WWE 2K15 is the newest addition to the long running WWE video game franchise and is the first WWE game to release on the new generation of consoles, but how does it stack up to it’s older brothers? Not very well unfortunately.
The graphics and lighting are fantastic and is by far the best looking WWE released, thanks in part to the PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not the prettiest game on the systems compared to games like inFAMOUS but it is definitely up there. The animations are also quite smooth and look great for the most part, on the often occasion a character model will glitch out but nothing to game breaking. The game isn’t without its bugs though, one of the worst I encountered on PS4 was when the game wouldn’t launch, it would just sit at the WWE 2K15 logo with John Cena and the only way to get past this is to disconnect your internet connection and restart the app.
The gameplay had one big change, with the introduction of the grapple system, where at the start of the match you can grapple your opponent and go through some mini games and button mashing to see who comes out on top. This is an attempt to recreate the start of most WWE matches. It’s a cool feature but it wore on me and I ended up never really using it.
The roster and game modes feel stripped down, compared to past entries 2K15 boasts less playable superstars even when there are multiple superstars with 2 different variations of them. It’s really stupid, for example, CM Punk has his default character and then another from when he was wrestling in 2012. The move sets aren’t different, it’s just the same character done twice to up the superstar count. Also with game modes like the 20 man Royal Rumble or the ambulance match missing out this year the choice of game modes is the worst the series has had in a long time.
The two new game modes featured in this years game are myCAREER and the 2K showcase. 2K showcase finds you playing through one of two stories, one that re tells the story of Triple H and Shawn Michaels rivalry from 2002 to 2004 and the other being the rivalry between CM Punk and John Cena from 2011 to 2013. These re tell the stories nicely and add little game play differences with the objective system but it’s basically the attitude era mode from the last game but with new stories.
MyCAREER’s game mode features the player creating there own character and taking them through the performance center to NXT to Raw and then to the grandest stage of them all. After every match you get SP which allows you to buy skill points and make your character tougher and VP which allows you to buy training from WWE superstars and managers. While the game mode sounds awesome and showed promise it fails miserably, most of the time you find yourself doing nothing but dark matches or tune-up matches, rivarlies are few and far between and it feels like a massive grind.
WWE Universe is back and hasn’t really had many touch-ups in terms of how it works. The menus are easy to navigate and the look of them is great. The trophies in the game are pretty standard fair to, nothing to different from previous iterations.
All in all WWE2K15 stays down for the 3 count, with stripped down game modes, a smaller roster and a disappointing myCAREER mode, WWE 2K15 is one of the worse WWE games released in recent memory.
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