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    Friday, June 4, 2021

    Play Henry: AEW Elite General Manager Beta Impressions



    It’s Friday! You know what that means…

    …my impressions on the AEW mobile game?

    Last week, the folks at AEW Games asked players if they wanted to participate in the beta of AEW Elite General Manager and yours truly was able to try out this wrestling promotor simulator. Is it everything that fans of the classic SmackDown vs. RAW games have been asking for?

    Kind of.

    For the most part, Elite General Manager has everything you’d want from a game like this. Players sign superstars to AEW, they have to think of good matches to put on Dynamite, and hope for good ratings and money as they try to win the rating war against…somebody? NXT? SmackDown? I dunno.

    Actually, I do know. Elite General Manager is going to have online multiplayer so players will have to think on their feet as they try to outback the competition. It’s not the most compelling way to have people play with each other but it does add some competitive spirit to the proceedings and should be a good way to kill some time. Plus, there's an Endless Mode for those that don't care about multiplayer and just want to book some matches for their own amusement.




    Weird online multiplayer aside, the gameplay of Elite General Manager does hit that satisfying mobile game itch many of us pretend we don’t have. Having to choose which wrestlers to hire early on can be difficult since you only have so much money and some of that also has to go to matches or promos, which adds a layer of strategy in the beginning. Thankfully, the wrestlers don’t sign to other brands so you can always hire more after you’ve had a successful show, which can be addictive.

    I do also like how the matches play out since you get to see those lovely 2D drawings of the AEW wrestlers ramming into each other, with particle effects going crazy. Certain wrestlers also have finishing moves that play out as fun little animations due to the restrictions of a mobile game like this. Kenny Omega grows one wing for the One-Winged Angel and MJF literally turns into a missile when he hits the Heat Seeker.

               

    There is plenty of fun to be had in AEW Elite General Manager but this is still the beta and it shows. Currently, there are no champions to assign or a rankings system to choose contenders, so it feels like wrestlers are just wrestling for the hell of it. While you can book promo segments, there are no storylines you can assign so it adds to that frustration of wrestlers wrestling for no reason.

    Another minor issue I have is that a lot of the art isn’t done yet, which is understandable. Elite General Manager is trying to add as much of the AEW roster as possible so it makes sense not to have every render in there yet. While I get wrestlers like Christian Cage and Anthony Ogogo not having art since they just debuted, it’s funny that Kip Sabian doesn’t have a render yet while newer stars like Danny Limelight and Bear Country do.

    AEW Elite General Manager’s beta is pretty fun and there’s enough foundation here to build on, so I’m sure some of the flaws mentioned can be fixed. This could be an amazing mobile game and I can’t wait for the official release, whenever that is.

    Images from AEW

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    Nico Parungo is a freelance contributor for Geeky PH and previously wrote for Epicstream. He provides weekly recaps of AEW Dynamite for Smark Henry and has contributed several reviews for PWR and MWF shows. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.
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