What’s new in WWE 2K14 (Preview)

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:

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Defeat The Streak! 

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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.

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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.

Create Mode

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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.

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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.

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  • Perbs

    “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.” Now we are talking. WWE 13 went to mute after some time.

  • Physco Goth

    yay all diva show with my 6 divas ?????/ that shall be boring give us legend divas and not trish or lita there not legends …. alundra blyze is , moolah , may , sable

    • johnjacobjingleheimer

      XD

      Lita is one of the best women’s wrestlers in the last 20 years. And they’ll never put Alundra in a game after she went to WCW and threw the WWF Women’s title in the trash on live TV.

      • Physco Goth

        Alundra made peace with WWE in the last few years they where bringing her back too the wwe too take on that Kong lady but Kong left when she got knocked up and it never happened. Oh I like trish and lita they have a right too be in the game but there not legends in my eyes i just see them as good wrestlers maybe in another ten years they will be legends

        • coolguy1

          ok anyone in the hall of fame is a legend dude

          • Physco Goth

            Eh lita is not on par with May young who only got put in the hall of fame in her late 80’s or Wendi in her 50’s sure lita isint even 40 yet and she was in wresting less than ten years not too mention Stephanie has a pin fall over her

  • The huntress in the night

    Hopefully you can add custom music like always and use it as menu music.. I’ll add some easy listening stuff just to use on the menu’s or 20 mins of recorded silence. I hate menu music.

    • Josh Melton

      Of Course you can what a silly question

      • johnjacobjingleheimer

        Nice. I’m going to have to put together a playlist.

        • Josh Melton

          Yup, WWEK14 supports custom soundtracks 🙂

  • MetalMadmax

    Loving the sound of ALL of this! Although I noticed it says there are only 14 heads available for Superstar Templates yet the screen grab shows that’s only page 1/2. Page 2 could be generic templates I guess but I’m kinda hoping it’s not 😉