Fire Pro Wrestling World…


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Date: June 19, 2018

01) Fire Pro Wrestling World Info & Discussion – #CUPodcast


“Fire Pro Wrestling World is coming to PS4 and Early Access on Steam – Pat & Ian discuss why they’re excited.”


Fire Pro Wrestling World Review (PC) + A Brief History of Fire Pro – Kim Justice:


Why buy Fire Pro Wrestling World on Steam?:

So…there I was, about six months back…wondering to myself, if they ever made a Zoo Tycoon 3…or if I could at least get a functional version of Zoo Tycoon 2, on Steam…

I have the complete version of the first game [never purchased the second], which I’ve had a hankering to play…but it’s “obsolete” on modern computers…So, I thought maybe I could pick up Zoo Tycoon 2 […3…4…whatever modern version might possibly exist] on the cheap…

As it turns out…this is now a game genre, in it’s own right…and a lot of knock offs have come into being…including online games…

Since this happened about six months back…and I should have written this while I was fresh, in the excitement phase…I forget exactly what I decided to also look for…but, I was kind of dissuaded by the prospect of having to wade through a bunch of cheap knock offs, to figure out what’s good…But, I decided to start snooping around at what was available in Tycoon games, instead…

For some reason, I typed in “Tycoon World”…

…and this peculiarly familiar graphic popped up, in the recommendation list…not directly related to the search, mind you…but I saw it recommended, when looking at games under the search term “world”…

Much to my shock…looking closer at the screen…I saw the words “Fire Pro Wrestling World”…

“Fire Pro Wrestling” is a very old series, which has it’s roots in the pro wrestling title for the original Nintendo Entertainment System…It’s continued on with 2D sprites, and really became a legendary series during the early to mid 90’s…

With only one exception…they never quit using 2D sprites [until now, where they’ve implemented something more 3D in nature]…which may sound insane…until you realize, what all this allowed them to jam pack into a game for actual pro wrestling fans, who love pro wrestling simulation video games…

This series has a bit of a learning curve…but once you get it…you come to realize, there has never been a better pro wrestling video game on the market…ever.

Of course…Fire Pro Wrestling has had a few “false deaths”…Notably with Fire Pro Wrestling Z [the intended finally], back in 2005 or so…followed up by Fire Pro Wrestling R [aka “Returns”…the intended comeback] in 2007…The latter would be the only game in the series, to get a proper North America release, with menus and text in English…and it didn’t manage to recapture the fan base excitement of previous installments [probably because it didn’t add an enormous amount of new content, and still more they’d planned on adding, did not make it in]…A few years later, the main creator behind the series died…and everybody thought Fire Pro Wrestling was totally over, for good…

This is a Japanese series…only released in Japan…With the first three installments that I purchased [G, D and Z], I had to download and print out a books worth of translations put together by the very dedicated North American fan base…

…So…this is a game community, with a level of dedication and love…that you just don’t encounter, with most games…

I’m aware of the Fire Pro Wrestling R release, on the PlayStation 3 network, three or four years back…to gage interest in the game…I didn’t bother purchasing it, because I couldn’t gather that anything of substance had been changed from the original…and I didn’t want to start from scratch, in recreating my own roster of private characters…just to play in the exact same game…

…But then…when I’d spent years believing that we’d never see another game in this series…and after the community enduring false stories about a new FPW game in development, created and spread by a member of the community…after I’d written this series off as totally done…I’d found out, that a new installment had been created and released, entirely without my knowledge…And there it was, on Steam…for something like $30…

After spending an hour or two verifying that it wasn’t a simple rehash of R…this became an instantaneous, “no more questions asked” purchase for me.

I guess they still have to work out some bugs [I’ve not encountered myself, yet]…but, this is an amazing game!

…And it’s also the first time an FPW game exists…which can have easy expansions added, from the developer…It’s even being unofficially modded, by some players…Because it’s finally made it [or returned, technically] to the PC platform…when it was almost entirely a game for game consoles…

…So…this is, potentially, a “living” game…which can evolve…maybe get new game modes…

It can already create a limitless sized roster…with limitless number of groups and stables…limitless number of rings, with graphics you can import into the game…And it’s all tied into the Steam Workshop…so, the amount of downloadable content is staggering…and the ease of sharing your own content…Well…Let’s just say, I intend on sharing a project or two of my own, when I get them completed…Which isn’t something I typically do with the games I play…because my video game creations [IE: Mods] aren’t usually all that great.

I just wish I could openly talk about those projects here, without getting too reckless with my security…But, I’m afraid they’ll be very unique and somewhat obscure…

I’m not really doing this game justice, without describing it…but, I think these videos do a good job of that…And the basis of this post has been stagnating for six months, as I keep putting off writing something for it…even while I want to release the post…

At times…I’ve described FPW as “the world of pro wrestling, on a game disk”…It has a massive amount of moves and holds…an artificial intelligence editor, which is insane in depth…Every style of pro wrestling [power, technical, giant, Mexican, heel, Japan, and a number of others] and fighting [including MMA and kick boxing] is represented in this game…And the game mimics pro wrestling, as a simulator…It’s not some brainless, arcade like game, with the shallow aim of hitting your opponent till they run out of energy…There’s deep strategy behind this game.

I’m leaving it there…

…I don’t normally talk about this type of thing, because…well…it’s the world of “pro wrestling”…which is largely in an embarrassing state, these days…

…And it’s always been really dorky, at any rate…But I was once a tween, who fell in love with it…and stuck with it, into my twenties…

…I adore the Fire Pro Wrestling series…It’s the pinnacle of what is possible, with this type of game genre.

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