The Simpsons Wrestling is a fighting video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons and is based on the professional wrestling genre. The game was made for the PlayStation console, was developed by Big Ape Productions, published by Electronic Arts in Europe and Activision in North America and distributed by Fox Interactive. It was released in Europe on March 22, 2001, and in North America on April 12, 2001.
The game is loosely based on professional wrestling games, but more closely resembles a beat-'em-up. The game can be played in two modes: a tournament-style single-player mode or a grudge match where two players can interact. The matches take place in ten different detailed 3D locations from Springfield, such as the Simpsons' house, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the Kwik-E-Mart, and Moe's Tavern. Letters float around in the wrestling ring, and if a wrestler collects enough of them, they can taunt and temporarily become invincible. A round ends when one wrestler pins their opponent for a three count. Two rounds are needed to win a match.
Why it Sucks
- Unbalanced gameplay.
- Horrendous graphics. Not even cel-shading saves the graphics from being terrible.
- Terrible controls.
- God-awful AI.
- Ned Flanders is the most unfair opponent in the game. Not only does his lightning strike attack cause heavy damage, but he also instantly recovers after being pinned, not only giving him an unfair advantage but also forcing you to beat him twice just to win one round against him! To make matters even worse, you have to pin him four times just to win a match against him!
- The characters' voice lines constantly repeat.
- Many bugs and glitches.
- The gameplay is wrestling in-name-only and plays more like a horrible rip-off of Power Stone. The only part of wrestling this game has is that you have to pin your opponent after wearing down their health.
- There is no way to block your opponent's attacks. Blocking is one of the most basic moves in a fighting game, and yet you can't program that move into a game released in 2001?!