A few years ago, my friends and I would have huge wrestling game parties thanks to the long line of absolutely rockin’ Nintendo 64 titles. We’d stay up all night, giggling like little girls while we smashed each other through tables, hit each other with foreign objects and forget to tag our partners. It was the only time in my life that I socially played games without the Internet.
And I’m sad that wrestling titles haven’t been able to interest me much since. Still, though, developers are able to make solid titles. I recently just finished playing Longtail Studios TNA Wrestling for the iPhone. It’s actually pretty rad.
Hit the break for the review.
TNA Wrestling (iPhone)
When I was younger, professional wresting had me firmly in its grasp. I was drawn in by the spectacle of muscle-bound men slapping and grabbing each other on top of the springy canvas. I grew out of it pretty quickly. I think the catalyst that got me looking elsewhere for entertainment was Bill Goldberg’s monumental title defense against Diamond Dallas Page. Three Diamond Cutters, man. Three. That shit just doesn’t jive with me.
Wrestling is the only vehicle of progression in the game, which is probably my biggest knock on the title. TNA Wrestling has a fairly diverse dialogue system that allows you to make moral decisions that affect immediate conversations and who you’ll face in some matches. I ultimately got the feeling that these decisions -- based on a “Heel” versus “Face” structure -- really amounted to nothing. About midway through the game, you’re thrust into matches that would have happened regardless of your actions. I would have liked to see more backstage stuff and perhaps a less physical route to the top of the wrestling food chain.
Of course, once your turn ends, you’ll need to wisely spend your reversals as well.
Score: 7.5 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)
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