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.
It's official at this point and though I might be a little behind the curve it's time to celebrate the arrival of the new game. Last week WWE 2K18 arrived on store shelves for the world. This years game had some extremely needed updates to different parts of the game including match types that needed some updates. Both the Royal Rumble & Elimination Chamber match have been updated as two of the most clear new matches. I for one will say that of all the matches that needed an update the Rumble was on the top of the list.
Another thing that changed from last year was the My Career Mode. The one thing I never understood is that with 2K working wonders in the basketball series that how could they not do the same magic in WWE games. Now the other clear difference is that they have added more NXT talent and just new faces in general to the game which is always fun when you get the new game.
Every year the WWE game has new features and updates to match types or at least that's how it used to be. In recent years it feels as though they have put updating the game on hold to update graphics. This is why the 2K18 installment of the series has got so much hype as a few match types have been updated and they have improved the backstage area.
One of the matches that have been improved is the Elimination Chamber match as they have the updated match from the most recent Smackdown Live edition of the event. Seeing this makes me believe that 2K has finally invested some extra time into designing the game which is something they really haven't done in recent years. Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think of 2K18!!
With the release date of WWE's newest game coming up soon I thought it'd be fitting to take one more look at last years game. Some of the moments featured are somethings that I didn't even know were possible to do in the game. I do guess that some of these moments have been seen in your games over the last year, but I am actually looking forward to this years game, if you can't tell by the amount of hype I have been doing.
I honestly didn't even know there was match footage about for this game, but thinking about when it is set to be released I am not really surprised. There is no doubt that this match is one of a handful of dream matches that actually likely will not happen outside of the game world. But either way this is still an amazing sight. I also love how they always seem to have Shawn's Wrestlemania 14 attire in the video games.
This is will likely be one of the last few videos for this section as the release date for the game draws closer. I will try to keep posting but with the game coming closer I don't know how many more posts I can get out of this section.
Every year the WWE doesn't just bring in a installment their legendary gaming library, but they also add a number of new moves every year as well. Normally, any new talent that walk through the door between the games will likely have their move in the game. Also it seems as though the game developers have an eye on the indies because a lot of top independent wrestlers usually have their moves in the game.
For the first time in this series I actually turn to the new game instead of 2K17 and also this is the first time I am actually using a non match video. The best part of this series is slowly being able to see all the new videos coming out about the game. I will still be mixing in some matches from 2K17 but as more gameplay from 2K18 arrives I will be shifting to that game.
At this first I though that the "Monster Among Men" was just trying to find his role in the WWE and over the last hears he had absolutely. Roman and Seth combine to try and take down the biggest forgotten in history in Roman Reigns and Seth. Braun has done wonders since being given the keys to the castle until you see someone else being given the A+ treatment.
At this point in time Take Two is in the process of making the next installment of the WWE game and have reached the time when gameplay videos and the roster are being released to the public. Now over the last year we have seen the roster for the company go through a lot of changes especially with the addition of the cruiserweight division. Also factoring in the various call-ups from NXT for talent like Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillenger.
Even with all the new additions to the main roster we still have a number of additions to the NXT side of the game like Bobby Roode and Sanity. I do know that Roode is up on the main roster now but I do believe that he will be apart of the NXT brand on this game as he should be due to the fact that he spent most of the year with the brand. Now let's take a look at some videos for this years 2K game.
Recently, I have been taking a different approach to building up some hype for this years installment of the WWE 2K game series. At this point we do have a trailer but the game still has at least three months before the game will appear on store shelves. The last match I found was Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe in the Great Balls of Fire arena for the WWE Universal title. But now we dial things back and give the spotlight to one match that in many respects could be considered a dream match between two legends.
Now for the benefit of those with flash photography it's time for a "Five second pose" for the WWE World Heavyweight title.