From the expansive creation suite and intriguing 30 Years of WrestleMania single-player campaign to the spruced up Universe mode, WWE 2K14 is shaping up as an epic achievement in wrestling video games.
I've had an opportunity to play the game and can vouch for its improved gameplay as well. That's a ton of positives, but there are still three potential qualities that could make the game even better than it's already shaping up to be.
Strong Downloadable Content Packages
Because WWE 2K14 will not be a next-generation title, it would be great to see a ton of effort given to create compelling downloadable content. In the past, we've seen additional Superstars like Ryback and Damien Sandow added post-release.
Undoubtedly, adding Superstars like Rob Van Dam, Fandango and Curtis Axel would strengthen the WWE 2K14 roster, but a little something beyond new Superstars would be even more amazing.
A new mini-mode, more moves or anything that actually impacts gameplay could extend the game's replay value. These types of additions would make for the most complete DLC schedule a fan could ask for.
Reliable Online Experiences
No sports/fighting game has a better interface for sharing creations amongst its community. With even more creative options at your disposal this year, the exchange of content should be even more rewarding. In the past, WWE games have had some online issues. Thankfully, WWE 13 virtually eliminated those problems.
Hopefully we'll see this standard of performance continue in all online components. Nothing derails an idea like faulty servers.
Improved Physics When Interacting With Props
One of the issues with WWE 13 was that Superstars sometimes behaved weirdly when tables, ladders or chairs were involved. It didn't happen all the time, but there were some glitches in this aspect of the game.
In my time with WWE 2K14, I didn't see any of those instances, and trust me, I was looking for them. While my pre-release experience can't be seen as the end-all, be-all on this subject, it has given me hope that this issue has been ironed out as well.
Overall, it has been a while since I was this excited for the release of a WWE game. The folks at 2K Sports and Yukes have seemingly put their best foot forward with the upcoming title.
Like many of you, I anxiously await its release. The game will be available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on Oct. 29.
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