We like watching Men in Spandex – do you? We Review TNA iMPACT.
Game Title: TNA iMPACT
Format Reviewed: XBOX 360
Also Available on PS3.
TNA is the alternative to the WWE – with home grown talent (well, nicked from Ring of Honor anyway) like Former TNA Heavyweight Champ Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Abyss along with more established ex WWE/WCW/ECW guys like current Champ Sting, Rhyno, Kurt Angle and Christian.
This is the first TNA game and the first time Midway have had a proper stab at a console Wrestling game and for the most part its hit and miss.
The actual wrestling is quite good and fast paced – mad makes a good change from the now slow paced Smackdown series. Matches flow at a decent pace and with the right person, you can put on a hell of a match.
However, whether you want to play a match for that long is another matter entirely. Each wrestler only has about 5 or 6 moves and a finisher, and when you first create a wrestler (limited to a total of 5 by the way) you can’t choose from many moves and you have to play the career mode to unlock them, and it’s a hard career mode without them.
This early limitation means that a lot of matches play exactly the same as the previous one. The one breath of fresh air for this is the Reversal system – pretty much every move can be reversed, even the reversals and the beauty of it is that it is done by one button.
There’s all the usual match types that you would expect in a Wrestling game, but the one exclusive TNA has is the Ultimate X match. Which is basically a Ladder match without the Ladder, a Giant X hanging above the ring, and ropes from all corners of the ring leading to the X. You climb the rope and grab the X and you are the winner.
Online multiplayer is the usual fair, and should you get a good opponent, you’ll be having a hell of a lot of fun.
TNA iMPACT is a great first attempt at a Wrestling game but ultimately you just know that everything missing (and let’s face it, it’s quite a lot) will be in next years version and it’s hard to recommend this, but what is there is a solid start for a franchise and it is very reminiscent of WWF No Mercy on the N64 and that my friends, is a good thing.