With plenty of gameplay features, from 40 plus hours of challenges to over two dozen versions of finishers for several characters, Serious Parody’s upcoming PlayStation 3 wrestling game “5 Star Wrestling” is an independent game worth keeping an eye on.
The brainchild of SP’s Dan Hinkles, “5 Star Wrestling” is drenched in nostalgia. Simply put, those that grew up on the popular AKI wrestling games on the Nintendo 64 and the deep “Fire Pro Wrestling” series may have found a modern-day alternative that does its best to recreate the type of action you see in a professional wrestling ring. While there’s no license, there are characters “loosely based” on several iconic professional wrestlers, from Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle to even Goldberg, Chris Benoit and Jeff Hardy. Utilizing every performer’s unique movesets and performance style, “5-Star Wrestling” is all about creating moments.
For instance, using a character like Curtis Angel, you’ll want to work on the legs of your opponent to set up the Ankle Lock, while a guy like Iceberg, is a powerhouse that’ll look to end his match quickly with the Spear and Jackhammer. If not, he’ll be vulnerable since he doesn’t have much stamina.
According to Hinkles, the game, while fun for the casual gamer, is more for the hardcore wrestling fan, who enjoys the “story” of a match. While watching Hinkles’ gameplay, we saw several different maneuvers of finishing moves, from multiple versions of a Top Rope Jackhammer and the Ankle Lock, to cool counters of finishers that aren’t in the mega popular “WWE 2K15.” From what we were shown, characters have various versions of their finishers, from “powered-up” versions to “tired ones. For this reason alone, it was easy to look past a few animation bugs. Simply put, there hasn’t been this type of move diversity in a wrestling game, ever. Utilizing the right stick and the top shoulder buttons for different grapples, the game’s control appears easy to jump right into.
The game’s damage system is just as awesome. If you work on a characters legs long enough, they won’t be able to utilize moves that require you to lift up an opponent. Using a different mode of attack during these instances is a must and only after some momentum and stamina has been returned can you get back to your original gameplay. Requiring more thought than any other wrestling game released to date, “5-Star Wrestling” will require you to change your gameplay style depending on what character you’re in the ring against.
For those tired of the annual rehashes of the WWE series, “5 Star Wrestling,” even with some graphical glitches and lack of a large AAA developer behind it, is shaping up to be a cult hit and an intriguing alternative to the WWE series.
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