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Retro Gaming 10’s- WWE All-Stars: (2011)

Its hard to believe that WWE All-Stars came out about a decade ago in 2011. For those who are unaware WWE All-Stars was a pro-wrestling game with arcade styled gameplay. WWE All-Stars was released for multiple game systems including PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Nintendo 3DS; the game had different developers and depending on what crest of the game one owned. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game were developed by THQ San Diego while the others ports were developed by Subdued Software. The interesting thing about WWE All-Stars was its departure from its realistic simulation type gameplay that was featured in the Smackdown vs Raw series since ’04. The character designs for this game were pretty unique since most of the characters were more muscular than they were in real life. Also, WWE All-Stars was a game that was a bit more cartoonish in terms of look and gameplay opposed to the serious tone in the Smackdown vs Raw games from ’04-’10. Aside from having basic match types such as: Single, Tag-Team, Triple Threat and Fatal 4 Way WWE All-Stars Feature some unique game modes. One of those game modes was called “Path Of Champions” which allowed players to select one of three tournaments to participate in.

Each tournament within Path Of Champions saw players complete a gauntlet going through either Legends, Superstars or Tag-Teams; to take on the final bosses: The Undertaker, Randy Orton or Degeneration-X. The Fantasy Warfare mode was also pretty intriguing since it allowed players to participate in dream matches between WWE legends and their modern day counterparts. There were various characters and matches included in Fantasy Warfare including Hulk Hogan vs John Cena, Bret Hart vs Edge, Randy Savage vs John Morrison, The Rock vs Triple H and more. The final match in Fantasy Warfare mode includes a rematch between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 26 where HBK had officially retired. The cutscenes in in both Path Of Champions and Fantasy Warfare added more life to the game while keeping players more engaged in terms of completing each mode. In addition, Path Of Champions and Fantasy Warfare players were able to create their own custom superstar for gameplay within Exhibition mode. In terms of quality WWE All-Stars was very fun despite not being as popular as the likes of SvR ’10-’11. The All-Stars title was one of the better WWE related arcade styled pro wrestling games that world has seen since the 90’s. While titles like WWF Wrestlefest from ’91 are considered to be more iconic the replay value in WWE All-Stars is definitely much higher overall.

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