AEW: Fight Forever
Platforms: Nintendo Switch | PlayStation 5 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One | Xbox Series X and Series S | PC
Genres: Fighting | Sports | Action | Simulation
Publishers: All Elite Wrestling | THQ Nordic
Release Date: 29th June, 2023
CULT CRITIC : ★ 8.0
When it launched in 2019, All Elite Wrestling stood out as an alternative to Professional Wrestling, a sports entertainment genre that had largely operated in the United States for decades without much competition. AEW Fight Forever, its upcoming title, largely finds itself in the same situation. It succeeds in accomplishing what it sets out to do as an arcade-style and vintage alternative to the WWE 2K series, which is more realistic and focused on simulation. Fight Forever is, despite being a little rough around the edges, the kind of simple pick-up-and-play fun that wrestling games used to be, based on about two hours of playtime with a pre-release build.
However, the most exciting aspect of Road to the Elite is the fact that the plot will change depending on whether you win or lose, which we enjoy for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it undoubtedly increases replay value because I will always be curious about what would have occurred if I had won or lost a particular match and will be motivated to play it again for a different story branch. However, it also seems appropriate for a wrestling match. There are wrestlers who don't run roughshod over the competition like Jade Cargill or Goldberg, and I think stories told from the perspective of wrestlers who lose big matches could be interesting.
You can also choose how to spend your time between matches to upgrade your character. While working out burns calories gives you skill points, harder workouts use more energy and increase your risk of injury. You could hold a press conference to gain more momentum and energy. You could eat food or play a minigame to win money and skill points or you could visit some sights.