Posts Tagged ‘wrasslin’

Beyond The Mat: How To Fix Wrestling Games

By Adam Smith on June 24th, 2015.

2K have finally released all of the DLC for WWE 2K15. Why do I care, you might be wondering, given that I gave the game a bit of a kicking in my review. Primarily, I care because I am too stubborn to stop playing, even though I can’t possibly recommend the game to anyone else. I love wrestling and even though 2K15 doesn’t do most of the interesting things that a wrestling game COULD do, I’m having fun poking around in the Universe mode, pretending to be a booker, organising almighty feuds and pushing my favourite characters to the stars.

Once again, I’ve been thinking about why I want to see wrestling translated into game form successfully. Even if you don’t know WCW from ECW or Goldust from Goldberg, you might be entertained and, hey, maybe you’ll realise there’s something behind all of the babyoil and biceps.

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Wot I Think: WWE 2K15

By Adam Smith on May 1st, 2015.

In these alt text captions I will provide insight into the various wrestlers pictured for non-wrestling fans. These fine fellows are members of the Wyatt Family. They are controlled by their sentient beards, which force them to fight everyone even though they are gentle men.

Professional wrestling is a ridiculous cultural phenomenon and I love it dearly. I also happen to think it’s blend of theatre, physical performance and interactive storytelling is ideally suited to gaming. It’s a weird and wonderful world that offers all manner of opportunities for interactive storytelling, from heroic fights against the odds to villainous victories and roster management.

WWE 2K15 [official site] seizes many of those opportunities, but do they wriggle out of its meaty grasp? Here’s wot I think.

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Cheap Pop: WWE 2K15 Coming To PC Soon

By Adam Smith on April 22nd, 2015.

WWE 2K15 is coming to PC “this spring”. While the latest entry in the series has had something of a rough reception in console land, I’m excited about this. There hasn’t been an official WWE game on PC since 2002 and even though this seems like a transitional year at best – Eurogamer call it “actively bad” – 2K do solid sports work elsewhere. They acquired the WWE license following THQ’s dissolution in 2013 and will hopefully turn the ship around before long, rather than aiming for the rocks.

As for the PC version itself? What better way to get John Cena over with the fans than to have him deliver an honest-to-goodness, PC-lovin’ promo right here in the middle of the RPS squared circle. That’s below.

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Cheap Shot: Pro Wrestling X – Uprising

By Adam Smith on December 21st, 2012.

When I’m not commanding my vassals I like to watch big men in tights pretending to fight, so I was dismayed when Pro Wrestling X failed to reach its Kickstarter target. With man-grappling a thin stable on the PC, an independently developed game that aimed to bring back the glory days of No Mercy was a thing that I very much wanted to play. The team claimed that they’d be back with something playable but I didn’t expect them to follow through on the promise quite as quickly as they have. Continued development will now be funded by selling access to existing versions of the game, with updates provided as they are produced. With a minimum buy-in of $5, I’ve already determined to find out how well it all comes together.

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This Sporting Life: NBA & WWE On PC

By Alec Meer on October 1st, 2008.

I would love to talk to these men about poetry

My writing this post is probably fairly akin to David Beckham talking about Dungeon Keeper 2, but thought I’d aggregate a couple of sporting links kindly folk have sent us lately. There’s been a trend over the last few years to stop porting B-list (and I mean that in the polite sense) games to PC, most especially sports titles. However, we’re seeing something of a porting rennaissance at the moment – for every publisher/developer who claims they’re washing their hands of PC due to the P word, another seems to redouble their efforts to release everything they’ve got on it. Capcom are an impressive example of the latter with stuff like Street Fighter 4, but seems like 2K and THQ are returning to our loving arms too.
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