With WWE 2K15 releasing Tuesday for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the leader in the world of sports-entertainment is set to make a splash in the video game scene.
This release will serve as an appetizer to the main course, which is the release of the next-generation version of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That version hits stores on Nov. 18.
The two games will obviously have some similarities. First and foremost, we've learned that the rosters will be identical, but there may be some surprises after the game is released that will change that.
Click here to see the members of the roster who have already been revealed.
We also know that the exciting and potentially awesome single-player campaign called 2K Showcase will be available for both systems. The mode will focus on historic feuds. Both versions will ship with two feuds: John Cena vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels.
Through DLC, this mode will be expanded post-release. There is a cost to gain access to this content. Fans can pay a la carte or receive all of the new feuds for one discounted price of $24.99 as part of the WWE 2K15 Season Pass.
You can read the full details here, but here's what's included in the Season Pass, per 2K Sports.
- Players will gain instant access to all unlockable content available in the game (excluding downloadable content)
- The Accelerator will be available for a suggested price of $1.99
2K Showcase: One More Match
- Story focused on the rivalry between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Christian in 2011
- Playable WWE Superstars: Christian, Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry and Sheamus
- Playable arenas from 2011: SmackDown, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit and Capitol Punishment
- 2K Showcase: One More Match will be available for a suggested price of $9.99
2K Showcase: Hall of Pain
- Story focused on top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry
- Playable WWE Superstars: Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sheamus, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Ryback
- Playable arenas: SmackDown (2011), Vengeance (2011) and WrestleMania 29
- 2K Showcase: Hall of Pain will be available for a suggested price of $9.99
2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior
- Story focused on the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior
- Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Sgt. Slaughter
- Playable WWE Legends: Honky Tonk Man, Rick Rude, Macho King and Colonel Mustafa
- Playable WWE Superstars: The Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Access to WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel and WWE managers Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Sherri, Sid Justice and General Adnan
- Playable arenas: WrestleMania 6, 7 and 12; SummerSlam (1988, 1990 and 1991); Saturday Night’s Main Event 24 and Madison Square Garden
- 2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior will be available for a suggested price of $9.99
There's more post-release content available in addition to what the Season Pass offers. Paying homage to the WCW and NXT rosters and library, WWE 2K15 will offer DLC packs that feature wrestlers, moves and other goodies from both entities.
Here's the details on those additional pieces of content.
- Playable WCW Superstars: Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger
- The WCW Pack will be available for a suggested price of $7.99
- Playable NXT Superstars: JBL, Adam Rose and The Ascension (Konnor and Victor)
- Playable NXT Diva: Emma
- NXT Arrival will be available for a suggested price of $6.99
New Moves Pack
- Moves Pack: More than 30 new moves, including an alternate version of Sister Abigail (performed from the ring corner and made popular by Bray Wyatt) and multiple gut wrenches (made popular by Cesaro)
- The New Moves Pack will be available for a suggested price of $3.99
We've seen how popular the MyCareer concept has become with the NBA 2K series. As cool as that has been in virtual hoops, it seems the concept of taking one created character on a career-long journey packed with role-playing scenarios is tailor-made for a WWE game.
We finally have the mode in a wrestling game.
Like all new WWE talent these days, you'll begin your career in NXT. You'll have to earn a spot on that roster first and then grab the attention of Raw general manager Vickie Guerrero (only in-game) to take your career to the next level.
If you continue to climb the ranks, you'll headline pay-per-view events, win world titles and possibly become a Hall of Famer.
Perhaps the coolest aspect of this mode is the ability to import your friends' created Superstars into your experience. It's called Invasion, and it could become a staple of the series.
You can import up to five of your friends' MyCareer Superstars, and they will be injected into your storyline at random moments.
PS3/Xbox 360—Who Got NXT and Proving Ground
The folks at 2K Sports didn't abandon the gamers on current-generation consoles. MyCareer is not an option, but the Who Got NXT mode accompanied by 2K Showcase, WWE Universe and online matches ensures that PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers will have a full set of options to enjoy.
Who Got NXT centers around five past and current stars of WWE's developmental organization. Gamers will be charged with epic matches against Bo Dallas, Rusev, Corey Graves, Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, and players will also have to complete specific objectives in those bouts.
If they are successful, they will then unlock the Proving Ground mode.
This is the sequel, so to speak, of the popular Beat the Streak mode from WWE 2K14. Last year, gamers tried their hand at beating an enhanced version of The Undertaker at WrestleMania. This year, you'll have to beat a superhuman John Cena.
Stop yourself if you just said, "Isn't Cena always superhuman?"
Considering most of the effort in developing the game was likely directed toward the next-gen version, the current-gen game looks surprisingly stacked.
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