| paleface [sys=PS1; cat=Wrestling; loc=JPN] |
|Okay, this is a bit embarrassing. I saw this for $10, saw a really blurry scan of the back that made the screenshots look 2D, and bought it even though I should have known better. It's 3D, and ugly 3D at that.|
But this being Fire Pro, looks don't matter--how does it play? It controls quite like the 2D Fire Pro games, which is good. However, after a couple matches you'll realize that all is not right in this ring. The AI comes straight in without defending against strikes. Then you grapple, throw them with a weak throw, pull them to their feet, hit them with your strong attack, pull them to their feet, hit them with your strong attack... and repeat until the ref throws his arms up. Had to stop in the middle of the sixth or seventh match because I was just pushing the same sequence of buttons over and over.
For added fun, you can let the AI win a grapple once in a while and then, if you're lucky, they may get confused and just stand over your prone body, vibrating rapidly in place. Sweet. There's no Edit mode either, just the mode I played where you go through the dozen or so fake wrestlers in sequence, and an exhibition mode where I figure you can configure a bout as you want, but I'm not going to bother messing with that.
Uh... on a positive note, the fighters animate well through their limited repertoire of moves. Everything else is bad.