WWE 2K15 is a big deal for 2K Sports. It's the first game in the series where they had the opportunity to produce a game from scratch, and they've been taking the responisiblity very seriously indeed, calling WWE 2K15 the first truly next-gen wrestling game, acknowledging the limitations of last year's generation-straddling iteration. As such, they're hoping to see Yuke's and project partners Visual Concepts both bringing their A-games, ringing the changes in a number of meaningful ways.
MyCareer is a huge addition to the franchise, taking the best bits from VC's longstanding mode in the NBA 2K series and applying it here, fulfilling one of the biggest requests fans have been making for years. The presentation, as you'd expect, is absolutely top notch, with a huge portable capture rig having been driven around the US to really nail the exaggerated facial animations and up the level of drama in the ring.
Speaking of which, the actually wrestling itself has undergone some changes too, breaking down moves into more specific components, giving players a greater array of options in terms of body targeting, and making a concerted effort to match the fluidity and shifts in momentum that befit a proper WWE match. Mastering the art of countering is going to prove absolutely essential in this year's game, and it's a fiendish thing to get a hold of against the AI, though I found it significantly easier (though still pretty challenging) against a human opponent.
To get the lowdown on the changes and upgrades that Yuke's and VC are bringing to the table with this year's game, and to chat about what working primarily with the new consoles has allowed the developers to do, I caught up with WWE 2K brand director Bryce Yang at a recent event in London.Check out my WWE 2K15 interview with Yang after the jump >>
It's out there now. THQ's planned teaser trailer for WWE 13 is at large and it's rather revealing. Not only does it confirm CM Punk as the cover star, but shows off a new entrance for the superstar, inviting fans to Join The Revolution. Other fighters that make an appearance include the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Chris Jericho, and if the trailer is anything to go by, you'll be able to break the ring and, finally, fight in the crowd.
It's a shame it won't be at E3. Sad face.
Wrestling games have been entertaining gamers for many years now and WWE 12's no exception, although it's execution could have been a lot better. The limb targeting featured in this one works really well, but unfortunately the same can't be said for the countering. You can get your hands on a PS3 copy of the game from The Game Collection for £17.95, which should make you a saving of just over £4 on the next best offer coming in from Play. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
All Stars was just what the WWE franchise needed really - something to break up the interminable wait for a mainstream WWE title that'll do something different for the first time in years. As it was All Stars was quite a lot of fun, even on the 3DS. SendIt have the portable game for just over a tenner (when you include postage), beating out the nearest competition by £4 or so. Nice one gooner.
With promises of rebuilding the aging gameplay for this year’s title, we’re expecting a lot of WWE ’12. The Smackdown name has been removed from the title as a statement of intent. But has enough changed to warrant the new name, or is it just another gimmick?
The most noticeable addition is the Predator system, which allows you to use the face buttons while locked in a grapple to target the arms, head or legs. Repeated manglings cause your opponent to move awkwardly and reduces their resilience to submission moves. It works well, although repeated use of a move to cause the injury can get boring and makes play feel mechanical, rather than fun.
The reworked counters have really suffered. A prompt appears for a nano-second, barely giving you the chance to halt the beatings or escape the lengthy grapple animations. There are multiple counter opportunities during a combo. But they’re too quick; it’s like being really bad at the playground game of slaps.
While I didn’t find the AI cheaply using counters all the time, the game clearly expects the player to be able to use them regularly. These narrow opportunities mean there are long periods of being unable to respond to attacks and grapples. For some reason, it’s very easy to get staggered too, making it even longer before it’s ‘your go’ again. Soon enough, you realise that this may be the most scripted WWE game yet.Click here to read more...
This one's not particularly brilliant, but if you're a wrestling fan then you might want to give it a go, just don't expect a realistic fighting experience that's what UFC Undisputed 2010's for! There are over 30 wrestlers to choose from, including one or two legends, and you can drift in and out as you please. You can pick up a Wii copy of the game from Play for £10.99, which'll make you a saving of almost £2 on the next best offers coming in from The Hut and Zavvi.
If you're looking for a light hearted wrestling game that doesn't take itself too seriously then this one's for you, however if you're looking for a proper fighting game then you're better off going elsewhere. There are plenty of legendary wrestlers to take into the ring and challenging a friend can be fairly enjoyable, but sadly the single player's a little lacking in substance. You can grab a PS3 copy of the game from Simply Games for £14.85, which'll make you a saving of almost £5 on the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK. Thanks to magicjay1986 @ HUKD.
WWE All Stars lets you take control of some of the best wrestlers who have ever entered the ring, and you'll be able to jump into things pretty much instantly. Like all fighting and wrestling games it's even more fun when you're playing with a friend, however the game starts having problems when more than two players are involved. You can get hold of a Wii copy of the game for £12.85 from Zavvi, which is just over £2 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Sendit.
At times WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 can be a little bit rough around the edges and occasionally a glitch'll pop up here and there, but to be honest you'll probably be too busy knocking your opponent into next week to notice! There's an amazing amount of content on the disc, so this one'll last you a fair while and you won't be disappointed if you're a wrestling fan. ShopTo are parting with copies of the game for £12.85, which is over £2 cheaper than the next best offers out there.
Xbox 360 owners looking to get their grapple on can now do so for a fairly low price thanks to Zavvi. Their latest reduction has brought this title down to its lowest price point yet, beating fellow retailer The Hut by £2. As for the game itself, you will see some of wrestling’s greatest characters battle against the superstars of today in a caricature style with appropriately overblown action. The ease to pick up and play makes it a worthwhile purchase, although multiplayer is only at its best when only two people are in the squared circle (things get a little messy with more wrestlers in the mix.) Thanks to soonforgotten @ HUKD!
Here's another delightful wrestling game for you! WWE All Stars jumps away from the world of the realistic with some ridiculous animations of modern day and old school wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Triple H, The Undertaker, and Bret Hart. The million dollar pack also adds two more characters onto the roster in the forms of Million Dollar Man and Ted DiBiase Jr. ShopTo are parting with PS3 copies of the game for £19.85, which is £5 cheaper than the next best offers from The Hut and Zavvi.
When you're looking for a bit of fun and don't want to think too much about what you're doing, surely you've got to go for a wrestling game! There are 67 muscle bound brawlers to take into the ring including Stone Cold Steve Austin (downloadable), John Cena, and Randy Orton. You can jump into the game's story mode, or get into co-op with a friend, provided you're not already pummelling them in multiplayer. Choices UK are parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £4.49, which'll save you over £6 on the next best offers coming in from Blah DVD, 101cd, and DVD.co.uk. Thanks to pjc83 @ HUKD.
This one'll bring the showmanship of the wrestling world into your front room, as you pretend to beat the living daylights out of your opponents . . . with chairs in some cases! The £14.99 price tag from The Game Collection isn't the lowest the 360 version has gone for in the past, but at the moment you won't find it any cheaper and it'll save you almost £3 on the next best offers coming in from The Hut and Zavvi. So, venture into the ring if you dare!
WWE All Stars: Million Dollar Pack gives you a true wrestling experience, in all of its over the top glory, plus you'll save yourself exactly £7 over picking up a standard edition of the game. The action in this one is pretty fast paced and there are plenty of legendary wrestler to take into the ring including Hulk Hogan, Bret "Hit Man" Heart, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Also, if you're not content with using a known wrestling star, you can always create your own superstar. Thanks to Scar @ HUKD.
As the UFC games send the wrestling genre towards ever-duller reality the WWE universe gets a style overhaul as WWE All-Stars throws in the biggest, names past and present, into the squared circle. Expect to battle with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bret 'Hit Man' Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Stone Cold, The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Shaemus and Rey Mysterio.
The emphasis is on setting everything to the extreme. The character models are beefed up to ridiculous proportions and their faces are amusing cartoonised charactertures of themselves. The first time you see two wrestlers standing toe-to-toe at the start of a match you'll only be able to think 'they're effing huge!'. There are no Divas to oggle at, but considering the beefcake visuals, that's probably a good thing.
The outrageous visual design flows over into the combat too. Play as the likes of Andre the Giant or The Big Show and wallow in the astonishing power as a single punch will send your opponent into the air as you juggle them with follow-up strikes or smash them clean across the ring into a turnbuckle. Any special moves usually send both wrestlers flying into the air and often with a few flashy extra spins for good measure. Rey Mysterio would most certainly approve.
It's strange to think of a game like Smackdown vs Raw as being a 'simulation' when you've got in-game cut-scenes involving an overgrown man holding a mysterious urn that has the captured spirits of the Undertaker's Wrestlemania 'victims' inside. So yes, that's a simulation, allegedly.
WWE All-Stars is an arcade game to SvR's apparently realistic approach and you can tell it is because all the characters are caricatures and sometimes people leap from the top turnbuckle all the way across the ring to do moves. It's basically going to be a wrestling game on steroids. Kind of like how most of the wrestlers it depicts were/are (allegedly).
There'll be a relatively extensive selection of muscle-bound brutes to choose from, ranging from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Jake the Snake to the faceless, pant-wearing nobodies of the current WWE roster.