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I've enjoyed wrestling games since
I had my Nintendo 64 and played WCW vs. NWO for hours on end. I thoroughly enjoyed the Smackdown! series
and I like the direction the franchise has taken in the recent years. However, every great game can always make
improvements. I don't expect a great
deal to change with WWE 2K14 because the franchise was just recently handed
over to 2K, but I expect them to really put their stamp on the game by the time
WWE 2K15 comes out. Here are a few things
that I want that will make my experience with the game better.
The main thing I want is the option
to pick the winner of every match and even the time limit of the match before
said person wins. This is 2013, most
people know that wrestling is scripted, so let me script the action in the
video game. I love playing the game, but
sometimes I like to put matches together and just watch, but if I want a
certain superstar to win then I almost always have to play. This tends to get boring when you have to
continue to play as the same character repeatedly. If I want CM Punk to be in a rivalry with
John Cena, I almost always had to play the matches if I wanted Punk to win
because he could never beat Cena if the computer played. Let me choose that I want Punk to win the
match after 12 minutes. Once 12 minutes
is up, if the match isn't over then it cuts to a scene of Punk hitting several
of his signature moves followed by his finisher to win the match. You know, sort of like real wrestling.
I'd also like to have more control
over interferences. I dislike the way
it's been done in the last two installments.
Again, if the options were tuned more like a sim game then you could choose
X superstar to win the match because Z superstar interferes after seven minutes
of action and attacks him.
to make it feel like I'm in control of every aspect of the match are what I'm
looking for. Sort of like story mode,
but streamlined in the WWE Universe mode.
One thing I would also like to see
is a more natural way to turn superstars face and heel. In WWE, it is hardly ever a sudden moment
that a superstar goes from good to bad.
Once in a while, sure, but for the most part it's a gradual
process. The fans play a role in it as
well. The fans get tired of seeing a
certain superstar, they start to boo him, now in my owner position I have the
option to run with that and make him a heel (So put him in several matches
against faces) or ignore the fans and continue to push forward with him/her as
is (Which could hurt superstar's popularity.)
I don't want to go to a screen and just select face/heel.
The fans are another aspect that
can be improved. Enough of booing every
bad guy and cheering every face, that's not how it works in reality. One of the most booed superstars is John
Cena, who is the biggest face in the company.
The longer someone is on top, the more the fans start to dislike him or
her in the WWE. Why can't it be like
this in the game? If Cena is champion
for 16 months, the fans would hate him, so you'd hear more boos than cheers
when his music plays. It doesn't mean he
has to be a heel, but he's not going to be loved everywhere. However, if CM Punk were a heel in the game,
he would still get a great reaction from the crowd if the show were in
Chicago. This could happen in the game
too. We know where superstars are from,
so when the show is in their hometown the fans should (and would) cheer them,
regardless of whether they're a face or a heel.
Now that 2K has taken over the
series, I wouldn't mind seeing a story mode, or some sort of superstar mode
(Which they may already be doing with their becoming immortal trailers.) Starting out as a rookie superstar in some
low-level wrestling circuit, performing in front of 30 fans all while you try
to put on an entertaining match when your superstar only knows three real
You want to learn more moves,
well, wrestling school cost money and you're making $40 a night wrestling so
you aren't going anywhere anytime soon, not to mention your outfit is pretty
outdated, but if you want new clothes then you better be willing to wrestle in
events all across the state, which hurts your stamina (meaning injuries are
more likely), but you don't have much of a choice. I would love if they run it like a real
wrestling promotion too, where some nights you're scheduled to win and other
nights you're going to be on the losing end but you still need to put on a
performing, dramatic match or the fans won't take to you.
Of course, you could go against
what the booker wants you to do, which may help your popularity with the fans
because you won, but may hurt your chances at wrestling with that promotion
again. It's all chances that you have to
take without having Vince McMahon yell "You're Fired!" right into your face
because you pissed off the wrong people.
Get hurt because you were running yourself into the ground? You better understand that by the time you
get back there are new kids in town that have taken your spot and you got work
to do. This all leads up to making it into
the WWE, doing your time on NXT and Smackdown! before you get the call to be a
full-time RAW superstar. This still
includes traveling and performing at House Shows so injuries and fatigue is
still a real possibility.
As your superstar becomes one of
the biggest names in the business, the company will even start to go to you for
ideas on where your career should go. Do
you want to be a champion again and have a long title reign? Do you want to form up a tag team and
dominate that division? Do you want to
give a young superstar his moment to shine by letting him scrape together a few
wins over you? It's up to you at that
point. I know that's an ambitious
undertaking and I wouldn't expect it all in one shot, but gradually making this
a real mode and making all of these sorts of improvements could make it one of
the best modes in any sports game.
So just a few things that I would
like to see in a wrestling game down the road.
Again, I hardly expect to see any big changes in WWE 2K14 because the team
hasn't had a very long time with the game, but I do expect big things from the
game by next year's installment. If
there is anything you want to see or have a question about my ideas please let