WWE 2K14


By: Morgan Bates    On: Xbox 360
Published: Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 4:00 PM
 
 
 
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It’s been a long year for both Yuke’s and WWE Games; their former publisher (THQ) went broke, and the WWE license got auctioned off to 2K’s parent company Take-Two. Yet, it doesn’t seem to have affected the development of this year’s game one bit. This is still very much a Yuke’s WWE game - in some ways, that's great, but in others...

WWE 2K14’s main modes are the 30 Years of WrestleMania, and The Streak modes. In the latter, you can defend - or try to break - The Undertaker’s legendary winning streak with currently available wrestlers; breaking it with specific wrestlers will unlock variations of the Undertaker. Unfortunately, The Undertaker is incredibly cheap in this mode; he reverses almost every move you try. Moreover, neither the reversal settings, nor the difficulty settings, apply.

The 30 Years of WrestleMania mode is slightly easier. It spans five eras of WWE’s history, from Hulkamania through to the Universe era - it’s quite a history lesson. Whether you want to or not, playing through this mode is the only way to unlock almost half of the roster. In addition, unlocking the legends requires that you play out the match according to how they played out historically. Some of the requirements are more difficult than others, but all of them are reasonably fun to attempt and the game gives you a useful tip at the start of each match.

As I was playing through the 30 years of WrestleMania mode, I came across a glitch which left me performing at a weird angle, thanks to the game's camera getting locked in the "finisher". Turning off camera cuts will let you avoid this glitch, but it was disappointing to see something so jarring made it through the QA process.

Universe mode makes a return with a new rivals feature; you can play out, create, and manage feuds between wrestlers. They can be between either single wrestlers or tag teams. Although you can only have a few rivalries on either show at once, simply adding them makes the shows more accurate to the WWEs' weekly programming.

The main roster is missing some current wrestlers who were in WWE ’13, most notably The Usos who are real life relatives of Yokozuna, and Roman Reigns. On the legends side it’s missing Rowdy Roddy Piper – who feuded with Hulk Hogan. Moreover, the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode had potential to bring back various tag teams of yesteryear who have yet to appear in a 3D WWE title, such as The Rockers - it would have been nice to see Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels teaming together once again. That said, it’ll still appeal to fans of the Hulkamania era, with the likes to of Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Andre The Giant, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Hulk Hogan, and The Ultimate Warrior (if you pre-ordered, and if not, he should be available as DLC eventually.)

As with previous games, the commentary is full of errors. Quite often you’ve got one announcer calling a move the correct name, while the other miscalls it, and in other cases they miscall a move entirely. On the up side, the errors make it more in-line with the TV commentary.

Speaking of realism, the wrestlers still look like action figure versions of their real life counterparts. It allows Yuke’s to take liberties with many of the old school stars who were on the ‘plus size’ side, such as Andre the Giant, who looks fit compared to what his real world counterpart was - in that period at least. In addition, Yuke’s has gone to incredible lengths to give the early WrestleMania arenas a retro feel. Matches are presented with a picture fuzzing effect, so it appears as though you’re watching them on an old analogue TV.

Gameplay-wise, WWE 2K14 suffers from the same problems as WWE ’13 - reversals are almost impossible to pull off, with a short execution window you either are too quick (or too slow) for, while the opponent AI can pull them off easily. To mitigate this, you can turn down reversal rate settings for the AI. However, it doesn’t affect the Undertaker’s streak mode, so he will continue to reverse every move you try. Other glitches can occur in hardcore matches if an AI opponent grabs a ladder and gets stuck on the announcer table.

The creation mode has been expanded. It features more moves than last year, including the much-touted ‘booster’ finishers, where you lift an opponent up in the air and hit a move as they come down. If you are feeling too lazy to create one, you can either download from a pool of thousands of user created content or load a template in creation mode (it even has a gorilla suit!)

Overall, WWE 2K14 isn’t a huge improvement over WWE ’13. It does a great job of representing the events of past WrestleManias, however, packing a roster that has almost as many legends as modern superstars - it might even rely too much on nostalgic appeal.


The Score

WWE 2K14
"It is “what’s best for business,” to a degree"
8.5
Great
Rating: M   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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whataboutki NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 4:52 PM Posted by whataboutki
I haven't played a wrestling game since the N64? Am I the only one that lost interest in wrestling when I grew out of my early teens?
 
 
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Jakted NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 6:42 PM Posted by Jakted
i think its a great game beat the streak is so damn hard but i beat him the other day! :) and where the hell is RVD?? i have had a glitch or 2 but nothing major. commentary sucks they repeat the same line so often.
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 7:07 PM Posted by Munkah
6 November 2013, 06:42 PM Reply to Jakted
i think its a great game beat the streak is so damn hard but i beat him the other day! :) and where the hell is RVD?? i have had a glitch or 2 but nothing major. commentary sucks they repeat the same line so often.
RVD is missing because they had to complete the roster before he came back, same reason Cody Rhodes still has the mustache.

If you buy the season pass you can unlock everything without having to beat the Undertaker in streak mode.
 
 
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Jakted NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 7:27 PM Posted by Jakted
6 November 2013, 07:07 PM Reply to Munkah
RVD is missing because they had to complete the roster before he came back, same reason Cody Rhodes still has the mustache.

If you buy the season pass you can unlock everything without having to beat the Undertaker in streak mode.
oh really sweet thanks for that :)
 
 
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Sam NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 8:20 PM Posted by Sam
Looks sweet, love these games.
 
 
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Booker_T_SUCKAAA NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 9:03 PM Posted by Booker_T_SUCKAAA
Now can you dig that?! SUCKAAA!!! It's been a while since I picked up a wrestling game. Sounds like a worthwhile one to check out.
 
 
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jtbthatsme NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 6 Nov 2013 11:27 PM Posted by jtbthatsme
Although I have played a wrestling title or two since the N64 I have to admit N64 WCW / NWO revenge is still my favourite wrestling game lol. Nothing like multiple spear tackles with Goldberg followed by a Jackhammer or two lol.
 
 
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Booker_T_SUCKAAA NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 5:54 AM Posted by Booker_T_SUCKAAA
6 November 2013, 11:27 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
Although I have played a wrestling title or two since the N64 I have to admit N64 WCW / NWO revenge is still my favourite wrestling game lol. Nothing like multiple spear tackles with Goldberg followed by a Jackhammer or two lol.
Loved that game! The number of 4 player battles we had back-in-the-day. That and Goldeneye were the most played N64 games in my house in that era! Great memories!
 
 
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L40cal
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 6:50 AM Posted by L40cal
Fun game but feels like I will get bored with it in a month
 
 
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Ron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 9:38 AM Posted by Ron
6 November 2013, 11:27 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
Although I have played a wrestling title or two since the N64 I have to admit N64 WCW / NWO revenge is still my favourite wrestling game lol. Nothing like multiple spear tackles with Goldberg followed by a Jackhammer or two lol.
The No Mercy save glitch killed that series - sad times.
 
 
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jtbthatsme NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 11:31 AM Posted by jtbthatsme
7 November 2013, 05:54 AM Reply to Booker_T_SUCKAAA
Loved that game! The number of 4 player battles we had back-in-the-day. That and Goldeneye were the most played N64 games in my house in that era! Great memories!
Goldeneye was probably the other great N64 title paintball wars anyone??? Oh and the original Mario Karts

Also I didn't know there was a save glitch for No Mercy lol was it a bad glitch or a good glitch???
 
 
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cortez72 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 1:53 PM Posted by cortez72
Game suffered some serious slow down issues the other day when I played the Wrestlemania 6: Hogan/Warrior match. It was crawling.

Online is horrible. Impossible to stay connected long enough to finish a match.

The connection options allow you to select an opponent with a decent connection, but 20mins of searching I settled for 2 bars as the best connection. It sucked. Lag made it impossible to to counter, so first to a move dominates for 3mins before the game disconnects you. Should you get pinned in this time, lag makes it very hard to kick out as well.

I've loved these games, but the latest version is testing my patience. It's only been in the machine twice, losing to GTA V.
 
 
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cortez72 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 1:57 PM Posted by cortez72
Sorry, might I add; Roman Reigns is in the game.
 
 
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Jonathan-OverWorld NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 7 Nov 2013 5:06 PM Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
7 November 2013, 11:31 AM Reply to jtbthatsme
Goldeneye was probably the other great N64 title paintball wars anyone??? Oh and the original Mario Karts

Also I didn't know there was a save glitch for No Mercy lol was it a bad glitch or a good glitch???
Bad glitch. :( You would randomly lose your save progress when doing some things. In my game it was trying to play the career mode with my (awesome as) created guy. After you progressed a bit it would just go nope and lose data. Suuuucked as I spent all that time making my cool guy I wanted to do the career mode with him!

Still an amazing game, it was really pushing the N64 to the limit by No Mercy but damn there is no question the amount of fun to be had from that series of games. Even non-wrestling fans love multiplayer because it was just damn fun. Sadly for whatever reason wrestling games have never reached such levels again.

And yes I am still a big fan of wrestling and yes I've played a lot of WWE 2K14, its terrible. :( Once the YAY I'M DANIEL BRYAN!!! part wore off I lost enthusiasm very quickly.
 
 
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Bappernz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Sunday 10 Nov 2013 4:50 PM Posted by Bappernz
Not really my thing but i might have to check this out at some point
 
 
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wharekura
On Tuesday 12 Nov 2013 8:55 AM Posted by wharekura
Graphics look epic A must play game
 
 
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democracy_savvy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Tuesday 12 Nov 2013 2:27 PM Posted by democracy_savvy
The graphics look better than the past 3 games. Does the Booker T model look better in this one?
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 14 Nov 2013 12:01 PM Posted by Munkah
12 November 2013, 02:27 PM Reply to democracy_savvy
The graphics look better than the past 3 games. Does the Booker T model look better in this one?
Booker T isn't in it.
 
 
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democracy_savvy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 14 Nov 2013 10:22 PM Posted by democracy_savvy
14 November 2013, 12:01 PM Reply to Munkah
Booker T isn't in it.
Then he already looks better than past few games then.
 
 
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jamesg
On Friday 15 Nov 2013 8:34 PM Posted by jamesg
I've probably played every WWE/WWF game since WWF Smackdown. I love this series and will continue to play them. I especially like the Create A Wrestler - Sting is always a fav.
 
 
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GameRageBear
On Wednesday 11 Jun 2014 4:20 PM Posted by GameRageBear
TI saw a deal on the PS store after xmas last year so I scored it for $30. :D
Pretty good game, I have to say. An odd glitch happens once in a blue moon, but never mind. :D
 
 
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