Monday, August 17, 2015

WWE 2K 16: Feature Summary

WWE 2K16 and one of my favorite times of the year inches ever closer.  The kind folks over at 2K have posted a Feature Summary on the game ahead of its release in the Americas on October 27, 2015.  As usual, I am stoked about the game so let's take a look at the major features along with my thoughts on them.
  • Largest Roster Ever--Goes without saying this is a plus especially if they avoid filling that roster out with three different Foley and Triple H gimmicks or looks.  They specifically promise "an unprecedented combination of current WWE Superstars and Divas, emerging NXT talent, WWE Hall of Famers and WWE alumni from multiple eras."  They will probably never dig deep enough for some of the old school wrestlers I'd like to see there, but I am confident they will have some nice additions and I hope we get some Legends/alumni that we've never seen before as well.  Specifically looking forward to our first year of The Shield in their current attires. 
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator--Fun pre-order bonus.
  • 2K Showcase--This is a interesting game mode which I'm glad to see return although I typically abandon it to play WWE Universe or Exhibition modes.
  • MyCareer--Assuming this is actually coming to last-gen I am looking forward to this.  PS3/Xbox 360 did not get this last year.  It sounds interesting and is a common mode in sports games. 
  • Creation Suite--We have a pretty good idea of what we are getting here, but I hope they really flesh out the entrances a bit better this year.  It became difficult to find solid generic entrances for created wrestlers.  The return of custom themes would be nice.
  • WWE Universe--Not expecting anything shocking here, but the added ability to put wrestlers on multiple shows is a really nice additions.
  • Online--I never use this aside from downloading created wrestlers so I have no real opinion on it. 
  • Soundtrack--Sounds like the jukebox premise is coming back where you can choose what songs you'd like to hear and more importantly filter some out.  The site linked about says the soundtrack will be announced, but they have since announced it
  • Gameplay Improvements--They are promising better gameplay which is a fairly routine thing at this point.  I have no issue with the core gameplay as it is so a minor revision is fine with me.
    • Improved Controls--New attack positions sounds promising, but I'd have to go hands-on to offer any further thoughts on it.
    • New Reversal System--This might be the most intriguing change.  Hopefully the days of constant reversals on higher difficulty levels are a thing of the past.
    • New Pin System--New min-game?  Sounds good.  Dirty Pins and Rope Breaks?  Sounds even better. 
    • Chain Wrestling--This tie-up thing sounds promising as does the cheap shot functionality. 
    • Working Holds--You can finally engage in rest holds! What a world we live in!!
    • Improved AI--They are promising to clean up some of the AI frustrations we've had over the years.  I hope they can deliver on this point.
    • More Match Types--More is always better when it comes to match types.
    • Dynamic Entrances--Now this sounds really cool.  They used to have something like this in one of the older games where you could show respect or attack after the bell.  They've moved these options to before the bell and that should make for a more authentic experience. 
  •  Additional Improvements--New moves and better Submission system? Sign me up for all of that.
  • Overall Enhancements--Authenticity seems to be the focus here and I hope they deliver.  A lot of these features sound promising if they can pull them off.
    • New Commentary Team--You get JBL, Cole, and King now which will at least give the game a new sound, Maggle.
    • Visual Upgrades--This is to be expected and much like the change in commentary, I'd think a different "look" to the crowd would be nice.  Hopefully clipping will be minimized as well. 
    • Broadcast Presentation--No more traditional loading screens?  That sounds phenomenal.  
Every year I look forward to this game and this year is no different.  Right now I'm kind of in a funk as it relates to video gaming and I am hoping this game snaps me out of it.

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