Game Review

Hulk Hogan's Main Event (Xbox 360) Review

USA Mon, 31 Oct 2011 by Jon Wahlgren

Hulk Hogan's Main Event Screenshot

Oh brother

In the sweeping midst of Hulkamania, Hogan set out three demandments for Hulkamaniacs: to train, say your prayers and eat your vitamins. A fourth was added a few years later in 1990: to believe in yourself. Had Hogan had the foresight to add a fifth — “don't make terrible video games” — we all would have been spared of the tedium of Hulk Hogan's Main Event, the latest — what else? — minigame collection to hit Kinect. Repetitious and uninspired, Main Event somehow manages to make video game wrestling extremely boring.

Hulk Hogan's Main Event Screenshot

It's tough to pinpoint where exactly Main Event falls off the rails, but perhaps its biggest flaw is putting brawls on rails in the first place. There is little to no player agency in the strings of minigames that supposedly re-enact a bout as a bizarro 80's comic book Hogan instructs you on what to do and when. Opponents telegraph their moves a la Punch-Out!! but in a less elegant fashion — where less is more for Nintendo's boxing classic that forces quick reactions and thinking on your feet, Main Event holds your hand so much as to make you little else beyond a middle-man puppeteer.

In short, you have zero say in what is happening. Matches, and thus available moves, only focus on one thing at a time: if you're slap fighting then you're not allowed to grapple, and if you're grappling then you're not allowed to bounce your opponent off the ropes, or do anything else for that matter beyond the given task. And where's the fun in video game wrestling if you can't choose when to slap your opponent silly, grapple or bust out a bombastic choke slam? We'll tell you: it's not there.

There's a lot of potential fun to wring out of wrestling, and its narrow focus could be understood, even appreciated, had its challenges been entertaining, but somehow Main Event squeezes no water from a dripping sponge with its series of overly dull and extremely repetitive activities that overstay their welcome every single time.

Hulk Hogan's Main Event Screenshot

There's a fairly good character creator that also allows you to record answers to questions to belt out during match introductions, but without the posed questions before each answer is played in-game your recordings make little contextual sense. We found it analogous to the game itself: an irreverent answer blurted to an audience not sure of what all the commotion is about.


It turns out that breaking a wrestling match into a series of strict minigames isn't a dynamite way of making a fun Kinect game. At least, not by making the games go for too long and with such flat bombast to put even the most ardent wrestling fan in an inescapable sleeper hold.


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Review copy provided by Majesco

User Comments


1. Algorhythm United States 01 Nov 2011, 02:31 GMT

3 stars...that's 2 more than it deserves. Poor Hulk - I hope he got his advance upfront, I wouldn't want a cut of the percentage sold! Yikes!!!


2. Tasuki United States 01 Nov 2011, 04:57 GMT

Wow this is as bad as the juicer that he promoted years ago.


3. wiggadun Bahamas 01 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT

3 is way to high for this's beyond un playable. I was not able to get pass the 2nd opponent and that's not because the game is challenging it was because i REFUSED to start a new match and go through that tedious posing mini.( which last up to about 5mins b.t.w) THIS IS ALMOST WORST THAN FIGHTERS UNCAGED!!!! SHAME ON YOU HULK HOGAN!

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