“Oh my god! He’s brought a chair into the ring! Review

Power Move Pro Wrestling Info


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Release Date

  • 12/31/1969
  • Out Now


  • PS


“Oh my god! He’s brought a chair into the ring!

Why isn’t the referee doing anything?! He’s looking in the other direction,

and the blows from the chair just keep coming down and down! Oh, ladies and

gentlemen, this is a dark day for the sport of professional wrestling!”

Actually, in Power Move Pro Wrestling from Activision, bringing an

illegal chair into the ring and pretending to bash your opponent with it is

one of the few wrestling moves you can’t do. The popular and

completely fake (let’s just admit it and get it over with) sport of professional wrestling has finally been brought to your Playstation. Whether or not that is a good thing remains to be seen.

The fans of professional wrestling (you know who you are) are going to be

pleased and disappointed at the same time. This game is an improvement on

previous wrestling games in every way. On the other hand, this modified

Japanese import (Toukon Retsuden) never had any licensing agreements with any

of the popular pro wrestling federations of the U.S., like the WWF. All 12 of

the burly brawlers in Power Move are imaginary characters, so fans

won’t be able to find any of their favorite fighters.

These fictional characters are well-designed, resemble ‘real’ wrestlers and

have cool names, but are actually kind of drab (especially in costume) when

compared to the real thing. Most of the costumes are just different colored

tights with a few of those ‘Mexican wrestling full-head bondage masks’

thrown in for good measure. ‘Agent Orange’ is the military

freak, ‘Zombie’ is the half-dead guy, ‘King Og’ is the giant with the gland

problem, and ‘Area 51’ claims to have fought off-planet against alien


All of these muscle-bound combatants move very smoothly around the ring. The

graphics are all polygonal, and while this is becoming more and more common, it’s

still always nice to see..

Power Move’s animation is crisp and accurate. The camera moves around

more freely than in most other fighting games, but because you can move

around the ring in all directions, it doesn’t become disorienting. You can

even use the trigger buttons to move the camera on the fly. My only

complaint is that they aren’t texture mapped as well as they might have

been. The flat colors make them look too much like computer models and they

never achieve the depth of other fighters (like those in Tekken 2), not to mention real pro wrestlers.

Nevertheless, they move well, and those moves are as close to pro wrestling as

you can get. There are over 50 different moves in three basic categories:

strikes, strength moves, and submission holds. You can simply hit your

opponent, throw him to the ground, bounce him off the ropes and then hit

him, climb the ropes and jump on him, twist his legs or arms, and even throw

him out of the ring. Different moves can be used when opponents are

standing, lying on the ground face down, face up, facing you, facing

away from you, groggy, bouncing off the ropes, outside of the ring, on the

top rope, ‘leaning on the turnbuckle’, or any of several combinations of these.

Unfortunately, this means the learning curve is VERY steep. There’s the

‘spinning drop kick’, the ‘body splash’, the ‘scorpion deathlock’, the ‘Mongolian chop’, the ‘fisherman buster’, and even the ‘flying butt smash’ (I’m not making this up). It takes a long time to memorize even a few of these moves. On the plus side, the incredible variation makes it really look like two

professional wrestlers pretending to beat each other up. For a complete list of moves check out our Secret Codes


But in the end, Power Move Pro Wrestling was too much like real pro

wrestling and it failed to hold my interest for very long at all. The

wrestlers can take so much ‘punishment’ for so long that it really just gets

boring. This game is simply not inspiring enough to make you want to attempt the daunting task of memorizing all the moves. Power Move struts around the ring well at

first, but can’t remain standing through the whole match.


Smooth polygons
No texture maps
No real wrestlers
Wide variety of moves
As fake as the real thing