This latest news should make true wrestling fans happy. Serious Parody have announced 5 Star Wrestling, exclusive to the PS3. The folks at SP, have gone a long way to try to make people understand this is not the kind of game they are used to. They want players to understand that this game will be less about the WWE type experience most are used to and more about the true art form that is professional wrestling. With 5 Star Wrestling, they intend to bring strategy back into the game while removing artificial constraints that have been placed on gamers in wrestling games over the years.
In 5 Star Wrestling, the way you attack an opponent can significantly limit their offensive arsenal. If your opponent is faster than you and is constantly running around, attack their body to drain their stamina and slow them down. If your opponent is stronger than you, injure their legs and next time they try a lift up move like a Powerbomb, their knee will buckle and you’ll be left on your feet. This isn’t a free for all though, because wrestling has referees for a reason. If you want to kick a man in the crotch, by all means go for it but if the refs catch you, it could be game over. If he doesn’t catch you then good for you.
Since finishing moves are a huge part of a professional wrestling, 5 Star Wrestling is completely reimagining how finishers work. Tired Finishers, Power Finishers, High Risk Finishers, Quick Finishers, Finishers that come from nowhere, 5 Star Wrestling has it all. There’s no robotic formula of 2 finishers per wrestler because 5 Star Wrestling is aiming to be as close to the sport of wrestling as possible. Some wrestlers utilize devastatingly powerful finishers, while others stringing multiple finishers together to end a match and some of the best wrestlers can perform their finishing moves from virtually any position making them incredibly dangerous. I like this concept, in real life you just never know where a finisher is going to come from.
If you aren’t already really excited, 5 Star Wrestling claims that it will feature more Moves Per Wrestler than any other wrestling game in history (nearly 200 per wrestler) it also has the most character specific move sets of any wrestling game. But what, what about personality? In 5 Star Wrestling, each character has strengths and weaknesses but they also fit into certain archetypes. Brutes are powerful but slow and stupid. Ring Technicians are cunning with tactical move sets but are weaker than your average wrestler. Risk Takers are fast and can perform dare-devil type moves but they hurt themselves in the process and Showman are highly resilient wrestlers with lots of finishing moves but they aren’t the strongest, fastest or smartest wrestlers in the mix. Heels (bad guys) have access to devastating (but risky) cheat moves, Faces (good guys) don’t cheat but they can receive huge momentum swings that allow them to perform amazing comebacks.
Most gamers won’t be familiar with these guys and that’s because up until now they’ve only developed an iOS game called Wrestling Manager, but that game seems to be very popular and is highly rated. From the early look of it, it won’t be nearly as polished as what you might get out of WWE 14 but if they can deliver on their promises, it will be a lot cheaper and perhaps a lot more enjoyable for true fans of the squared circle. For now we just have to wait and if they can deliver. 5 Star Wrestling is currently scheduled to be released exclusively on PS3 this summer, though an exact date has not been announced.