It’s been a while since I’ve mused about computer games on this blog but with more and more information being released about WWE 13 then it’s time to end that break.
Now, the more regular, and long-term, readers amongst you will remember me being quite critical of WWE 12 ultimately believing that whilst it certainly could talk the talk, it failed when it came to the walking part. That said, as someone that enjoys wrestling games and regularly reminisces on this blog about wrestling days of old, a game featuring stars from the Attitude era is all very exciting.
The idea of being able to create CM Punk’s dream match of him against Stone Cold or seeing how well The New Age Outlaws and The Road Warriors would do in the current tag team division is stuff of dreams for an anorak such as myself.
Of course, the internet has been full of gripes over wrestlers missing from the roster – as is expected – as well as the inclusion of three HHH’s and Mick Foley’s as well as two of The Undertaker, Kane, The Rock, Cena (?!), Edge, Bradshaw, Mark Henry and Jericho but internet gripes will be internet gripes. That said, the latter one is quite surprising considering it would be much easier to merely include alternative costumes… Anyway. I digress.
This is by far the best roster of any WWE game I’ve ever seen. It can be viewed in all its glory here. That’s 80 wrestlers straight off the bat with DLC taking the figure to nearer the 100 mark. Certainly the thing I most look forward to in the game, as I do with most WWE games and that led to a certain degree of disappointment with the last one, is the story mode. This time around it’s an Attitude Era storyline where we choose one of eight superstars that were pivotal in the success of that era, including The Rock, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, as we get to recreate some of their most magical moments including Stone Cold toppling HBK at Wrestlemania 14. I, for one, cannot wait to tackle some of these storylines.
Sure, the engine on the last game wasn’t all that great but Yukes will know that the next incarnation of games consoles is right around the corner so will be saving themselves for that. That said, my gripe with WWE 12 wasn’t the engine or the wrestlers contained within the game, instead it was the very limited story line mode which had previously been bettered by many of the Raw v Smackdown games.
Judging by the ten or so videos on the THQ site linked above, the entrances are as top notch as ever with the graphics having received nothing more than a slight tweaking, rather than a radical overhaul. That said, I am genuinely excited about this game from the ability to recreate some of the magical moments from the late 90s era to creating dream matches between PG superstars and their Attitude era adversaries. I hope that this game lives up to its hype and if the roster is anything to go by, this game will be sensational. The last one failed to walk the walk though, I hope this one fares better in that regard.
Plus it’s got Bret Hart on it.