As we have written about in past articles the WWE 2K series has been a disappointment for wrestling fans for some time, we even had an entire article dedicated to possible alternatives. With that said we have decided to give 2K some help and offer up some improvements that we would like to see from the series going forward.
Improvements We Want To See From WWE 2K Games
Smaller, More Detailed Roster
Recent WWE games have bragged about having the biggest roster yet from a 2K game with WWE 2K20 boasting a full roster of 238 superstars. What this has led to, however, is some of the worst character models in recent gaming history. From dead expressions to barely resembling the wrestler they’re meant to depict, to hair that looks like it was drawn on with crayon the games take these larger-than-life superstars and make them look terrible. Instead of working on getting the WWE’s increasingly bloated roster into the game, WWE 2K games should look to focus on a smaller cast of characters going forward, allowing them to get more detailed models that can showcase the true star aura of some of the WWE’s most charismatic superstars.
Abandon The Realism
Ever since WWE games made the switch to 2K they have focused the game more on realism than anything else. The gameplay revolves around the slow and methodical pacing of a professional wrestling match with an emphasis on having a 5-star match. The problem there is it gets kind of boring playing through methodical matches show in and show out especially as you have to cycle through your moveset in order to get the 5-star rating, this leads to matches feeling more like a checklist than fun as you find a way to run through all the necessary requirements to make the game give you the 5 stars you want. Professional wrestling at the end of the day is a wacky display of athleticism and these games should embrace that, pick up the pace and let players have fun matches, take them away from the ring more often and let them brawl through the backstage area, bring back the Times Square map and let people jump off buildings again!
WWE 2K12 Style Career Mode or Road To WrestleMania Returning
The career mode in recent WWE 2K releases has been disappointing to say the least, I remember playing WWE 2K17 specifically where career mode was basically me wrestling what felt like the same 3 people on a loop it was repetitive and boring and a waste of potential. What would instantly improve the series is the focused career mode that we saw in WWE2K12 or the return of the Road To WrestleMania mode from earlier iterations of the game. These career modes were focused on specific characters with interesting stories being told to keep the player interested. WWE 2K12 came out 10 years ago but I STILL remember the career mode because it was so engaging, I remember dominating as Sheamus, I remember my character fighting off WCW and its legends to represent WWE, I definitely don’t remember a single thing about WWE 2K17 though. This recent obsession sports games have had with making their career modes into vague short films or empty open worlds has been to their detriment, what 2K should do is return to giving players a detailed, fun, and engaging story mode.