Between Wrestling Revolution hitting the OUYA on Friday and AAW 2 hitting the Xbox 360 Indie Game Marketplace on Monday, it’s a great time for wrestling game fans seeking something a bit different from the Yuke’s-developed norm. The original game was quite rough around the edges, but AAW 2 looks to smooth a lot of them out and features something no other console wrestling game has had – the ability to craft a character from scratch on your computer. Come Monday, you’ll be able to convert that data into something 360-compatible and play as either an original character or someone influenced by real-life wrestlers.
This creation tool also works for arenas, so if you’d like to see some legendary arena setups, either give it a shot yourself or hope someone makes it. Move animations have gone from looking iffy to being smooth, with some being far better-looking than ones shown in retail releases. Even pre-release footage shows off some impressive stuff, such as 10 man tags, being able to do a superplex as one partner, then have the partner do a splash into a pinfall. Flaming tables and crazy dives off the top rope to the floor and off the top of a cage are also in, and look great. If AAW 2 is able to feature a smoother-playing experience that lives up to the animation overhaul, fans of pro wrestling will have something new to sink their teeth into for quite some time. AAW 2 will be released for 240 MS points ($3 USD.)