WWE All Stars - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Genre:Fighting, Wrestling
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release Date:Mar 29, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player, 4 online
  • ESRB:T - Teen (Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violence)
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Game Description:WWE All Stars will deliver one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a wrestling-centric videogame. Renowned WWE Legends will align with today's most prominent Superstars, inviting players to generate fantasy matches and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time. In addition, each Legend and Superstar will boast a distinctive and highly stylized appearance, adding to the overall atmosphere and intrepid attitude exuding from the on-screen action.
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WWE All-Stars Preview: Past vs. Present in the Squared Circle

WWE All-Stars Preview: Past vs. Present in the Squared Circle

By Christopher Monfette - Posted Jan 19, 2011

At THQ’s recent roll-out of their early 2011 line-up, we had the chance to go hands-on with a number of titles such as Homefront and Red Faction: Armageddon, but few surprised us more than WWE All-Stars when it came to straight-up entertainment value. This particular journalist has never been a sizeable fan of wrestling titles, despite having been an overly enthusiastic fan of wrestling as a kid…So the ability to match my favorite wrestlers of yesteryear against some of today’s heavy hitters – with whom I’d admittedly less familiar – proved to be a blast in the time I had with the title.


First off, WWE All-Stars isn’t attempting to be a gritty, realistic wrestling game. From the very first moment in the ring, fans will notice the square-jawed, semi-stylized character models and the high-flying, over-the-top finishing moves. The old rules definitely do not apply here as falls count everywhere and there are no disqualifications due to count-outs. In fact, you’re welcome – if not encouraged – to take the action outside the ring for as long as you’d like. Overall, the gameplay is fast and hard hitting, yet for a twitch-based brawler, the controls are surprisingly easy to discern as you play through the first few matches. Mastering them, however, might take a bit longer. With combos, grabs, lock-ups, transitions, reversals, blocks and counters, there are countless maneuvers at your command, but after mashing your way through a handful of rounds, you’ll quickly find your hands developing some early sense of strategy.

Each of the characters – whether old school or new – are divided into four basic classes. Brawlers are stronger, slower, capable of jugging combos and charged attacks. Acrobats are faster and efficient at a distance, but take more damage by far. Big Men are slow, powerful brutes, and Grapplers are masters of timing and can easily chain together complex combinations of attacks. Charged attacks are powerful, stylized moves capable of staggering your enemies, while juggling combos will keep your opponent off their feet in a series of brutal, gravity-defying transitions. Turnbuckle attacks are a necessity when playing with acrobats and grapplers, and the old standby weapons – namely, chairs – can be used twice before your final warning will earn you a 50/50 shot at an immediate DQ.


Each wrestler has a peel-away, four-layer health meter and an energy bar to power your super-moves that fills faster the more creative and varied your attacks. Once you’ve reduced your opponent to a flashing red mass on the screen, it’s time to execute your signature finishing move, a bone-crushing, high-impact hit that should ready your enemy for the pin. But beware the mini-games in

WWE All-Stars

. Everything can be countered and re-countered with quick button presses and timed bumper taps, elevating the suspense and necessary skill as the matches progress.

A few of the new guard we played consisted of The Rock, John Cena, Big Show and Seamus while legends like Bret Hart, Andre the Giant, Macho Man and others will be available in the final build. Each character felt unique and individual, not simply like revamped skins over a basic mold, and we imagine that players will very quickly adopt their favorites. And half the fun, of course, will be creating classic, long dreamed-of matches such as Big Show vs. Andre.

At the end of the day, WWE All-Stars is shaping up to be a wildly fun release for both hardcore wrestling fans and casual, pick-up-and-play gamers. It’s treading a thin line between camp and realism, but it’s treading it lightly and with perfect balance. We cannot wait to go another few rounds with the game as it nears release.


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  • Morgans_pet

    I can't wait. The game looks fun and my fianc� is getting it for me for my birthday. My birthday is 2 days after the game comes out. I'm an older gamer who grew up watching these legends.

    Posted: March 16, 2011 4:04 AM
  • lmfaowithyou

    finally something new of wwe games......
    still im not paying $60 dollars just to find out the rooster is less than 40 players (idk how many it wil have) but im not taking a change ill maybe get it after price drops.... or on black Friday :D lol

    Posted: January 24, 2011 8:12 AM
  • Lunar122

    looks good

    Posted: January 24, 2011 12:56 AM
  • shaunms401

    Hell yeah! I hope Shawn Michaels is in this and he whips out the bat ...BAM!

    Posted: January 21, 2011 7:56 PM
  • wesnile307

    this is going to be the worst wwe game ever

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:38 AM
  • jaberman27

    Looking at it right now, I'm not a fan of the graphical style. I like the SvR series & wish THQ would come out with a legends game with the same polish of the SvR games.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 3:33 AM

    it looks good

    Posted: January 19, 2011 5:28 PM
  • johnspimpin503

    this is in your house remade i love it

    Posted: January 19, 2011 3:55 PM
  • Hitman_Mr.47

    Does anyone else think they look like plastic overly muscled toys?

    Posted: January 19, 2011 2:12 PM
  • JRX75

    i want Triple H teamin up with John Cena vs Bret Hart and The Rock...that will be awsome!!!!!!!

    Posted: January 19, 2011 1:38 PM
  • Tman88

    It'll be cool to finally reenact the Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat match from WrestleMania III.

    Posted: January 19, 2011 12:34 PM