Hey, hey loyal readers! Wrestlemania is this Sunday, so we here at onthestick.com are going to hit you guys up with a pile of (mostly) videogame and wrestling related content. To start off the week, I figured I’d take a look at an indie wrestling game. A rare breed, indeed!
Action Arcade Wrestling is a wrestling game that was done by one guy. I’ve got to give him some credit, he put in quite a bit of effort, but I’ve also got to be honest. When I first played this game, it wasn’t very good. The grappling system was essentially a series of quicktime events. Longtime readers and listeners will know how much I hate QTEs.
BUT! He went back and patched the game, and now there are THREE options for the grappling system. The first is more or less the original, with minor tweaks. The second is an attempt to imitate the Fire Pro Wrestling grappling system, which is timing based. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the 3D models in the game, I was completely unable to get a firm grasp on this system, too. And I have put in A LOT of hours on various Fire Pro titles.
Ultimately, though, it’s unimportant, since what really makes the difference is the third option, which is a stripped down WWF No Mercy system. This is the most playable option, and the one I had the most fun with. The grapples executed with all systems are based on your opponent’s health, which means when his health is down all the way, you will spam your finisher, whether you like it or not. It doesn’t really make much of a difference, though, since the matches are fast paced and short.
The roster comes with a few pre-set characters, but the intent is clearly for the player to make a roster of their own. There’s plenty of space, and a good amount of variety in parts and moves, considering that this isn’t a full-priced retail game. That really nutshells the whole experience. For what it is, this game is pretty fantastic. And it’s only a buck! If you miss old-school, fast paced, arcade style grapplers, it’s worth your buck. Oh, and it has a cage match option, which is more than the forthcoming Fire Pro Wrestling for XBLA can say.
- System: Xbox 360
- Released: September 10th, 2010
- Developer: Action Productions
- Check it out or buy it here