WWE WrestleMania 21

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This article is about the Xbox video game. For the professional wrestling pay-per-view event, see WrestleMania 21.
WWE WrestleMania 21
WWE Wrestlemania 21.jpg
NTSC cover art
Developer(s) Studio Gigante
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) Xbox
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Professional wrestling
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

WWE WrestleMania 21, also known simply as WrestleMania 21 or Wrestlemania XXI, is a professional wrestling video game released on the Xbox game console by THQ. It is based on WWE's pay-per-view event of the same name. It is also the successor to Raw 2. The game was the last WWE game released to the original Xbox.

Gameplay[edit]

WrestleMania 21 includes superstars from WWE Raw 2 and new wrestlers, including: Charlie Haas, Lance Cade, Rene Dupree, and Eugene.[2] The game features a new reversal system dubbed the Pro Reversal System.[3] This feature allows for simpler functionality with reversing an opponent's move.

Soundtrack[edit]

Artist Song
Zebrahead "Alone"
Swollen Members "Bottom Line"
pre)Thing "Can't Stop"
Zebrahead "Falling Apart"
Breaking Benjamin "Firefly"
Powerman 5000 "Last Night on Earth"
Powerman 5000 "Riot Time"
Styles of Beyond "Superstars"
Dead Poetic "New Medicines"
Funeral for a Friend "Rookie of the Year"
The Black Eyed Peas ft. Papa Roach "Anxiety"
Rise Against "Give It All"

Development and release[edit]

WrestleMania 21 was first announced by THQ just before E3 2004, stating that the game would be replacing the Raw video game series.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 55.83%[5]
Metacritic 56/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 5/10[7]
Eurogamer 3/10[8]
Game Informer 5.75/10[9]
GamePro 4/5 stars[10]
GameSpot 4.5/10[11]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[12]
GameZone 4/10[13]
IGN 6/10[14]
OXM 6.8/10[15]
X-Play 2/5 stars[16]
The Sydney Morning Herald 2/5 stars[17]
The Times 2/5 stars[18]

Despite an upgrade in visuals, and a fully voiced career-mode, WrestleMania 21 was met with very mixed reception due to its gameplay. Rather than being an upgrade of a pre-existing game engine, it was virtually built from the ground up,[19] as well as containing numerous glitches that crippled the gameplay experience. In their review of the game, GameSpot mentioned that the hit detection was horrible.[11] Among various other problems such as a slow and unresponsive AI taking away from the difficulty, or drastically decreasing the length of a match. A Create-a-Wrestler mode lacking a variety of moves, and items for the wrestler being created. While specialty matches are included within the game, they are only playable in 1 on 1. Among other problems, VideoGamer.com mentioned that the game had sloppy controls.[20] IGN gave the game a rating of 6 out of 10, praising the high quality visuals, but like other reviews took issue with the flaws in the gameplay.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WWE WrestleMania 21 Release Information for Xbox". GameFAQs. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Ekberg, Brian (March 3, 2005). "WWE WrestleMania XXI Feature Preview". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (January 21, 2005). "WrestleMania 21: Pro Reversal System". IGN. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 17, 2004). "Wrestlemania 21: First Shot". IGN. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "WWE WrestleMania 21 for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "WWE WrestleMania 21 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ EGM staff (June 2005). "WWE WrestleMania 21". Electronic Gaming Monthly (192): 106. 
  8. ^ The Masked Unit (June 9, 2005). "WWE WrestleMania 21". Eurogamer. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (June 2005). "WWE Wrestlemania XXI". Game Informer (146): 132. Archived from the original on November 6, 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Manny LaMancha (April 21, 2005). "[WWE] WrestleMania XXI Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on April 22, 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (April 21, 2005). "WWE WrestleMania 21 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Leeper, Justin (April 20, 2005). "GameSpy: WWE WrestleMania 21". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 25, 2005. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Hopper, Steven (May 8, 2005). "WWE Wrestlemania 21 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Clayman, David (April 19, 2005). "[WWE] WrestleMania 21". IGN. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "WWE WrestleMania 21". Official Xbox Magazine: 76. June 2005. 
  16. ^ Speer, Justin (May 31, 2005). "WWE WrestleMania XXI Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on June 7, 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Wilcox, Mike (July 9, 2005). "Fear play". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Kendall, Nigel (June 25, 2005). "[WWE] Wrestlemania 21". The Times. Archived from the original on September 29, 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2015. (subscription required)
  19. ^ Leeper, Justin (January 28, 2005). "GameSpy: WWE WrestleMania 21 (Preview)". GameSpy. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Orry, Tom (November 7, 2005). "[WWE] Wrestlemania XXI Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

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