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wwe2k16

Get ready to rumble with WWE 2K16, featuring the largest roster of unique playable characters in WWE games history. All of your favourite Superstars and Divas are here including current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, emerging NXT wrestlers, WWE Hall of Famers, and WWE alumni from years gone by. This game has it all!

Visual Concepts, best known for developing Take-Two Interactive’s 2K series of sports games, and Yuke’s long-time veterans of WWE game development, have made vast improvements over last year’s WWE 2K15. If you’re a WWE fan you won’t want to miss out on WWE 2K16—quite possibly the most comprehensive pro wrestling game to date.

Here are 3 reasons why every WWE fan should own WWE2K16.

 

  1. Massive amount of content

Based on fan feedback from WWE 2K15, Visual Concepts and Yuke’s have included a remarkable amount of content in WWE 2K16. Doubling the amount of playable characters, you can now choose from over 120 of your favourite Superstars and Divas. Although it may not seem like much, WWE 2K16 includes 13 Divas—the most Divas ever in a WWE 2K game. However, some of the newer Divas such as Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley did not make it into the roster. It’s nice to see that the Divas are getting more representation in this year’s game, and 2K Sports have promised to continue expanding Diva presence in future games.

The number of gameplay modes that WWE 2K16 offers is staggering, each one seeing improvements over WWE 2K15. Online play has be completely overhauled with an improved match making system that makes it easier to connect and play with others. After logging more than 15 hours of online play, I can happily say that WWE 2K16 delivers hours of multiplayer fun. Match making was quick, and I have yet to experience any lag.

MyCareer mode, which allows you to create and customize a Superstar/Diva and then take him or her though the ranks on a quest for the championship belt, has been expanded over last year’s game. You can now conduct personality-driven interviews, and interfere with rivals. The amount of customizations that you can make to your character are mind-blowing! You can upload pictures of your face to the dedicated WWE 2K16 website and map to your characters face in the game. In addition, you can customize body types, hair colour, attire, ring entrances, make custom logos to use in the game, choose rivals and allies. The customization doesn’t stop there, you can even create and customize championship belts, and match types. As you can see WWE 2K16 allows you to customize your whole experience from head to toe—enough to satisfy even the most hardcore WWE fanatic.

 

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  1. Creative online community

WWE 2K16 has an online community unlike any other WWE game to date. Superstars, Divas, move sets, arenas, championship belts, shows, entrances, and logos can all be uploaded and shared with other WWE 2K16 gamers. One of your favourite Superstars or Divas missing from the game, and you don’t have the skills to create him or her on your own? No need to worry, you can find just about anyone online in the community creations. In just the first page of available characters to download, I discovered Jeff Hardy, Sub-Zero, Batman, and a Power Ranger. Totally awesome!

This means you pretty much have an unlimited supply of new characters that you can download and play as. How cool! The downloads are free, however you are limited to 20 downloads every 24 hours.

creative online community

 

  1. Deep gameplay with a rewarding experience

WWE 2K16 features a deep, technical grapple system that rewards those who take the time to learn it, and don’t simply mash the buttons. WWE 2K16 has an authentic feel to it that simulates professional wrestling better than any other game to date. Gone are the arcade-like mechanics and nimble movements from previous games in the series, you now have more control over the exact type of attacks you want to do in any given situation.

A big part of WWE 2K16’s gameplay lies in the reworked reversal system. Reversals involve the press of a button at the right time, press to early or too late and you’ve lost your opportunity. There are now two types of reversals—Major and Minor. Execute a Major reversal and you’ll inflict massive damage to your opponent. Each Superstar/Diva has a set amount of reversals that they can perform, which slowly regenerate over time. This adds an element of strategy to WWE 2K16 that will make you think twice about the decisions you make in the ring.

A new pin system has been implemented into WWE 2K16 in which you now have a variety of ways to pin your opponent. New to WWEK 2K16 are dirty pins, which allow you to use the ropes to your advantage when pinning your opponent. In addition, you can now use the rope to break the hold or stop the pin—just like WWE live events the referee doesn’t always see these rope breaks.

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Final thoughts

As a long-time fan of WWE, I was completely captivated by WWE 2K16. I’ll be honest, the game is not perfect but is one of the best wrestling games in recent memory. It’s clear that Visual Concepts and Yuke’s listened to the feedback they received from last year’s game and in turn produced a game that is vastly superior to WWE 2K15.

The sheer amount of playable characters is nothing short of astonishing, the amount of gameplay modes and customizations are marvellous, the creative online community will keep you playing for months to come, and the deep gameplay will keep you coming back for more. It’s clear to see that WWE 2K16 is a must buy for all WWE fans.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Developer: Visual Concepts and Yuke’s

Publisher: 2K Sports

Genre: Professional wrestling, Fighting, Sports

Modes: Single-player, Multiplayer

ESRB Rating: T (Teen)