Fire Pro Wrestling Returns
The North America relieve Fire Pro Wrestling Returns was November the Thirteenth. That’s a little over couple of years after the Japanese release. Having spent about two solid weeks while using game within my possession, I think I am able to give you a non bias review. I am a while fan on this series, but I could recognize it’s faults. How does Fire pro Wrestling Returns build up against the popular competition? Where to start…
There work just like drastic changes for the core Fire Pro hands per hour. It’s the same solid grappling system while fans have raised accustomed to. Those who are new at all to Fire Pro will likely need to spend some time getting used towards the timing. The fighting system punishes button mashers. I would advice newbies to put COM difficulty one and work their far to a harder level. This is among those games where appreciation is gained after learning the ins and outs.
The series’ trademark features are tight gameplay and a huge roster. FPR features a total of 327 actual competitors. To avoid copyright issues, all people have been given an identity modification. Vader is known as “Saber”, Kenta Kobashi is “Keiji Togashi”, etc. Feel free to rename everyone accordingly. You also have selecting changing the attire for default characters. You don’t have to sacrifice one of the 500 edit(CAW) slots once your favorite wrestler changes gimmicks.
FPR’s all-star roster features wrestlers, boxers and mixed mma fighters from world wide. Puroresu legends like Giant Baba, Satoru Sayama(original Tiger Mask) and Jushin “Thunder” Lyger are selecible. As always the default roster is dominated by Puro wrestlers. Some from the fighters well-known to American wrestling/UFC fans include Bret Hart, Sting, Andre the Giant, Petey Williams, Mirco Cro Cop and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
A new addition for the series is usually a “corner to center” attack. When your opponent is knocked down in the midst of the ring, you are able to hunker down inside corner to put up a spear, super kick or perhaps a few other maneuvers. This adds much more drama and accuracy to matches which feature characters who build these attacks a clear way. Because on this new feature, you are able to create a detailed Shawn Michaels or Bill Goldberg if perhaps you were inclined to accomplish this.
A traditional steel cage match has finally been added. Players are able to use weapons like barbed wire bats, and the cage it’s self to inflict pain upon others. Other match types include S-1(boxing, punches only), Gruesome( a 12 sided UFC inspired cage) and also the Electrified Barbed Wire Exploding Deathmatch. While the has Hell inside a Cell, The Japanese hardcore wrestlers hurl one another on electrified boards covered in skin shredding barbed wired. It’s different, but fun none the less
Buzz worthy features include Ref edit, Belt Edit, and Ring/Logo Edit. There is really a GM mode called “Match Maker”, but could it be very limited. All you do is setup matches between fighters and have graded from the percentage of crowd reaction from the match. There strange special occasions that happen during match maker do not much to expand beyond it’s limitations. For some inconceivable reason, created wrestlers are barred from use within Match Maker.
Presentation are few things special. Menus are serviceable, but accessing some features could be a chore occasionally FPR’s 2D graphics remind me of arcade games like Wrestlefest. Character sprites usually are not hi resolution, however they are large and detailed. Spike would have easily recycled graphics from Fire Pro Wrestling Z. They instead created new sprites and reanimated some pre existing moves. Some animations seem a little robotic, however are pretty smooth.
I’m unfortunately Spike has once more mapped the get weapons button for the run button. Want to get a fluorescent tube through the corner while playing inside an exploding barbed wire match? Make sure you are close enough to said tubes. Otherwise you’ll go running in the barbed wire ropes, thus finish up looking like an entire fool. It doesn’t ruin the sport or anything, but such neglect in the R2 button has me dumbfounded. Overall which is one of my biggest gripes with FPR.
I don’t give numeric scores or grades within my reviews. If I were the kind to do that, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns would possibly receive a 91. It’s the best from the series, but like every other game it’s got flaws. Even so called classic games which get perfect scores using reviewers use a few faults or glitches. I recommend the bingo to anyone who likes pro wrestling or even the UFC. You don’t have to be into Puro to enjoy FPR, the unique gameplay and customization choices are more than enough to peak ones interest.