Interview with The Big Show and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
We chat with two wrestling legends about THQ’s upcoming WWE: All Stars.
There are many perks with being a games journalist – you get to preview games, attend press days, travel, and go home with swag. But best of all, you get to interview some of the best talent in the industry, and I was lucky enough to chat with two wrestling legends – The Big Show and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat – about THQ’s upcoming wrestling title, WWE: All Stars.
MEGamers: Can you talk to us about how you got involved in WWE:All Stars?
The Big Show: Well WWE has always had a long standing relationship with THQ, so my involvement with the game was mostly to do with motion capture and of course being forced to watch hundreds of my matches to observe how I behave in the ring. THQ goes out of their way to get involved with the superstars and get our feedback on what we think of our characters, the moves, and the way the game plays. What I really like about this game is that it’s very easy to pick up but challenging at the same time.
Ricky Steamboat: I’m not sure exactly how THQ picks who goes into their games, but there are a lot of guys who have done a lot of the company and for the wrestling business. I just feel really happy that I was one of the ones chosen to feature in the game, and to be that character in the game.
You mentioned that motion capture was carried out for this installment – do you think the game is an accurate representation of your moves and personality?
TBS: The game is kind of representative, but it’s also fantasy and fun. There’s no way that I’m going to throw someone against the ropes, catch then with one hand, and then powerbomb them – as much as I’d want to!
The game has wrestlers pulling off some over the tops moves, so it’s not your typical wresting game. How do you think wrestling fans and gamers will react to this?
TBS: Here’s the thing – I enjoy the game more because of the fantasy-type moves and the overall look of the game. This is a game for pure fun, where younger gamers can join in and have fun, and where adults who might not be as game-savvy can also have a lot of fun in the ring. I just want a game that I can pick up and enjoy, and this is one such game.
RS: I know with All Stars that THQ said they would take it to extreme levels, but besides that I am in awe of how they make these characters move so fluidly in the ring. The way that they’ve taken these characters and capitalized on each of their strengths, it makes for a truly amazing gaming experience.
If you were playing WWE: All Stars, which wrestler would you pick and who would you go up against?
TBS: Oh I’d be The Big Show without a doubt, because that’s who I know! He’s got a good defense and makes a good impact, so he’d be my choice hands down.
RS: I would love to play as myself and go up against Sean Micheals – I think that would tear up the house!
How do you think this game stacks up against other wrestling game so far?
TBS: I think it’s a different genre in itself – the other wrestling games have more realism and role-playing to them with a storyline etc. This is just sitting back on a couch and relaxing with some fun wrestling moves, so as it stands the game is very different from what’s currently out there.