Are you ready?
WWE2K17 is in stores now and I have been having an absolute blast with it. I’ve already sunk 15+ hrs in and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this game has to offer. In saying that, what wrestling games are to me is more than likely VERY different to what they are for others.
It all started back in the Smackdown days on PS2. My friends and I would get together for games night, and being a HUGE wrestling fan I’d always pull out my copy of that years Smackdown. No one really wanted to play but I managed to win them over when we got into the Create-a-Wrestler mode. I made everyone and everything I could think of. Celebrities, Cartoon characters, whatever that years items would allow. For years as new games came along it was always tradition to jump into CAW Mode and fill the entire roster with custom characters. And to top it off, you can set the computer to compete against itself, which means you can fill an entire roster of custom wrestlers and sit back and watch it like its a show made especially for you!
The CAW Mode in 2K17 is a mixed bag. When 2K took over the WWE Games they stripped the available items right back to the basics, which was very disappointing, but since then they have added quite a lot back in. One thing they added that has made life WAY easier, though, is the ability to upload images via the 2K website directly to your game. Whether that’s a picture of your face to make your create a wrestler look more like you or a logo from you favourite show or superhero the options are limitless! Once upon a time they added the ability to draw logos directly into the game. It was difficult and time consuming and painful and I spent WAY too much time doing it. No more, thank the 2K Gods! There are a few limitations on what items can and can’t be worn in the ring, which is a shame. Things like capes, robes and large hats can only be worn during your entrance which does ruin the illusion a bit, but you still have a lot more freedom than we’ve seen in a 2K game so far. One of the best things in this game is the increased CAW limit. I can now make 100 custom wrestlers! I remember getting excited when we could make enough for a Royal Rumble, now I can create entire shows.
The game itself is a lot of fun. the usual graphics jump, accompanied by a few minor glitches here and there. Wrestling is fun and simple. You won’t need to learn a lot to really get a handle on the game. It also allows for great match momentum as well. Even if you are getting your arse handed to you you can still pull off some amazing come backs. The reversal mechanic was a very welcome change. Once upon a time if you hit the right button at the right time you could pull off a reversal. It was possible to get so good at that that if you were playing against someone that was evenly matched you would never be able to pull anything of due to the constant reversals. Now you have a reversal bar. Not only do you need to hit the right button at the right time, but you also have a limited number of reversals that will replenish over time. It adds a far more realistic play style to the wrestling matches.
Career mode is fun, but I’ve definitely seen better storyline based versions over the years. The ability to cut promos is cute. You have a limited amount of time to choose from different response, similar to a telltale style conversation. Depending on what you say, the consistency of your message and the tone of the crowd you will gain heel or face points and grow your popularity. You can even go head to head with other superstars in a VS. Promo, which can be a lot of fun. The only thing that really lets it down is the lack of voice acting. The entire promo is text based which I understand from a logistics point of view, but when you have some voice acting and then silence it really makes it stand out.
This game is definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a wrestling fan. The huge line up of current wrestlers is incredible and with the ability to unlock classic superstars this game even has tonnes to offer older wrestling fans as well. Even if you’re not a wrestling fan, the custom creation options are so much fun to play around with that you can lose plenty of hours to that part alone. Speaking of, I need to get back to CAW Mode. It’s been more than five minutes and I need my fix, dammit!
Stay tuned for what I assume will be endless Custom wrestling matches coming soon to our YouTube channel!