Come on in and join me in the first of many Hands of Stone Reviews.
January is coming to a close and the Royal Rumble is taking place tonight, but I couldn't care less about the Rumble or the ungodly amount of articles about it. Yeah, everyone is entitled to share their opinion and thoughts, I just tend to stay away from the hot topics at hand.
So where does this bring me? Lucha libre action and the subject of my HoS Review: Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring for Xbox 360.
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) is one of the biggest wrestling promotions south of the border (Sorry CMLL, but I prefer AAA) and they currently have a working agreement with TNA; back in 2010, they took a shot at the video game market. Would they have a success on their hands or would they produce a Backstage Assault 2?
The game looks promising from the start as your greeted by a dancing La Parka and video of AAA action. The menu screen is simple, as the surf rock background music is on a loop.
There isn't much variety once you get pass the catchy music; six different match types: 1-on-1, 2-on-2 tornado, 2-on-1, 3-on-1, triple threat, and fatal four way. Story mode and a King of the Ring like tournament round out the options.
Héroes del Ring does have a strong roster of 31 luchadores, featuring lucha greats like La Parka, Vampiro, Konnan, El Zorro and Charly Manson. There was talk of a 10-character DLC, but that fizzled away.
While WWE games feature creation options of Brodus Clay proportions, sadly this game does not. Four create-a-luchador slots are all we get in this game, the only saving grace is the ridiculous amount of customization that you have when it comes to creating a mask.
The actual gameplay is more of an arcade style and be hectic at times,especially when there's more than one luchador in the ring. The action is more polished than TNA's feeble game, but gets repetitive as you constantly throw punches and kicks, abandoning the grappling system, and sticking to running strikes and high-flying attacks.
Story mode is split into a Rudo and Tecnico storyline, they're both fairly short and completing both storylines unlocks the luchador El Spectro Jr.
This is a decent game, it has some good arcade action and a colorful cast of luchadores. It's not the best, nor the worst. If you can find it for under 15 bucks, I'd recommend you pick it and give it a chance; might make you a fan of lucha libre, if you aren't already.
Thanks for the read. Goodbye, January.
I'm coming for you, February! The Pro Wrestling Top Writers spot will be mine! Look out Drake Oz, The Doctor, Sharon Glencross, Tom Clark, and whoever else tries to get in my way.