The winners
  • Best Wrestling game about
  • 30 years of Wrestlemania is a great nostalgia trip
  • Presentation is excellent
The losers
  • AI is pretty stupid
  • Commentary gets too repetitive
  • Game doesn’t handle having more than two wrestlers in the ring very well
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It feels like I have been playing wrestling games forever, when I worked it all out I’ve been playing them since the year 2000, nearly half my life! In recent years I had been less inclined to pick up some of the titles but last year I found my love for the games in the form of WWE ‘13. When it was announced that 2K would be taking over the series I got quite excited, considering the fact they transformed the NBA games in the last two years only good things could come of it.

The big draw for WWE 2k14 this year is Wrestlemania, all thirty years of it. The mode allows you to take part in some of the greatest moments of each Wrestlemania, matches such as Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6 or The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 19. Before most of the matches are video introductions that build up the excitement for your next match. For fans of WWE it brings back great memories, and for new players, it sets the scene really well.

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?

Each match has a set of objectives to complete, ranging from getting your opponents damage to a certain level or performing a specific action like getting The Undertaker to pull of three Tombstone Piledrivers on Kane. There are also Wrestlemania Moments, scripted sections that require you to press the corresponding buttons on-screen at the right time. Completing these objectives and winning matches earns you all sorts of unlockables such as new wrestlers, arenas and belts to use across the other modes in the game. As you progress through the years, it does start to feel a little bit samey, but if you really enjoy recreating the different matches you probably won’t mind. Another new mode is based all around the Undertaker, called The Streak. The aim is to either defend or end his 22-0 Wrestlemania run, the idea is great but the execution isn’t. You basically end up in a slobber-knocker match which for me defeats the object of defending the Undertakers streak. Despite that it’s a fairly fun mode to play and if it wasn’t named the way it was you may look at it in a different light.

If you have played WWE ’13 the game will feel very familiar in the ring, that’s a good thing but some of the old problems remain

If you have played WWE ’13 the game will feel very familiar in the ring, that’s a good thing but some of the old problems remain

If you have played WWE ’13 the game will feel very familiar in the ring, that’s a good thing but some of the old problems remain. For example the AI is still pretty stupid, you could be on your last legs in a daze against your opponent, there for the picking, and they just stand there looking at you when in fact they should have you laid out on the canvas. I also had Y2J desperately trying to pull me out of the ring, except I was at the other side, he tried for a full minute! There have been some improvements though; characters can now pull off some amazing finishers on running opponents by throwing them up in the air before dealing the final blow. Thankfully the AI doesn’t seem to be able to pull off reversals as often as before.

Away from these modes there is plenty to do. The first mode is WWE Universe which allows you to play through months and months of matches, generating new rivalries as you go along. It’s all been tidied up, with the UI now much clearer and the ability to be more flexible with the structure of Pay-per-view events. One of my favourite things to do in the WWE games is to create my own wrestler and take on the whole of the WWE and thanks to the creations mode there is everything you could want and more to customise your own WWE world. You can create entrances for your superstar, their moves and their special move. If that’s not enough you can even build your own arena, championship and even create storylines! Each section is very detailed yet it’s simple enough to understand meaning you’ll spend hours creating all sorts of content.

Take part in some of the greatest moments of each Wrestlemania

Take part in some of the greatest moments of each Wrestlemania

The presentation is as good as it’s going to get, the menus are nice and simple, the game’s soundtrack is excellent and once you enter the ring it only gets better. All of the superstars look amazing, after a few minutes of wrestling you can see the sweat on their bodies and it feels like the personality of each wrestler is there. The colour commentary is great, but you wish there was more of it as it isn’t long before you hear the same lines being repeated. The biggest let down is probably the crowd; they all look the same, but based on games like FIFA on the next-gen I’m sure that will change. Very occasionally weapons such as chairs and sledgehammers flip around the ring when they are dropped but it happens very rarely.

There hasn’t been huge sweeping changes to the game since 2K took the reins but with last year’s title being so good it didn’t matter too much, I’ve had a great time with WWE 2K14 and I’m already very excited about the game’s prospects when a next-gen version finally appears. This is the best wrestling game about and you would be mad not to get it if you are a fan.

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