Fire Pro Wrestling Returns PS3 review – A victory for top-down deathmatches
Are you one of those rasslin’ fans who’ve spent years bemoaning the apparent staleness of Yuke’s’ WWE games? You’re wrong – 13 is the studio’s finest grap effort yet – but perhaps this will be more up your street. Unapolagetically old-school, PS2’s best isometric fighter is now available all over again via the US PSN. And well worth getting an American account for.
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns PS3 review
It’s not the thousands-strong collection of moves or lunatic selection of match types – including brutal barbed wire bouts – which make this special, although both lend a helping (if unnaturally muscular) hand. Nope, with Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on PS3 it’s pacing. Whether battling the AI or a mate, matches start off with punches, kicks and minor moves before building to a perfect crescendo of piledrivers, brainbusters and other spectacular moves, punctuated by last-minute kickouts. It’s as though every encounter is a WrestleMania main event featuring The Undertaker and Triple H, and while controls (all mapped to the face buttons) take some adjusting to if switching from the stick-heavy WWE games, perseverance proves supremely rewarding.
A lack of licensing means those big names are missing when you initially download the game, but no matter. Space is provided for up to 500 user creations, and using a USB stick you can easily import from other players’ option files – check out the forums at fireproclub.com for detailed lists of who’s made what. Whether your dream match is CM Punk vs Wolverine or The Rock vs Rocky Balboa, Fire Pro not only lets you make it happen – it also ensures it’s epic.