Fortunately for Legends of Wrestling
, the game uses an innovative control scheme that allows gamers of all types to compete without the button-mashing mayhem that most wrestling titles offer. Legends
calls this one-button combination pressing ISP (Intermediate Start Position). Essentially ISP allows for a single button press at the different moments of a move following a grapple, using the four face buttons. For example, upon grappling, you hit one of the face buttons, which triggers your wrestler to put his opponent's head between his legs. You will then be able to press another face button to perform moves like a pile driver or power bomb. Finally, hit a third button to pin or lay the smackdown on your opponent. Different wrestlers perform different moves and use different button combinations to do them.
This ISP system is all made possible with the inclusion of the meters that appear on screen for timing purposes on your button presses. Press the button within the green area, and your wrestler begins a combo attack and another meter pops up. But watch out, because if your opponent presses his button before you, the move will be reversed and the tide will be turned. This meter system in LOW is a bit tricky to get used to because sometimes the meter will appear under your name while other times it's under your opponent's. Although not that difficult in a Versus match, finding the correct meter with four players wrestling can get as hairy as George ' The Animal' Steele.
Legends of Wrestling offers only a few modes of play compared to what we are used to with other wrestling titles. Of course there's the Exhibition Mode, but it only includes a Versus match, a 3 or 4 Way Dance, and a Tag Team match. There's also a Versus, Tag Team and Tag Belt option in Tournament Mode. Finally, LOW's meat 'n' potatoes is the Career Mode. Here you can start a new career with any wrestler and you have to work your way through the ranks in different areas around the country (and world) to win its belt. Defend the belt, move on to another area, and continue on to become World Champion. It is also in Career Mode that you will be able to unlock new wrestlers and be able to enhance the Create-A-Legend experience.
The Create-A-Legend offers a vast array of options including the ability to customize your own face paint or tattoos! Using a crude 'paint' program within the game, you will be able to create virtually any custom wrestler you want too. Although you will be able to create virtually any of your favorite wrestlers that aren't in the game, it's unfortunate that Legends of Wrestling doesn't include some greats like 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and Andre 'The Giant.'