I'm not a TNA fan really, but I did hope for the best with the TNA videogame. Unfortunately this game let me down in almost every area.
Graphically, the game is pretty good. They captured the wrestlers likenesses pretty well for the most part and I thought the motion captured moves were good as well...and that's about it.
In my opinion, the gameplay is pretty awful. I was hoping they'd approach the control scheme similar to that of the old WCW and WWE games on the N64. WRONG!! I also was annoyed with the fact that after I'd hit a big move, my opponent would hop up immediately as if nothing happened...and I'm talking like hitting a major move from off the top rope. Playing any match where there was more than two players in the ring was irritating to me due to the fact that if I was performing a move on one opponent, another wrestler could walk across the ring and put me in another maneuver while I had someone up in the air for a suplex. I thought adding the Ultimate X was cool, but, again the controls and gameplay turned me off of what could have been the games saving grace. The create a wrestler is a joke, and a bad one at that, and the commentary is downright abysmal.
All in all, I was quite disappointed in this game as I only held on to it for one day, and please believe I tried to find something about it to make me like it, but I got upset every time I looked at the cover. It has a real arcade-like feel to it, which I could see could be appealing to some gamers, but not me. I know a lot of people have said it's "pretty good" for it's first shot out, but I'm not letting Midway off that easy. In my opinion they could've used and refined the plus factors from the Smackdown vs. Raw games a made a more solid effort, especially considering the length of time they had to put this together. The gameplay completely ruins this title. If you've played Fight Night Round 3 and recently tried out that terrible game Prizefighter, you'll know EXACTLY what I'm talking about!
I hate to regurgitate what a lot of others are saying about this game, but it really is bad enough that I feel like I should say something.
1 - Create A Wrestler: This is one of the best things about wrestling games, and something that the WWE games have always done pretty well. When you create a character you feel like it's yours, and your character feels unique. In TNA Impact, you have a very limited selection of moves to choose from, a very limited selection of clothing, and it seemed to me that all of the wrestlers I created looked -old-. This is due to not being able to change the facial features in the game (ie; complexion, age, etc). There is also no height adjustment, so all of your wrestlers are the same in that aspect. You'll never be able to create someone as tall as Kevin Nash, or as small as Rey Mysterio. There is also no preview for the entrances when you are designing your character.
2 - Gameplay: Every character feels the same when I'm playing. There's no mechanical difference between AJ Styles, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. There are cosmetic differences, but they all play exactly the same. Also, many trademark moves are missing from these characters (such as Kurt's Ankle Lock - or if it's there I just can't figure it out).
3 - Difficulty: Ever played against people who seem to counter everything you throw at them? I was in a match where I had the entire upper half of my opponent's body in the red and suddenly he went on a counter spree, ended up stunning me after a while, drained my Impact! meter and then finished me to end the match. Doesn't happen often, but when it does it makes me want to throw my controller out the window.
With those complaints out of the way, the game does look good. The moves are motion captured and many of them flow very, very well.
I don't think that this game, even with the fluid movements, is anywhere in the same arena with Smackdown vs. Raw, however, and I will definitely hold off until '09.
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Hey dudes if you really enjoy smackdown vs raw but just hate how the online set up just blows because of non-stop glitching and you just want to try something new, just seriously wait until November for smackdown vs raw 09's release because this is nothing but a let down. For true wrestling gamers listen this is nothing like svr, its more like an arcade game with nothing really fun about it. Settings are hard, really hard and super all madden with the A.I. settings at its max hard. The pin system is whack and if u get hit with a simple clothes line then match is over dude. No CAW online, only one on one matches online, no move sets, everything is pretty much for you child because there is really nothing about this game thats violent. No blood plus the entrances are about ten seconds long and the reversal system is the worst. If you want to just try the game out i strongly recommend you rent or borrow and save your money