New York Sports Video Examiner Patrick Hickey Jr. was invited by 2K games to Los Angeles this past weekend to get a test-drive of the Wrestlemania-themed single-player story mode in their upcoming game, "WWE 2K14."
Check out his thoughts on the exciting gameplay mode below:
Huge amount of WWE-produced video: 45 minutes of WWE-produced video brings the events leading up to every classic Wrestlemania encounter alive.
Wrestlemania "moments" feel authentic: From the video filters that recapture the original video quality of the match, to the objectives that try and simulate the original match, but still allow the user enough creativity to make the match unique; you'll want to play some of these matches over and over again.
Beautiful character models and animations: Anyone that doesn't see the attention 2K has paid to updating the locomotion and facial animations of the characters is either blind or crazy. Superstars move around the ring with more fluidity than ever before and look more realistic.
Improved counter system: Gone forever are the repetitive counter animations and at times, seemingly endless reversals. In "WWE 2K14," you'll still have plenty of opportunities to reverse strikes and grapples, but the process won't grab down the pacing of the match.
Some hidden objectives are impossible to find out without a clear knowledge of the match: This "con" won't affect those that are old enough to remember most of these matches and have a clear passion for sports entertainment. Younger gamers however will at times find themselves lost with several of the hidden objectives. Although they won't stop you from finishing a match, they'll slow down your progress and also hinder your appreciation for the mode in general.
Counter system still needs work: Although the endless amount of counters from last year's game is gone, it feels like it's harder than ever to pull them off in "WWE 2K14." Whether it's too early or too late, it sometimes feels like there's no way to master the art of the counter in the game.
Regardless of the few hiccups that remain in the counter system and cloudy hidden objectives in some matches, the story mode in "WWE 2K14" is polished and über addictive. It also makes you want to go back and watch some of these classic matches again before you replay them. For that alone, it scores a clean three-count.
Before this mode was unveiled last week, many gamers wondered how the company could top last year's "Attitude Era" story mode. It looks like they just got their answer.
"WWE 2K14" is scheduled for an October 29 release on the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.