Wwe 2K16


Last year, WWE returned to the PC for the first time in over a decade with WWE 2K15, which was a welcome sight for the wrestling fans of the platform. The WWE 2K16 instalment builds upon that, but doesn"t take very many steps forwards, & it"s a shame khổng lồ once again see the PC version arrive about six months after its console counterpart. Nonetheless, WWE enthusiasts are sure lớn have sầu a great time, but anyone who wasn"t convinced before, isn"t likely to see much to lớn change that view.

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The most notable change khổng lồ the gameplay comes through the reversal system. Superstars và Divas have sầu up to lớn six boxes, each of which indicates the ability to lớn reverse a move. These refill throughout the match but, while all are empty and the first slowly refills, the wrestler is very vulnerable and pretty much defenceless. This change adds an element of strategy to lớn the game, but can often reduce matches to lớn baiting an opponent to lớn use up all of his or her reversals, and then unleash an unstoppable barrage. The new system does remove sầu the chance of matches descending inlớn spamming the reverse button, but the reality is that it all starts feeling very one-sided, very quickly.

Anyone familiar with the TV show will know that wrestlers have sầu frequently interrupted each other"s entrances khổng lồ attaông chồng their opponents & get an early upper h&. Finally, this feature has been implemented in a videogame. Not every match time facilitates the ability lớn vì chưng so, though, as is the case with cage matches. The only drawback to lớn this is that matches will automatically end in a draw if all the competitors are not in the ring within an undefined amount of time. Initially this is an annoying realisation, and turns inlớn something that limits an, otherwise, great feature. Hopefully, a future instalment will make it possible lớn take the fight backstage, before eventually entering the squared circle.


Outside of those two changes, it is difficult to lớn notice any other differences. Matches still begin with the chain-grappling mechanic which is a roông chồng, paper, scissors mini-game that leads to lớn rotating the analogue stick to reposition or reverse a hold, depending on the player"s position. The stamimãng cầu meter still dictates whether or not a character can vị any kind of move sầu, which can lead to awkward situations where it is necessary to lớn stand around while the meter refills before performing a finisher. Some wrestlers can now use rest holds, just lượt thích the show itself, so that he or she can refill the stamina meter while staying in control of the match.

Once again, the main attraction is the 2K Showcase, which this time follows Stone Cold Steve sầu Austin, from his days as Stunning Steve sầu Austin, lớn the birth of Austin 3:16 and beyond. The Showcases is made up of a series of matches that represent key moments in Austin"s career, each with different objectives khổng lồ complete. This is a great way to step inkhổng lồ the shoes of one of the biggest wrestlers ever, but it can be disengaging to lớn be drawn into lớn a cut-scene with a QTE in the middle of a fight. Even worse is the fact that these segments run at 30fps, which can be very jarring. Archived footage helps to make the experience truly authentic, và audio is even applied to lớn cut-scenes rendered with the game"s engine to complement the Clip clips. Despite its problems, the 2K Showcase is probably the best single player element of 2K16, so it"s a shame khổng lồ see only two different Showcases, the second being made up of matches staring inductees of the năm ngoái Hall of Fame, like "Mamang đến Man" Randy Savage, while last year"s game had five.

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In addition to lớn the Showcases, the MyCareer and Universe modes provide more in terms of single player gameplay. MyCareer involves creating a Superstar & taking hyên ổn from NXT lớn the WWE Championship và beyond, through a series of battles & storylines. There is a rating out of five sầu stars in each match, therefore, it is beneficial khổng lồ keep the crowd entertained with a variety of moves lớn get the best reception. The mode has been expanded, by giving a choice of which championship belts lớn challenge, introducing The Authority as the antagonistic faction that can help or hinder the player"s career.

Universe mode returns to lớn let players take control of the whole WWE, not just a single Superstar. Managing every show from Monday Night Raw to lớn PPVs lượt thích Wrestlemania, involves either letting the computer simulate the results of each match, or actually playing them out khổng lồ craft a storyline according lớn a specific vision. These two modes are welcome returns, but they don"t bởi vì a lot lớn build upon the older versions, so the biggest draw is the increased roster form size, which leads lớn more options. Anyone who continued to enjoy these in 2K15, is sure to lớn welcome their return, but those who grew tired of them still won"t find much khổng lồ keep their interest.

The offline multiplayer modes also haven"t taken huge strides forward, as some key match types are still noticeably absent, lượt thích Casket matches & the Three Stages of Hell which were in 2K15"s Showcase mode, but not available elsewhere. The existing types have been made available khổng lồ more players, for example TLC matches can now be played under Triple Threat & Fatal 4-Way Rules instead of just one-on-one, yet it"s hard khổng lồ get excited for something that has been in previous WWE titles. Online play fares a little better this year as it isn"t unplayable, but there is noticeable đầu vào lag, meaning that the online community isn"t likely to grow as it isn"t a very smooth experience.


2K15 was criticised for omitting older customisation features, even something as fundamental like creating a female wrestler. 2K16 corrects this, as it is once again possible to lớn create a female wrestler, as well as a show, aremãng cầu and championship belt. 2K shouldn"t be praised lớn including features that had been inexplicably removed, yet it is a welcome sight to see them finally return. The customisation suite also includes the option of sharing creations with others, so it"s easy lớn add new life khổng lồ the game without spending a lot of time tweaking character models. It actually didn"t take long to find stars like Goldberg, Rob Van Dam & AJ Lee ready lớn import inlớn the game.

All of the different gameplay options outlined above sầu are delivered in a package that look fantastic. The well-designed visuals make each match look like it was taken from the TV show, especially as nearly every Superstar và Diva has been facially scanned lớn make them look as authentic as possible. While the in-ring action runs at a smooth 60fps, the frame rate inexplicably drops khổng lồ 30fps during entrances, and even cut-scenes seen during the middle of a match in the Showcase mode, which is a shame as it jars the experience. The commentary can get very repetitive, very quickly, but the lively crowd keeps the atmosphere alive sầu with chants of "this is awesome" after particularly incredible moments, lượt thích putting something through the roof of Hell in a Cell.