Yeah...and I said that FP was special for its time.
Just saying...the game doesn't seem all that special now, because the modern WWE games offer the same stuff they did back then (and better). That was my main point. You can't just follow the classic FP formula now and expect an amazing game...because WWE2K already has all of those customization elements. What innovation would they add that would allow them to surpass what 2K offers? Better weapons and more arena options...that's all that I've got. Maybe music customization with some sort of built-in sound editor. Like Mario Paint...but with online capabilities, for downloading and sharing.
You can argue that 2K offers better customization.. but the more realistic they're getting the in-game wrestlers to look, the more out of place the CAWs look. The good thing about Fire Pro is because the graphics are so limited, your created wrestlers look 100% legit.
And yeah, for younger fans, it's probably too outdated looking for them to get into. But for those of us who grew up with 8-bit and 16-bit systems, there's a certain nostalgic charm to Fire Pro. If they add something like Community Creations, where we can download wrestler edits and logos and stuff, that would be incredible. And since it's PlayStation only, they might be able to let us do custom music the way MLB the Show allows it, since they don't have to make a matching XBox port like WWE 2K does.
As for the gameplay, yes it is harder than WWE 2K for first time users. But once you get the hang of it, it's not bad at all. I actually like it better than WWE 2K. For reference, my favorite gameplay in wrestling games ever is the N64 AKI games (No Mercy, WCW Revenge, etc.) But I do like Fire Pro better than the current 2K game engine. But as others have said, for many, they don't even bother playing the matches. They just have a lot of fun customizing everything and then watching simulated matches.
I don't know how much better it will be than Fire Pro Returns. I'd like to see things like being able to download wrestlers and being able to use custom music added into the game. But even if all that's not included, it still won't be any worse than Fire Pro Returns. And that's still pretty damn good if you can get past the 2D graphics.