Fire Pro Wrestling World Review
The Fire Pro Wrestling series has been around since 1989, and throughout its long-running career there have been multiple editions released for game systems such as Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Game Boy, Playstation 2, and now, here we are in 2017 with the latest release Fire Pro Wrestling World, developed and published by Spike Chunsoft. I personally have not had the pleasure of playing any of the previous titles, but from what I can tell, they are all basically the same format with different variations, depending on each edition.
From what I’ve played, Fire Pro Wrestling World is a very faithful and accurate representation of professional wrestling, giving you every bit of that sweet, impactful combat. With real genuine fist-pumping moments that it has to offer, there is no doubt that this will satisfy anyone’s crave for fighting games. I used to watch professional wrestling when I was young, always cheering for my favorites to win, and if there was one thing I wanted the most during that period was to play a good wrestling game. Long story short, I didn’t have the chance, and soon after I was not interested in wrestling anymore to really care about it. I bring this up because I am now twice as excited as I ever was to play a wrestling game!
Extremely fun and amazing combat. This is easily one of the greatest fighting games I’ve ever played. Not necessarily because of the controls, I honestly think they are a little clunky for my taste, but we will get to that in a minute. I can’t really say it’s the graphics either, since the retro style look only appeals for nostalgia. The main reason why this is such a great fighting game is because of the amount of freedom that is given to the player to customize. You can pretty much recreate legendary matches. Bring one of your favorite talented wrestlers to the ring so he can fight you, create your very own entrance and just endless amounts of possibilities. The entertainment factor is just insane!
Just like in real professional wrestling, the fighting itself is more of a mask to the actual purpose of the competition, which is the raw performance of the sport. You are given the chance to experience that performance and be the crowd-pleaser that you always dreamed of. However, just like any sport in this world, you need practice. Before you can lay the smackdown on your opponent, you have to master the controls and learn how to execute a proper finisher, and it can be pretty tough, since even with the tutorials to show how to play, it’s going to be a brutal time for you. Once you do though, you will want to rip off your shirt, Hulk Hogan style.
Not only are you given a wide variety of game modes, like, for example, exhibitions, tournaments, battle royals, cage matches, but thanks to Steam Workshop you now have access to the entire roster of famous wrestling champions and pretty much anything else that the workshop has to offer. Whatever wrestling scenario you want, you can have it – the perfect wrestling simulator.
I do want to mention the controls, since they are the most important part of any fighting game. They make the game feel like a console port. Your keyboard configuration is limited to just a few buttons. This would be totally fine for a console game, but this is a PC release and I expect to have more control options. The character movement is very archaic, and I don’t believe it has anything to do with the retro look of the game. It is very lazy, in my opinion, because essentially it makes the player, or rather, encouraging them to use a controller instead.
The basic gist of it is that you have to start out small with minor strikes and work your way up before you can start doing your big moves, like powerbombs and piledrivers. If you try doing one of your biggest moves early on it probably won’t be successful and your opponent will counter it. It doesn’t help that there isn’t any on screen indication to possibly tip you off that it’s safe to use your big moves. If you don’t like tight, timed button press mechanics, this, in all honesty, might not be for you. The learning curve is very steep and unless you are willing to pour the time into getting all the moves down and customize everything, then you won’t be getting the full experience. It’s a niche game for sure but it does what it does very well.
Disclaimer: PC Aficionado was provided with a code for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions expressed in the review are the writers own and are not influenced by the developer and/or publisher in anyway.
- Perfect wrestling simulator
- Steam Workshop implementation
- Addictive fighting system
- Wide variety of customization
- Rough controls
- Average artwork
- Bland music