WWE: WrestleMania 21

Format: Xbox

4 005209 060684
Age Restrictions: 16+
27 May 2005

The WWE experience has never been more lifelike with Superstar voice-over and commentary, an all-new proreversal system and motion capture technology, making this the most realistic looking grappler to date. Create the ultimate Superstar and watch him evolve as you earn new move-sets, costumes and abilities in your quest for the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Build the perfect championship belt and defend it on Xbox Live while gaining prestige with each victory you claim, or take on four of your friends in head-to-head competition online. WrestleMania 21 will immortalise your legacy forever. How will you become a Legend...?

As with most review copies of games we get here at Sci-Fi-Online Towers, WWE: WrestleMania 21 came without any instructions. This meant we had a few unpleasant hours of bashing every key going before we worked out what on earth we were doing. There is a quick explanation of the keys on the loading pages, but they don't really explain all of the moves fully.

Eventually we managed to work out what to do and ploughed headlong into the career mode. This has one of the most impressive elements of the game - you can actually create a character that looks like you - and it's pretty easy to do too. The only moan I have hear is that the only people you can create are male wrestlers - which is a bit sexist as there are female wrestlers programmed in for the Bra and Panties fights. Once you've designed your fighter, you can then customise his entrance into the ring.

If you're played one of the other recent WWE games, then there is nothing here that you won't be unfamiliar with. The links between matches have been tarted up and the story that unravels is quite amusing.

If you've already got one of the many wrestling games on the market then it's probably not worth spending £40 on this. While not quite as good as Smack Down Vs Raw, this is still a worthy addition to the market.

Ray Thompson

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