Last week we were invited to join game designer Bryan Williams in an Undertaker-themed crypt in London to see the first 2K WWE game! Here’s what we learned:
As part of the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode, you can try to Defeat The Streak or Defend The Streak.
Defend the streak is like a survival mode, play as the Undertaker and defeat as many opponents in a row as you can. Get to 22 and you’ll unlock the Slobberknocker match for use in exhibition mode.
For defeat the streak you can choose anyone on the roster and try to defeat the Undertaker. This is not just any Undertaker though, streak mode ‘Taker has his own seriously tough AI created just for this match. He has more momentum, psychological attacks, he’ll counter you and destroy you at any opportunity he gets, and there’s always a probability that the lights will go out, ‘Taker will be behind you, and you’re gonna get the tombstone piledriver! This is no holds barred and it’s really quite challenging. In traditional video game terms it’s a bit like fighting a boss.
You can pick which WrestleMania arena you play in, but if you choose to play Defeat the Streak with someone who has fought Undertaker at WrestleMania before, it will automatically choose the relevant one. Whichever mode you choose, after your match you’ll get scored on your performance and entered into the weekly ratings board. You really have to think about your strategy as you’ll be scored on competitiveness, showmanship, excitement, drama and offensive diversity, so doing things like taunts and finishers, kicking out after the tombstone piledriver, and crucially winning the match all give you more points.
Like the rest of the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode which gives you the history of the events, the Streak also contains a historical account of all the Undertaker’s WrestleMania victims so far.
This year you can store up to 100 created superstars! (Confirmed it’s 100 on both consoles) When creating custom championships you can choose from 5 belt designs, imprint a relief and add logos to the left, right and main plates – move them around, resize them and layer them as you please. In the main WWE logos section alone there are 50 to choose from.
Perhaps the most exciting new addition for CAW makers is the addition of WWE Superstar Templates. Choose a superstar and you’ll get their head in create mode – you cannot change the head but you can do absolutely anything you like with the rest of the body just like in normal create mode. Then either save it as a created superstar, or save it as an alternate attire to that wrestler on the roster. It’s confirmed there are only 14 heads available, but we hope they might release some more as DLC. The current selections are:
Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Edge, John Cena, Kane, Paul Heyman, Randy Orton, Roddy Piper, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Undertaker. We hope they expand on this great feature even further next year.
Superstar threads also gets an enhancement – it’s the same kind of thing as last year but you can now also edit the entrance attire.
Universe Mode & More
There are some great new features in this year’s game:
– King of the Ring is playable in Universe mode now.
– The restriction has been removed so that you can now create your own all-divas show.
– You are told whether a match contains a rivalry so you know the chances of whether something interesting will happen, and you can now add, edit and delete rivalries and set how long they last on a calendar to build up toward pay per views.
Sick of hearing certain music on the menus? You’ll now be able to create your own playlist by selecting/unselecting wrestler themes that you like from the options screen.
30 Years of WrestleMania mode is looking like tremendous fun and very similar to last year’s Attitude mode. For long term wrestling fans it will be another fun trip down memory lane, and for others, a way for them to experience some of WWE’s most historic matches for the first time.
Check out our screenshots page for more new shots from the event.