So… WWE 2K20 was an… interesting… development in the WWE video game series. Widely panned by fans and critics alike for its numerous bugs and glitches, removed features and a MyCareer mode that’s best described as ‘bland’, we’ve all heard the story of how Yukes left their partnership with 2K halfway through development – leaving 2K and Visual Concepts scrambling to have the game ready for their deadline.
However we are now one-third of the way through 2021, it’s a new decade, so it’s time to look forward to the inevitable next instalment in the WWE 2K franchise, what can be done to improve it, and the only way to do that is through the epic power of lists!
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, GM Mode. Last seen on Smackdown vs Raw 2008, it’s a mode that a lot of long-time fans have been clamouring to see brought back to the newer games, and every year 2K adamantly ignore them to push their ‘WWE Universe’ mode instead. Now don’t misunderstand me, Universe mode isn’t inherently bad, it’s just not a suitable replacement for GM mode. When you see games like FIFA – which has had the option of both playing as the team or as the manager for years now – there’s no reason that both Universe and GM mode can’t exist on the same game.
I’m going to preface this next one by saying I hated the two characters in the 2K20 MyCareer mode. I found them to be inherently unlikable, cringy to watch, and all-around awful. Part of this has to do with the writing of it, part of it has to do with the voice acting. I’ve never been a fan of having your CAW speak, as usually the voice chosen doesn’t go with the design of whatever character you’ve made – especially going with the ‘silent badass’ look. I would go back to the MyCareer mode of 2K15 but updated to make it work properly. No stupid story, no stupid voices, no stupid nickname, no stupid personalities that completely go against how your character looks, just the option to go after anyone on the roster you want, building yourself up to challenge for championships, and have the difficulty gradually get harder the more matches you win.
Create A Wrestler
The Create A Wrestler mode has always been one of the highlights of any wrestling game, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the current system, it could do with being updated with more hairstyles, clothing options, facia hair and the like. Nothing more to really be said about this one.
Create An Entrance
As was said before, most of the creation suite in the 2K games are great, however one part that’s severely lacking in it is the Create an Entrance section. The amount of superstar entrance music both old and new that WWE owns – surely 2K can get access to use them. If you’re anything like me, you like to have each custom superstar have their own unique entrance music that’s not shared by any other character on the roster, it’s probably the driving force behind folk wanting custom music back – but seeing as how that’s a console issue, not a game issue, it’s up to 2K to add more tracks. Same goes for the entrance animations, I’m not a game developer (clearly) but surely if you’ve already mapped entrance animations in previous games, it’s not that much of a stretch to use them in future games – unless that’s a WWE call (which I wouldn’t put past them seeing how much other petty stuff they do). Basically… more stuff please.
Less Serious, More Fun
As the WWE series of games have gone on, I feel that a lot of the arcadey (is that a word?) fun of the older games has been left at the wayside in favour of a more simulated approach – which is a damn shame. Folk who have played older games such as ‘Here Comes the Pain’ will know exactly what I mean. Clotheslines damn near took your head off, chair shots sounded like gunshots going off, powerbombs looked like you were trying to drive them into the centre of the Earth, finishing manoeuvres looked like the single most devastating moves in existence – and it feels that removing this and replacing it with a more realistic approach has somewhat sterilised the combat as a whole. Wrestling has always been about suspending your disbelief and it should show that in the games. I’m not talking about going back to the games where The Undertaker would crack a tombstone over someone’s head or fire souls at folk, but just to make the combat that wee bit more over-the-top. Trying to make a game with all those outlandish characters a serious sporting simulator just doesn’t blend that well.
So anyway, that’s just five points that would make the next WWE game a lot better in my opinion – but as with anything on the internet these days, I’m sure you have your own opinions on what would improve this game. Sound off in the comments below with what improvements you would make – and if 2K are given the reigns for 2K21, let’s hope they’ve learned valuable lessons from the 2K20 fiasco.