The WWE It has become the standard of global wrestling. You may like it more, you may like it less. But it is the company that every wrestling promoter aspires to become, while almost every wrestler on the planet dreams of stepping into their ring at some point in their career. For this reason, video games under his banner become the paradigm of what it means to represent this discipline in the digital ring. 2K Games, taking advantage of the lack of competition in this area, had rested on its laurels and delivered games that were falling into mediocrity. For this reason, WWE 2K21 was canceled, Yuke’s he left his work in development and Visual Concepts, the masters behind NBA 2K, were in the spotlight. The result was a WWE 2K22 that with Mistery King as an ambassador he regained the trust of the fans. Unlike in the past, it is expected that WWE 2K23 as a new installment of the series it has competition. AEW, WWE’s current television rival, is preparing Fight Forever with Yuke’s. Therefore, there is pressure for this new game to keep the franchise on an upward path. He achieves it?
WWE 2K22 had already made combat control much more fluid and, above all, intuitive. A button for the strong attack, a button for the weak hit, a grapple button, the opportunity to make predetermined combos and, of course, a key within the main scheme for counter attacks. Likewise, the fighting spirit bar returned for movements such as recovery or personal movements, while separating it from the finisher and health bars. Naturally, these advances are maintained in the 2K23 iteration
What is new is a new three-count mechanic. It’s simple: press the designated button within a space that, the more damage you have and the greater the difference in health you have with your rival, the smaller it is and the faster it moves. Unlike previous versions, where a large damage difference practically nullified this response, the mechanic is present even when your opponent takes a beating. This allows you, with correct use, to get up and return to the fight, making the fights more exciting.
The animation of the movements is key in a game of this type and it is clear that Visual Concepts has refined it. Greater fluidity is perceived in the capture, as well as new possibilities when generating chances such as placing your rival on a railing or leaving him prone in the corner. However, it is clear that it still works with complete animations per movement, which does not allow you to cancel them and still generates situations such as slight “teleportations” to place a fighter where he is supposed to be. However, there are fewer and fewer of them compared to previous installments.
Character modeling continues to improve. With NBA 2K the developer studio always gives us a very realistic proposal in this sense and, after years, finally the appearance of the fighters is at the level of sports games in its generation. It’s a shame that this is still a transition period between consoles (which has been a bit longer), but we can finally see more and more human gestures, more photorealistic textures and even lighting that does justice to the lights. multicolored weekly programs deliver week by week.
Monday Night War
WWE recently recovered the War Games fight, a classic of the N.W.A. and his old rival WCW. It is a fight between teams of three inside a cage and in a double ring. Fighters can enter the fight even with weapons, making combat a violent experience. Well, WWE 2K23 shows the appearance of this modality in its options.
Thanks to a slightly more intuitive possibility to change objectives, this fight is not only exciting, but also fluid. You can do wonders with the double ring and add objects to the cage that turn the battle into something very fierce. Of course, with friends it is better and even more so considering that up to six players in two teams of three can participate. It is a modality that was expected considering the promoter’s recent programming and that finally makes its appearance.
To this we must add, of course, classic game modes such as one-on-one fights, the Elimination Chamber or Hell in a Cell. Even a Royal Rumble that becomes the way to go when one wants to challenge themselves as a specialist in this type of game. The options to enjoy continue to be very diverse, added to an extensive roster of current, classic, downloadable and even fighters to be created.
Hustle, Loyalty, Respect
John Cena He is a WWE idol, but also a controversial character. During most of his fights there were limitations in his technique and that he was presented as invincible. However, in great moments he had the opportunity to provide great fights against heavyweight rivals, some considered among the best in history for the company.
Beating Cena was a challenge and, of course, achieving it is the focus of Showcase Mode for this year. Great fights for the Marine against rivals like AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, Brock Lesnar either Kurt Angle They are recreated in a modality whose challenge, as always, is to achieve the movements that were made just as they were in real life. Which is complex when you have an opponent giving everything to keep you from that goal and, of course, beat you along the way.
Great fights against mythical rivals like CM Punk or Daniel Bryan They are not present due to obvious issues (both fighters are in the rival company). However, the selection is more than good, it shows an important part of the evolution that the company has had in the last 20 years and, of course, it is complemented with clips of each fight and even with Cena narrating his best moments. It’s a great story mode and the key to a good part of the unlockables.
Rise above hate
The career mode, hand in hand with character creation, is an element that shines widely in wrestling games. Especially for the most radical fans, who seek to give their fighter a unique appearance and provide them with high-voltage movements. Well, in this installment the MyRise mode is the one indicated to achieve all of the above, with two paths to follow.
In the first you are a girl who has decided to start from the roots as a fighter, seeking to reach the path to fame. In the second you are an established international wrestler, who after becoming famous all over the world manages to reach WWE to generate an immediate impact. Each route is special and, of course, has its unique moments.
This modality not only allows you to climb fight after fight towards the world championship and recognition from the WWE Universe. But it also portrays aspects such as the search for your own identity when the company wants to impose one on you or the battles of egos in the locker room. Likewise, you have a mediocre but well-told story in which you interact with other fighters, of increasing caliber as you rise up the card.
Naturally you can do everything possible to ensure that Carmelo Reyes be crowned in the WWE ring, or achieve that Dream Match between The Lady of Silence and Becky Lynch. Although the creation options are broad, they are governed by archetypes such as fighter, technician or flyer. Each one with its limitations. Likewise, you must advance to be able to modify your athlete and navigate between the editing options so that the outfit looks like that of your favorite star in the independent ring.
Here comes the money!
No sports game today can, it seems, lack a mode based on microtransactions. None. The WWE 2K23 series, of course, has this option in MyFaction mode. Yes, it is still a modality in which you must spend real money to give your faction of fighters stars with better stats. But it is clear to us that the developers asked themselves how to ensure that there were unique aspects and not repeat the traditional game.
Right from the start we saw the opportunity to play with a John Cena with action figure skin… or the invisible John Cena from the promotional ones. Therefore, if you want to play with special versions of the characters, you may have to spend real money to get them and add them to your team. An option very similar to the legend cards that other titles have for these modalities.
Naturally, this game mode promises to be a full-fledged financial abuse. Even with the option to get special cards, the imbalance to make you spend is inevitable and, unless you really want to compete or play with these special versions of the fighters, it is not exactly the aspect where the title shines the most.
Have a nice day!
Yes, you think you can have better ideas for WWE. That you can schedule better fights. That with you at the helm the most valuable stars could have better space on the billboard. With you at the helm, fans could have the product they deserve. Well, you have two game modes to prove it.
MyGM returns so that you can manage a company brand as General Manager. From the roster that you can pay, choose the fighters who connect the most with the public, define where the shows will take place, who has the titles and even give which fighters a chance to both fight for them and win over the audience. with the microphone.
You have several stars to put in command, or you can choose one of your own. Each one with characteristics to take advantage of in management. There is also the opportunity to compete against three other characters when establishing which brand is the best. Whether they are controlled by artificial intelligence or you share the experience with local multiplayer.
You can resurrect NXT original or WCW, although in a version far from the authentic one. Likewise, it is not limited to one season. Instead, you must defeat your competing brand in various challenges over several years to gain access to the hall of fame, the initial objective of the game. With this goal achieved, you can choose whether to continue defining the destinations of your weekly show.
Naturally, this modality makes you have to manage money, as well as deal with the demands of your cast. Also your boss, Triple H, It asks you for various tasks whose fulfillment translates into cards to have extra resources or improve your fighters. All in order to provide the best possible battles and satisfy your audience.
Don’t want to struggle with budgets, egos or business structures? Well, Universe mode is still for you. You choose the fights, you choose the champions. It’s that simple. With more power than Vince himself, to control the company at will.
The Champ is Here!
At some point WWE 2K23 will have a challenger and it will be seen how much his potential really shines against a competitor. However, the full potential of this edition is even greater than that of the previous installment. There is still gameplay to polish, but the action is guaranteed in a more fluid gameplay and in which each of its qualities shines in a better way.
Despite attempts to give value to MyFaction, it still feels not only like a money-sucking machine, but like a superfluous mode. MyRise and MyGM could still have more work, because they are so far a point with a lot of potential. Showcase is clearly a brilliant aspect that stands out even more for showcasing John Cena’s legacy.
It is up to each individual to decide whether it is the best installment in the series, but it does surpass the previous one and is therefore one of the best in many years. The important thing, however, will be to see if 2K Games takes advantage of already having a notable starting point to make it grow even more in subsequent versions. Especially when, as facts stated, he is finally about to be challenged.