Wrestling games that arenít Smackdown Vs Raw donít tend to fare too well and even that series has lost something recently. In steps ĎTNA Impact!í for the PS2, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360.
Impact! will be just like the real TNA, it will be fast paced and hard hitting action. The facts are as allowed, 25+ wrestler roster, Ultimate X, King of the Mountain and maybe even Six Sides of Steel will all be in the game as well as your normal standard types of matches like tag team, singles and so on and so forth. The game also offers eight different venues, obviously including The Impact! Zone in Florida, while the other 7 will be made up arenas from around the world.
If your thinking that it will be the normal offering from Midway in the form of ridiculous over-the-top-ness as they have been known to offer, think again. They are trying to go with a slightly more realistic approach with this title. Donít expect long gaps every other move but donít expect an all arcade frenzy.
The game has taken a few influences from the popular WWE Smackdown Vs Raw in the form of colour-coded damage indicators in your HUD and mini-games for getting out of pins and submissions. The game will also Ďborrowí the hot spot idea that SvR offered although this has only been confirmed to be in the Impact Zone arena only.
Smackdown Vs Raw isnít the only game that Midway are looking to. Many consider WWF No Mercy on the N64 to be one of the best wrestling titles ever and they are trying to get it on terms with that. The producers even made it so everyone working on the game had played No Mercy.
So all of this sounds great but of course there will be your standard story mode although Impact! will be different as it wonít just be get the belt at the big event scenario. Expect interesting story-lines and plot twists.
We know that Midway arenít doing a sloppy job as they have already had intensive motion capture sessions with all the top stars from TNA, They have done full íscansí for the characters and audio samples recorded live from the ĎImpact! Zoneí
It does seem slightly limited with the relatively small roster and the fact that you can only have a max of 4 characters on screen at one time. Personally this sounds fine as it is the first in this eventual series.
TNA Impact is looking very promising indeed, at least a lot better than most of the WCW games did when they came out. We havenít even touched on the Create-A-Wrestler and the online multiplayer modes it has and it still sounds great.
The game is yet to get a set in stone release date but the game is still on target to meet its Summer 2008 window.
Screens taken from the Xbox 360 Version