WWE '13 Review

Subtle refinements and a great campaign boost WWE '13.

Ditching the SmackDown vs. Raw title, last year's WWE '12 gave the wrestling series a major overhaul with a fresh look, a new engine, and streamlined controls. While the much-needed reboot may have revitalized faith in the franchise, it still had some lingering problems that held it back from true greatness. WWE '13 isn't quite as revolutionary as its predecessor, but thanks to a superior campaign mode and tighter gameplay, it's drastically more enjoyable.

Authentic ringside showdowns explode with all of the testosterone-laden bombast and roaring crowd enthusiasm of the real deal. Pyrotechnics, boisterous announcers, and grand entrance sequences do a great job of setting the stage for each brutal matchup. When it comes down to trading actual blows, WWE '13 sticks closely to last year's fast-paced formula, which is a good thing. The same simplified controls conveniently map strikes, grapples, Irish whips, and special moves to individual buttons, making it easy to pull off maneuvers and deliver awesome-looking move sequences without struggling to remember elaborate combos.

Your attack moves also vary depending on your position and how much punishment you've dealt to your opponent. Despite the fact you're a burly dude clobbering the snot out of other burly dudes, there's a certain grace to the ebb and flow of matches as the advantage shifts back and forth between wrestlers. The excitement builds once the sweat starts flying: wrestlers show injuries and fatigue, and the action ratchets up to its peak with wilder signature moves. New "Spectacular Moments" add to this frenzied energy by letting you dish out elaborate finishers like smashing opponents through the announcers' table, hurling them through barricades, and breaking the ring itself. They're a thrill to pull off, and make you feel even more badass than usual.

Most of the other wrestling gameplay improvements are subtle, but they make a real difference. WWE '13's action feels tighter and more cohesive than last year's revamp. Though not all of the visual bugs are squashed, there are far fewer problems that interrupt the flow of combat. Transitions between moves are animated more smoothly, and airborne maneuvers connect with greater precision, boosting the realism of matches. This is a big improvement from some of the more jarring visual transitions in last year's matches.

Spandex and Lycra: it's all the cushion you get.

This time around the reversal system is a lot more forgiving too, which solves one of the more aggravating conundrums of WWE '12. You still need quick reflexes to time your blocks and turn opponents' attacks against them, but there's enough wiggle room now on the default settings that you won't feel like you're being put through the meat grinder the second you're caught unprepared--unless you want a steeper challenge, that is. When you do miss, an onscreen indicator tells you whether you're too early or too late, instead of leaving you frustrated and guessing as to why you're getting getting your face bashed in. This helps to improve your timing so you can better anticipate when your next opportunity to break your adversary's attack chain will arise.

Beyond the option to boost or reduce the overall difficulty, you can even dig into the nitty-gritty and fine-tune the effectiveness of AI reversals to suit your ability level. Toggling the "experience" level of each match can further adjust how much damage each move does, affecting how long matches last. These additional layers of optional flexibility go a long way towards boosting accessibility. Though there's plenty of challenge here for experienced wrestling game vets to chew on, WWE '13 is a great entry point for newcomers to the franchise.

WWE '13 isn't lacking in one-off options for those who want to jump right in and experiment with the different match types against the AI or human opponents. From backstage brawls and Royal Rumbles to cage matches and tag team bouts, there's a ton of variety to explore. A beefier range of creative options let you craft a massive amount of customized content--including unique wrestlers, moves, storylines, and entire stadiums--that can be used in online multiplayer matches without having to upload creations first. Even better, this content can be used in the returning managerial-heavy WWE Universe mode that lets you simulate or play entire seasons of SmackDown, Raw, and Pay-Per-View matches. With so many options available, it's tempting to sink months of time into crafting content and tackling matches before you even dive into the solo campaign's great main event.

Move your butt, Kofi--we can't see what's going on in front of you!

In contrast to WWE '12's weak Road to Wrestlemania campaign, the excellent Attitude Era mode is a great replacement. It's one of the biggest improvements in WWE '13. Covering some of WWE's most notable matches, rivalries, and encounters from the Attitude Era (1997-1999), the new solo campaign is chock-full of audio and video clips culled from wrestling's historical archives. Nostalgia factor aside, some pretty rocking showdowns are found in the lengthy run of matches divided into character-focused chunks. These matches have you playing as a rotating group of wrestlers, including Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, The Undertaker, and more, as they tackle some of the most epic encounters of the period. While most matches in the campaign let you win by pinfall or submission, mostly optional historical objectives for each showdown spice things up, and completing them unlocks bonus goodies like extra matches, special outfits, arenas, championships, and wrestlers.

Considering the franchise's annual nature and the fact that last year brought such a huge overhaul to the series, it's not a surprise that WWE '13 doesn't innovate as substantially as its predecessor. It feels like the same game in many ways, but lots of subtle tweaks help make up for the shortcomings in WWE '12. The small refinements add up, particularly when rounded out by the handful of bigger additions. The stellar Attitude Era campaign alone alone is a huge draw, and if you're a longtime avid wrestling enthusiast. WWE '13 is a big step in the right direction.

The Good
Improved reversal system makes matches incredibly enjoyable
Excellent Attitude Era solo campaign
A broad range of customization options
The Bad
Still some minor visual bugs
8
Great
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G2Megatron
G2Megatron

This reviewer obviously played the game for five minutes in one exhibition match type and decided it was "great" and didn't bother playing the game in Universe mode to find out the game is a buggy pos.

Like all typical video game journalists, paid off by the publisher to give it rave reviews in order to over hype it and sucked people into buying it.

That's why these publishers never release public demos anymore, because they know the game is rushed out, full of bugs and they can't be bothered fixing them and sucker the plebs that do buy it into believing all will be better in the next game, which it won't.

M3taz2sd
M3taz2sd

i want download where the link????

Terror27
Terror27

I would give wwe 13 a perfect 10 if Kamala was in the game 

pikachu896
pikachu896

Am i the only one who is tired of in-game repetitive commentary and wants music back?

luisung
luisung

8.0??? The game comes with icecream bars?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I played this game at my cousin's the other day. Explain to me how WWF No Mercy and Virtual Pro Wresting 2 are still the best wrestling games of all-time and those were on the N64. THQ needs to get it together and bring the magic back. I'll give WWE '13 props on the modes available. But the actual gameplay is seriously lacking. They need to get something equal to or better than the AKI-engine or these wrestling games will never surpass the old era.

Syph26
Syph26

Okay, the game itself sounds worth picking up, but before I put down my money, I have to ask... What about the character creation options? Nobody ever seems to mention this in reviews. It's my favorite part, being able to tweak my character to make them into practically anybody and use them against each other in ridiculous and awesome matches.

Can anybody tell me how deep the creation is in the game? I tried a few of the recent entries and was disappointed how shallow the options were.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

I haven't bought a wrestling game since I was in college, WCW vs. NWO Revenge, but I just bought this last night. It is really fun and not overly difficult. I am having a lot of fun playing it. I like how easy it is to do counters/ reversals now. It is also very cool the attention to detail in this game. The crowd no longer looks like cardboard cutouts.

 

It is definitely a great game. My only complaint is some of the cheesy music, but that isn't the fault of THQ. 9.5/10

fawad2k80
fawad2k80

I also love to play 

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anakvunky
anakvunky

I will buy this when all the DLC are included, just like WWE 12 GOTY edition. 

It's worth buying then. :D

Undertaker575
Undertaker575

what exactly is the attitude era campaign, does it feature storylines other than the ones that happened in real life??

xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

does anyone know if this game lets you use your created wrestlers in universe mode and play their matches too?

sx360
sx360

Not Great 

 

X_Johnny_Rage_X
X_Johnny_Rage_X

Who reviewed this? Seriously WWE 12 received a new game engine and improved graphics with a few tweaks here and there (collision detection) but for the most part it felt like the next game after WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2011 then a brand new game. They were setting up a foundation with last year and this year they have only added to it without removing anything (like they used to do in past years). This game should've got a much better rating (I'm also looking at you IGN) because they did exactly what they were supposed to. Make a good wrestling game into a great one. People are going to bitch about little things that didn't make it into the game (I myself am a long time critic) but I have to say that this year topples last years by leaps and bounds and in my opinion is the best game since WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

I loved WWE12, mostly for a much needed return towards the gameplay and control scheme of Know Your Role (one button for counters). Good to see the game sticking to it. Can't wait to get this!

Caduceus89
Caduceus89

The ability create my own wrestler and watch him take part in the antics of the show (via season mode) was a big reason why I used to buy wrestling games. They haven't done that well since 2006.

ratedr89
ratedr89

well, i am kind of surprised that GS actually give 8.0, because i was expecting GS will give either 6 or 7 , but so far i really enjoy the game good job on WWE13 crew but universe mode need to improve more

CrippleLady
CrippleLady

I don't like this game it is not violent enough not like MMA.

adrian_cortez94
adrian_cortez94

wow, this is actually a good game. definitely a huge step up from wwe 12, and that attituted era campaign is a great addition.

Murj
Murj

So glad this review is finally up. I normally agree with a lot of GS reviews and as a long-time wrestling fan this game was going to end up in my collection anyway but now I'm looking forward to it that much more. I don't know what it is about IGN, they get stuff done on time but it always feels so formulaic and greasy. Great review.

trivolution
trivolution

I agree with the review.  it's different from reviews in Halo, Cod, battlefield etc. besides, I've been a gamer and i beaten a lot of games (made a list too), reviews should be mostly about fun factor and WWE '13 defines fun to play with friends online or not.

king_quaps
king_quaps

I don't get why this era of WWE games is said to have better controls than the SvR era. I found SvR 2011 to be much more intuitive. That said, the actual content of the game is spot on and I'm glad I got it.

gbus316
gbus316

I will buy this game. I grew up during the Attitude Era and, despite being a fairly intelligent guy, it meant a lot to me. Looking forward to hearing the silence being torn by 'If you smeeeeeelllllllllllll'

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

This game is LOADS of fun. If you play the table match, you can stack TWO tables on top of each other, and if you set it just right, you can then suplex your opponent off the turnbuckles out of the ring INTO the TWO tables for some destructive 'Oomph'!! Or if want, you can lean steel ladders onto the turnbuckles and body slam them to snap them in half, OR you can even set the steel ladders wedged into the turnbuckles and throw them for satisfying PAIN lol! Same thing you can lean tables or stack TWO tables IN the ring, anything your wicked mind can think of its just amazing. I had so much fun i didnt know hours passed. I havent had this much fun since Smackdown on PS1! Hehe anyways, thats my story in a nutshell~ Cheers ^_^

TheologicVs
TheologicVs

Not gonna lie, it looks like fun with friends yet entirely unimpressive. The fights look really goofy and unrealistic, even for professional wrestling. Games in general need to step it up. I feel like games have barely gotten better since 2007. 

suffering-evil
suffering-evil

this game is definetly a big boost from last year, even though I havent played a wrestling game in a few years I had a blast with a few other friends just this past friday playing.  Gamespot is on point with the review, the glitches do hamper a bit the visual and sometimes the action it self which is why this game can't get over a 9 but I grade this at least 8.5 over the fact of fun on its own, so with the campaign being so good, yeah I'll give 8.5-9.0 tops

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Looks alright, I think it will take  lot more than this to get me to play wrestling games again though.

That was a whiiiiile ago now.

frazzz619
frazzz619

Hmm i predicted a 4.0 - 5.0

 

If they release a patch to fix the major bugs it may be worth a purchase. Attitude Era was a great idea, I think WWE 14 should focus on the 'Invasion' Era shortly afterwards and have all the WCW / ECW wrestlers make an appearance.

 

Or they could go further back and have Golden Age with Hulk, Andre and all those guys.

Cliffy_T
Cliffy_T

Even though I hate WWE I might rent this game for the Attitude Era mode.  That was when WWE was at it's best.  Before it started getting stale and pushing lame, talentless hacks like John Cena.  Since I haven't watched it in years I won't know who half the guys.  So I'll be sticking with some of the older guys and also CM Punk.  Cause he's pretty awesome.  Surprised they haven't buried him in favor of someone twice his size and a quarter as talented.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

They're still releasing these games? o.O

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

Assassins Creed is only .5 more than this? Phh... Really losing faith in Gamespot to be honest!

_Judas_
_Judas_

@SavoyPrime I really liked "WCW/NWO: Revenge" for the Nintendo 64, and I still have my copy of it. I also really enjoy the Japanese Fire Pro games. WWE 2K14 seems to be more of the same, but I hope when WWE 15 (?) or WW2k15 comes out for the next-gen consoles, they will have fixed these issues.

DSkinMasque
DSkinMasque

 @Syph26 It is the same thing. Also my autosave was corrupted for no reason earlier. 9 chars...all gone, my story, progress, everything. THQ has a thing about crappy save files. Also the game freezes alot online if the servers are down rather than get you out it just loads for infinity.  Gameplay has improved a bit since WWE12 but not by much.

Count333
Count333

 @anakvunky

 How is it even possible that wwe 12 had a goty edition? I must have been in a coma when they announced it was goty.

glassfish8
glassfish8

 @Undertaker575 The attitude era campain is the replacement to road to wrestlemania mode however is historicaly based so all the matches and moments occured during this era. You play though multiple campains including the rise of DX, stone cold, the rock, mankind, kane and undertaker and WM15 you play though cronologicaly reliving the era so there r no stories outside of tose that actualy happened.

 

glassfish8
glassfish8

 @xElite_GameRxyes just like last year you can put your creat wrestlers in universe and use them as any other superstars as well as custom arenas and logos, belts etc.

 

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

@TheologicVs Games can be better if they used motion capture. Problem is, its only used for cut scenes. But there are games which really excelled in physics like Uncharted.

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

 @TheologicVs but... but... unrealistic fights are the most realistic thing on the game. if you know what I mean.

king_quaps
king_quaps

 @Cliffy_T Yeah, I don't think anyone other than American patriot nut jobs actually like Cena. In fact, I can't remember where, but there's somewhere they won't put him on the bill because he'd get booed. Jericho and CM Punk are ace though.

The_FinalDOT
The_FinalDOT

 @Harrydapro I like that kind of game, specially to play with friends, it's a game where you laugh a lot.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

 @Ferg1213 Two different genre of games. It's like apples and oranges. That's like comparing Angry Birds and GTA IV.

Stevenuccj
Stevenuccj

 @Ferg1213 Once again, the ratings are not the end-all.  People stop obsessing over a f*cking number and read/watch the reviews.  

frazzz619
frazzz619

 @Ferg1213 What has Assassins Creed got to do with wrestling. Oh...absolutely nothing.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

 @Ferg1213 Don't compare scores from different games together, it will rarely make any sense. AC III got 8.5 compared to previous AC games considering the improvements they made in the latest game.

 

And WWE 13 got its 8.0 compared to the previous titles in the franchise which were getting old and repetitive. WWE 13 seems to have used a revamped system thus giving the franchise a nice refresher.

 

Both scores (8.5 and 8.0) are still good scores and you only have to play your favorite title and enjoy it.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

 @Ferg1213  the scores i don't mind after all the games are judged by the other games they have to compete with and this and AC3 are two completely different genres so can't really be compared what's making me lose faith in gamespot is the fact they seam to have lost their neutrality all they seam to do is focus on the xbox 360 now (like this game the PS3 version doesn't even have a review score) it only started after they merged with Gamespot US and AU

 

anyone know any decent gaming websites? 

Count333
Count333

 @glassfish8  

 I can't believe someone with the name Undertaker575 actually had to ask that question.

frazzz619
frazzz619

 @king_quaps  @Cliffy_T 

 

I think Cena is meant to be marketed towards the 8-14 boys range. It's such a PG brand now. Characters like Austin or teams like DX would seem too hardcore now for the WWE.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

 @MajinSquall They pick one version to get a review out as quick as possible.

They pick the platform which corresponds to the most popular section of their website, in this case, the 360 page.

Why do you think because they push the 360 review out first that means they're not reviewing the games properly?  And if that's not what you're saying, then is it really worth complaining about?

The_FinalDOT
The_FinalDOT

 @MajinSquall  @Ferg1213 Man, that's not really something easy to compare. It depends a lot from the "game preference" of each reviewer AND readers.

Gamespot it's not also different from sites like Eurogamers or IGN (although I think they're a little more impartial).

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    WWE '13 is the newest installment in WWE's flagship video game franchise.
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