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17 Sept 2021

REVIEW: Arcade Action Wrestling on Xbox One

Review by Staff
Arcade Action Wrestling is an old fashioned, over the top (literally) arcade wrestling game. Think the old Wrestlefest game and you get the idea.

Originally known as Chikara Action Arcade Wrestling, but since Chikara closed down, it is no longer associated with the game.

AAW has all your classic moves, Clotheslines, Piledrivers, Body Slams, Shoot Lasers, Wield Lightsabers, yes, all those classic wrestling moves you are fond of.

The game does not take itself too seriously as you might have already guessed, and the controls are super simple, with just a couple of buttons needed to perform the moves. A nice touch is that you can't just repeatedly use the same move over and over, as your opponent will learn and start blocking the moves if you over use them.

There are 30+ wrestlers you can choose from, and you can also create your own wrestler, which we all know means you are either creating yourself, or your favourite current Superstar.

All the usual game modes are there including One vs. One, Tag Team, Three-way match, Four-way match, 4-10 Person Elimination matches, Tornado Tag, Battle Royal, Trios. No career mode at the moment, and no cage matches, which is a shame.

As you play, you will upgrade your character's level, you can perform "spots" in the match which gives you extra points and so on. And of course, all of your favourite "foreign objects" are there to, ready to be used, tables, chairs, bats and so on.

The Good
This is a fun, old school arcade wrestling game, and I absolutely loved it. I hope that the game makers will continue to support and update the game, as it could quickly reach cult status, especially as you can download other wrestlers created by others. Meaning an endless supply of wrestlers, and whether you are a WWE fan, an Impact Wrestling fan or an AEW fan, you will soon have all your favourite wrestlers in place.

The Bad
The various game modes are a bit too similar, and a career/campaign mode needs to be added. There are a few bugs here and there but nothing too bad.

If you like wrestling games, but want something a bit more fun, then this is the game for you.
I score Arcade Action Wrestling a solid 8/10

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