2K have released details about WWE 2K18’s Universe Mode.
In a blog post on the official WWE 2K18 site, Universe Mode’s designer, Cristo Kyriazis, talks about what’s new for this year, including new rivalry types, Intensity, Power Rankings, updated calendars and several other additions and improvements.
WWE 2K18 will be released in a mere week’s time, and this year two new additions to the game will provide new experiences for your custom player, with MyPLAYER adding character classes of sorts and ROAD TO GLORY offering an experience that allows your wrestler to continue to grow and develop while fighting against other players online.
If the trailer intrigues you then 2K have outlined these changes thoroughly in a post on their official WWE 2K18 web site.
Take Two President, Karl Slatoff has announced that the next in the WWE 2K and NBA 2K series’ will be released on the Xbox One. This is double the excitement for fans of the WWE games as it will enable 2K Sports to get over all the hindrances that were in place on the Xbox 360. For example, having more than six people in the ring was unachievable on the previous generation, and the roster number can certainly rise this time. Leaves more room for undercard greats like Tyson Kidd to make an appearance. It also marks 2K Sports’ first true WWE game. As WWE 2K14 was all but shipped while they were under the THQ mantle.
Speaking during the companies latest earnings call, Slatoff said, “During fiscal 2015, consumers can look forward to exciting next generation releases from our NBA 2K and WWE franchises as well as other unannounced titles that promise to raise the bar for excellence.
“Our WWE franchise has quickly proven to be a successful addition to our portfolio,” added chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick.
“Sales of WWE 2K14 have exceeded our expectations and the title is being supported with add-on content including a Season Pass featuring many of fan-favorite WWE superstars and legends.
“We believe there is a meaningful opportunity to grow this series by further leveraging 2K’s marketing power and development expertise.”
It was also revealed that Borderlands 2 is officialy 2K Games’ most successful game in their history, outselling the entirety of the Bioshock series.
As for NBA 2K15 and WWE 2K15, assuming that is what they will be called, you can expect NBA 2K15 around September, and WWE 2K15 during the 1st week of November, as is tradition.
After having completed a review for an EA Sports game, it’s only right that a 2K Sports game is my next feat of game guru-ism. 2K Sports are a real up and comer in the world of sports. Their realism and the beauty that is engineered in their games is unrivalled. NBA 2K has trumped EA Sports’ NBA Live for years now, and with the acquisition of WWE Games from THQ and WWE 2K14 due out next week, 2K Sports are only going up. Granted WWE 2K14 was basically finished when the assets were acquired, and the finished product is the remnants of a THQ game. Next year we’ll see where WWE will take them on the next generation. Why am I blathering on about wrestling on a review about a basketball game? Because you need to appreciate the quality of this company and where they are going. On with the review!
Just as I said when I wrote the NHL 14 review, I am not familiar with the NBA. I know a good couple of the big names out there, and I’ve seen Space Jam. But outside of that, my knowledge of the sport and its rules is minimal at best. I’m gonna throw this right out there, the game is brilliant. It is by a the premier basketball simulation experience you will ever find. The majority of everything I say about this game will be positive, so I’m gonna throw my one negative out there. It’s hard to be good at this game, very hard. There is a level of realistic control of each of the player’s arms and their bounce of the ball that takes hours of grinding and hard work to master. After a couple hours of solid practice and tutorials, I finally became moderately competent at the game. But once you’ve done the grinding and got a real feel of the game, man is it good. I found myself becoming so immersed that I attempted several layaway shots with my cans of Pepsi Max while shouting ‘Kobe’.
For the third year in a row, 2K sports have changed their button layout. They have chosen to adopt the old right stick ‘pro stick’ option. Made famous in the EA Sports FIFA series. You can now use the right stick to shoot, as well as do insanely accurate little changes to your dribble. Beware though, a slight accidental knock can send your player into an unwanted alley-oop, NBA Jam style.
The graphics on NBA 2K14 are absolutely beautiful. Each player is handled with the utmost care, and every little imperfection, tattoo, hairstyle, and even character traits are emulated to perfection. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sports game that looks as impressive as this marvel. I’ve never seen sweat and player animation look so real before, and I’ve played every single sports series that has been available on this generation. Every movement is performed with such grace and elegance, and the realism in everything is truly remarkable. I’d quite like the WWE Games guys to use some of this team on next year’s WWE game.
There is something of a story/career mode in this game. It’s called path to greatness, and features an actual narrative. Something that has rarely been seen in any sports game to date. The only ones that come to mind are Tony Hawk’s Underground and the Skate series. Path to Greatness takes NBA 2K14 cover star on a journey through his final contracted year with Miami Heat. The goal at the end of the mode is to have won seven NBA championships through a choice of two separate paths. You can choose to resign with Miami Heat, or to move elsewhere in the NBA in the search for glory. However, you cannot choose which team this takes you to. This means you could be stuck with gutter trash like the Clippers, making your search for gold that much harder.
Jumping online and testing your skills against real world people works a treat. Menu navigation and connectivity handles like a dream. Believing you have a handle on how to play the game, then coming up against people that have actually learned how to play the game is a tad disheartening. But that’s all down to my own lack of skill.
Although what I have to say about this game is mostly positive, this isn’t much of a change from last year’s iteration. 2K Sports have come out and said that NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One will be drastically different and improved from the Xbox 360 version. With that being said, I can’t see any reason to purchase this version at all. Unless of course you don’t plan to invest in an Xbox One of course. But even so, if you plan on staying a 360 gamer, keep NBA 2K13 and I can guarantee that you’ll have an equally great time. Having said that, this being similar to last year’s outing doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a brilliantly made, well executed, beautiful game that does the world of basketball proud. I fully recommend this game, unless you plan on getting an Xbox One where the game runs at a smooth 60fps at 1080p resolution. In which case, I recommend it for that. In a sentence, NBA 2K14 is a game that makes me wish the rest of the 2K Sports series’ would make a triumphant return. Please download the demo now on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and give this a shot for yourself.
Late last night, Aubrey Sitterson and Bryan Williams of 2K Sports hosted a gameplay live stream of the upcoming WWE 2K14. It’s good to see the usual suspects didn’t go down in flames with THQ and can carry on doing the great work they do each year. This live stream was done to show the vast array of improvements that have been done to the gameplay over the last year. Let me say, improvements are plentiful.
But first, let’s get to some announcements. Yesterday WWE Superstar Darren Young bravely came out as only the third homosexual man in the world of wrestling. 2K chose this opportunity to announce his inclusion to the WWE Roster for WWE 2K14.
This also all but guarantees his Prime Time Players tag-team partner, Titus O’Neil will have made it in the game.
As well as Darren Young, we were also treated to entrance videos for Rey Mysterio and the WWE’s Yes! man, Daniel Bryan.
In this stream, you will see brand new updated mechanics like new ‘OMG!’ moves, the lift mechanic, new drags, new reversals, new entrances, new move-sets, and updated character models. Check the stream out down below.
For those of us that were fans of the series, it was a sad day to see THQ crumble as they did. It was made worse when the future of WWE Games was left in the balance. Thankfully 2K, the team behind the astounding NBA 2K series, have taken up the mantle. In conjunction with Yukes/WWE Games (the guys that made all current gen wrasslin’ games), WWE 2K14 is a reality. Now I’m glad to announce that 2K have released the game’s debut trailer, which you can check out down below. Continue reading WWE 2K14 Debut Trailer & Cover Art Revealed→