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WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports

WWE 2K14 is a videogame published by 2K Sports and developed by Visual Concepts in partnership with Yuke’s. It belongs to the professional wrestling genre and it is by far the best in this category, while being playable on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is a sequel to WWE 2K13 and it was followed by WWE 2K15, while marking the beginning of the 2K series.

Key facts about WWE 2K14

  • WWE 2K14 encompasses three decades of Wrestlemania and brings in the spotlight the athletes that the fans know and love.
  • The game allows for a great deal of customization and players can re-create some of the famous fights between well-known wrestlers.
  • WWE 2K14 has greatly improved the match flow compared to its predecessor and many of the popular mechanics return in this sequel.
  • The game drew criticism for the weak commentary and there is plenty of room for improvement in the AI section.
  • WWE 2K14 has a single player campaign that goes by the name of The 30 Years of WrestleMania that includes a total of 45 matches.

The WWE 2K14 games

WWE 2K14 gets players familiar with the game mechanics by inviting them to play the single player campaign. As they progress with the 45 matches they learn more about the iconic wrestlers and meet the legendary characters in the arena. This mode has its very own roster of athletes and all of those who participated in WrestleMania are on this list. The goal is to beat the game by securing various objectives and sometimes these missions feel a bit restrictive, as players have to follow a sequence of inputs.

The single player campaign is well compartmented, with each chapter having a title that highlights the importance of a certain wrestling era. To some extent, WrestleMania also has educational value by helping wrestling fans put things into perspective and learn a thing or two about the sport’s history.

A tribute to the Undertaker

One of the most popular WWE 2K14 games is the streak mode, in which players try to extend the Undertaker’s undefeated run of 21 matches. They will battle various opponents and hope to defend and then extend the streak, but they also have the option of playing as another character and try to break it. Those who choose to play against the Undertaker will have a hard task ahead, and this mode is widely regarded as the most difficult in the entire game.

The WWE Universe mode is back after its success in the prequels and players have a chance to customize any of the existing WWE shows. It is possible to bring back to life some of the retired series or set up new ones from scratch by putting various wrestlers into the same arena. Players have unrestricted access to all the relevant WWE statistics and can reset the universe mode at any time to start from scratch. The Rivalry Manager is a newly introduced tool that empowers players to influence the storyline of the single player.

Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports
Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports

What is WWE 2K14

WWE 2K14 is a professional wrestling videogame developed by Visual Concepts and Yuke’s. It was published by 2K Sports and was their first wrestling game, with its success prompting the company to produce a sequel. Some of the game mechanics were so popular that they were adopted by WWE 2K13, a game that can be played on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Gameplay of WWE 2K14

WWE 2K14 is a significant upgrade to the prequel, although many of the gameplay features were preserved and improve. The navigation system is significantly better and action unfolds at a faster pace, therefore the learning curve is steeper. New special moves were added and the chain reversals have significantly shortened the duration of each games, by encouraging offensive moves. For the first time in the series, catapult finishers can be used to serve offensive purposes and inflict more damage.

Depending on the character of choice, players can catch their opponents in midair and use a finisher to bring them into submission. WWE 2K14 introduces the celebrated OMG moments in which players interact with the environment and finish off two opponents simultaneously. New matches were also added, including a gauntlet game, while the Slobberknocker Mode has returned.

Create-a-Superstar used to be one of the most popular modes in the prequel and it has returned, while more wrestlers were added. The current roster includes in excess of 100 athletes and those who choose to play this game mode, can craft their own finishers and entrances. This takes customization to a whole different level and is supposed to get players more immersed into the wrestling universe.

Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports
Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports

Plot of WWE 2K14

WWE 2K14 is among the few wrestling games that actually have a plot, thanks to the introduction of the 30 Years of WrestleMania. Players get to experience the adrenaline rush of some of the most memorable wrestling games in history, while reliving the retirement matches of iconic wrestlers. The single player campaign is rich in WWE history and those interested can watch some of the most relevant archive footage, pictures and TV overlays.

WWE 2K14 celebrates player freedom and allows them to replay the games as they see fit, without stripping the game off its authenticity. There are several rewards given to those who go to great lengths to follow the script accurately, but they have the option of crafting their own fortune. The game promises to appeal to both old-school wrestling fans as well as newcomers, who can barely remember the famous matches between Hulk and Andre.

Development of WWE 2K14

When developing WWE 2K14 Visual Concepts and Yuke’s consulted the most important wrestling experts, to create an accurate videogame. They also had to gain the acceptance of wrestling stars to have them featured in-game and the result was a major success. At the same time, developers paid attention to what the fans were hoping for and invited them to choose the alternate cover. They’ve held a promo event at Oberoi Mall prior to releasing the game internationally and offered preorder bonuses on a high scale.

Where can I download WWE 2K14?

WWE 2K14 is the first game to be published by 2K Sports, so it comes as no surprise that it can be downloaded from their official website. The fans will be thrilled to hear that they can acquire downloadable content such as the “nWo pack”, the "WWE Superstars and Moves Pack" or the"WWE Legends and Creations Pack". Each of them is dedicated to a handful of prominent wrestlers and includes their most iconic moves, as well as new ones.

Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports
Screenshot of WWE 2K14. © 2K Sports

This is also the place where all the recent video games published by this company can be acquired, some of them at a discounted rate. Battleborn, XCOM Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2, Mafia III, Skyrim, NBA 2K16, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and Madden NFL 16 are the ones worth mentioning.

What are others saying about WWE 2K14?

WWE 2K14 was well received by the critics and it was just as enjoyable to be played on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The fact that the AI was not as strong as the fans were hoping for didn’t have a deterring effect on reviewers, who praised the originality of this game. The single player campaign was also appreciated by the fans, who got to spend long hours in front of the computer, relieving the most important moments in wresting history.

Check out what Conan O'Brien has to say about WWE 2K14 in his Clueless Gamer review:

WWE 2K14 tournaments

The single player is exciting enough as to keep players hooked for a long time, but eventually they will hope to try their skills in WWE 2K14 tournaments. While there are no such ample competitions bringing together tens of thousands of players as in other e-sports, multiplayer is fully fledged. For the time being, players will have to find solace in taking on one opponent at a time and bring him into submission.

My rating of WWE 2K14

Truth be told, I don’t watch wrestling and I didn’t expect to play a themed videogame in my life. WWE 2K14 started more as a work-related project, but somehow it grew on me and I couldn’t put it down until finishing the entire single player campaign. I wouldn’t brag about knowing a great deal about the sport simply because I’ve completed the 30 Years of Wrestlemania mission set, but it was still enlightening.

In a nutshell, my expectations were exceeded and WWE 2K14 ended up being quite an exciting experience despite my initial bias. I’m always happy to acknowledge my mistakes and I’m glad that I had the chance to play a game that deserves a rating of 8 out of 10.

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