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!!
Every year we expect the WWE to improve upon certain things between the games and for the most they usually don't underdeliver on that front. Especially when it comes to the roster for the game which does normally expand as the game gets older threw downloaded content or DLC which adds things to the game post release. Getting that out of the way its time to move to the important stuff as it became clear really early on post Cruiserweight division return that the WWE thought things would just fall in to place.
This ideology was perfectly clear based on the poor booking of the division and the company never letting them do more then just the half hearted comedy and lackluster non wrestling segments they had been doing. Now this is not to say that the guys in the division don't have what it takes on the microphone side to at least hold their own it was more the idea that they have to be over before they get mic time for the fans to care about them.
This is where an old TNA trope comes into play by having the talent do interviews one on one or just having vignettes play for the talent and letting their in ring skills speak for them as oppose to looking to the microphone like everyone else. Early on names like Neville (Remember him) Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulack, and others really were the only ones getting heat using the microphone. Once Neville left though a spot opened up which was quickly filled by Drew who has taken advantage of it and become a highlight of the division and 205 Live. Overall though the amount of incredible things that both Dorado and Ali can do in the ring has been showcased since the "New Era" of 205 Live began earlier this year and I'm excited to see what these two will be able to do in their first WWE games.
With the conversation now shifting to this years installment of the WWE video game series. However, before we look at this years roster it is time to look back at some gameplay action from last year's game. At first when 2K Games purchased the WWE gaming rights from THQ I was a little confused because they had never made a game like this before the WWE series. Looking at the first few games produced by 2K for the WWE series they weren't the best but compared to the worst WWE games the first games weren't the worst.
Last year's game did improve upon some limitations that were in place in WWE 2K17. One of the better parts of this game was the expanded backstage area compared to 2K17 including a large semi truck the likes of which we haven't seen since Smackdown Here Come's the Pain. Either way though I don't think that their is better match I could pick to start the 2K conversation then AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins. Let's get into WWE 2K mode as the countdown begins for 2k19.