WWE 2K15 Preview
It might at times that the best wrestling games have been and gone. WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain, WWF No Mercy and WCW vs nWo: World Tour are just some of the brilliant wrestling games that the past has had to offer, but for one reason or another, the previous console generation just couldn’t find a hit title. I for one feel the lack of a decent real-life WWE roster hurt any chances of a decent WWE video game. There was also a distinct lack of innovation in the WWE titles under THQ’s banner.
All that changed with WWE 2K14, the first WWE title from 2K Sports. While long-time WWE video game developer Yuke’s stayed on to develop WWE 2K14, 2K must have sicced The Undertaker onto them, because they developed one heck of a return to form. Moves were more balanced, animations were faster and some of the DLC was actually want fans truly wanted. It’s safe to say then, that when the series’ makes its current-gen debut, it’s going to be a slobberknocker.
Developer Yuke’s is looking to appease long-time WWE fans and fans who love creating their own wrestlers, as the campaign mode will apparently have two distinct modes: one a historical campaign which covers some of the biggest rivalries in WWE history (Austin Vs The Rock, perhaps?) and another that finally brings back a story mode for your own created wrestlers. I’ve been hoping against hope that Yuke’s would revisit what I consider to their crowning achievement in WWE games: An over-the-top wrestling story featuring you, and that looks to be exactly what is going to be present in WWE 2K15. Time to get excited, folks!
Speaking of rivalries, rumours have been circulating that Yuke’s will be revisiting one of the greatest rivalries of all time in WWE 2K15: that of the WCW Invasion era, where WCW and WWE Superstars clashed in and out of the ring in a bloody war. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if this were to happen it would be the icing on the cake, err… the blood on the mat.
The latest screenshots released for WWE 2K15 are looking very impressive, and not just because the series’ is making the leap to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No, no, it is looking better than most other current-generation games! WWE Superstar John Cena looks photorealistic; I nearly couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw the shots. I’ve been playing the WWE wrestling games since the Sega Master System era, I’ve played every Yuke’s-developed WWE game, and this is the first time where I’ve been genuinely blown away by the graphics. It’s still in development, but WWE 2K15 already looks fantastic.
It’s not just the way that the wrestlers look that’s taking a huge step forward, but also the animation. This is largely because the game is being joint-developed by Visual Concepts, who have specialised in sports game animation since the NES era. They have worked on many groundbreaking titles, including Desert Strike, Sega Soccer Slam and NBA 2K. With WWE 2K15, Visual Concepts have motion-captured over 50 days of motion capture animation, that’s five times the animation data found in WWE 2K14. Here’s hoping there are multiple animations for every move, so that the game feels more spontaneous compared to earlier entries.
Wrestling fans should be practically drooling over WWE 2K15! All that’s left is for a healthy offering of Hall of Famers (Sting and Hulk Hogan are confirmed!) and for Yuke’s to revamp the Create-A-Wrestler Mode, which has been using the same clothes and visual options since WWE Smackdown! on the PlayStation 1.
WWE 2K15 is shaping up to be the greatest wrestling game in years, and it could well be the greatest wrestling game ever. Now can you dig that, sucka!?