World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has its hand in many different forms of media, including movies, television and video games. WWE's newest game is WWE Immortals for iOS and Android devices, which takes your favorite wrestlers and uses them like you've never seen before.
WWE Immortals is a fantasy fighting game. Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios reimagined WWE superstars as mighty warriors, different kinds of comic heroes or villains that go along with their wrestling personas, so John Cena has a cape and wears an outfit similar to Superman (appropriately referred to as Super Cena), while Roman Reigns dons armor from ancient Rome and is called a Roman Centurion. Overall, the artists did a great job recreating all the superstars into different versions of themselves that help enhance their characters.
Most of the current favorites made the cut, as well as some part time wrestlers like The Rock and The Undertaker. Meanwhile, the gameplay is both simple and addictive, with taps and swips to attack. There are two teams of three, and whoever is able to defeat every member of their opponents' team wins. With that in mind, the concept is similar to Marvel vs. Capcom in that you're able to constantly switch teammates.
In addition, you start out with three superstars and can purchase more with coins you earn from each battle. These wrestlers (slapped onto cards) can also be leveled up the more they fight, and you can make them even stronger by purchasing new maneuvers.
WWE Immortals is quite repetitive. It's mainly a button masher with little skill involved. The other big problem with the game is the fact that obtaining new wrestlers, especially the more high profile ones, is quite difficult. You have to play a lot of games to get the necessary amount of coins. You can purchase packs or buy wrestlers individually, but both cost a lot of virtual currency. Granted, you don't need to spend real cash to play the game, but expect to grind it out in order to acquire the full roster.
WWE Immortals is an intriguing concept that WWE fans will appreciate. The problem is that this free-to-play game quickly grows repetitive, and in-game currency prevents you from obtaining your favorite superstars without opening your wallet.