You can look at this game three different
ways. First, how f*cking dare you play CM Punk’s theme to a picture of The Rock? F*ck
you, WWE 2K14. Sorry about that. And secondly, you could look at this like, “Eh, it’s
fun, but…there are some pretty serious flaws, too, and the commentary and the audio sucks.
Blah, blah, blah, video game criticism.” Or…you could look at this like a toy box.
If, like…back when you went to college, your mom didn’t have that yard sale. The
one that took your Ric Flair and Randy Savage action figures, and future endeavor’d them.
To that…ungrateful little sh*t from down the street. And to me, that’s what this game is. Yeah,
it’s a cool wrestling game, I guess. But more importantly, this is a collection of
memories. And even more importantly, it’s an interactive collection of memories. Hence
the toy box. With WWE 2K14, you can pick up all those childhood moments…and actually
play with them. Don’t…keep ‘em in the box. Are you crazy? You don’t keep the Nature
Boy in a box. Yeah, yeah. I know. I just reviewed the Xbox
360 version…of WWE 2K14. Here’s the deal, you guys. I dig wrestling. When a wrestling
game ends up on my desk, I’m not gonna not play it. You kiddin’ me? That’d be the
worst attitude ever, to have. So here we are. I’m reviewing the PS3 version of WWE 2K14,
and obviously, it’s pretty much identical to the other one. We could probably end it there, but…the
Hitman’s not done yet. So in our other review of this game, we talked
a lot about one of the modes specifically. It’s the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode.
And it’s basically…it gives you a ton of matches from previous WrestleManias, and
you get to actually play through them. And it’s awesome, it’s definitely the highlight
of the game. But there’s another WrestleMania mode, based on The Streak. It lets you either defend the Undertaker’s
undefeated streak at WrestleMania, by beating a gauntlet of wrestlers…or you can try to
end the streak. Speaking of which…spoiler alert, for WrestleMania 30. The Dead Man’s
gonna learn not to hinder Jinder. Jinder Mahal beats the Undertaker, celebrates. You know, it’s a cool mode, but…I do feel
like they could’ve done more with it. Instead of the gauntlet, it’d be a lot cooler if
you had to go through time and beat the actual opponents, at the actual WrestleManias where
the match went down. Something more historical, instead of this glorified endurance test.
But still, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a cool supplemental mode. And I didn’t mention this in the Xbox review,
but…a game like this really makes me hate this modern trend of everything being DLC.
I’m sorry, but it’s total bullshit that you drop 60 bucks on a WWE game and you don’t
get Fandango, or Summer Rae, or Big E Langston…and the nWo, for that matter. It’s a game that
celebrates the past, but you have to pay extra for one of the most popular factions in the
history of the business. I mean, DLC can be cool, but…for things
like that, it kind of irritates me. You’re paying for things you should already have.
You know, but virtue of spending 60 freaking dollars. Anyway, I’m not gonna go too much into the
gameplay…I’d basically be repeating the same things I said in the Xbox review. So
watch that, for more. But generally, if I’m complaining about anything with this game…it’s
really a couple things. One, it does get a little annoying, the focus on counter attacks.
The gameplay just feels like a long quick-time event, sometimes. Two, the gameplay could definitely be simplified
a bit, for my tastes. It’s still good, and it’s definitely fun…but there’s a lot
to learn. That learning curve is steeper than it has to be. And three…the game could use some polish.
There are definitely issues with things like glitches, and collision detection…especially
when you put together your own Money In The Bank match. All the bodies and ladders…things
get strange, sometimes. Then again, I’ve got…Dolph Ziggler, Ricky “The Dragon”
Steamboat, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Edge…in the
same freaking ladder match. Can you imagine how awesome that would’ve
been? Actually, you know what? You don’t have
to. Because with this game, you can see for yourself. WWE 2K14 isn’t perfect, but it’s
a terrific reminder of all the reasons you love wrestling. And the moments that made
you love it. Check out our Xbox review for more, but…spoiler alert. I like wrestling, you guys. And I like WWE