Fire Pro Wrestling review11/10/2018
It’s time to lace up your boots, grab a kendo stick and go out to the squared circle to kick some smarks butt. Fire Pro Wrestling World is here to take on all competitors!
Fire Pro Wrestling World is a professional wrestling video game developed and published by Spike Chunsoft. The game was released on Steam Early Access on July 11, 2017, with a full release for PC on December 18, 2017, and released for PlayStation 4 on August 28, 2018, in the United States. It is the first game in the series to sign on an official license with the fantastic acquisition of NJPW. Previous titles in the series relied on having wrestlers that took on a heavy likeness to real people.
Fans of the WWE 2k games will find Fire Pro to be a large change in the gameplay. Fire Pro does not concern itself with complex button combinations to pull off moves. Nor does it display any type of health or stamina bar. What makes the game very challenging is that the game does focus on impeccable timing for everything you do. You can try to do all the button mashing you want, but against a seasoned player, you will certainly be smoked! The visual style of the game is also vastly different in that they use 2D sprites rather than going for hyper-realistic models. This is a massive breath of fresh air that the devs are not concerning themselves in graphics and focusing on gameplay.
Wins and Losses don’t seem to be as big of a factor in the game. Rather, it focuses on how good the match is. It’s no Dave Meltzer rating (which is for the best, because obviously, it would be 6 Stars for any Kenny Match at the Tokyo Dome!), but it goes by how entertaining the match is. Big moves, high flying and pins that are kicked out at the 2.9 counts all well help you get that coveted 100% Rating.
The game offers many different modes to play. You can go with a standard 3 count match, a cage match, electrocuted barbed wire match, battle royale, gruesome fighting (which is more of MMA style) or mission mode. Mission mode is where new players will find a tutorial on how to play the game. It can get be frustrating when you are trying to learn the moves and your trainer body slams you and says you are late, this will happen a LOT.
NJPW joining the fold comes to a fun new mode called Fighting Road. This acts as your story mode in the game where you start as a Rookie trying to make his way to the top. The story tends also tends to give comic relief in the form of people making funny faces at you. As of this review, I have put in about 5 hours into the story and I am under 10% completion, so I think this will be a beefy story mode!
One of the complaints I have about the game is that it isn’t as clear as I thought it could be about how to download community made wrestlers. This is a feature about the game that should be front and centre as it is extremely exciting to download all your favourite performer on the online database of over fifteen thousand creations!! From Ric Flair to Jushin Liger to the gals of Sailor Moon! This makes game replayability to skyrocket!
Fire Pro Wrestling World is everything you could ask for in a professional wrestling game. The massive roster will keep you downloading more and more performers to set up all your dream matches. The number of modes to play in will keep you busy for a long time. The only thing that will be hard for new players will be to adjust their style away from button mashing. Once you get over the learning curve, this game will likely be your sports game of the year!