2K Sports activities solely introduced its newest WWE recreation 10 days in the past, however since its launch is little greater than a month away it’s already getting into the ultimate phases of pre-release hype.
No sooner had we began considering the newly introduced modes than we discovered ourselves sitting in Take-Two’s UK workplace with a demo construct of the sport, attempting a few of them out for ourselves.
From what we’ve performed – and as you possibly can possible see within the two gameplay movies we’ve put collectively, which may be seen on this article – 2K is clearly being cautious to not repair what wasn’t damaged final time.
The WWE 2K collection is at present experiencing a resurgence once more, following the catastrophe that was 2K20, the next cancellation of 2K21 and the vastly improved 2K22 and 2K23. This 12 months’s model may be very a lot an evolution of the earlier two, with not too many adjustments within the ring.
There are some tweaks right here and there – now you can carry out diving assaults on a couple of particular person, for instance (in case you join with the particular person you’re aiming at, they’ll fall again and knock over anybody they hit).
We seen extra digicam cut-aways throughout sure strikes, making it look a bit extra like a televised occasion. And, maybe most entertainingly of all, you possibly can lastly throw weapons, which is satisfyingly correct (although we hope there’s a option to block or catch them).
One of many highlights of every 2K recreation is the Showcase mode, and this time the theme is 40 years of WrestleMania. We have been solely in a position to play three of the matches on provide right here, however it was a pleasant choice. The primary was Final Warrior vs Ravishing Rick Impolite in WrestleMania V, which was Warrior’s first ever pinfall loss within the then-WWF.
We have been then fast-forwarded to 2 of the ultimate matches within the Showcase, each from WrestleMania 39 – Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Aptitude, and Cody Rhodes vs Roman Reigns. The truth that you play because the winner of every match means you need to play as Impolite, Ripley and Reigns in these specific situations.
WWE 2K24 Gameplay Montage:
As within the final two Showcases, 2K24 nonetheless options what 2K calls its Slingshot Expertise, through which the motion switches from the sport to actual life and again once more. This time the Showcase is hosted by Corey Graves and he talks you thru these live-action sections to present you a bit extra narrative on how the true match’s story progressed.
It’s possible that, as in different 2K video games, you’ll play by the Showcase first to unlock all the additional wrestlers, outfits and arenas that may be earned by finishing every chapter, and can then possible by no means take a look at it once more. As a primary impression, although, it’s at all times nice to have.
Of the opposite modes we tried out, ambulance matches are most likely essentially the most distinctive. Certainly, the one time this match kind has featured earlier than in a foremost WWE recreation was within the DS model of WWE Smackdown vs Uncooked 2010.
“Of the opposite modes we tried out, ambulance matches are most likely essentially the most distinctive. Certainly, the one time this match kind has featured earlier than in a foremost WWE recreation was within the DS model of WWE Smackdown vs Uncooked 2010.”
The idea is pretty easy – earlier than the match begins a big ambulance reverses down the doorway ramp and parks at ringside, and the intention is to weaken your opponent sufficient you could throw them into the again of the ambulance then shut each doorways.
The act of closing the doorways entails some heavy-duty button-bashing, so in a way it’s not too completely different from a submission match, albeit with a extra vibrant method of defeating your opponent.
It stays to be seen how accessible this shall be, nonetheless – no less than while you kick out of pins you’ve gotten the choice of button-bashing or a timing-based mini-game, relying in your private style or skill, however evidently ambulance matches could also be strictly button-bashing affairs. We hope we’re fallacious.
WWE 2K24 – Full Ambulance Match:
We additionally acquired to check out the improved Backstage Brawl, which might now be performed by 1-4 gamers. For essentially the most half it’s much like the backstage space in final 12 months’s recreation, however there are new options like the flexibility to smash sure glass panels and a brand new elevator which will get you as much as the upper stage loads faster than the large ladder you had to make use of earlier than.
These new options apart, it seems to be enterprise as traditional with WWE 2K24 up to now. There are nonetheless some unknowns which should be addressed after we get our arms on the completed model for overview, most notably involving MyFaction mode.
Probably the most widespread modes within the recreation, MyFaction has a superb premise – construct a roster of your favorite superstars and use them for varied frequently up to date challenges – however the egregious promoting of playing cards on this mode in WWE 2K23 was so costly that they might solely precisely be described as ‘transactions’, with no ‘micro’ prefix wanted.
Mixed with the way in which it frequently launched new outfits or character variations (just like the Mattel motion determine model of John Cena) and locked them to MyFaction mode as a substitute of creating them obtainable in different modes, there’s a lot that may be improved in MyFaction – actually greater than the modes we performed throughout our preview session, none of which raised any main points.
Finally, we received’t have lengthy to attend to see the way it all performs out, as a result of WWE 2K24’s March 8 launch date means it’s solely a matter of weeks away. As quickly as we have now the completed model locked up in a collar-and-elbow tie up, we’ll stretch it like Stu Hart for the definitive verdict.