It's not a huge saving here, but The Game Collection have undercut the next best offers for the latest WWE game by £2.
Our review is currently being grappled with 1001 armbars, but word on the net suggests that despite looking visually impressive this year's offering is rather lacking in terms of features (although not as bad as the last-gen versions.) In other words, unless you're a hardcore fan of the wrasslin' you might want to hold off until our judgment is delievered. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
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 >>
Those that want to get their smackdown on can now do so for £20 thanks to this deal from GAME. Overall it means you can save around £10, which is a bit of a bargain for a game that hasn't been out that long.
It might not be as instantly gratifying as some of the older entries in the series, but the fact 2K14 goes for more of a fun factor this time around instead of a focus on "simulation" makes this year's instalment one of the better WWE games in recent years. With plenty of modes to get through, and the usual creation options to mess about with, it actually be worth a look at this price. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
It’s a shame it takes the demise of a publisher to really bring the price crashing down, but at least you can now get hold of one of the best fighting games in recent years for a bargain price. Both versions will net you a saving, but PS3 owners will be saving the most with this current deal at ShopTo.
While there are some loading time issues, those worries will go away when the fists start flying. With controls that cater to veterans and newcomers alike, a huge creation suit, and several online and offline modes, there’s plenty to keep you virtually fighting fit for under a tenner. Thanks to xruiner89 @ HUKD!
Sainsbury’s Entertainment were already offering the cheapest deal around by some margin, but by using the voucher code above PS3 owners can make the saving even bigger. What was a price gap of a tenner stretches a little further to £16, which for a game that doesn’t come out until November is pretty good going.
This year’s instalment sees the return of the Attitude Era that made stars of professional wrestling’s most well-known figures. As the game containing one of the largest rosters to date, expect enhancements to the career modes and the creation options in within the wrestling mix as well. For the price of this deal, it’s a no brainer for fans with a PS3. Thanks to xruiner89 @ HUKD!
Well, this one manages to trump the recent deals we posted (as long as you can get over the Platinum / Classics casing.) For £15 you get the game along with 16 extra DLC characters to play as, including The Rock. This deal from Zavvi and The Hut will bag you a saving of a fiver, and with the standard version costing about the same this really is a good bargain.
So was it the grappling revolution Yuke's and THQ were promising with its new Predator Engine? Sadly not, and this isn’t helped by the fact the campaign mode was disappointingly restricting. However, the creative modes were even more involving this time round, and it manages to provide virtual wrestling fun for those that need it. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
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.
Not content with having the cheapest PS3 price, The Game Collection have now lowered the price for the Xbox 360 version as well. Breaking the £15 barrier, a saving of around a fiver is currently available over 101CD and its affiliates.
So was it the grappling revolution Yuke's and THQ were promising with its new Predator Engine? Sadly not, and this isn’t helped by the fact the campaign mode was disappointingly restricting. However, the creative modes were even more involving this time round, and it manages to provide virtual wrestling fun for those that need it. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
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.
When it comes to fast paced face punching UFC Undisputed 3's pretty much unrivalled and it's great fun whether you're trying to win a title or beating one of your friends into submission in the multiplayer. Unfortunately, the loading times and the highlight reels let this one down, but chances are you'll be too busy in the ring to notice. ShopTo are currently parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £20.86, which should save you £2 on the next best offers out there.
There are plenty of UFC and PRIDE fighters to take into the ring in UFC Undisputed 3, so you'll need to spend a bit of time working out who's fighting style you like best before you try winning any titles. A few improvements have been made since the previous instalment of the series, but unfortunately the load times are still a little bit too long. The Hut are currently parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £19.95, which should make you a saving of £4 on the next best offer coming in from Zavvi.
UFC Undisputed 3 adds a couple of nice touches that weren't present in its predecessors and just like UFC Undisputed 2010 it's one of those games that I can throw into my console safe in the knowledge that I'll definitely have a good time, especially when I've got friends coming round because the multiplayer is where these games shine. Zavvi are currently parting with PS3 copies of the game for £17.95, which should save you just over £6.50 on the next best offer coming in from Amazon. Thanks to danhufc @ HUKD.
ShopTo’s offer for the Contender’s Fighter Pack is the cheapest around by £8, but it also manages to beat the cheapest price for a standard copy of Undisputed 3 by several pounds as well. Factor in the addition of four fighters to the already huge roster, and it’s hard to argue the bargain that’s here.
The extra year in development has proven fruitful for Yuke’s, as Undisputed 3 is the slickest fighting game on the market. While there are some loading time issues, those worries will go away when the fists start flying. With a huge creation suit as well as several online and offline modes, there’s plenty to keep you virtually fighting fit for £25. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
It was only a few days back that we highlighted a deal that brought this one to a sub £30 price, and now it has fallen further. Simply Games has provided PS3 owners with a chance to get it for £25, saving themselves a fiver over The Game Collection’s offer.
The extra year in development has proven fruitful for Yuke’s, as Undisputed 3 is the slickest fighting game on the market. While there are some loading time issues, those worries will go away when the fists start flying. With a huge creation suit as well as several online and offline modes, there’s plenty to keep you virtually fighting fit for £25. Thanks to daisymeisha10 @ HUKD!
The UFC Undisputed series has provided us with some of the best fighting games that I personally have ever played and taking part in virtual fights with my friends has always proved to be good fun, although it does get incredibly addictive. UFC Undisputed 3 successfully builds on its predecessors whilst adding a few new features too and if you want to know more you should check out Carl's review. The Game Collection are parting with PS3 copies of the game for £29.95, which'll save you almost £3 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.
If there is one thing I seriously dislike about the gaming industry, it is the annual instalments from franchises providing a lack of innovation. Sports games are usually the biggest culprits of this annoying crime, and usually end up presenting a deflated version of what was promised. While you wouldn’t exactly classify Pro Wrestling as a Sport, WWE ’12 is an example of this; huge promises of moving the series forward and ultimately stumbling backwards, looking a fair bit embarrassed.
However, developer Yuke’s decided to break the cycle by taking an extra year to develop a sequel to UFC Undisputed 2010, hoping to improve everything across the board. I got the chance to briefly try out an earlier build back at Gamescom (where our very own Tom Silkmore promptly beat me into a virtual pulp) and I came away fairly impressed. That said, new fighting mechanics, more fighter stats that affect the fight, as well as the addition of the now-defunct PRIDE rules meant more could go wrong if Yuke’s were careless, but I am glad to say their work has paid off, because the end result has been a satisfying experience to play, even for a newcomer to the series.
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Play have already had the latest WWE game at this price for a while now, but Amazon have now decided to join in on the deal-age to provide you with a choice of where to get it from. PS3 owners will be able to bag themselves a saving of a fiver, while Xbox 360 owners fair a little bit better with a saving of £6.
So was it the grappling revolution Yuke's and THQ were promising with its new Predator Engine? Sadly not, and this isn’t helped by the fact the campaign mode was disappointingly restricting, but the creative modes were even more involving this time round. Thanks to firstaspect @ HUKD!
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...