Wrestling is amaz­ing, but a step back over­all

Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WWE 2015’s de­but on the new­est gen­er­a­tion of con­soles has hit the same pit­fall as some other high-pro­file ti­tles and game stu­dios that have taken the leap to ‘next-gen’ gaming. It looks and feels as­tound­ing, but the lack of con­tent and over­all fea­ture depth means that it feels less like a pro­gres­sion, but a step back­wards.

The first and very ob­vi­ous change is that the fran­tic pace that char­ac­terised pre­vi­ous edi­tions has been reined in. Punches and kicks now feel like the hit harder - not un­like the pre­cise com­bat from EA’s UFC. The slower strike rate also makes it eas­ier for you to counter your op­po­nent, mean­ing that but­ton mash­ers and punch spam­mers are now a lot eas­ier to shut down.

The new My Ca­reer mode is ex­clu­sive to the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of con­soles and car­ries along with it a cer­tain sense of pur­ga­tory. You’ll spend over 10 hours bring­ing your su­per­star from NXT try­outs to Pay-Per-View, and even­tu­ally, to cham­pi­onship gold. Ex­cit­ing stuff, if it weren’t for the ap­pal­ing amount of filler that you’ll have to wade through on the way. Sure, you’ll have a few feuds and run afoul of a hand­ful of fac­tions but, ul­ti­mately, the vast majority of your time will be spent fight­ing out­side of the sto­ry­line, in tune-up bouts and dark matches.

Luck­ily, your time will be much bet­ter spent in the 2K Showcase mode. It’s a fairly broad look at two ma­jor wrestling feuds: the Triple H and Shawn Michaels ri­valry and the CM Punk and John Cena feud. There’s a few no-contest fin­ishes and mean­ing­less Smack­down main events that didn’t re­ally need to sur­face but over­all Showcase is one for the fans, and a wel­come ad­di­tion.

Even more wel­come are the im­prove­ments in com­men­tary. It’s nice to see that Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole have recorded a hell of a lot more com­men­tary. The rap­port be­tween them is good to hear, as well as a good amount of trivia for ev­ery wrestler. Though, be warned, there is still plenty of repet­i­tive and re­cy­cled di­a­logue from pre­vi­ous ti­tles.

But here’s the thing. 2K Showcase and im­proved com­men­tary sim­ply can’t make up the num­bers after the ap­pal­ing om­mis­sions in other ar­eas of the game. Gone are cus­tomised ti­tle belts and are­nas. And gone are the abil­i­ties to cre­ate orig­i­nal sto­ries and even orig­i­nal fe­male wrestlers.

The wrestlers look amaz­ing, com­bat feels a hell of a lot bet­ter. Go­ing on that alone you could say that per­haps there are be­ing some steps taken in the right di­rec­tion, but be­tween the glar­ing

WWE 2015 looks And feels As­tound­ing, But lACks Con­tent And over­All feA­ture depth

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