WWE All Stars - Character Classes Revealed

Find out what kind of wrestler you can be in this arcade-style take on professional wrestling.

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Looking at former and current WWE greats, it's easy to know what kind of match you're going to get when certain wrestlers are involved. With Bret "The Hitman" Hart, you know you're going to see a technically proficient match with holds and moves that are "excellently executed." With someone like John Cena, you might not get any high flying, but you will see some high-impact moves. WWE All-Stars, the arcade-style wrestling game from THQ, takes this basic premise and categorizes its roster of wrestling legends and current superstars into four groups--acrobat, brawler, big man, and grappler.

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Acrobats are the high flyers in the WWE--the wrestlers who put their bodies on the line anytime there's an opportunity to jump from the top turnbuckle. Among the acrobats in WWE All Stars are Rey Mysterio Jr., "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and Koffi Kingston. All of them can perform some pretty amazing moves, but the trade-off for being an acrobat is that they're not as sturdy as some of the other wrestlers, meaning they can't take a whole lot of punishment.

Brawlers are the hard-nosed wrestlers. These are the guys who will go toe-to-toe and just beat each other to a pulp. In this game, brawlers have a basic assortment of both strikes and grappling moves, making them an all-around solid class. They also have the benefit of being able to use unblockable moves that you can use to execute other combinations. The brawlers' roster includes some pretty big names, like Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Sheamus.

You can probably guess who's in the big man class and what their strengths and weaknesses are. These are the wrestlers who hit hard--so hard, in fact, that they can bounce their opponents off the ring ropes with a single move that then lets them launch into a juggling combination. Big men can also use a skill where they stomp their feet to send another wrestler flying into the air. And while their sheer size makes them hard to take down, it also makes the big man the slowest of the four classes in the game. Andre the Giant and The Big Show are among the big men in WWE All Stars.

Macho Man's patented elbow off the top rope is just one of his acrobatic moves.
Macho Man's patented elbow off the top rope is just one of his acrobatic moves.

Grapplers, the fourth and final class, are the wrestlers who know all of the ins and outs of wrestling and have plenty of moves in their arsenal. In WWE All Stars, this translates into wrestlers who can chain just about any move together for a seemingly unending string of combos. Additionally, they can pin their opponents from several positions, opening up the possibility for surprise wins. Unfortunately, their advantages in the ring come at the cost of striking ability--grapplers can't dish out as much punishment with their punches and kicks. If this sounds up your alley, you can play as wrestlers like Bret "The Hitman" Hart or Triple H.

WWE All Stars is scheduled for release on March 29 for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

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