Here's Examiner's thoughts on the selections:
No NXT Stars?: No Bo Dallas, Paige, Sami Zayn or Adrian Neville out of the box? There's just no excuses for that. For the NXT brand to get passed over like that makes zero sense. Hardcore fans are connected to that brand and for a WWE video game to be taken seriously, NXT has to play an integral role.
No Zeb Colter or Lana or Paul Heyman?: Although their was no real mention of managers being skipped over this year, the fact that they weren't automatically included was a little weird.
No Road Dogg or Billy Gunn?: These guys both still appear on the show from time to time and were Tag Team Champions this year. Fan favorites and legends in their own right, they should be available in the game right out of the box.
CM Punk!: Hardcore wrestling fans love that the departed Punk will be in this year's game, both as a playable character and as a part of the game's new rivalry story mode. Even if it makes the game feel a bit dated, Punk's inclusion is a welcomed one.
Wooo!: Ric Flair in "WWE 2K15" is a perfect fit, especially with the inclusion of Sting. One of pro wrestling's greatest feuds, it'll be fun to see the two square-off on a next-gen console.
No 2014 WWE Hall of Famers?: Scott Hall has been in WWE games before, but with his inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame this year, this was another misstep. The same thing goes for Lita, Jake Roberts and The Ultimate Warrior. Although only hardcore fans know who Carlos Colon is, it would have set a cool precedent.
Although 2K said the list is subject to additions and subtractions, this list already feels dated. Sure, DLC content can spice things up, but that means that gamers that already shelled out the full purchase price will have to spend more money just to make the game current.
“WWE 2K15” is set for a Oct. 28 release in North America and will ship on Oct. 31 internationally.