It’s time to finally start talking about WWE 2K16 because it’s almost time to play the game. Everyone by now knows that I embrace WWE 2K year over year, dating back to WrestleMania on Nintendo. Wrasslin’ is my life!
This year it seems that WWE has been doing everything to make the ultimate makeover from promoting a handful of NXT Superstars such as Neville, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn; as well as Divas Becky Lynch, Charlotte and my girl, the “Boss,” Sasha Banks. They’ve stepped up and made big names for themselves, earning plenty of love from the WWE Universe. And who can ignore the talent of NXT? Someone that’s SAWFT, that’s who!
But this is a small recap of 2K16 news thanks to Gamescom and thoughts of what we’ve seen so far. Straight to the graphics, I am hoping that visuals are still in alpha, because off-screen and the b-roll concept wasn’t quite pleasing. However I’m confident that we can expect so much more.
Breakout is a new feature allowing you to transition from entrance to forcing the match to begin. There weren’t any demonstrations of how it works so only time will tell, or we will after an opportunity of a hands-on impression.
In-ring, the new submission system looks like a concept snatched from EA Sports UFC ‘s octagon feature that is more of a mini-game where the player must avoid allowing the other from escaping a hold, keeping a gap between the two indicators. The circle of life (submission concept) is also the new kick out system, allowing you to perform a timely save rather than the old bar. Rope breaks as well have become a manual button prompt rather than the leg being slid underneath the rope.
3-man commentary team of JBL, Cole and the King changes the dialogue in 2K16. WWE didn’t let us hear JBL yet, but soon we will discover his new lines. The biggest question though is will we hear new commentary from the King and Cole. Much has been repeated since SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 and it’s a little annoying now, just saying.
Create divas, belts, arenas and shows once again as 2K Sports slowly allows customization back into the hands of you, the gamer. It’s exciting new, though I am still questioning the customization in terms to custom entrances and music. We did find out however that presentation is being heavily focused on this year.
Hall of Fame, the WWE 2K myth seems to be promised this year. Look forward to the ceremony and not winning the title in a little as 5 years to retire. So how many years can we look forward to in our illustrious careers and will there be better cinematics rather than crap fillers from Vicki and William?
The career will see a bit more this year as your player will be equally involved outside the ring as inside. Post-match interviews, opportunities to interfere in matches, build and create more unique rivalries and more. But how many years and still in the air; and will WWE stick with the virtual currency system?
Now while I love WWE Games enthusiasm and hard work, we’ve heard time and time again of little to no loads, but this year is promising “no loads.” Only time will tell, though the preload of the match has been longer than normal in WWE 2K15, shortening everything. But this also raises the question of custom theme entrances and music. What else will 2K Sports add back this year’s 2K16?
Screenshots of the game looks amazing and the footage we’ve viewed has been all concept footage and art as 2K Sports has yet to reveal an on-hands opportunity. Summerslam is right around the corner where we usually get the biggest reveals we could ask for. Are you ready?