Ever since SmackDown Just Bring it in 2000, I have gone to the shop at release and bought the WWE Games, and they have definitely improved over the years, and on 1st November I went to the shopping center again and picked up the new WWE Game,WWE2K14, here are the ups and downs about the game and my take on the game
30 Years Of WrestleMania Mode
a great way to relive the moments from WrestleMania, and if you are new to watching WWE, then it has the video packages to take you through the build of each match and how it lead up to their match up at WrestleMania, There is over 100 Unlockables as well that you unlock within this mode and this is just a truly great mode!
The Streak Mode
In The Streak Mode, you have the option to defend the streak, or defeat the Undertakers streak, if you choose defend, then it is like a Slobber Knocker match where the match is gauntlet style, and until someone pins you down to the canvas for a 3 count or makes you submit, then you keep defeating the superstars, we will get to the downside of that later on, and if you choose to Defend The Streak, this is no ordinary Undertaker, this is The Undertaker at WrestleMania, he can choke slam you out of nowhere when he is on the mat, or lock you in the hells Gate from the mat and make you submit, and he can even go to the extent of dimming the lights and appearing behind you, like I said, this is Undertaker at WrestleMania, this is no ordinary Undertaker!
WWE Universe Mode
They have made some fine improvements to WWE Universe Mode, basically in WWE 13 the game did most of the Universe for you, well in WWE2K14, this is your Universe, again they have bought some features back from WWE 13 which was fantastic like creating your own show on any day and customizing the shows, but this time when you create a show,y ou can choose how many matches you want in the show, for Major the minimum is 5 and the maximum is 7 and for minor shows the minimum is 3 matches and the maximum is 7,so that is a cool feature, and my favorite 2 things in WWE Universe mode this year is the rivalry manager which on Raw, SmackDown and any other major show, you can choose a single match between 2 superstars or even a tag team you can make them pit against them in a short rivalry which is 4 weeks, a medium rivalry which is 8 weeks or a long rivalry which is 12 weeks! And the other really good feature in Universe Mode this year is been able to do King Of The Ring on a major or PPV Show! Last year I needed this,but I needed to keep record of it on a piece of paper(and then lost it!) So I am really glad that this is in the game!
Now it goes onto Online really quickly, but actually finding a match to play or creating your own session can sometimes be very difficult!
But this is the only downside to the game!
What is the score?
Now the review score that I give this game is a 9.1/10!
WWE 2K14 will be celebrating 30 years of WrestleMania with an all-new WrestleMania mode in the upcoming game. 45 classic matches will be up for play and here are ten that better be included or this mode will be a bust.
The idea of this mode is to allow gamers to wrestle these 45 matches from past WrestleMania events and obtain specific achievements throughout the matches. This is just a guess but an example may be having to bodyslam Andre the Giant in a Hulk Hogan vs. Andre WrestleMania 3 match.
The roster has been revealed but the matches are still a mystery. Here is the roster for the 30 Years of WrestleMania and a couple of DLC characters that I presume could crossover.
Alberto Del Rio
Andre The Giant
Big John Studd
Big Show (Retro)
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (NPC)
Bret “Hitman” Hart
Brock Lesnar (Retro)
Chris Jericho (Retro)
“Hollywood” Hulk Hogan
John Cena (Retro)
John “Bradshaw” Layfield
King Kong Bundy
Miss Elizabeth (NPC)
“Macho Man” Randy Savage
Ric Flair (Retro)
Ricardo Rodriguez (NPC)
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
The Rock (Retro)
Shawn Michaels (Retro)
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
Triple H (Retro)
The Undertaker (Retro)
The Undertaker “American Badass”
Here are ten that I hope make the game based on the roster available. We’ll know soon enough what is in and what is out but in the meantime, let’s have some fun with this wish list.
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania 13 I-Quit Match
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage WrestleMania 7
Ric Flair vs. The Undertaker WrestleMania 18
Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage WrestleMania 8
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker WrestleMania 25
Goldust vs. Roddy Piper Hollywood Backlot Brawl WrestleMania 12
Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage WrestleMania 3
Undertaker vs. CM Punk WrestleMania 29
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage WrestleMania 5
Evolution vs. Mick Foley and The Rock WrestleManaia 20
The Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels Iron Man Match from WrestleMania 12 has been confirmed for the game. Players will have the option of speeding it up and shaving time off of the 60 minutes. With the announcement, we now have confirmed WrestleMania matches of;
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant WrestleMania 3
Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock WrestleMania 18
John Cena vs. The Rock WrestleMania 28
WWE 2K14 is set for an October 29 release date.
As you can see a lot of these matches are previewed in the video, although none have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for the official list coming soon!
If you thought the Ultimate Warrior appearing in the next WWE video game was a shocker wait until you hear this one. WWE 2K14 will feature a 30 Years of WrestleMania mode highlighted by TNA Wrestling booker and star Hulk Hogan.
It’s interesting because on a recent podcast I started throwing out names of guys that could be surprise video game characters (ala Warrior) for the next game and Hogan was on the top of my list. Little did I know that the Hulkster would be dropping the big leg in this yea’s WWE’s newest game.
The WWE sent out a press release earlier this week with the announcement and went out of their way to promote Hogan’s involvement in the game.
“2K announced the all-new “30 Years of WrestleMania” mode in “WWE 2K14,” the upcoming video game in the award-winning franchise. Details about the exciting new single-player campaign were revealed during a conference call with WWE COO Triple H and 2K Creative Director Cory Ledesma.
Inspired by the landmark WrestleMania XXX, which will emanate from New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014, “30 Years of WrestleMania” will be a nostalgic journey through three decades of WWE history. Utilizing the greatest video game roster ever assembled, “30 Years” will allow players the chance to relive and experience 45 classic WrestleMania matches, including Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III, Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8 and The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII.
The inclusion of Hulk Hogan in the game is a particularly exciting announcement, and one the WWE Universe has eagerly anticipated.”
It should be noted that the deal for the video game is strictly between Hogan and 2K. This is not necessarily a WWE deal although it has been said in the past that Vince McMahon must sign off on all additional characters in the game. Vince signing off on Hogan as well as Hogan in the game while he is not only the booker but top star in TNA Wrestling is fascinating on a lot of levels.
To me this goes down as another one of the many embarrassments in TNA Wrestling history. I have no doubt that TNA are paying Hogan a lot of money to be running and appearing in the company. I could see them not being able to afford merchandising rights but to sign Hogan without any kind of clause that prevents him from appearing in WWE-related products is almost inconceivable. Some will probably say it isn’t a big deal. I think it’s a big mistake and another case where they become a laughing stock at the WWE’s expense (Ric Flair on the Hall of Fame show while under TNA contract).
It’s a big win for fans as it is almost impossible to include any kind of mode like this in a WWE game without Hogan. Like him or not he was the face of Mania for so many years and is a huge part of the history. His matches with Andre the Giant and The Rock are true classics and it would seem almost pointless to promote a WrestleMania history mode in the game without him.
Hogan’s contract generally expires with TNA in the fall. It would certainly be an easy transition back into the WWE if Hogan and TNA were to part ways allowing the Hulkster to play a major part in 2K14 promotion.
There are two things I thought I’d never see in 2013 in the WWE. I never thought I’d see Bruno Sammartino in the Hall of Fame and I certainly never thought I’d see the Ultimate Warrior on WWE.com praising Vince McMahon. I was wrong.
The Ultimate Warrior is back and while he is only signed as part of the WWE 2K14 promotion at the moment it would appear that he is moving back towards the WWE family. WWE.com has posted a new interview with the Warrior which is surprising for two reasons. One, he praises Vince McMahon and two he is actually pretty coherent in doing so.
The interview is actually a really good interview, somewhat of a mini shoot interview in a way with the former WWE champion. Warrior talks about how he got into the WWE and what it was like to make the transition. Warrior talks about working on the road for awhile before he was on television. It’s funny because I remember talking to my old friend the late Doug Gentry when we were teenagers after he attended a WWE house show in Wildwood, NJ. Doug talked about Warrior being on the undercard and while we both knew of him from magazines, UWF, and WCCW, we didn’t even know he was in the WWF at the time. The two of us were surprised that he was working house shows with no television yet that was the plan and according to the Warrior it worked.
Warrior has some nice words to see about Vince McMahon. Warrior says he has a lot of respect for Vince which is just odd when you read and listen to all of the things Warrior has said about his former boss over the last decade or so. Vince recently welcomed back the Warrior on Twitter so it would appear that both sides are extending olive branches which will probably wind up with Warrior going into the Hall of Fame.
Regardless it’s a cool interview and fascinating on so many levels to see Warrior on WWE.com or the WWE YouTube channel. Check it out.
The Ultimate Warrior is coming back to the WWE…videogames that is. The former WWE champion is back in the WWE Universe as part of the WWE 2k14 videogame. Trailers are already hitting YouTube and the Warrior is as incoherent as ever.
The big announcement was made Monday as part of the hype surrounding the WWE 2K14 video game release. Warrior will be a special pre-order bonus for those of you that order the game early. This is certainly not Warrior’s first time in a recent game as the man from Parts Unknown was just in WWE All-Stars only a few years ago.
The difference according to reports is that Warrior will be involved in promotion for the game, similar to Randy “Macho Man” Savage a couple of years back before he passed away. Warrior, like Savage’s deal, isn’t with the WWE necessarily but it is with the game company. This is certainly not any reason to think that the Warrior is all of the sudden back in the WWE.
Many speculate that this does open up communication between the Warrior and the WWE. There have been rumors the last few years about the WWE wanting to induct the Ultimate Warrior into the Hall of Fame. Warrior claims he has turned down the deal several times. The relationship between both parties has been hot and cold for years, including many lawsuits between both parties. It would appear that at least tensions have settled down for the time being.
I do like how the WWE tries to bring back an old character with every video game release. I just wonder who is next as it seems like they have exhausted most of their possibilities. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Hulk Hogan in a game next year or the year after. Bill Goldberg is another guy that comes to mind as does Sting, not that Sting has ever been in a WWE game.
The Ultimate Warrior and Bruno Sammartino back on WWE television in the same year and we are only halfway through. There is still plenty of time for Stone Cold Steve Austin to drive a beer truck back home!
Check out the trailer below. It’s actually pretty good and while I am not a big fan of WWE video games it certainly does a great job in hyping up the release.
Never has a Madden game produced as much controversy as last Madden 13. The backlash was immediate when the game arrived without the coveted franchise mode. EA did the best they could to fix it after the game was released but the big question now is what the franchise mode will look like in Madden 25.
I can tell you that I was one of those angry old-school Madden players that looked on with confusion as I tried to find the franchise mode last year. Yes I saw Connected Careers but that couldn’t be the franchise mode right? Nope it was and it missed some of my favorite elements about the game. It would appear after looking at some early reports regarding this year’s game is that the mode is back with some returning elements.
One of the biggest points of contention for me was the inability to import NCAA draft classes into my franchise mode. The reason the franchise mode appealed to me was that I could play with realistic players well past the end of that current season. Last year’s game took away that option and I quickly found myself bored with the mode after the second season. That won’t happen in Madden 25.
EA will bring back the NCAA draft class import to Madden 25. This is great news and a real bright spot early on as the hype begins for Maddenoliday 25. It also creates a little incentive to go out and get the NCAA game first. I passed on NCAA last year after import classes were abandoned.
Franchise careers as it is called has also brought back one of my other favorite features to the game. Players will now have the ability to control all 32 teams during a season. That was a big omission last year and another reason I grew tired quickly of the connected careers mode. I always enjoyed jumping into a big whether my true franchise team was involved or not. Removing that option made no sense to me and I am glad it’s back.
EA is off to a great start but there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered about the updated franchise careers mode. Is the fantasy draft back? Last year EA added the draft but only to online careers mode play. Quite frankly I didn’t care whether it was on or offline but plenty of players did, I was just happy it was back. I haven’t seen anything confirmed one way or the other on this mode.
Another big problem I had with last year’s game was the use of legends. The only way to play one of the legends like Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Lawrence Taylor, or Michael Irvin was to play them in superstar mode. Superstar mode is probably one of the most ridiculous features I have ever seen in a Madden game. Why can’t I have access to these legends in the franchise mode? I understand that the addition of legends would really blow up the mode, so why not offer it as an option when setting up your league?
The owners mode appears to have a ton of activity and options for players that desire to have a hands on approach to running their entire franchise. Again this is a mode that I never had time for. I really don’t care how much I charge for hot dogs or parking. I am playing Madden to win games! However, you are in luck if you are into that kind of activity.
Quite honestly I am still on the fence about whether I am going to buy Madden. I grew tired of last year’s game faster than any other Madden game and I have been playing since year one. The playbooks rarely change year to year and the game play has grown stale to me. The returning elements to the franchise mode certainly has me interested, but they still have some work to do before I place my annual pre-order.
WWE.com recently tackled a fun hypothetical question. How would John Cena fare in the Attitude Era? Who better to ask than the king of the Attitude Era himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The Texas Rattlesnake has done a lot of media over the last several months promoting the WWE 13 video game. The video game concept is to recreate the Attitude Era with your favorite stars of the era along with the current WWE superstars. The concept of mixing and matching has been the driving marketing campaign and it would appear that THQ and the WWE are making one last push to close out 2012.
Steve Austin was interviewed on WWE.com about the game and the Attitude Era. The interview is fantastic but there is one snippet that is most interesting to fans of today and the era. Austin talks John Cena and how the future WWE Hall of Famer would do in Austin’s era.
“John Cena in The Attitude Era. Man, that’s a good question.
Yeah, had he been placed in it, and been dealt with accordingly, the John Cena you see now — the face of the franchise, the leader of the pack? Not so much. But I guarantee if you’d have gotten him face to face with “Stone Cold” in an interview, and you know John cuts a good interview himself, if I slapped the s*** out of that son of a b****, I think we’re off and running to make a lot of money.
All he needs is to be poked and prodded in the right way. I think John Cena has a hell of a lot of fire and he needs to be in the ring with the right opponent, or the right cat, to bring that out. So in the current environment, you really don’t see that in him.
Place [Cena] back 10 years in the ring with “Stone Cold”? You’d have rung the cash register, big time.”
Austin seems to be excited about Cena’s prospects back in the Attitude Era. Austin has also been asked similar questions about CM Punk and offered similar answers. Well, what else do you expect him to say? But how do you really think Cena would have done in that era?
I think that Cena would have wound up as a big heel. Cena would have been just as booed in the era as he is now. The difference is that the booking was more edgy and the WWE were in a war with WCW. Instead of forcing the square peg into a hole I think Cena would have been turned heel and would have done monster business against babyfaces like Austin and The Rock in the era.
I also think Cena would have eventually turned back and been a top babyface. There was something about that era in which the babyfaces had to earn the respect of the fans before they got cheered. Just ask The Rock why Rocky Maivia was booed out of the building. If you think about it, there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between the Maivia and Cena characters. Someone like Punk on the other hand probably would have flourished.
Regardless we’ll never know but it is a fun question to think about it.
The newest piece of the WWE 13 marketing puzzle is an interview with Steve Austin. I don’t know how badly this video wants to make me buy the game, but I am even more pumped for a potential Austin vs. CM Punk match coming out of this interview.
I am not a big fan of WWE video games but the marketing for WWE 13 has been the most brilliant I can ever recall when it comes to a wrestling game. This whole idea of building off of an Austin vs. Punk dream match as incentive to buy the video game is fantastic. We’ll see in several weeks if it pays off but one thing is for sure. These videos have fans more convinced than ever that Punk and Austin will be tangling at an upcoming WrestleMania event.
This is just a tremendous video. Austin stays in character the whole time reminding us how just how awesome the Texas Rattlesnake’s promos are. It really is something else watching and listening Austin and comparing him to today’s WWE stars. Quite frankly all and even CM Punk for that matter, aren’t even in his league. I am probably enjoying these Austin promos and videos more than anything else in pro wrestling this year.
Austin talks about a variety of topics in this video. Of course the topic of CM Punk takes precedence here as the whole idea behind these campaigns is for an Austin vs. Punk match. Austin also talks about the WWE Attitude Era as well as gives a brief history of his career and how he got to that historic era in professional wrestling. The video is close to 15 minutes and worth going out of your way to see whether you are going to buy the game or not.
THQ and WWE are continuing a brilliant marketing campaign today with the official release of a video featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk. The idea is to get you hyped over matching them up in WWE 13 yet most will come away salivating over a potential WrestleMania match.
The dynamic in this video is tremendous. I didn’t believe that there were money dream matches left in pro wrestling but after watching this, I have to second guess myself. This video has money written all over it. Jim Ross moderates as the two WWE superstars from different eras argue Punk’s success during the Attitude Era and whether Austin could take WWE’s title among other things.
THQ sent over the video today with a short blurb. Here is a piece of the press release.
“While the interview begins simply enough, with each WWE icon speaking about his career and the “Attitude Era,” things start getting tense when the discussion circles around talk of a “dream match” between the two. It’s the biggest Superstar of the “Attitude Era” – and possibly of all time – and arguably today’s hottest commodity in WWE, addressing one of the biggest questions in entertainment today: What would happen if CM Punk and Stone Cold Steve Austin met in a WWE ring?”
One of the highlights of the video is Punk calling Austin out on staring at the WWE championship. This is really great stuff here! This was my favorite segment in the video which saw Punk retort how he wants nothing of Austin’s as Austin gives Punk the stare of death.
Unfortunately the Austin vs. Punk match is going to have to wait at least a year. Austin is recovering from knee surgery and has no plans to wrestle at WrestleMania 30. Quite frankly with The Rock and Brock Lesnar already in place, it would be better for everyone to hold the match off anyway. If Austin can go and Punk can stay hot as a heel through next summer, I would be shocked if the WWE didn’t have the wheels in motion for Austin vs. Punk at the 30th WrestleMania.
The theme of this video is “What if?” What if the WWE actually made Steve Austin vs. CM Punk for one of the upcoming WrestleMania events? I can’t imagine anyone walking away from this thinking that the match and build up wouldn’t be anything short of incredible.
Millions of new Madden 13 owners opened up their games ready to start a brand new franchise. Those excited gamers spent hours endlessly searching through screens for their favorite mode until they were confronted with the brutal truth. The Franchise mode is history!
It didn’t take long for the news to spread like wildfire on the Internet. By midday of the Maddenoliday, social media was flooded with thousands of rants from angry Madden gamers who lost their best friend. Within 24 hours of the release of Madden, the game had received more negative reviews from owners than any Madden game in history once it became apparent that their franchise mode was gone and it wasn’t coming.
I have been a loyal Madden gamer since I opened up my first Madden game decades ago. Like many of you, I spent more time playing in the Franchise mode than any other. I loved the idea of building a dynasty and having something to play for every time I fired up my Genesis, PC, Playstation, or 360. Why waste time playing an exhibition or online game when I can play a game that counts against my record now and the rest of the life of the franchise?
I picked up my game on my lunch break and the cashiers at Game Stop told me how great the game was. They went over all of the new features and quite frankly it went in one ear and out the other. I didn’t care. I just wanted to jump into a new franchise mode. I planned my night for my franchise draft and counted the hours until I could get home and begin my road to the Super Bowl. Then all of the sudden my hopes for another year in the new franchise mode were shattered before I even had the chance to play.
I sent out a tweet asking for early Madden reviews. I started getting complaints and negative reviews with everyone complaining about the missing Franchise mode. Missing Franchise mode? It had to be there. Not that I read game blogs daily but I didn’t see a word about the removal of the mode in any blogs or articles about the game. Missing Franchise mode? What in the world are you talking about was my response to those tweets. It didn’t take long for my excitement to turn to anger.
But how could this be? I continued to wonder how the most critical element of the game could be removed, yet nobody mentioned this in any review of the game? Every review I read gave the game as close to a perfect rating or a flat out perfect rating that the game could get. Every reviewer wrote endlessly about how it was the best Madden ever. Best Madden ever? How could that be with no Franchise mode?
Once I got home and poked around I figured out that the Franchise mode was replaced with Connected Careers. I don’t know what Connected Careers and from the millions of complaints online, neither did most gamers. Connected Careers allows you to play as a player or a coach. The head coach is as close to the Franchise mode as you will get.
But guess what? It is still not the Franchise mode that I played last year that many of us loved about the game. For starters, there is no fantasy franchise draft and according to EA Sports it is impossible to bring that to the game with any kind of update this year. Two, you can only control one team at a time as opposed to last year.
Playing Connected Careers as a player was a whole other ball of wax. You can create a player, play as a current player, or play as a legend. I tried playing as Barry Sanders. I got access to Sanders as part of the Game Stop preorder promotion. For some reason or another I had to go into the mode a few times to get him to unlock, after I had already entered the code. When I finally unlocked Barry and started playing I quickly realized that this was a complete waste of time. I called the offensive plays and could only control Barry Sanders. If I called a pass, I had to sit there and watch. When the team went on defense, I was a spectator. Who in the world wants to sit there and play a game where you are watching a simulation 75% of the time? It was boring, dumb, and just flat out a big waste of time.
Speaking of the legends, what a crock this promotion was. I was ecstatic when I read that Madden would be including legends this year. The only reason I bought the game at Game Stop was to have access to my favorite NFL player of all-time, Barry Sanders. Here is the brutal truth about the legends. They are another waste of time. You can play as a legend in either the player mode in Connected Careers or using the Canton team in exhibition. You cannot include the legends on the rosters if you play as a head coach in Connected Careers or as Madden likes to tell you the new Franchise mode. You can’t even play with the legends on other teams, such as moving Barry over to the Lions for an exhibition game. To me, this is a huge waste of time and a real misleading campaign. Why have these guys included if you can’t play with them in other modes? I would have just bought the game at Amazon.com and gotten the $15 gift card if I knew that.
It still makes me wonder how millions of fans and dozens of professional reviewers can have such different opinions of the game. Just check out the user reviews on Amazon.com to see what the actual customers who paid to own this game think about it. As of this writing the game has 2 ½ stars with 119 customers giving it a 1 or 2 on Amazon.com. EA Sports’ own Facebook Fan page is flooded with complaints. It is amazing how different you will feel about a game that you passionately paid $60 for as opposed to getting a free copy on your desk for a paid review isn’t it?
EA Sports did a terrible job explaining the transformation from Franchise to Connected Careers before and after the release of the game. Just horrible! Maybe there wouldn’t be such a backlash if people knew what they were buying before they opened up a game that they can’t return? It is bad enough where a huge message now pops up at the open of Madden trying to best explain the situation. Their lack of clarity regarding the Franchise mode and the legends is unacceptable!
The Madden defenders and EA Sports will tell you that the Franchise mode is still there, it’s just called something different. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Quite honestly it is an insult to their customers every time someone from EA Sports says this with a straight face. This is a completely different mode with critical elements of the old mode missing. I won’t tell you not to buy Madden but I will tell you that if you are looking for the Franchise mode, you are better off keeping your old copy, and picking up an updated roster on Ebay.com. Otherwise you are in for some major disappointment.