Retro Gaming 10’s- WWE 2K14: (2013)

As many people know 2K series has been around since the early 10’s with the very first game coming out in 2012 known as WWE 2K13. While WWE 2K13 was praised for its campaign mode which revolved around the Attitude Era of the late 90’s; the theme for WWE 2K14 focused on the 30 year history of WrestleMania a pay per view which has been around since 1985. WWE 2K14 was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October 2013. The campaign mode in WWE 2K14 allowed players to recreate historical moments of iconic WrestleMania matches. WWE 2K14 had included some of the most popular names of the past within the pro wrestling industry including Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Undertaker, Bret Hart, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Razor Ramon and more. The WrestleMania themed campaign mode felt somewhat similar to the Legends Of WrestleMania game from ‘09 but much better with more high profile matches and wrestlers.

In addition, to the 30 Years Of WrestleMania campaign mode players saw the return of Universe Mode along with Streak Mode which was a brand new feature. The purpose of Streak mode was for players to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania on the highest difficulty level imaginable. The roster included characters from various time periods including the Golden Era, New Generation, Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression and what was known as the PG Era back in the early 10’s. Players also had access to downloadable content which featured nWo characters from WCW during the mid to late 90’s. WWE 2K14 was definitely one of the better installments within the 2K series along the likes of WWE 13 and 2K19. In WWE 2K14 Yukes was able to create a game that casual long time pro wrestling fans can easily become attached to; making for a worth successor to the critically acclaimed WWE 13 game from 2012.

One of the most unique things about WWE 2K14 was that it was the first pro wrestling title to be published by 2K Sports. It was common knowledge back then that THQ who was the publisher for WWE 13 had filed for bankruptcy which allowed Take-Two Interactive to gain the license to publish WWE games. There are many people who fans of the older THQ published WWE games from the 00’s such as Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain along with the Smackdown vs Raw series. However; 2K Sports has managed to put out some decent titles like 2K14 & 2K19 along with some bad ones during the 10’s decade. But there can be no arguments made about WWE 2K14 not being one of the better pro wrestling titles of the 2010’s.

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