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Review

WWE 2K14 Review

  • Game release: October 29, 2013
  • Reviewed:
  • X360
  • PS3

Gorilla press to my heart.

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Who's the greatest showman of the 20th century? Michael Jackson? Harry Houdini? Or maybe you're partial to Ted Danson. These are all fine choices, if you like going the obvious route. How about someone who transformed the flashy fisticuffs of professional wrestling into an art form? Enter Randy Savage. No one else could have made sequined robes seem like the perfect attire for a burly man. And it's not like my high opinion of Savage is because of my hazy memory. His gruff, stilted speech and deliberate mannerisms enthrall me just as much today as they did so many years ago. The Macho Man was a theatrical genius, and the embodiment of everything that makes professional wrestling so compelling.

When the wrestlers of my youth faded into the sunset, so too did my interest in the WWE. But the nostalgic flame of yesteryear still burns inside me. All of those old feelings were rekindled in WWE 2K14. There's a mode called 30 Years of WrestleMania that focuses on the history of wrestling's Super Bowl. I got a warm glow in my chest when I replayed some of these classic matches. Remember when The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan exchanged clotheslines in the center of the ring? Oh, how thrilling it was to see these two titans go toe-to-toe to settle whatever feud they had. By the end of the fight, Warrior's face paint had chipped away, and we could finally see what the real man looked like. And then there was the time Andre the Giant callously tossed hundred-dollar bills after triumphing over Big John Studd. Such a blatant and hilarious disregard for money!

Randy Savage will always be a champion.

WWE 2K14's celebration of its prestigious history is very well done. We expect entrance themes and costumes to be ripped from the archives, but the game goes even further than that. By completing historical objectives within each match, brief cutscenes are cued up that mirror what happened in real life so many years ago. Have Hulk initiate a grapple outside of the ring against Andre the Giant, and watch the galoot from Grenoble headbutt the ring post just as Hogan ducks away. These scenarios are so expertly crafted that they drew me in completely to the main event. And even when I had never seen the match in the first place, I was still roped in to the drama because of how well it's presented.

By the end of the fight, Warrior's face paint had chipped away, and we could finally see what the real man looked like.

Before I realized that wrestling was scripted, I would recoil when one of my heroes would take a chair to his back or have his head forcibly slammed into the ground. But even once I knew their tricks, I would still wince. My emotions would overwhelm my senses, and I would think how much it would hurt to be thrown to and fro. Have you ever slammed your elbow into a ring after missing a flying leap off the top rope? It must be at least a little painful. WWE 2K14 communicates the dramatic punishment of professional wrestling. Most hits have serious impact, so much so that you wonder how someone could possibly survive some of these moves. Thunderous sound effects and elaborate wind-up animations make you grimace despite yourself.

If only strikes carried as much weight as other moves. When WWE 2K14's wrestlers mimic bar-room brawlers by throwing haymakers, the game's relationship to reality crumbles away. The wrestlers punch and kick so quickly that there's no weight behind them. And considering how often you perform these moves, there's an odd separation that makes matches feel imbalanced. Furthermore, the core action is so reliant on counterattacks that it's closer to a sequence of quick-time events than a body slam ballet. Instead of rewarding positioning or smart tactics, victory goes to the wrestler who taps a button first. This strips away much of the appeal of competitive matches because the same tactics can be used to win, no matter who you are or who you play against. After participating in one clunky, awkward match after another, I longed for the fluid choreography of the real thing. Absent WrestleMania's finest moments, the matches are dry affairs that do little to spark the imagination.

Such issues cut even deeper when more than two men enter the ring. The utter chaos of multi-man bouts never comes close to being captured in WWE 2K14. What should be satisfyingly crazy turns into a series of clunky one-on-one battles with no one quite sure what's expected of him. Really, all of the non-traditional fights lack the excitement that should exist when rules are shaken up. Escaping a steel cage, for instance, requires you to tap a button at the optimal position to go faster. Cramming your main objective into a simple minigames is oddly disconnected from the core action. And if you should climb to the top of a Hell in a Cell cage, don't expect to be able to recreate the infamous match between Mick Folley and The Undertaker. You can neither toss your opponent off nor fall through the cage, and the awkward animations preventing such disasters look hopelessly cartoonish. Stick to traditional fights in WWE 2K14 unless you want to see just how limited the combat is.

An abomination only possible in the character creator. You should see his feet.

If you ever wanted to be Vince McMahon (minus the ridiculous walk), Universe mode lets you tinker with the behind-the-scenes drama. Create feuds between wrestlers who used to be best friends and shake up the calendar if you've ever wished that Raw would air on Tuesdays. Universe mode is certainly interesting if you've ever dreamed of crazy scenarios, but it doesn't make up for the lackluster wrestling once you step back in the ring. At least there's one element outside the ring that anyone could enjoy. Creation mode let's you design an unholy monster to be your champion, which is absolutely riveting if you have a maniacal disposition. Make someone with teeny, tiny legs and cross your fingers that his femur doesn't snap in the middle of a bout. Or maybe you want his bones to break. Whatever floats your boat.

It's a shame the wrestling isn't up to par in WWE 2K14 because the elements surrounding it are so interesting. Though not nearly as captivating as Randy Savage, The Undertaker has a mode dedicated to his undefeated record in WrestleManias. You have the option to knock him from his lofty perch with a willing participant, or fend off everyone clamoring for your throne as The Undertaker. It's a neat mode that embraces one of the iconic personalities in the sport, but none of these activities have lasting appeal because fights are so dreary. When WWE 2K14 does work, its because of its recreation of history. For anyone who grew up loving professional wrestling, be prepared to be swept away in a tide of nostalgia. If only the core action could have been as compelling.

The Good
Exciting historical matches
Most moves have serious impact
The Bad
Too much emphasis on counterattacks
Punches and kicks are too quick and weak
Multi-man fights are very clunky
6
Fair
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After spending hours with the likes of WWF Royal Rumble and Wrestlefest growing up, Tom hasn't touched a wrestling game in years. Tom spent most of his time in WrestleMania mode, though he went online and tinkered with the creation elements as well.

Discussion

248 comments
PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Fair review. I just rented it, and even tho its as fun as any other WWE game, the problems are real. I'm trying to counter every second, and the punching is way to fast and unrealistic, as if they weren't unrealistic enough in real life.

Also have a deep problem with pinning.. to hold X til it hits a sweetspot is way too hit and miss and matches could end early over a simple punch. It's better to have a mechanic where we tap a button to charge a kickout that varies depending on how beat you are or if you were just hit by a finisher.

Axyl37
Axyl37

after you unlock the 3 options in WWE 2k14. Will there be more Wrestlers to unlock in the future?

mrblack17
mrblack17

The gameplay here is grand for 2K14, but the game does have  a few little bugs to fix. Many times during characters entrances, the sound of the crowd will cut in and out in the background. During all of my Major Championships during the WWE Universe, the announcer does not make any sound at all. He moves his lips, but no words. This may not occur to all players, but it does occur in mine. 

Overall, for game wise, its remarkbale. The 30 Years of WrestleMania completely out did the Attitude Era of last years game. Infact with this. I expect WWE 2K to use alot of the generations in the up coming games. The Ruthless Aggression Era was a huge impact during the years. It was when WCW and ECW invaded, and when alot of real time big names re-appeared.

jaegeratreyu
jaegeratreyu

 (ATTENTION PLEASE) Anybody who wants to see a walkthrough of WWE 2K14 30 Years of WrestleMania Mode with entertaining and insightful commentary please come take a look at my channel (just search Jaeger Atreyu on Youtube). I love the WWE, enjoy the WWE games very much and I have a vast knowledge of wrestling history so I think you would enjoy my videos. I'm also currently playing Batman: Arkham Origins too if your in to that as well. Hope to see you soon and I will always respond to your comments/questions ask anything. Peace

Axyl37
Axyl37

does anyone have the code for the ultimate warior?

plumb75
plumb75

I play all WWE games and this one not that good.

play well but button do not act faster enough.

I would have like it to be more update roster and PPV event names

timthegem
timthegem

I haven't played a WWE video game since Here Comes The Pain on PS2 but I bought 2K14 after reading some of the player comments and reviews out there. This game is amazing. It blew me away. I spent over an hour just in the Jukebox option listening to the various entrance themes. I can't believe how many wrestlers there are to unlock (although I guess you can unlock them all at once for $2). The wrestlers and moves look amazing, and I won my first match even though I had no idea what the hell I was doing.

My only complaint is that the in-game instruction manual is for crap. You're better off just starting a match and mashing buttons to figure out how it works. I don't know what some of the game modes do, so that will involve more playing around. Oh, and I can't believe Akeem The African Dream isn't in the game. What a pisser. I love it overall though.

mERCY00
mERCY00

For the people who like arcade style wrestling.. there is WWE All Stars. I'd like it better if 2K14 was more like the show.

mrblack17
mrblack17

Don't rate the game unless you know the game. Meaning from its first to its improvements. If you havent played the game in years ,then you don't deserve to be in this. 'There has been a HUGE improvement since last year. For the superstars they did not put in, though the fans want them in it, They HAVE allowed the player to make the character to be in the game. The reaction to the crowd is dramatic as well as the wrestlers themselves. The superstars react to every move their opponent does, even makes small minor movements that you see in the WWE Shows. The game has I'd say done more than expected. There is still the usual tweeks with the fans cutting in and out of the background and the announcers voice not clicking in, but evertrhing else is perfect. I rate it not a 10, but its very damn near close to it.

stallion_007
stallion_007

This review is complete bullshit and shouldn't be trusted. This guy himself even said that he hasn't watched wrestling in decades and hasn't played a wrestling game before this one where he had to use more than 3 buttons. This is a perfect example of why you don't let retards or ignorant people review games. I'm sure if the same guy hadn't played Madden since Sega Genesis or watched football since the '80s and reviewed the new Madden game, he would have reviewed it the same way he did this game. This is pathetic and if you are on the fence about buying this game or this review has turned you off this game, please get the game and try it for yourself and see if you like it. Don't let some inexperienced nincompoop tell you something sucks when people who play the game and will continue to play the game for years to come not just once to review it and every other media outlet praises this game for what it is...a masterpiece.

spider486
spider486

This review is bullcrap! This game is amazing the graphics are awesome and it plays way smoother than both WWE 12 & WWE 13. 6 out of 10 My ass. This game is a 10 out 10

chenzo22
chenzo22

how does this game only get a 6/fair?  is it that bad?  it looks and seems GREAT!

Fate_00
Fate_00

A CAW story mode, that involves all 100 created characters with their different plot goals and building history. Give the player a Real-Time feature to control the fate of their CAW.


If they want to be "lazy" with this wishful feature, then maybe; replace all existing characters with CAW, allowing players to relive WWE moments (and original story moments) as the wrestlers (both MALE and FEMALE!!!) and pleasure our imaginative fancies. 


For $59.99, that's should be ONE of the MUST NEEDED new features to accommodate that 'toll' price, eh?

Fate_00
Fate_00

I have a hunch (like most games), that this particular yearly game, could be more of a refined experiment, to better prepare (I hope to go 'all out'), on the next-gen consoles -including the U (even for 3DS and Vita --and I hope they take full advantage of those!!). Just a hunch..


teamcorporate
teamcorporate

WWE 2K14 feels far too familiar to last years game, with the exceptions of the roster and it's campaign. I found anything more than 2 superstars in the ring made the game kind of awkward to play. I want to say good things about this game, I mean I still love it, but it's really got to step up for next year's ps4 and xbox one release. anyone remember the wrestlemania 2000 and no mercy games on the n64? or even the game cube releases?

Ultima_Dragoon
Ultima_Dragoon

The attack animations look wonky this year. They look about as realistic as the good ol' PS1 Smackdown! days. And what's up with the backstage area? It's a copy & paste of the area from the last one I played, WWE '12.

Romangelo
Romangelo

The recycled storyline is killing this series since 2013. holy fuck. who the hell want to play a cartoon version of something that already happened? even for people who never watched those old WrestleMania will get bore as fuck since they don't know any storyline of those matches.

Ereheru
Ereheru

I think you've got your info mixed up in the info box, this was developed by Yuke's and published by 2k Games, not the other way around as you have it in your info box...

wolverinethad
wolverinethad

Way to not play the game, guy. My friends and I, within the first ten minutes of playing the game, were able to throw each other off the cell, put someone through the cell, and had a fun, fluid match that didn't "rely heavily on countermoves" and certainly wasn't "clunky."

While it's possible that the single-player mode was different, I think that it's pretty poor for a legitimate, paid reviewer to crap all over a game and not even be accurate in his criticisms.  There's plenty to criticize about this game, like the lame commentary that has been garbage for years, or the bad AI and hit detection that continues to occur in many situations, or the fact that you CAN'T BREAK UP MANY GRAPPLE MOVES (despite the fact that the same developers made WWE All-Stars, which let you BREAK UP EVERY MOVE) in clear defiance of a typical wrestling match.

While I hope to God 2K fires Yuke's and finds a new studio to develop this franchise, the game definitely is better than a 6 rating, especially since Mr. McShea's criticisms aren't even accurate in places.

wolverinethad
wolverinethad

Christ, what a awful forum. I sign in with my Twitter, then I have to register a new account, and then my whole comment gets deleted. WAY TO GO. 

daabbot
daabbot

i see all the gripe about the negative reviews of this game, and yes mabey the reviewer did not put in as much time as the people who have been playing it since 12am but where i think i know he is coming from. first off he has to pick the good and the bad from the game. also as a person who can step back and look at something for what it is, this is the same game we have been playing for the better part of 10 years. all they do is change the control scheme and tell you its a new game when its not. the same trick sports games do. which is why i dont buy wwe games every year nor sports games. let me say this, i am a huge wrestling fan. i watch raw and smackdown every week. but i call it like a i see it. just cause chris jericho is in the ring does not make the match good. just like the the only wrestling game in town is really not that good. i seriously think most people play the game just for the create a wrestler mode which i would make as a dlc in the next game. but back to the game itself. it looks nice, plays at a frenetic unrealistic pace. diesel on the top ropes?? besides those things its the same game i been playing for years. can i play this game? yes i can. i enjoy pro wrestling and i really have no other choice other then firing up virtual pro wrestling or some other game. What i am say in is wwe 2k14 is not a good game, its just familiar. 

magiq-mike
magiq-mike

So let me get this right....This is game is just like playing Batman Arkham origins? -_-

flesh_gordon88
flesh_gordon88

". And if you should climb to the top of a Hell in a Cell cage, don't expect to be able to recreate the infamous match between Mick Folley and The Undertaker. You can neither toss your opponent off nor fall through the cage".... I read this review and then watch a vid on IGN where triple h clearly throws undertaker off the top of the cage in a hell in a cell match... Tom Mc Shea obviously sucks at playing video games and is even worse at writing reviews... just because you suck at the game doesnt mean the game sucks, you;re a poor excuse for a fucking gamer.. after coming to this site for many years I have decided to switch to IGN where, apparently, real gamers write real reviews. Gamespot is no longer the spot for games due to dipshits like Tom Mc Shea writing false reviews.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I wouldn't go any higher than a 7, and it earns that for great nostalgia factor and huge roster. So it's definitely something to build upon, just need to sort out the bad mechanics. And hopefully next year we can see better graphics.

godizraw
godizraw

@jediknight52641 Its reviews, everyone has the right to put their review dumbass. This is not talk smack about other peoples reviews. So make sure you use the word Idiot correctly cause you really acting like one. Mind your one business. No one asked to be judged of their review about the game. So please stop talking out your ass.

mrblack17
mrblack17

@Axyl37 you can't get the Ultimate Warrior unless you reserved the game. If you have, there will be a code in it.

mrblack17
mrblack17

Every game that they've made has had a major improvement in the past severals years, WWE 2K14 deserves a heck of a rating. Its not about how you like it, but how the fans and the people playing the game do.

ell635
ell635

I see a lot of my points in your post... Feel free to spread those words :)

chenzo22
chenzo22

@spider486 that is really something to give a game like this a 6.  all of these legends are FINALLY on here and the game is much improved and they give it a 6/10.  like we all said this game looks and is AMAZING!!!

magnumfistc
magnumfistc

@spider486 I agree this WWE 2k14 is by far the best wrestling game I've ever played and I've played pretty much all of them. the graphics are amazing, the game play is so smooth and plus the story mode is so fun I can't stop playing it. I don't know what their talking about it is a 10 out 10 for sure

magnumfistc
magnumfistc

@chenzo22 it's amazing don't go by reviews get it, trust me if your a huge wrestling fan you'll never put down the controller lol

komuchen
komuchen

@Romangelo"who the hell want to play a cartoon version of something that already happened?"

I don't know. Why people bought Call of Duties, TW: Shogun 2 or whatever historical game, when it already happened?

stallion_007
stallion_007

Yep and yet another reason this website is turning to shit...I'm moving to IGN

stallion_007
stallion_007

This is why retards and people who haven't watched wrestling in decades or played a wrestling game since you only had 3 buttons shouldn't review wrestling games.

stallion_007
stallion_007

Same thing happened to me. This is why I'm moving to IGN.

JasPlun
JasPlun

@flesh_gordon88 reviews are actually opinions so there is nothing concrete about them. The best way to measure a game is to play it yourself or look to reviews by regular gamers. Quit flaming and bashing this guy what you got here was his opinion on the game so quit being a fanboy or go ahead and head over to IGN. 

chenzo22
chenzo22

@magnumfistc @chenzo22 no doubt my dude i will get this game lol!  it looks amazing and they have all the legends that i could ever ask for!  a game like that should get a much higher score.  but like you say these reviews are now pure garbage.  i cant wait to experience this!  hey is jim the anvil neidhart on here and kurt angle?

ell635
ell635

Uhh... Backing this guy up against your idiocy.

Tom McShea says you can't do things within the game which you in fact can do. What Tom did is he made a statement of FACT. Unfortunately his fact was wrong.

Unfortunately - this atom McShea wasn't really in any position to be reviewing this game whatsoever. Firstly he doesn't look into every game mode, feature and quality that the game offers. This isn't only a must with game reviewing, it's a given.

Second of all - this reviewer is not ideal for this kind of review. With annual sports video game titles - you need someone who, well... someone who *actually* plays the annual sports video game titles. If this was Madden, FIFA, NBA, etc - I'd want to hear the expert opinion of someone who has played every sports title of that franchise. It openly says he hasn't played a wrestling video game since Wrestlefest, Etc. As soon as that statement is made this entire review is pretty meaningless.

Annual sports titles need specific coverage. "Okay WWE fans, you've just got done with WWE '13, or maybe you put that game down a long time ago. This year we have WWE 2K14. I'm going to articulate what content is within this game, how it builds from last years game, where it has improved, where it has flawed, where it has stayed the same."

This is key requirements for annual sports titles". Nobody wants to hear a review about Madden 14 from someone who last played NFL 2K, for example.

This review needed to detail more about how this built from the previous version. It also needs to be from someone who has a little bit of wrestling fandom within them that branches further than 1990 for gods sake.

flesh_gordon88
flesh_gordon88

@JasPlun @flesh_gordon88 I didn't say anything about his opinion.. He said you couldn't do certain things in the game which you clearly CAN do. That is called fact, you fucking idiot. I don't care if anyone likes or dislikes this game or any other game for that matter. I didn't say "oh you're an idiot for disliking a game that I like" I said he wrote that you can't do things in the game that you can definitely do, which makes him terrible at reviews. Tom Mc Shea telling people "this game sucks cause you cant do this or that" when you most certainly can do that and this is misleading and completely fucking wrong. 

theflashxwmc
theflashxwmc

@spider486 @magnumfistc Well, just because a site gives better scores to games doesn't mean it is better. It probably means they are bribed more and are not telling the truth. I do agree that Gamespot is all over the place with it's reviews sometimes, but I still use it mostly for gauging the quality of a game. If you are saying "better" as in more accurate scores, then disregard this comment. My main qualm with Gamespot is that they are always changing the interface and that they removed the decimal rating system and that they have been giving perfect 10's and high scores to indie games and seems skewed in their favor.

magnumfistc
magnumfistc

@flesh_gordon88 @JasPlun Just want to say that Flesh your right. the guy is wrong and yes my friend put one of the shield members through the top of the hell in the cell with the Razors Edge and it was amazing, I never seen a wrestling game look so real in my life. all wrestling fans need to get this game... 10 out 10 

WWE 2K14 More Info

First Release on Oct 29, 2013
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
WWE 2K14 is and authentic and comprehensive WWE videogame experience and the first release in the flagship WWE videogame franchise for 2K Sports.
7.3
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Developed by:
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Genres:
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Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
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