For this review, I figured I would do something that I know a lot about, because it will be easy to discuss. Today, I am going to be talking about WWE’s latest video game (their first title to be under the 2K umbrella) WWE 2K14.
30 Years Of Wrestlemania:
This is your major meat of the game. You go through every key moment that took place at every Wrestlemania event. Wrestlemania is the showcase of the immortals, and long time fans of the wrestling business are gonna have a ball reliving their child hood — not only by watching it, but now WWE gives you the chance to actually recreate your childhood. From moments such as Hogan slamming Andre to (arguably the greatest match of all time) when Shawn Michaels picked up the WWF Championship, this game spans the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history, giving you as a fan the opportunity to be a part of it.
The Streak Mode:
Wrestlemania is not only known for great historical moments, it is also known for the greatest streak in wrestling history. For 21 Years, The Undertaker has been undefeated at Wrestlemania. Every year we wonder, “could this be the moment when the streak ends?” This mode actually gives you the chance to either defend the streak, or do as many others have and try to defeat the streak. Don’t take this challenge lightly though, as defeating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is not as easy as one might think. 2K knew this, because in this mode it is virtually impossible to beat The Undertaker. I only beat him once and I have no desire to jump back into that mode any time in the future.
WWE Universe Mode:
WWE has put this mode in every one of their installments; it gives the player the opportunity to control every aspect of WWE, from the matches to the titles. This year, they have added rivalries to the mix, so you can control how long rivalries last and who comes out on top when the rivalry ends. Not only that, but you can now also do themed shows. This means that if you want nothing but WWE Divas to be on a show, you now have the opportunity to do that.
This is also a staple of the WWE games. There are so many talented people out there in the world and WWE knows it. When it comes to creating various things in this mode, they have added a few new options (such as creating your own championships) into an already jam packed mode with virtually limitless creations available. I cannot wait to see what people come up with.
WWE allows you to connect with other members of the WWE universe by playing the game with them online and downloading the custom superstars that people have created from all around the world. I have yet to purchase the online pass for this game, but as soon as I do, I will provide a short update on what I think of the online experience.
The gameplay in WWE 2K14 is very clean and very smooth, as button combinations prove to be very responsive. Sadly, reversals are much too prominent in this game. After talking to a few people, I have come to the conclusion that this kind of ruins the game for certain audiences. The problem is that they simply cannot get a move in because of how dominating the reversals are. In WWE 13 (WWE’s last installment of the series), reversals are a hindrance as well, so take this into account as you are playing this game.
As a long time wrestling fan, being able to go back and relive some of the iconic moments in wrestling history made me feel like a kid again. It brings back all of the memories that you had when you saw that moment for the first time. Personally, I think it actually improves upon those memories, because you are actually living in the moment within the game. If I had to give this game a rating, I would give it a 7/10, simply because some of the game is not technically historically accurate – and rightfully so. They couldn’t get Jesse Ventura or Gorilla Monsoon (R.I.P.) to do the commentary, but that being said, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross really capture the moments with their commentary just as Gorilla and Jesse did. One thing I wish they could have done was to put the McMahon family in in the Wrestlemania 2000 match as the managers of the participants, where we saw Mick Foley(Linda McMahon) vs Big Show(Shane Mcmahon) vs The Rock(Vince McMahon) and Triple H(Stephanie McMahon). That is the reason I give a 7/10, but it may just be me knit-picking. This game is worth every penny, and I highly recommend it.
Thank you for taking time out to read this review. If you’ve played the game, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below. This article is brought to you by Handi Enterprises, providing opportunities for persons with a disability using assistive technology and geek culture. If you are in need of assistive tech, let us help you. Contact us at HandiEnterprises.com.