  • NelosAngelos - February 27, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Yeah...I don't really dig big burly guys grabbing on each other so I think I'll pass. Looks pretty good as a game though, but not something I'd look fondly placed on my shelf.
  • Yellowhat17 - February 26, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    I Macho Man Randy Savage in this?
  • ELpork - February 26, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    mmmm, more man pron plz.
  • Ramen_Soup - February 26, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    That whole thing about bringing the whole roster from SVR 09 is really cool, But how are the move sets affected?
  • leighton75 - March 16, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    I think a lot of people are won't really appriciate this game. You've got to have grown up with the WWF in the 1980's and 90's. I was a huge wrestling fan back then. I also remember playing WWF Wrestlefest in the arcades and i was just addicted. i love the return of simple controls. I just don't like the new WWE or the SVR games so i will definatley be buying this. I understand the legal reasons for no macho man but for god's sake where is Earthquake. he was brilliant
  • And_ROOS - February 27, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    Considering how the last great "Wrestling" game THQ released was No Mercy, slowing it down may be the best thing they have ever done.
  • martinez3121 - February 27, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    ultimate warrior?stone cold?im def. gonna RENT that!!
  • Rasy2kG - February 27, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    Cool preview Can you see if there are any hidden wrestlers or tag teams?
  • bron1417 - February 27, 2009 12:21 a.m.

    looks pretty good i've been out of the loop of wrestling since The Rock left now i'll get to do it all again.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - February 27, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    no macho man.
  • Jax - February 27, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    Dang it yellowwhat. You beat me to it!

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