WWE 2K14 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
WWE 2K14 Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: Yukes, Visual Concepts
Pub: 2k Games
Release: October 29, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

So there’s a lot that is good about WWE 2K14, but unfortunately, one of the most important parts of the game isn’t one of them: the gameplay. WWE 13 has some questionable gameplay choices, and WWE 2K14 does nothing to fix them. The game still revolves around counter moves, which you have a short window to perform every time the opponent tries to do almost anything to you. Unfortunately, timing never really plays into these moves, so you’ll find yourself just mashing on a trigger any time the enemy gets their hands on you. Not only that, but the AI has a superhuman countering ability, meaning almost every single throw or hold you try will be turned against you.

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So, to avoid these counter moves, you will be relying on strikes throughout most of your matches. Unfortunately, the striking game isn’t very fun. It’s about as button-mashy as you can get, as you throw your arms and legs at your opponent and hope he doesn’t do anything to stop you. The AI also fails here, as a little bit of running in a circle and a few strikes are enough to take down many computer opponents to the danger zone. Of course, they will counter you as soon as you grab them, so all that striking doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Even against another human opponent, the pace of matches in WWE 2K14 is stale and slow. You don’t get to see the awesome back and forth swings that you do in actual wrestling matches. Instead, wrestlers play this awkward tootsie game with their strikes before someone grabs someone; both wrestlers spend ages just jockeying for position as counters are traded, and then, finally, someone gets a throw off… or the hold just anticlimactically breaks. You also don’t get the cool cutscenes and cinematic moments from the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode in normal matches, which does reduce the game’s spectacle a bit. Not to mention, any mode with more than two wrestlers in it is bound to have plenty of moments where you whiff grapples because you aren’t perfectly facing the character you wanted to grab.

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Overall, the best way to play WWE 2K14 is the 30 Years of WrestleMania single-player mode on a moderate to low difficulty. This way, the opponent won’t counter you much, and you can lose yourself in the classic WWE footage and storylines. It’s also worth it to fool around with the character creation a bit, but after taking your custom wrestler into a match or two, you’ll probably get bored. Simply put, this isn’t the next big VS game sensation, and after the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode is complete, you’ll simply be left with the same options you had in WWE 13 again. The replay value of WWE 2K14 is dubious, but it’s still a decent game nonetheless.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: October 29, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
The game moves far smoother than before, both due to the graphics and an overall speed increase.
3.0
Control
The controls haven’t changed since WWE 13 and the game is worse off for it.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game uses the original audio from WWE matches just like WWE 13, which is still pretty cool.
3.5
Play Value
The 30 Years of WrestleMania mode is great, but everything else is way too similar to WWE 13.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Features The Rock.
  • Predator Technology 3.0 - Experience the smoothest, most authentic and engaging WWE gameplay to date, including all-new player navigation, an improved reversal system, catapult finishers, new OMG moments and hundreds of new moves.
  • Creation Suite - Explore the franchise's renowned creation and customization tools to develop Superstars, entrances, arenas, finishing moves and much more.
  • Universe Mode - Control the virtual WWE experience from a career-driven point of view, with individual decisions dynamically affecting alliances, rivalries, matches and unpredictable moments along the path toward WWE Championship glory.

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