Hey guys! Sorry it's taking so long to come out with Part 2 of Road to WWE 2K15. I've been working on a project I've wanted to do for years now, so that's been taking a lot of my time. Part 2 where I talk about CPU AI will be released August 15th. Until then, let's do a follow up to Part 1 based on what we know about the game now.
I guess they finally listened to what I was saying about "show don't tell" by giving us a taste of how much the body scanning tech has improved the character models. The Cena and Orton models look outstanding, definitely the best of the series, but I'm still waiting to see them in action. It won't really make much of a difference how good the models look if the animations aren't up to par.
IGN revealed that WWE 2K15 will introduce a new mode called Showcase Mode, a mode in which we get to play out rivalries from wrestling's past. There will be some rivalries available for DLC, but the two available on disc will be Triple H vs Shawn Michaels, covering their rivalry between 2002 and 2004, and Cena vs. Punk, covering their rivalry from 2011 to 2013. This seems like another spin on the nostalgia theme (and I've already explained the problems I have with the nostalgia theme), but I don't really have a problem with it. There are two reasons for this
1. It's not a replacement for career mode. There's going to be a seperate career mode specifically for created wrestlers (more on that later
2. It's not being portrayed as the main focus of the game. Unlike 29 Years of Wrestlemania and Attitude Era mode, Showcase mode isn't being overhyped to the point where it seems like it's the only thing that matters in 2K15. Showcase mode is being portrayed as just another aspect of a game that has many aspects to it. That gives me hope. However, if 2k spends the next couple of months talking about Showcase endlessly, that hope will turn quickly into crippling despair (heh)
Career mode is making a comeback. Unfortunately, for those who want to play as Damien Sandow and push him through the WWE ranks until he is WWE World Heavyweight Champion, it will be for created wrestlers only. As someone who is a huge CAW equal rights activist, I'm optimistic. We haven't seen a major improvement to CAW mode since svr2010, and a career mode made specifically for created wrestlers seems to me to be the perfect time to really give CAW mode a huge overhaul. There is one point that worries me. IGN stated that this career mode is heavily based on the My Player of NBA 2K14, but for the PS4 & X-Box One versions of the game created players were non-existent outside of My Player. If WWE 2K15 is the same way, that would be extremely bad, but then again creation options were never really as big of a focus in the NBA 2k franchise as they are in the WWE Games franchise, so maybe there's nothing to worry about.
This has nothing to do with anything, but while writing this follow up I found out that Robin Williams died. He was found dead this morning and it is believed to be suicide. Apparently he was suffering from suicide recently. This is horrible news. As a kid I absolutely loved Genie from Aladdin, and I was trully moved by his performance in The Fisher King. He's been great in a lot of other roles as well, but those are just the two that stand out for me.
For those who feel like they might be suffering from depression, take it from a guy that's been battling depression for years: it's no joke and it's not something that you can just "get over". Sometimes it can feel like there is this overwhelming pressure upon you that prevents you from doing anything. Seek help and do it quickly before it's too late.