This Kinect wrestling game allows players to live out their backyard wrestling fantasies using Microsoft’s Kinect camera.
Hulk Hogan's Main Event embraces the “staged” nature of professional wrestling, and allows players to select and perform various sequences that happen at different parts of the match. For example, after posing as part of your ring entrance, you can select to have your wrestlers exchange punches and kicks, then move to the portion where they whip each other into the ropes, and finish with a pin sequence. Each of these elements has different Kinect controls.
There are also some basic character customization options which take a few minutes to cycle through using the Kinect controls of your hands.
We tested this game with a group of 8 to 14 year olds. Even they had a bit of trouble with the game’s selection system of holding out your hand to the side and swiping it inwards to make the selection. But they absolutely loved the idea of performing onscreen wrestling moves, and enjoyed taking part in each sequence.
The head-to-head mode of Hulk Hogan’s Main Event involves alternating each of the different stunt sequences and the winner is the one who scores the highest.
We wouldn’t ask kids who weren’t into wrestling to play Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, but for those who like it or for families who are okay with the physical violence inherent in the sport, this is a fun option that utilizes a lot of different movements of the Kinect camera system. We loved the fun release of energy aggression from virtually bodyslamming and stomping our opponents.