One of the first things I always use to do when I got the newest WWE game was jump into the create a superstar suit and check out the new moves that came with the game. Seeing all the new moves that came into this years game shows again how in depth the creators go covering every possible base with the moves. Even though some of the moves are from new wrestlers that weren't in the previous years game still it is always fun being able to finally execute your favorite stars finisher in the video game world.
As for the game I always check out the newest stars in the game especially if they are in their first WWE game. Last year it was even a series as we moved to the release day of the game, but the roster revel didn't come as early as it did every year. So let's change things up and focus on those stars that were removed from the WWE game. Unfortunately it seems like a number of the legends that were brought into the game last year were removed, but looking at the roster they have a number of random legends have been added this years game. I noticed a number of fresh talent added to the game and I will be giving those rookies the spotlight before the game comes out in two weeks.
Now I was going to be positive and optimistic, but seeing very little new updates on the WWE 2K website took that right off the table. Fact is the build up for this years installment of the WWE franchise has been beyond lackluster. It is incredible how little build or attention or hype has been invested into this years game and I don't even know why, because it's not like the WWE games don't sell. Normally they don't light the world on fire and they never have, but usually we have a roster, game-play, interviews, etc by now about the game this year we have nothing.
We don't know much about Yukes rumored wrestling game, but I don't think making a baseless excuse would explain why suddenly 2K is only giving out limited to no detail about one of their more popular gaming titles. Seeing new features, new talent, new game play is what gets us excited about the upcoming years game, but with none of that released how do they except us to be at all excited about the game. I've thought for years that 2K could do better and go more in depth with the WWE games yearly and was giving them the benefit of the doubt as they got their feet wet in a new genre. However, now it's been a few years and though graphically the game has drastically improved and they have made an update here and there they could still do more.
At this point I have WWE 2K19 and it's still in the plastic from when I got it last year. I don't play video games nearly as much as I once did, but that doesn't mean if a good game is out that I won't aside time to play it. In my opinion, 2K has been using the same base year to year only making minor adds a lot of which is welcomed changes. Why can't we have a career retrospective yearly including that years Hall of Fame class where we play through even the headliners career highlights. It would make the game feel different on a yearly basis and give some fans the opportunity to play through the career highlights of Kurt Angle, D-Generation X, Hart Foundation, Harlem Heat, and a variety of others. The WWE owns the footage and the fact that they don't do more with it astounds me. I'm disappointed by how little we know about this years game, not knowing who might be making their debut in this years game and just in general that it doesn't feel like a WWE game is being released in a few weeks. What if 2K broke down and rebuilt the WWE gaming universe over the course of two years and just skipped a year with a release starting fresh with a massive release in 2022?
MYCAREER – FEATURING BOTH MALE & FEMALE MYPLAYERS!
For the first time ever in WWE 2K, play as both a male and female MyPLAYER in MyCAREER as you journey through the twists, turns and storylines on the path to WWE excellence - featuring cutscenes and voiceovers from your favorite Superstars.
One thing that has been staple of pretty much every 2K game specifically from the NBA and WWE series first appearing in the NBA series. This is one of the reasons that I always thought that if 2K kept investing in the WWE series then they would be able to make mycareer mode in the WWE series even better and more in depth. Imagine having the ability to bring your picture into a WWE game and seeing yourself in the ring with John Cena or Triple H. For years 2K has allowed you to use the Sony Camera to take a picture of yourself and put yourself in the game. This would be an interesting wrinkle for a WWE game, because it would give fans the chance to be in the ring.
The one thing that I didn't realize was that from the start we could only play story mode with male created wrestlers. Honestly, I don't think we have ever had the opportunity to play as a female wrestler and go through a career. This will definitely be a nice change of pace for the my career mode concept further improving the next installment of WWE games.
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Every year they give us small additions to the game and even though normally we only have small changes sometimes they ate welcome changes. I haven't done it this way before where I let 2K tell speak for me, but I thought that was a better idea then trying to interpret what the game developers said about this aspect of the game. I might be a little fuzzy on the details, but I am pretty sure that Showcase mode had disappeared in a prior game and was brought back last year telling the Daniel Bryan story.
In my opinion, there are a number of worthwhile stories and feuds that 2K could use in this game mode, but they might have to do a little digging. Think about it though they could pick from WWE, WCW, ECW, AWA, Mid South, Jim Crockett, various other tape libraries that WWE owns and take advantage of being able to make their games unlike anyone else. I always have thought that WWE doesn't use the video libraries they own as much as they could other in the realm of the WWE Network. Overall though I don't think the company could've chosen better for this years Showcase feature.
WWE 2K20 SHOWCASE TELLS STORY OF WOMEN’S EVOLUTION
In 2014, four talented young upstarts in NXT helped start what would eventually become known as the Women’s Evolution in WWE. Fast forward to 2019, and women headlined WrestleMania for the first time in history.
WWE 2K20 tells the whole story in 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. Cover Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks – the Four Horsewomen – describe the journey to bring women’s wrestling to the forefront of WWE in their own words with exclusive live action footage.
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WWE 2K20 2K SHOWCASE: THE WOMEN’S EVOLUTION
For the first time this year we will begin our shifting our attention to the yearly WWE game and our coverage of everything having to do with the annual releases. Last year we started with a match and this year we will start again to only difference is this from two years ago and not last year. The reason for the selection is could you really think of more a start studded contest for the match. The one person I'd probably switch is Kane cause even though he had been in a high number of ladder matches for a big man in my opinion he doesn't really fit and neither does Taker for that matter. A ladder match just doesn't seem like their styles, but then again that's the fun of the video game world.
Things have changed a lot over the years with the WWE games and will continue to change and improve every year. Even though I don't play as much as I use to I have been a fan and supporter of these games for over twenty years and love seeing how much things have changed and what news things they added to the newest installment of the game. Enjoy this star studded match that can only be seen inside the world of WWE 2K18!
I know that i have spoken about new arrivals in this years game before and the expansion of NXT in the gaming world helping with more new faces getting into the game. However, there is a number of other names entering the virtual world for the first time of many likely to come in the future. Though at first I was going to focus my attention on one name instead of stretching thing I realized that Undisputed Era were in the game for the first time.
Last year, top Ring of Honor stars headed over to the WWE from their home company. First off Bobby Fish & Kyle O' Riley arrived in the company and then we saw the leader making his shocking debut at Takeover: Brooklyn III attacking the new champion Drew McIntyre. This in my opinion ushered in a new era for NXT as a lot of the old stars had gone up to the main roster by this point and the NXT brand needed some new fire power.
Even though at this point and time nobody in Undisputed Era have held the World Championship they have all held gold as a member of the NXT brand with the former ReDragon holding the NXT Tag Team titles. Looking at the other two members of the group namely Roderick Strong who is a co-holder of the Tag team championships with Roddy taking Bobby's spot in the team. The leader of the group Adam Cole is the former and first ever NXT North American Champion, in all honesty though it is clear that Adam will at one point be NXT World Champion.
Overall though seeing Adam Cole, Kyle O' Riley and Bobby Fish together for the first time in the virtual world will be awesome. This will allow for some awesome dream matches and maybe even for some what if situations to take shape. One closing note and that since the game has hit store shelves I will be winding down this section as the activity in this section will soon go down and the cycle will continue, but this section will not close quite yet.
Though the game has officially arrived that doesn't mean that we still can't look at different ways to dig into the game. In most cases the WWE games always have different ways of sticking out from the previous games in the franchise. Since the beginning of NXT a few years back we've seen more and more NXT talent enter the games. Early on only a handful of top stars were included in the game, but now 2K games has expanded the presence of NXT in the WWE games. One of the best parts I find year to year is seeing the new faces in the games to be able to play as such new talent.
Though the booking of the women's division has been hit or miss in recent years the arrival of Ruby Riot on the main roster was very surprising and unexpected. I firmly believe that Ruby will be champion in the near future and has a very bright future in the company as she has shown to be one of the more well rounded fresh faced females. Honestly I don't remember the last time one star has gained the amount of stem in such a short time like the Velveteen Dream. In my opinion this still proves that gimmicks in wrestling still work if the gimmick fits the talent. There is absolutely no doubt that Patrick Clark has found himself and has a tremendous amount of potential once he finds his way to the main roster. However, at the extremely young age of 23 there is no rush to rush the Velveteen Dream to the main roster as he still has a lot to do down in NXT. Overall though this is their presence in the gaming world of WWE can be a lot different then what we see in the real world.
Since Take Two took over the WWE gaming franchise they slowly broke the games down to the bare minimum and started building again from square one. Now I think that the company is really getting to the point where they have hit their stride with the company and really have tapped into some past games. In my opinion the WWE games have needed some revamping some matches as they just needed a little bit of an upgrade, but also the idea of being better matches. Fact is that in the past Cage matches have been extremely tedious and annoying to play as well though the Hell in a Cell match got very boring after a while.
Starting with the Cage match upgrades apparently now you can dive from the Cage mid climb if your opponent is up. The other new addition is a climbing mini game similar to the way THQ used in older games back during the SVR series. But in recent games that mini game had changed and honestly I don't remember what we did in Cage matches during recent games. However, just by looking at some pictures and gameplay it does look like these types of matches will be a lot better. Also I want to point out that I know in the Legend of Wrestling franchise you could dive off the cage mid climb and I'm pretty sure you use to be able to in WWE games not sure when though.
Moving to the Hell in a Cell and the changes coming to that match type this year. First of all they haven't really done anything drastic to the Hell in a Cell match in an extremely time I think since changing how you get out of the cell from the door to a finisher or adding weapons under the ring. However, the changes coming this year are in my opinion designed to make the match more fun and less of headache like it had been in previous years.
As now you can fight on all four sides of the cage as oppose to just the right and left side like you could in previous years due to the size of the cell. Another new addition is escaping the cage is a lot simpler as you have the ability to send your opponent through the panel if the move does enough damage. This will make the match a lot more fun in my opinion because now you don't have to expend a finisher to get out of the cage and can do it whenever you like. The last change that they are bringing this year is that pretty much all the roof panels that are above the ring are breakable from the roof similar to the way they did it in Day of Reckoning. This means that not just the middle panel like in past years is breakable, but I would say close to 50% of the roof might be breakable depending on the amount of times you want to take that fall.
Overall it seems that they are finally at the point with the franchise where they can start making much needed changes to match types. Now they have added new matches and updated the Money in the Bank as well, but I thought the upgrades or revamping done to these match types was more interesting to talk about. Either way though the game will be out before we know and it is just nice to be able to talk about more than just the roster as far as new additions to the WWE game.
Once 2K took over the WWE games franchise somethings changed up from how THQ operated in the past and one of those things was the season mode. In the older games you could select any active wrestler on the roster and take them threw a full years of WWE programming with feuds set in place depending on decisions you make in the season. However, after THQ sold the WWE games franchise in bankruptcy court things would slowly start to change and get phased out. Season mode was one thing that I don't think really got phased out, but more got a facelift by the new owners as they really decided to follow overall feuds.
Basically instead of coming up with different storylines for the player to follow during a season mode 2k decided to go the route of using feuds that happened already and having the player go threw those instead. In my opinion it was very interesting playing in the Attitude Era again and the WCW Invasion as well being able to revisit the Triple H vs Shawn Michaels feud. The one problem that this format has is it is very easy to run out of feuds to let the player go threw.
When the announcement of Daniel Bryan's return came down it was a cause for celebration and in my opinion the best way to celebrate as a fan is by getting the opportunity to relive Daniel's incredible ascension to the top of WWE. One question I do have is how far back the company will go and at the same time how far into his return 2K will go or can go in that case with Daniel's feud with Miz only in the early stages of starting up again.
Though they did appear in last year's game as DLC assuming they appeared following their induction into the Hall of Fame. Over the years a number of fans have wondered what it would be like to see certain wrestlers in the WWE gaming world and though the list is never ending some names always show up. In my opinion one team that we never thought would appear in a WWE game, but was always on a list of "What if" they did appear in the game and that was the Rock N Roll Express.
In my opinion Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are one of the greatest tag teams in the history of pro-wrestling. The idea that in game we could see some top teams within modern WWE and some teams from yesteryear like the Hardy Boys. I think that the Hardy's vs Rock N Roll Express is one of the dream matches that I believe that a lot of fans would've liked to see if it was possible.
Overall it is surreal to me that the Rock N Roll are actually featured in a WWE game and where you could actually have them fight some dream matches. The reality of it is that Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson were never big stars in the WWE, but they had legendary careers down in the Mid-Atlantic region. Either way though Ricky & Robert are a welcomed addition to the WWE gaming world!!