As an embarrassingly hardcore fan of professional wrestling, I can totally vouch for WWE All Stars - this is a game that respects wrestling's history, tolerates the slightly rubbish stars of today, and mashes them together with a long overdue reboot of fighting mechanics and controls. But you don't have to take my word for it - just check out the demo when it's released on March 23.
The demo features only two characters - Rey Mysterio and The Ultimate Warrior. It's an interesting choice of 'wrasslers' - Rey's a good choice, since he showcases the high flying mechanics, but we would have totally gone for Andre the Giant instead of the clearly utterly insane Warrior.
THQ are clearly shooting for the broadest wrestling audience possible - wise considering that almost every adult in the 25-30 age bracket is a lapsed wrestling fan from the 80s.
“Our playable demo for WWE All Stars will give players a tremendous opportunity to experience an original style of WWE game play cantered around two incredible talent in Ultimate Warrior and Rey Mysterio,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This videogame is fun, intuitive and very approachable, and we believe our core WWE SmackDown® vs. Raw® fans, WWE enthusiasts and casual followers alike will respond very favourably to this unique and fresh take on the virtual WWE experience.”
We've thoroughly enjoyed what we've seen of the game so far, and this demo is definitely worth a download at the very least.