So I just watched the hype video for WWE and the weirdest thing happened: I felt a twinge of interest in purchasing a wrestling game for the fist time since Day of Reckoning 2 on the Gamecube.
As someone who has been a fan of wrestling his whole life I used to lap up every game that came out, starting with Royal Rumble on the SNES and including every Yukes game on the N64 (those games were absolutely amazing). But when the games started going in the EA direction of an annualised 'sport sim' style franchise I found it left a bitter taste in the mouth and stopped buying them. I don't want 'realism' from a wrestling game, I want the colour; violence and foolishness that only wrestling can do.
So my question to those of you who are still playing these games is this: is it worth getting back into them? If I don't want a competitive sports game, but a way to enjoy throwing people through cages and tables will this still scratch that itch? Or is it just UFC 2012 with some cheesy storylines thrown in?
My biggest fear is that the fun wrestling games of old have died out and been replaced by a cross-breed of a hardcore sports sim and an MMA game. Hopefully someone will tell me that this isn't the case.