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October 27, 2014 The world of pro-wrestling is a fast-moving one where yesterday's champs can be today's chumps. WWE 2K15 on Xbox 360 is emblematic of that. Just one year removed from 2K14, which delivered the most comprehensive roster, the deepest history, and the biggest creation suite to date, 2K15's old-gen version takes significant steps backwards in each of those areas.

 

The old-gen version of 2K15 doesn't have most of the new-gen additions you may have heard about. The revamped, more realistic match pacing is nowhere to be found here. The addition of a momentum meter is much appreciated though, removing the guesswork as to when signatures become available and when the window is closing to pull one off before it becomes a finisher. Aside from that, it's the same standard high-speed action that's become commonplace for the franchise over the last few years. The old combat engine isn't inherently bad, mind you. When it comes to standard matches with two to four combatants it's certainly enjoyable, though a bit too reliant on mastering reversals or spamming the unnaturally quick strikes. But get into five or six-man everything-goes matches however, and the fast-paced fighting ceases to approximate anything resembling an actual wrestling match.

 

The 2K Showcase mode is the biggest chunk of new content in 2K15, and while it isn't quite the nostalgia farm that 2K14's 30 Years of WrestleMania was, it does provide a mostly comprehensive look at two major feuds; the Triple H-Shawn Michaels rivalry that ran from 2002 to 2004, and the CM Punk-John Cena feud that kicked off the modern "Reality Era" in 2011. There's a handful of throwaway DQ and no-contest finishes from Raw and Smackdown that probably didn't need to be included though, and the complete lack of WrestleMania bouts like Punk vs Undertaker, or Triple H vs Booker T is sad. Still, Showcase ultimately lands a little closer to the "every match matters" feel of last year's 30 Years of WrestleMania than the slew of forgettable recreations peppered throughout WWE '13's Attitude Era mode.

 

Unfortunately, the Who Got NXT mode is little more than filler. It’s basically a list of four historical matches for each of the five NXT roster members in WWE 2K15. That's already a bit of a letdown, but more luster is lost when you consider that only two of the group are still in the developmental league. Additionally, none of the talent in their standout women's division are highlighted, nor are NXT favorites like Tyler Breeze and Aiden English.

 

Where 2K Showcase managed to shine a light on matches I'd never seen with cutscenes and in-depth commentary, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole’s commentary fails to provide proper insight into NXT history, to the extent that I couldn't even remember matches in the mode that I'd seen on TV less than a year ago. It's partially because Who Got NXT doesn't give each feud a proper video package or even an in-engine cinematic during matches, but Lawler and Cole also lack the authoritative voice that the actual NXT announcers would have brought to the mode.

 

The bigger issue, however is the mode's difficulty spikes. There's no set difficulty for Who Got NXT, so some trickier objectives like winning a ladder match without letting your opponent touch the title, winning by submission without using a finisher, or pulling off a move that requires three stored finishers are tougher than they have any right to be. While it's nice that you're given more context than ever before when it comes to performing specific objective, both Showcase and NXT modes occasionally fail to acknowledge when you've completed them, which adds to the frustration.

 

With 63 Superstars, eight Divas, and three managers, 2K15's roster is WWE's smallest and least diverse in years. What new characters have been added generally look pretty good; particularly Goldust, Bray Wyatt, and the NXT Superstars. Little has been done to fix older characters, though, so Santino still looks like he's just come back from root canal surgery, and Dolph Ziggler's mouth remains twice the size of a normal human one. Collision detection is worse than ever, so expect even more physics-defying limbs, weapons, and ropes. In particular, every single time I picked up the ring bell to clock an opponent, it seemed to be grafted into the holder's wrist.

 

On the bright side, the announcing outside of Who Got NXT is quite well-done. You can really tell that Lawler and Cole recorded a lot of new commentary lines together. In particular, their discussions at the beginning of Showcase mode matches show off their good back-and-forth chemistry, which wasn't really apparent in previous WWE games. Still, there is a fair amount of repetition due to dialogue from previous WWE installments. Prepare to hear "he's putting his educated feet to good use" a few hundred times more this year.

 

Characters aren't the only absentees this year - whole modes are missing. While the create-a-special-move is a slight omission, there's a bigger cut feature sure to rankle fans of VGCW: you can't create stories anymore. The WWE Universe mode does have expanded story options that you can assign to rivalries, but it's tough to figure out the parameters to unlock them. It's barely worth the effort since they're still pantomimed, and rarely personalized to specific wrestlers. It's really a poor alternative to community creations.

The Verdict

WWE 2K15 is like seeing Brock Lesnar going from breaking the Undertaker's streak to losing to Hornswoggle during the pre-show in back-to-back WrestleManias. Not only is it surprising, it's also pretty sad. I would frequently grab my copy of last year's grappler with the intent to quickly check some changes, only to find myself reluctant to switch back due to the far better roster and single-player experience. Do yourself a favor, save your money, and buy WWE 2K14. The minor improvements to combat and commentary in 2K15 don't even come close to making up for what was lost.

 

5.9

  • +Improved UI & commentary
  • +Sometimes-fun Showcases
  • Unsatisfying roster
  • Cut features
  • Largely ugly visuals

 

 

 

http://www.ign.com/a...wwe-2k15-review



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See? I told you they are gonna give a low score by a mainstream reviewer. And I was right!

 

Way to go 2K.

 

I wonder how are they gonna screw up the next gen version later by removing a previous features from last year? Wow... just wow.


Edited by Jeffrey Zin, 28 October 2014 - 09:14 AM.


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See? I told you they are gonna give a low score by a mainstream reviewer. And I was right!
 
Way to go 2K.
 
I wonder how are they gonna screw up the next gen version later by removing a previous features from last year? Wow... just wow.

Well, they could put those features back in for the Next Gen version seeing as they'd do something like that as a ploy to force people to upgrade their consoles. It makes sense.

Edited by Tamer, 28 October 2014 - 09:39 AM.


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"WWE 2K15 is like seeing Brock Lesnar going from breaking the Undertaker's streak to losing to Hornswoggle during the pre-show in back-to-back WrestleManias" LOL

 

Anyway, I'm going to get it today, because I love these games (when AJ is on the roster) and I like to keep up to date with them. I'm going to buy an Xbox One in a few months, and then I will have to buy another copy, but I'm fine with that. I can't wait, so I'll get a taste of the last gen version and upgrade to the next gen version when I can.

 

I love AJ Lee's attire in 2K15. They even gave her the wristbands!



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Ha! The guy even said to not get it. Lol. Hes right. You get more in 14. Obviously the new version will be way better. So im not that discouraged

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5.9 LOOOOOOOOOOOOL



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Well deserved. This may sound selfish but this game shouldn't even have existed with how bad it was.

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Well, they could put those features back in for the Next Gen version seeing as they'd do something like that as a ploy to force people to upgrade their consoles. It makes sense.

 

 

But we still don't even know what's gonna happen next & this could be a BAD NEWS (no pun intended) for us this year. Because anyway I read the comment from BackyardGaming video (according to this link) & I heard that story designer will also NOT be include in next-gen version. 

 

https://www.youtube....s?v=KBY5r0xXASE

 

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Edited by Jeffrey Zin, 28 October 2014 - 04:34 PM.


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5.9 LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Cheaper than the Network lol

 

Well deserved. This may sound selfish but this game shouldn't even have existed with how bad it was.

They are the selfish here ... They release a copy with worse graphics , roster and barely any improvement and expect to get 50-60 bucks of it .



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See? I told you they are gonna give a low score by a mainstream reviewer. And I was right!
 
Way to go 2K.
 
I wonder how are they gonna screw up the next gen version later by removing a previous features from last year? Wow... just wow.

Well, they could put those features back in for the Next Gen version seeing as they'd do something like that as a ploy to force people to upgrade their consoles. It makes sense.

 

Here's hoping for THIS.



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Well, they could put those features back in for the Next Gen version seeing as they'd do something like that as a ploy to force people to upgrade their consoles. It makes sense.

 
 
But we still don't even know what's gonna happen next & it's totally a BAD NEWS for us this year. Because anyway I read the comment from BackyardGaming video (according to this link) & I heard that story designer will also NOT be include in next-gen version. 
 
https://www.youtube....s?v=KBY5r0xXASE
 
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That's not a straight yes or no answer. I'm taking that with a grain of salt.

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Time to wait for next gen.



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Why would u remove 2 important features?!? Wwe 2k14 is wayy better than last gen 2k15

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WWE 2K14 was a boring game, but it buries 2K15. 2K should be ashamed of themselves for this bull shit.

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And you know, IGN has always tried their damndest to find the silver lining in each and every wrestling game that's come out.  It's really sad when they can only find two good things to say about this version of the game.



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WWE 2K14 was a boring game, but it buries 2K15. 2K should be ashamed of themselves for this bull shit.

Have you played the game yet?

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WWE 2K14 was a boring game, but it buries 2K15. 2K should be ashamed of themselves for this bull shit.

Have you played the game yet?
Sure have! Its called WWE 2K14!

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WWE 2K14 was a boring game, but it buries 2K15. 2K should be ashamed of themselves for this bull shit.

Have you played the game yet?
Sure have! Its called WWE 2K14!
So that's a no? Ok, thanks for answering.

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So that's a no?
 

 

Is he trolling or something? or am I missing something here?

 

does he meant more like WWE 2K14.5?


Edited by Jeffrey Zin, 29 October 2014 - 01:22 AM.


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WWE 2K14 was a boring game, but it buries 2K15. 2K should be ashamed of themselves for this bull shit.

Have you played the game yet?
Sure have! Its called WWE 2K14!
 
 
Are you trolling or something? or am I missing something here?
 
You mean WWE 2K14.5.
My mistake. I meant WWE 2K14.25





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