Pro wrestling video games lost their classic style of fun over a decade ago, and we're bringing it back with Pro Wrestling X. This lean-and-mean, no-frills Early Access debut is made BY wrestling fans, FOR wrestling fans.
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Release Date: Nov 18, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We told our fans and Kickstarter backers we wanted their help shaping Pro Wrestling X, and we're using Early Access to make good on that promise. If anyone wants to hop on board the crazy train, they are more than welcome!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Pro Wrestling X is as much a platform as it is an actual game; as such, we'll always be in on-going development. We'll continue to tweak, break, add new features, perfect old ones for quite some time. So the line between "Early Access" and "Final" is a bit blurred. In fact, there likely is no "Final".

With that said, we've laid out a "Roadmap to 1.0" feature list in our long description. Once we complete that list, we'll transition away from Early Access. We're hopeful this is a 3-4 month timeline.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We have a short-term goal of reaching the Roadmap to 1.0 feature set. Beyond that, the sky's the limit. With the help of our fans, Pro Wrestling X in October 2015 will certainly be a very different game from where it is today. From humble beginnings...”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Our initial Early Access builds are focused on nailing the basics: movement, striking, grappling. The essential heart of any great wrestling game, this is where the fun lives. This is where any wrestling gamer wants to start having input on development. The timing, the pacing, the feel.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Our Early Access game will be regularly priced at a number that is near-and-dear to every wrestling fan in 2014: $9.99. Once we hit 1.0, the cost of the game will rise. And as our game becomes more robust, we'll likely continue to raise the price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“For anyone that knows the roots of our game, Pro Wrestling X IS a community project. With the thousands (and thousands!) of fans on email lists and social platforms, we've been a community for a very long time. Our fans have been instrumental in getting us this far, and we wouldn't be here without them.

We've had a long history of surveys, questions of the week, and direct email access to our project. We'll continue those practices and develop additional communication tools to get the crucial feedback we'll need to keep going in the right direction.”
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June 23

0.98 - "WEAPONS!!!1"

If you saw our Twitch broadcast a couple of weeks ago, this is the build we played. We've added some fun new features, and we've got one more update up our sleeves that will refine a few bits coming soon. Here's the skinny on the new update:

  • Weapons - Oh hell yes. Just one weapon for now - we're trying to perfect the "baseball bat swing" style of weapon, and what better choice than a kendo stick. Three of them will be scattered about: one in the ring, one on the ramp, one outside the ring. Pick up the weapon with X, and swing it with A. Drop it with X, but why on earth would you want to do that?

    Also fun: weapons are physics based, so you can pull off fun tricks dropping the stick in the right places.

  • Blood spatter - OK, this is admittedly a little gross, but it makes for one hell of a visual when you crack an already-bleeding opponent with any strike. GORE GORE GORE!

  • New flying attack - We've got our second flying move, a flying clothesline. I'm very upset typing that bullet point because I didn't realize this was added to the build during the last Twitch. Otherwise, that's probably what I would have been doing through the whole broadcast. And using Screenshot Mode to capture it, let's be honest. Get on the turnbuckle and hit B instead of A.

  • Improved flying move timing - Robert the Man tightened up the connection timing on flying moves; the wrestlers should no longer faint in anticipation of the attack, now they get blasted like they should.

    Like I said, we're currently testing one more update that should go out the door soon. Mostly audio and UI refinements, we'll keep ya posted!

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May 24

Version 0.965 - "Remap THIS"

A small update, but a significant one. Here's the list of new stuff:

  • No more overwriting screenshots - Screenshots used to be named Screenshot_01, Screenshot_02, etc. So every time you'd restart the game, you might accidentally overwrite an epic screenshot. ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS. The time + date is added to the file name now, so you should be good.

  • Sweet Macho Man, we can FINALLY remap the controller buttons. Big ups to Robert on this one. Find it under Options > Remap Controls. Don't be scared, there's TONS of buttons - just take your time and knock 'em out one by one. Save the controls with the "Save and Exit" button located right underneath the controller graphic. Might take a second to find it otherwise, ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS.

    Make sure you get 'em all too. If you only do the buttons and you have some weird Czechoslovakian controller or something, you might start spinning if you enter Screenshot Mode. ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS.

  • Fixed a bug in CAW where textures weren't being affected by the RGB slider. Go ahead, make those tights as bright and garish and ugly as you can.

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About This Game

Our gameplay is a love letter to the AKI classics of the Nintendo 64 era, WCW/nWo Revenge and WWF No Mercy, and we're taking full advantage of current game engine technology. We're delivering a gaming experience that looks modern but feels fun and familiar. A game made BY wrestling fans, FOR wrestling fans.

Our Philosophy


Our mission with Pro Wrestling X is clear and attainable:

  • Focus on simple-but-deep gameplay mechanics that are FUN!
  • Build a game that's open and moddable. Give PC gamers the freedom and tools to create and share new content.
  • Create a wrestling game platform that evolves and grows – and never goes backwards.
  • The ultimate goal: the fun of WWF No Mercy + the depth of Fire Pro Wrestling.
  • Give love and respect to pro wrestling for the memories it has given us.

Roadmap to 1.0


Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, we're committed to delivering the following functionality for our 1.0 release:

  • Movement – Standard D-pad/stick directional movement; running/Irish whips; climb turnbuckle; enter/exit ring to floor; block/perry/escape (think WWF No Mercy); pick up downed opponent; taunt; pinfall attempt.
  • Grappling – 4 front grapple moves; 2 back grapple moves; 1 corner grapple; 1 special/finisher.
  • Striking/submission – 3 strikes; 2 ground submissions; 1 ground strike; 2 flying turnbuckle moves.
  • Extras – 3 playable characters; 1 base arena; blue steel cage (made most famous in WWF Wrestlefest); "international objects" (aka weapons).
  • Controls – Keyboard and USB gamepad support (XBox 360 controller compatible)

Current Status: Early Access


Pro Wrestling X is an Early Access title, probably not for the faint of heart. We've started with basic movement, striking and grappling, and as we perfect each mechanism, we'll keep adding more. If you are looking for a complete game and don't want to see how the sausage is made, hold off for now. Add us to your Wishlist and circle back in a bit!

If, however, you want to witness a wrestling game get developed from the ground up and have your voice heard along the way, hop aboard the crazy train. There may be bugs and glitches and a not-so-deep experience on day one, but we're not going to stop – and we'd love your help!

Nice things said about us


"I'm very happy to make a donation for this. Best of luck as always and hope to see this come to completion!"
– Producer of WWF No Mercy, Sanders Keel, backing our Kickstarter

"it's been a long-road for the game so far... we're betting that its passionate developers won't be pinned to the mat quite so easily."
– PC Gamer

"...An independently developed game that aimed to bring back the glory days of No Mercy was a thing that I very much wanted to play."
RockPaperShotgun.com

"With Pro Wrestling X ... coming out, the future of wrestling games could be bright once more."
– Kotaku UK

Stay in touch


We're all over the Interweb. We send out an email newsletter with project updates every Friday, and we post pretty regularly to Facebook and Twitter. Come find us:

http://www.facebook.com/prowrestlingx
http://www.twitter.com/prowrestlingx
Join the email list: http://eepurl.com/COxw9

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256MB minimum)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX460/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512MB minimum)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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Overall:
Mixed (101 reviews)
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hdennis
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This game is the worst game it is a rip off of WWE
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The King Possum
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
+yes, I give this game a recommendation.
+this game is very fun most of the time.
+this is the second best wrestling game on steam, there are 3 and the other two are from a AAA publisher and largest wrestling company in the world.
-this game in its current state is a basic wrestling game.
+you don't have to press a bunch of buttons at the right time to counter moves, just two buttons, one for strike one for grapples.
+a good selection of generic wrestlers.
-the wrestlers all do the same moves, hopefully that will change
+a weapon has been added
+several rings to choose to fight in.
+/-all matches are hardcore/falls count anywhere, not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing.
-not many striking moves
+the piledriver is the best looking piledriver on any wrestling game currently on steam! I love the piledriver in this game.
+blood, yes blood, BLOOD!
-sometimes submission hold will be applied and the wrestlers aren't in them.
-glitches
+great community on the forums here on steam
+developers don't threaten to ban people for posting negative reviews like other developers on steam
+post videos on youtube is allowed
+developers take information from community
+decent amount of moves for a basic game
-not enough moves
-no ring entrances
buy the game if you want to support wrestling fans who are making a game for wrestling fans.
I got my game for free from one of the community members, he is now a friend of mine. he had to talk me into taking the game for free and I am glad I did. my 10.7 hours of game play will grow as the game grows. maybe I will go back and organize this review later.
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XGY CODEX
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 20
Fun hard but not to hard but the drop kicks are hard to stop.
It best to play with a remote and remaping is not that hard unless your me lol :}
If you don't know how to remap people on steam are very helping
would like a create a move-set and some more masks in the game.

I give this game a 8.5/10
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The Real Wolf Shady
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 30
So far this game is still early in development. But I believe it has a lot of potential. I know that the gamemakers are working hard to add more features. I hope some of the gamemakers are reading this, because I have a few features I would like to see in future updates: (Other gamers have likely requested most of thes already)

-Tag Team Matches
-Hardcore matches
-Ladder Matches
-More customization features for wrestlers and arenas
-More CAW spots
-More songs on the game's soundtrack, and the ability to add your own from iTunes
-Springboarding
-More moves
-A unique and customizable moveset for every wrestler
-Customizable controls for controller
-Wrestler entrances
-Female wrestlers
-Clampionship Belts

I am sure most of those features will eventually be added. I have high hopes for this game in the future and I know that the developers do too. I can't wait to see the features that will be added in the future!
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Frog Funky
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 25
This game is still in it's early stages and a little bit clunky with regards to control, but it shows promise. I'm looking forward to see what new features they introduce.
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steveyos
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
Do you recommend this game?
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thunderPIN
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 14
By reading previous reviews, I think a lot of the users missed the fact that this is an early access game. WE help shape the future of this game by providing feedback for the developers. It's not in a finished state and it should not be treated as if it is a finished product.

If you're a fan of the old school wrestling games from the Nintendo 64 era, Pro Wrestling X just might be up your alley! In early access the game is limited to three game modes, basic wrestler editor and a ring editor. There are three playable characters with the option to create up to nine of your own. Move sets are limited but will be expanding with each update. The progress that has been made on this game so far is impressive when you keep in mind the size of the development team.

Pro Wrestling X is a game that has so much potential. Although the game is limited in its current state and needs a bit more polish, the future for Pro Wrestling X is looking bright. If you're looking to support a game that looks to bring a modernized wrestling experience inspired by the N64 games, look no further then Pro Wrestling X!

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Zeron
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
Read full recommendation here:
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/TheZeronShow/discussions/6/357284131796612902/

* Some facts about the game are subject to change, keep in mind the date the recommendation was posted.
** This should be considered as a simple recommendation, not a full review. When the game enters a feature-complete state (final version), a detailed review will be posted.


Pros:
- Fans of N64's No Mercy will feel like home when playing this
- Dedicated team of developers with a deep passion for wrestling
- Great community, filled with great fans of pro wrestling
- Smooth and pitch perfect animations
- Currently worth more than the cheap pricetag (9,99)
- Impressive character and object models
- Three unique, original and completely well made characters
- Modding is awesome in this game, and it will only improve
- Many options right now, more than you could expect in an alpha game
- The game has come a long way since it's first build
- Great vision from the developers for the future (unique features, workshop and other cool stuff)

Cons:
- Still very early in development
- Currently in need of serious work in the transitions between animations (will be fixed)
- Current build, as of April 21st 2016 requires a better than average PC (will be optimized later)

Pros/Cons (depending on the player):
- Anti-PG game, you will see blood and "GOOREEEE" (not for kids)
- No Mercy's style of controls
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Orge Lambart
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 2
Pro Wrestling X is a very difficult game to like, at the moment of this review it's as basic and bare bones as can be humanly possible. The game is rather stiff feeling, and clearly needs quite a bit of animation work to bring it in line with the intended dream of making a modern day version of the Aki series of wrestler games from the late 90's back to life. If you had a Nintendo 64 and were into wrestling (when wrestling was at it's peek, you played some of those Aki games) you played some of those games. Whether it was the huge rosters, or the ability to create some of your favorite super stars (Was really easy to create characters that resembled their real life counterparts because the graphics were kind of poo poo and blurry) you played them like they were going out of style. I'm sure many people like myself popped in your gameshark and fired up some codes, change the ring mat, unlock extra wrestler slots as permanent wrestlers who didn't count against the CAW slots, heck I even seem to recall unlocking The Big Show wrestle-mania 2000 after he was removed from the game and sent back down to OVW for his weight issues.

With that said, Pro Wrestling X has a long way to go before it begins to even slightly resemble the Aki games, but (almost always a but) the developers have passion, and seem to be trucking away. (Rather slowly but the project isn't abandoned) Does the game need work, in the words of the immortal Stone Cold Steve Austin.. "Oh hell yeah" but I think given the time and money this game could be a shining beacon of success.. With that said, if you don't buy into the dream you should avoid this product until a later date. I would call this game more of a demo version, rather than a full fledged game. You can play it for sure, but using the same 3 wrestlers and 1 wrestler you can edit gets boring, the lack of fluid in the motions is nothing like the Aki games which glided like a hot knife through butter.

My personal hopes for the game

Sure up character movements and animations, the buttons seem rather sluggish and that makes the game rather un-fun to play, I'm not personally sure if it's an animation issue or a button imput issue, but pressing a button and having the game wait 3 seconds to carry out that action makes the game feel much worse than it really is.

Create more wrestlers, it gets really boring playing with 3 wrestlers... If you had a bit more variety in wrestlers a person could overlook most of the technical limitations and still let the game carve out it's own niche. As it stands right now, 3 generic masked wrestlers (albeit very well designed and cool looking wrestlers) leave the gamer saying meh, I don't really have any reason to play.

Work on adding some additional match types, maybe a hardcore match with weapons would do the trick, give us fun things to do, which protect against the negative aspects of the game-play, until those issues get worked out. Nothing major, but the more additions the less likely people will be to notice the glaring issues the game has. Give us some replay value for the money we plunk down, meat and potatoes can be a good distraction.

Add in some additional music tracks.. (I loved the one looping music track, absolutely loved it) the one track included was really awesome... like banging my head while throwing up my devil horns and banging my head awesome, but after it loops for the third time, you're left going... ugh, I don't think I like this song as much anymore..

Cut the music during the matches and add in some sound effects, I understand the music is there to cover the fact that no sound effects are in place for matches, but that will help immerse us in the product. Is commentary of some sort planned for the future, I don't recall the Aki games having commentary, but at the very least including the mat hits, punches, kicks, and splats would go a long way.

My recommendation

I'm going to recommend this game (I know, I know, it sounds like I'm trashing it right?) Well I'm not, I think the potential for a wonderfully amazing retro wrestling game is there, it's sitting there, a few updates and additions away from poking it's glam 80's metal hair band head out of the ring, throwing some punches, doing a few suplex's and telling the haters to SUCK IT!!!! This game needs ALOT of work, it's a real mess right now, but it has potential, and developers who seem to care and have a real passion for bringing this dream to reality.

If you aren't willing to support development and wait.. (probably a LONG LONG) time, I'd suggest not buying the game right now. For people who want to make an investment and help fund and support a wrestling gamer fan's dream I'd fully recommend buying this game and waiting for a few more patches to really pass judgement. The game's cost of $9.99, may seem like a lot compared to other games you can get on steam for the same price, but the major difference is none of them are aiming to deliver a preeminent throw back wrestling experience. If you remember the attitude era, you remember DX telling everyone to SUCK IT!!!, Manking winning the WWF championship and WCW spilling the beans live on the air, resulting on WWF Raw putting out some of their best ratings ever, this game will probably eventually have you feeling like Val Venus, (not when Val was having his member threatened by Kai n Tai, but when he was saying HELLLOOOO LADIES) and loving it..

Trust me when I say, right now this game is like a new born baby, just starting to open it's eyes, seeing light for the first time, getting a robust slap on the behind to kick start the crying.. Just remember while you may feel like a loser for owning this game in it's current state, if someone tries to speak negatively about you because of it, just remind them, "YOU WERE NUMBER 1 ONCE IN YOUR LIFE" that glorious day you won the race up the birth canal.. Much like you developed into an amazingly talented young man, with a great job, a beautiful wife, and 2 1/2 adoring children, this game will eventually bloom into a beautiful flower. If you don't have ADHD and expect it to get there over night.. or this year, or possible even in 10 years, just know it will probably get there at some point before the females at your favorite strip club begin to call you grey bush..
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Ben Dover
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 31
Before I get directly into my review I'll post some information so a person can really understand something about Pro Wrestling X. The game has been in development for a very long time. In fact it had a failed kickstarter over 3 years ago.. and was being talked about for a few years prior to the failed kickstarter So we'll be kind and say it's been in development for 3 years, the store page says the release date was Nov 2014, but it's been in development for far longer than that.

The game is supposed to mimic a the Aki styled wrestling games, WWF No Mercy, WCW vs NWO, etc etc etc.. These games came out over 16 years ago!!!! 16 year old tech.

Unfortunately for Pro Wrestling X, the long development time hasn't translated into a good game, or much of a game at all. The game is in Early Access because of that some wiggle room should be given, but with each successive patch the game gets closer to it's full release, the current patch 0.94, seems to suggest the next patch will be the one that takes it out of Early Access.

This game is no where near ready for full release, it has a grand total of 3 wrestlers.... 3!!!!,, The movements and controls are stiff and kind of rancid in all honesty. Aki games were smooth, fluid, and even though the graphics weren't all that good, the games were amazingly fun to play.

This isn't a game as much as a concept, it's like a tech demo of something someone would put togther to show off what they wanted to do in a finished product.

The game features 3 match types, single vs single, triple threat and a 4 way.

The game has 3 wrestlers and 1 CAW slot wrestler that you can edit.

When judging this game it needs to be understood that this is a game based on tech from 16 years ago... I can't fathom how this project can be so bare bones, unpolished and unfinished as it's been in development for over 3 years. I can't hate on the developers though, they have passion, and really talk like they want to make a memorible game, unfortunately I think this should have stayed as someone's pet project, it really doesn't belong on steam. I'm not sure if the problem is a lack of developers, a lack of money, lack of time or some combination of all of them.

I think at this point any new comers should be very leary about buying into this idea, the developement time is running at a snails pace, and you could very well see your 10 dollar investment turn into a 10 dollar loss.

As a hugh Aki fan it saddens me that this game is in such a poor state, I think it's a safe bet to assume many of gamers are tired of the same old garbage WWE game which gets released yearly which feels super arcady. We want a real simulation wrestling game, and unfortunately Pro Wrestling X isn't going to be that game... atleast not for quite a few years, if at all..



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Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
+yes, I give this game a recommendation.
+this game is very fun most of the time.
+this is the second best wrestling game on steam, there are 3 and the other two are from a AAA publisher and largest wrestling company in the world.
-this game in its current state is a basic wrestling game.
+you don't have to press a bunch of buttons at the right time to counter moves, just two buttons, one for strike one for grapples.
+a good selection of generic wrestlers.
-the wrestlers all do the same moves, hopefully that will change
+a weapon has been added
+several rings to choose to fight in.
+/-all matches are hardcore/falls count anywhere, not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing.
-not many striking moves
+the piledriver is the best looking piledriver on any wrestling game currently on steam! I love the piledriver in this game.
+blood, yes blood, BLOOD!
-sometimes submission hold will be applied and the wrestlers aren't in them.
-glitches
+great community on the forums here on steam
+developers don't threaten to ban people for posting negative reviews like other developers on steam
+post videos on youtube is allowed
+developers take information from community
+decent amount of moves for a basic game
-not enough moves
-no ring entrances
buy the game if you want to support wrestling fans who are making a game for wrestling fans.
I got my game for free from one of the community members, he is now a friend of mine. he had to talk me into taking the game for free and I am glad I did. my 10.7 hours of game play will grow as the game grows. maybe I will go back and organize this review later.
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87 of 107 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 18, 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU HOPE TO START STOMPING AND PILE DRIVING AWAY.

This game is in SUPER early access Alpha stage.
So far there is only one playable wrestler with only 2 attacks, basic punch and a grappling brain buster.
There is no BGM or Sound FX. So if you want music, be prepared to launch the Steam music player. LOL.

If you buy this game now, the only benefit you will get is being a part of the development process and helping give the devs input on what they can add and do to improve the game.
I honestly think this game won't be finished for at least another year or so. But at least the devs got the foundation done.

They are at least honest enough to admit that what the game offers now is extremely limited, in it's beginning stages and nowhere near done.

Let's just hope the devs come through and don't pull an incident like the devs of The Stomping Land... smh, everytime I think of that game.
But if the devs for Pro Wrestling X pull through, we are in for a bada$$ wrestling game to look forward to in the future. :D

Remember buying this game now is at your own risk.

Good luck to the devs making this game.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 2
Pro Wrestling X is a very difficult game to like, at the moment of this review it's as basic and bare bones as can be humanly possible. The game is rather stiff feeling, and clearly needs quite a bit of animation work to bring it in line with the intended dream of making a modern day version of the Aki series of wrestler games from the late 90's back to life. If you had a Nintendo 64 and were into wrestling (when wrestling was at it's peek, you played some of those Aki games) you played some of those games. Whether it was the huge rosters, or the ability to create some of your favorite super stars (Was really easy to create characters that resembled their real life counterparts because the graphics were kind of poo poo and blurry) you played them like they were going out of style. I'm sure many people like myself popped in your gameshark and fired up some codes, change the ring mat, unlock extra wrestler slots as permanent wrestlers who didn't count against the CAW slots, heck I even seem to recall unlocking The Big Show wrestle-mania 2000 after he was removed from the game and sent back down to OVW for his weight issues.

With that said, Pro Wrestling X has a long way to go before it begins to even slightly resemble the Aki games, but (almost always a but) the developers have passion, and seem to be trucking away. (Rather slowly but the project isn't abandoned) Does the game need work, in the words of the immortal Stone Cold Steve Austin.. "Oh hell yeah" but I think given the time and money this game could be a shining beacon of success.. With that said, if you don't buy into the dream you should avoid this product until a later date. I would call this game more of a demo version, rather than a full fledged game. You can play it for sure, but using the same 3 wrestlers and 1 wrestler you can edit gets boring, the lack of fluid in the motions is nothing like the Aki games which glided like a hot knife through butter.

My personal hopes for the game

Sure up character movements and animations, the buttons seem rather sluggish and that makes the game rather un-fun to play, I'm not personally sure if it's an animation issue or a button imput issue, but pressing a button and having the game wait 3 seconds to carry out that action makes the game feel much worse than it really is.

Create more wrestlers, it gets really boring playing with 3 wrestlers... If you had a bit more variety in wrestlers a person could overlook most of the technical limitations and still let the game carve out it's own niche. As it stands right now, 3 generic masked wrestlers (albeit very well designed and cool looking wrestlers) leave the gamer saying meh, I don't really have any reason to play.

Work on adding some additional match types, maybe a hardcore match with weapons would do the trick, give us fun things to do, which protect against the negative aspects of the game-play, until those issues get worked out. Nothing major, but the more additions the less likely people will be to notice the glaring issues the game has. Give us some replay value for the money we plunk down, meat and potatoes can be a good distraction.

Add in some additional music tracks.. (I loved the one looping music track, absolutely loved it) the one track included was really awesome... like banging my head while throwing up my devil horns and banging my head awesome, but after it loops for the third time, you're left going... ugh, I don't think I like this song as much anymore..

Cut the music during the matches and add in some sound effects, I understand the music is there to cover the fact that no sound effects are in place for matches, but that will help immerse us in the product. Is commentary of some sort planned for the future, I don't recall the Aki games having commentary, but at the very least including the mat hits, punches, kicks, and splats would go a long way.

My recommendation

I'm going to recommend this game (I know, I know, it sounds like I'm trashing it right?) Well I'm not, I think the potential for a wonderfully amazing retro wrestling game is there, it's sitting there, a few updates and additions away from poking it's glam 80's metal hair band head out of the ring, throwing some punches, doing a few suplex's and telling the haters to SUCK IT!!!! This game needs ALOT of work, it's a real mess right now, but it has potential, and developers who seem to care and have a real passion for bringing this dream to reality.

If you aren't willing to support development and wait.. (probably a LONG LONG) time, I'd suggest not buying the game right now. For people who want to make an investment and help fund and support a wrestling gamer fan's dream I'd fully recommend buying this game and waiting for a few more patches to really pass judgement. The game's cost of $9.99, may seem like a lot compared to other games you can get on steam for the same price, but the major difference is none of them are aiming to deliver a preeminent throw back wrestling experience. If you remember the attitude era, you remember DX telling everyone to SUCK IT!!!, Manking winning the WWF championship and WCW spilling the beans live on the air, resulting on WWF Raw putting out some of their best ratings ever, this game will probably eventually have you feeling like Val Venus, (not when Val was having his member threatened by Kai n Tai, but when he was saying HELLLOOOO LADIES) and loving it..

Trust me when I say, right now this game is like a new born baby, just starting to open it's eyes, seeing light for the first time, getting a robust slap on the behind to kick start the crying.. Just remember while you may feel like a loser for owning this game in it's current state, if someone tries to speak negatively about you because of it, just remind them, "YOU WERE NUMBER 1 ONCE IN YOUR LIFE" that glorious day you won the race up the birth canal.. Much like you developed into an amazingly talented young man, with a great job, a beautiful wife, and 2 1/2 adoring children, this game will eventually bloom into a beautiful flower. If you don't have ADHD and expect it to get there over night.. or this year, or possible even in 10 years, just know it will probably get there at some point before the females at your favorite strip club begin to call you grey bush..
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Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 18, 2015
READ FIRST: Recommendation is conditional

The developers have a lot of passion for pro wrestling, but progress can be very slow. It is a very small team that is working on this game. They are definitely working, slowly but surely. But only buy it at this point if you want to watch how a wrestling game is made.

This is nowhere near a full release yet, and there's no estimation on when that might be. Some people have been following this game for over a year. Do not buy this if you're looking for the full experience. Updates have become more frequent in the last month or so. Which means more holds have been added as well as basic blood.

The developers have an active Twitch account and they send out emails every week to their followers detailing their progress.

As of this writing, current features include:

-3 Wrestlers (2 masked and 1 basic unmasked default)
-A ring editor (change ropes, mat, posts, apron color)
-A wrestler editor (mix and match parts from the 3 premade wrestlers available)
-Basic Grappling, Strikes, Submissions and Pins (very small movesets so far)
-Blood was just added (static splotches, not dynamic or physics based)
-Screenshot mode
-Options menu
-Controller support (xbox 360 controller)
-Turnbuckle moves
-Crowd
-Stage
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Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 30, 2015
EDIT: So I will update this since apparently since some guy sucking up to the developers is going around posting "oh this is outdated! This game is actually updated now!!!" on every single outdated review, and the dev is bragging about updating now.

This game has changed a little since November. There are a few new moves, a momentum meter, and basic AI logic. Those are your "many updates" you're parading around and bragging about. That's what's been added in the last 9 months. There have been excuses as to why development has been slow and I understand that things happen, but we're talking about the decision as to making a purchase here. This game is $10. It's been clear that people aren't necessarily purchasing a game, but a promise. A small handful of updates recently does not absolve the huge gap of nothing but excuses. $10 is purchasing a promise that is not guaranteed to come true and it is a HUGE risk to buy in on this promise that has a long history of disappointment and very little to show for it.

I'm also sick of hearing this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t of "We've been updating sometimes twice per day lately" because I distinctly remember hearing something along the lines of 'we're updating more than most early access titles" back in November. That is just offensive. People bought in because of that statement thinking this was going somewhere and all we got were excuses. You go and make this new statement and more people see some minor updates, buy in, and then what? 9 more months of excuses. This game does not update frequently. ARK: Survival Evolved updates frequently. Getting to this minor milestone of being able to have a 1/2 star match after 9 months is not a worthwhile investment that should be recommended to potential buyers. I'm sorry but it's not.

There's not even a manageable UI at this stage. Discovering the controls is pure guesswork. That should have been a priority above anything else. You added more moves without telling people how to actually DO them!

Look, I get it, this is a small developer trying to make a big game, but Early Access is Early Access. It has the good side and the bad side. The good side are your games like ARK, that are updated daily, released in a playable semi-polished state that improves steadily. Pro Wrestling X is the bad side of Early Access. It's the game that goes on hiatus immediately after it becomes available for purchase, doesn't update for months, and after 9 months of development, has very little to show for it. I know ARK has a big team and all and PWX has like 2 and a half people, but it doesn't change the fact that they both have the same title of Early Access and one is worth the investment while the other isn't yet.

I stand by my original review. This game DOES have potential, but the promise of a game is just too risky to invest in at this point. Bragging about updates and having pathetic white knights downvote and comment on outdated reviews does nothing to make this product worth purchasing. It's only trying to hide and mask the current state of this game that's not worth investing in (in my opinion) so that more people will buy the game (because "oh hey the bad reviews are downvoted, they must be wrong! Also, Updaetz!")

I will update the review when my opinion changes, and if that happens, it will bring me great joy. I want this game to succeed but as of right now I do not recommend this game, and going around downvoting and posting on 5-month-old reviews does nothing to make me feel better about the product that I invested in as soon as it came on Steam.

Original Review Below from March 30, 2015:

Very basic and shows promise, but since the game was put on steam there have been *EDIT* A Few *END EDIT* updates and a whole bunch of empty promises. Hopefully it gets better with time, but right now, I would recommend to stay away and just follow the game until it gets to something resembling the developers' vision. It's not worth playing in its current state and it DEFINITELY isn't worth $9,99
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Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 5, 2015
It's barely a video game at this point, and this is 9 years into development. You click play, it drops you in the ring, you can do a suplex, punch, or pin. That's it. That's the entire game. You can't lose, the enemy can't pin, and it doesn't even count to 3. There's just a random coin toss when you pin someone that if you win or he kicks out.

I get that it's early access, but this is a concept stage at best. This is the sort of thing one guy could do in a few days and it's costing you $9.99 on steam.

Stay away and wait for it to come out. (if that ever happens)
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Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 31
Before I get directly into my review I'll post some information so a person can really understand something about Pro Wrestling X. The game has been in development for a very long time. In fact it had a failed kickstarter over 3 years ago.. and was being talked about for a few years prior to the failed kickstarter So we'll be kind and say it's been in development for 3 years, the store page says the release date was Nov 2014, but it's been in development for far longer than that.

The game is supposed to mimic a the Aki styled wrestling games, WWF No Mercy, WCW vs NWO, etc etc etc.. These games came out over 16 years ago!!!! 16 year old tech.

Unfortunately for Pro Wrestling X, the long development time hasn't translated into a good game, or much of a game at all. The game is in Early Access because of that some wiggle room should be given, but with each successive patch the game gets closer to it's full release, the current patch 0.94, seems to suggest the next patch will be the one that takes it out of Early Access.

This game is no where near ready for full release, it has a grand total of 3 wrestlers.... 3!!!!,, The movements and controls are stiff and kind of rancid in all honesty. Aki games were smooth, fluid, and even though the graphics weren't all that good, the games were amazingly fun to play.

This isn't a game as much as a concept, it's like a tech demo of something someone would put togther to show off what they wanted to do in a finished product.

The game features 3 match types, single vs single, triple threat and a 4 way.

The game has 3 wrestlers and 1 CAW slot wrestler that you can edit.

When judging this game it needs to be understood that this is a game based on tech from 16 years ago... I can't fathom how this project can be so bare bones, unpolished and unfinished as it's been in development for over 3 years. I can't hate on the developers though, they have passion, and really talk like they want to make a memorible game, unfortunately I think this should have stayed as someone's pet project, it really doesn't belong on steam. I'm not sure if the problem is a lack of developers, a lack of money, lack of time or some combination of all of them.

I think at this point any new comers should be very leary about buying into this idea, the developement time is running at a snails pace, and you could very well see your 10 dollar investment turn into a 10 dollar loss.

As a hugh Aki fan it saddens me that this game is in such a poor state, I think it's a safe bet to assume many of gamers are tired of the same old garbage WWE game which gets released yearly which feels super arcady. We want a real simulation wrestling game, and unfortunately Pro Wrestling X isn't going to be that game... atleast not for quite a few years, if at all..



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Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 27, 2014
I have made a video to show potential buyers everything the game currently offers as Early Access.

http://www.thegametutor.co.uk/videos/game-tutor-examines/141127_gmae-tutor-examins-pro-wrestling-x

While I am very clear of what early access is I worry that this game is currently so early in development the release of an early access at this stage will hamper the game.

I decided not to produce a review as I hope and pray this game will end up good but at this current moment in time I feel it is far too early to tell and it should never have been released even as an early access in this state.

I really hope I can change this to positive somewhere down the line.
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41 of 66 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 17, 2015
supported on kickstarter never recieved my key. Game hasnt had an update in months not impressed with the progression and broken promises.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
(Edit - Review has been edited on the 23rd of April 2016 to re-look at the current version (0.94) on that day and a new updated video for that version has been added at the end of my review).

If you believe in wrestling games out side of WWE or even more wrestling games in general then this project is worth buying and sitting on until it growths into it's very small boots, that might take a while since currently we can do a match but not the most fun one ever but it is heading in the right direction.

Pros -

-Good looking wrestlers.
-Nicely animated moves.
-The sharpshooter is in :)
-Blood is know in.
-Very Basic Create a wrestler and ring mode both in.
- 3 way and 4 way matches
- Interference (One wrestler will run down to attack you or your opponent in single match's)
- Crowds

Cons -

-Only 3 wrestlers needs more (you can create a 4th so getting better).
-Needs a lot more moves (more is being added got moonsaults and back moves know added for example).
-Hit detection is far from perfect. (seems to be worst compared to last time I undated my review but more wrestlers in the ring at the same time seems to be the problem so hopeful sorted next patch).
- Interference (As in having the same wrestler attacking you for example Grasshopper is in the ring vs Grimhold then Grasshopper runs out to attack Grasshopper needs to be a different wrestler to the two in the ring).
-Needs more of lot things in fact, Match types (has got single and 3 way and 4 way matches know so improving), create modes (these are starting to enter the game in a very basic form, but getting more advanced every patch it seems),crowds (Are in but still very basic can be improved a lot), arenas (Same arena but we can change things like colours and logos in game as well as simple moding allows us to swap out signs and similar things by replacing the files with the same name etc), referees (still non) etc.

I have added a vid of the current build what is 0.752 so you can see if it is worth buying for you out there right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMo0tM6phJ8

Plus I have edited my review a little since more updates have come out and here is my next updated video to the current build what is 0.785 (and yes I have a better mic for this one). So I can show of some of the more recent features that have been added just down below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WEKRKow060

Okay time for another update and edit to my review since a lot has been added since the last time I edited this (need to keep this thing up to date and showing of the current state of the game best I can after all).
We are know on update version 0.94, I have included another video to show of more of the current update below so hope it helps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sYzdqmJsA8
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