RetroMania Wrestling has been given all the blessings to be the official sequel to 1991’s WWF Wrestlefest. In the thirty years since that game, a lot of superstars have come and gone that could appear here, but don’t. And despite its sequel status, the limited roster keeps it from being larger than life even though it’s filled with notable names. From a visuals and gameplay standpoint, RetroMania Wrestling stands tall; and that should be enough to land the finisher, but it gets too gassed to pull it off.
WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS is a first of its kind, that does for wrestling like what Saber Interactive’s own NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 did for basketball. You’ll play as caricatures of WWE’s past and present performing exaggerated movesets in extravagant arenas. It’s not a complex game by design, and allows anyone to pick it up and play. Fun is at the forefront, and there’s a strong emphasis on an arcade brawler type of game over the mainline game’s simulation aspects of wrestling. WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS has a surprising amount of depth, but not without a few botches along the way. It’s not enough to deter for what’s enjoyable game that lands a little more than it misses.