TA Review: Fire Pro Wrestling

TA Review: Fire Pro Wrestling

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Written by mancide (mancide) on 28 September 12 at 13:06

It is a game with a legendary history to many gamers, and this new iteration by the original development studio introduces Fire Pro Wrestling to a whole new generation of gamers.

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The Fire Pro Wrestling series is heralded by many to be the de facto wrestling game. While the rosters were never "officially licensed", it was obvious who many of the characters in the game were counter-parts to in real-life. The series prided itself in its technical counter system, which put many new-comers to the series at a distinct disadvantage when playing veterans of the game.

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The XBLA version of the series introduces a refined control system that aims to welcome new contenders to the ring. While counter moves are still an important skill to master in this version, the emphasis is not placed quite so heavily on a strict timing window to execute a counter. Grapple counters are pulled off by a rock, paper, scissors-like mini-game, where the offensive player must press a button, and the defensive player must guess that same button to successfully counter the move.

Your in-ring meters will be familiar to veterans of wrestling games. You have your health, stamina, and special meters present that you would expect. Your health meter directly relates to how easy it will be for you to kick-out of pin attempts. The stamina meter dictates how many moves you can string together in succession. Lastly, your special meter, which is filled by performing taunts or high-spots, dictates when you can unleash your finishing maneuver. However, you need to time this move properly, as one kick, punch, or grapple by your opponent will waste your finisher opportunity.

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Fire Pro Wrestling also includes Avatar FameStar support, which will net you FameStar points for performing weekly in-game tasks. You can also bring any FameStar costumes you have unlocked from other titles into the game to use as your in-ring attire.

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Speaking of in-ring attire, this is where this game really goes crazy. You can customize your wrestler to your hearts content by unlocking and purchasing a multitude of costumes, tops, bottoms, boots, gloves, and other accessories to make your Avatar the most ferocious wrestler to enter the squared circle. In-game credits are needed to purchase these items for use on your wrestler, however do not fear as there are plenty of "free" choices as well.

However, I found that most of my unlocked Avatar Awards were more crazy or fit my personality better than those in-game. You can bring those props to the ring with you during your entrance, right down to the crazy ones earned in games like LIMBO, You Don't Know Jack, or ilomilo.

Unlocking skill points allow you to enhance your wrestlers abilities, and customize him to your particular style. Keep in mind, some moves you unlock will require a certain level in a particular ability before you can equip that move to your wrestler. After each match you will unlock new moves, and you should always make sure you are equipping the best moves your wrestler has to keep your special meter filled quickly. However, get used to your starting finisher move, as it will be around level 23 before your wrestler unlocks his next finisher.

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One major complaint with the game is the on-line multiplayer component. Like many other wrestling games, something is lost in translation to on-line multiplayer. Executing moves during matches felt laggy, and there was a definite host-advantage noticeable. You should also familiarize yourself with the match rules before venturing on-line, as a Battle-Royal and a Four-Way-Match both feature four players in the ring at the same time, but have different match ending conditions. You could easily find yourself on the losing end of a match by not knowing that a Battle-Royal is a last-man-standing match, while a Four-Way will end on the first pinfall.

Count-outs are also a condition to watch for. However, the generously slow ring-out counter gives you ample opportunity to get back into the ring to avoid the disqualification.

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Fire Pro Wrestling should find its way into any wrestling-game fanatics collection. The single-player progression will keep you entertained for hours. The game keeps your opponents and tag partners fresh by bringing in people from your friends list as well. You can progress through three increasingly difficult series before gaining your World Title shot.

The achievement list is fairly straight forward, although disappointingly worth only 200 GS. A launch day DLC pack was available that brings the total up to 250 GS, featuring three achievements for unlocking all the moves, costumes, and completing every match in the Legend Series. However, it appears the Side Business in Fire Pro Wrestling achievement is currently unobtainable due to one of the bonus stages never showing up in the rotation.

Fire Pro Wrestling is currently available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 MSP and the Legend Series DLC pack is available for 400 MSP.

Review score: Given 3 stars by mancide
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:11, Edited on 28 September 12 at 13:12 by GrahamOfTheDead
Just to point out that this achievement

Fire Pro WrestlingSide BusinessThe Side Business achievement in Fire Pro Wrestling worth 5 pointsPlay all of the Bonus Stages.


currently appears to be unobtainable, so the game can't be completed. There are supposed to be 3 bonus stages, but 1 never shows up.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:14
Shovelware crap with day 1 bs dlc
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:18
Nice review. I didn't notice any host advantage or lag that first day we played. You just whooped me because I sucked. Right? Did you play a lot more since?
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:18
GrahamOfTheDead said:Just to point out that this achievement

Fire Pro WrestlingSide BusinessThe Side Business achievement in Fire Pro Wrestling worth 5 pointsPlay all of the Bonus Stages.


currently appears to be unobtainable, so the game can't be completed. There are supposed to be 3 bonus stages, but 1 never shows up.
Surprised this wasn't mentioned on a T'A' review.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:21
sm182 said:GrahamOfTheDead said:Just to point out that this achievement

Fire Pro WrestlingSide BusinessThe Side Business achievement in Fire Pro Wrestling worth 5 pointsPlay all of the Bonus Stages.


currently appears to be unobtainable, so the game can't be completed. There are supposed to be 3 bonus stages, but 1 never shows up.
Surprised this wasn't mentioned on a T'A' review.
It wasn't mentioned because I just thought I hadn't found all the bonus stages...
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:22
Big Ell said:Nice review. I didn't notice any host advantage or lag that first day we played. You just whooped me because I sucked. Right? Did you play a lot more since?Even those matches with pubbies seemed like I had an advantage, especially on the grapple mini-game... I don't know... something just felt off the whole time in multi-player and it feels a lot smoother in career mode.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:33
I didn't enjoy the demo the first time I played. But after a few times and getting use to the moves I bought it. I'm enjoying the game now and having alot of fun with it..
Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:49
YA BILLY said:Shovelware crap with day 1 bs dlcUnfortunately, yes. This isn't a Fire Pro Wrestling title.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:50
Day 1 DLC is just yuck. Just include it in the game and charge 1200MSP...

Good review though.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 13:54
Wrestling with Microsoft's lame kiddie avatars?

Pass.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 14:12
I was left a bit disappointed by the demo IMO. I like wrestling games a lot, but maybe I'm just comparing it WWE games...
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 14:14
i do like how you can wear your regular avatar gear to the ring. i downloaded the trial and was stoked to see myself come to the ring in Road Warriors shoulder pads and a hockey mask while wielding a chainsaw. haha
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TombOfAnubis said:i do like how you can wear your regular avatar gear to the ring. i downloaded the trial and was stoked to see myself come to the ring in Road Warriors shoulder pads and a hockey mask while wielding a chainsaw. hahaI know, when you have crazy gear like this some of the in-game stuff just seems a bit too normal in comparison.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 14:38
it may not be the best game out there, but it is definitly fun imo.
bought it first day and didn't regret it. It's just simple fun thats all
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 15:53
I do enjoy wrestling games. I'll get a demo.
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Based on how everyone talked about the other games with the Fire Pro Wrestling name, I was expecting great things from the game, but the demo just felt clunky and awkward.
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 17:23
Any word of a patch to fix that achivement?
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 18:26
People need to lay off the bashing of this game, i read an interview with one of the Devs and they said mircosoft ask them to make a avavtar game and that because the fire pro fan base had gotten smaller over the years they didnt know if it was worth making a true squeal for fire pro.
They made avatar fire pro because they trying to build a new fan base and if it becomes large enough they look to make a true fire pro game.


So all those "true" fire pro fans complaining maybe they should buy it to support the future of fire pro games
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Posted on 28 September 12 at 18:46
That looks sweet.
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