In a world teeming with wrestling fans, AEW has rocked the boat with its latest foray into gaming – “AEW: Fight Forever”. Developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ Nordic, this powerhouse of a wrestling video game represents a new dawn for both the developers and the world of professional wrestling games.
Born out of plans first hinted in October 2019 and officially announced a year later, “AEW: Fight Forever” signals the return of Yuke’s to wrestling games after their separation from WWE in 2018. The game draws inspiration from cult classics like WWF No Mercy, offering a rich tapestry of over-the-top wrestler appearances and arcade-style presentation.
Released on June 29, 2023, for multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch, it has been met with mixed reviews. Critics praised its nostalgic arcade-style gameplay and exciting match types, while pinpointing its limited presentation, modes, and customization as areas of opportunity.
The game’s highlights include more than 10 thrilling match types such as Singles, Tag-Team, Ladder, Casino Battle Royale, and Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch, alongside online co-op modes. Player customization is robust, letting you tweak everything from wrestler attire and appearance to move sets, entrances, teams, and arenas.
“Aew: Fight Forever” also boasts a detailed career mode entitled “Road to Elite”, allowing players to navigate the AEW schedule with a roster member or their own created wrestler. The storyline changes based on matches won or lost, and player choices. Such depth and dynamism are bound to make every playthrough a unique experience.
While the game might have faced some hiccups, including rumored issues with the ESRB and a slight backlash on the limited customization, it’s clear the developers are committed to continually improving the game. Post-launch data miners discovered evidence of a Stadium Stampede mode, offering an exciting battle royale scenario, akin to Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Moreover, the game’s roster is impressive. Featuring names like Jade Cargill, Sting, Orange Cassidy, Bryan Danielson, and Chris Jericho, and unexpected entrants like Cody Rhodes despite his AEW departure, it’s a veritable who’s who of wrestling.
“Aew: Fight Forever” represents a promising step in the evolution of wrestling games. It’s more than just a game – it’s a testament to the enduring appeal of wrestling, a tribute to its past, and a glimpse into its digital future.
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