I love this game.
I hadn’t played a WWE game in years. Then, one late Sunday night, I’m sitting around with nothing to do. So I decide to purchase this game, because one, it’ll be fun, and two, I could write this article. Now, that was a little while ago. I’ve been taking my time, waiting for all the downloadable content to come out. Hopefully, I’ve waited them all out, but there could be more coming. Who knows? This review stands as far as April 10th, 2015. I can’t account for anything else. With the way video games are now, there could be a bunch of updates and new DLC in a month’s time.
Let’s start with the roster.
For WWE Superstars, we have: Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, Batista, Big E, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Hulk Hogan, Jack Swagger, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, John Cena, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Mark Henry, The Miz, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam, The Rock, Roman Reigns, R-Truth, Ryback, Santino Marella, Seth Rollins, Shawn Michaels, Sheamus, Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Titus O’Neil, Triple H, Tyson Kidd, The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior, and Xavier Woods,
It’s stacked so far. Keep in mind, wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Sting, Macho Man, and others are unlocked through download. Sting and Hogan you can download individually, but you have to beat “The Path of the Warrior” storyline to unlock Macho.
Now, for WWE Divas, we have: AJ Lee, Brie Bella, Cameron, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Summer Rae, and Tamina Snuka.
Finally, in terms of the NXT stars, we have: Adrian Neville, JBL, Emma, The Ascension, Bo Dallas, Corey Graves, Rusev, and Sami Zayn. There are definitely a few I missed, but it doesn’t matter. Whether it be through download, or beating the 2K Showcase, the roster is stacked with talent.
Speaking of the 2k Showcase, the story lines picked for this game are phenomenal. First and foremost, there’s “Hustle, Loyalty, and Disrespect.” This story is focused on the classic rivalry featuring CM Punk and John Cena. It takes us through their matches at Money In The Bank 2011, SummerSlam 2011, TLC 2011, Raw 1000, Survivor Series 2011, Royal Rumble 2012, all the way up until CM Punk loses the title to The Rock at Royal Rumble 2013, and then fails to regain it during his rematch at Elimination Chamber 2013. That’s the final match of the story line.
The other 2K Showcase packaged along with the game features Shawn Michaels and Triple H’s bitter rivalry that began back in 2002. It starts with their tremendous match at SummerSlam 2002 and takes us through all the classics they put on at that time. It’s a shame it couldn’t end with their Triple Threat at WrestleMania XX. That match is really f–king good, and it would’ve been a lot of fun to play. We can all thank him for that.
Now, in terms of DLC, there are a few awesome 2K Showcases. First, there’s “One More Match,” which takes us through Christian’s run as World Heavyweight Championship. That was a really interesting time for him. Normally, that run would be unfortunate, but somehow, Christian made it work for him. There was a full arc there, especially with the inclusion of Edge. He was a great motivator there at the end, convincing him to suck it up and go after the belt like a man. After “One More Match,” you can download “Hall of Pain,” which takes you through Mark Henry’s run as World Heavyweight Champion.
That was the best run that Mark Henry had in his entire career. He was imposing and his matches were actually interesting. It was great to see a hard worker like Henry get rewarded. Finally, the last downloadable 2K Showcase is “The Path of The Warrior.”
This takes the player through pretty much the entirety of The Ultimate Warrior’s career. It definitely covers his time at the top of the mountain. One of my best friends often labels that time as a “fart in the wind.” This doesn’t help dispel that. Hellwig got on in his own way, cutting his time very short. He tried to get back up to the top, but he never did. This 2K Showcase takes you through the best of times, leaving the worst of times for you to go and discover on the WWE Network.
To finish out, if you’ve been playing the WWE games consistently, then you’ll probably be disappointed at the change in roster. If you’re a WWE fan, then you should love the 2K Showcases. I know I do. The game is a ton of fun to play with friends, as well. All in all, I’d give it an A, I guess – if I had to grade it.