As usual I really enjoyed this year's offering. I know some have grown tired of the incremental updates that they say plague wrestling and sports games in general. To me the game isn't broken as some contend and I'm perfectly happy getting some minor gameplay changes, an updated roster, more belts, new WWE Legends, etc.
The WWE Universe mode grew a bit in this installment. The ability to set short, medium or long rivalries allowed the user to exercise a bit more control over their Universe. Flexibility is a big thing for me in that mode. I still wish there were more options you could toggle to design the parameters of your show(s). What I mean is the ability to say, "I don't want members of tag teams to vie for singles titles." "No one should wrestle twice on one show." Things like that so you would have to do less freehand customization on every card. Not a showstopper, but it would be a nice feature.
Typically when they reveal the roster I peg certain wrestlers as ones that I will use a lot. Usually I do use them, but it's also common for me to look back and realize that there were several less likely characters that I used. This list isn't comprehensive, but I've really enjoyed using the following. Some I figured I would use a lot, but others were a surprise to me.
- Sgt. Slaughter--Hated that they didn't have his original patriotic entrance in the game though.
- The Shield--Roman Reigns' model was a bit off, but I really liked all three of them. I even assigned Reigns the Inverted DDT/Scorpion Death Drop when they released that move in a DLC pack.
- Hulk and Hollywood Hogan--Unmitigated nostalgia especially with the Hulkamania red and yellow.
- The Real Americans--Paired them with Sgt. Slaughter to boot.
- "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes--His specialty moves are great. His taunts are phenomenal. I wish they had included an NWA style attire, but I blacked out the polka dots at least.
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts--Had to change his theme and didn't love the choice of attire, but Jake's a lot of fun to use.
- "Macho Man" Randy Savage--Not only do you get classic Macho, you also get nWo Macho.
- Scott Hall/Razor Ramon--A guy who is great to have in these games that hasn't been in there often.
- Goldberg--Same as above, his entrance is excellent.
- "Nature Boy" Ric Flair--I hate that there are no other real Horsemen in the game like Double A was a couple of years ago, but you can't go wrong with the Nature Boy. I do prefer modern Naitch to retro one. The model looks better or something.