wwe-2k14

In life, there are few certainties. Death, taxes and having a massively muscled behemoth clotheslining your body out of the ring, are just a few examples. Here’s what the critics have to say so far about WWE 2K14.

It’s a mixed bag so far, with WWE 2K14 holding a Metacritic rating of 78. The general consensus so far is that the 30 years of Wrestlemania mode is a fantastic addition that hits your nostalgia in the all the right places, but the game is let down by some flaws in the ring work and playing it too safe.

Destructoid – 90/100

WWE 2K14 lets me be creative, it told me a wonderful story of titans colliding, and gave me the gift of being a kid again. 2K Sports really picked the ball up and ran with it.

IGN – 87/100

It still lacks the brains to deliver competent AI and commentators, but WWE 2K14 has more than enough brawn to make up for it.

Giant Bomb – 80/100

2K14 most definitely satisfies whatever nostalgia I had for Wrestlemania’s history, and I expect will provide ample enough amusement between now and next year’s installment. But come next year, I’m considerably less certain that another entry just like 2K14 will be similarly satisfying.

Game Informer – 80/100

2K14 complements its historical angle with deep mechanics. 2K’s first stab at sports entertainment is a lot of fun (especially for history buffs), but the feeling of déjà vu left me wanting the developer to move the full experience forward with the same enthusiasm that it embraced the past.

Polygon – 80/100

The developers really embrace the inherent theatricality of pro-wrestling. Where most sports have their story lines crafted by journalists and television programs, pro-wrestling has the benefit of employing professional writers.

Official Xbox Magazine – 75/100

With WWE 2K14’s comprehensive roster and WrestleMania fan service, it’s hard not to find something to dig your teeth into à la George “The Animal” Steele on a turnbuckle. Still, we’ve seen the series tell better stories and work better between the ropes, making it tough not to notice the flaws in what might be the last dedicated current-gen match.

Official Xbox Magazine UK – 70/100

We’ll find out next year if WWE’s stable-change to 2K really changes the world of digital man-squeezing, but for now, like Wrestlemania, WWE 2K14 is a comforting combo of familiarity and nonsense.

Gamesradar – 70/100

WWE 2K14 is at its best celebrating WWE history, so it’s forgivable that the game wants to hang on to its recent past instead of blazing a trail to the future. In a transition year like this one, it works as a fitting capper to another gaming generation of wrasslin’. However, 2K hopefully has something more original in the pipeline.

Gamespot – 60/100

It’s a shame the wrestling isn’t up to par in WWE 2K14 because the elements surrounding it are so interesting.

WWE 2K14 is out November 1, if you’re keen to smell what the Rock has been cooking all along.

Last Updated: October 29, 2013

1.1
was reviewed on PC

98 Comments

  1. Hahaha. I’ve never bought any of these. I’m always amazed when someone fishes it out and all the guys start fighting each other. Although I secretly know that no one ever understands the controls. Or what is happening. But there is much shouting and cursing none the less.

    Nostalgia is a funny thing. 😛

    Reply

    • oVg

      October 29, 2013 at 14:27

      After the tight collision detection and fluid game play with no HUD from THQs UFC 2009, I never looked back.

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 29, 2013 at 14:31

      Sir, you need to play WWE Here comes the Pain… the finest WWE game ever created. WWE10 is ok too, just make it your business to skip 12.. or 08 and 07 (ugh).

      Reply

      • oVg

        October 29, 2013 at 14:37

        It was more painful to watch half a knee stuck in the canvass while Angle tried to do the ankle lock while holding thin air.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 29, 2013 at 14:39

          the glitches I have seen over the years.. Tombstone pile driver and the guys head is already against the floor lol

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:40

            The coolest one was Triple H’s pedigree botching and Angle’s head merging with Triple H’s groin. Art it seems imitated life!

      • Rincethis

        October 29, 2013 at 14:45

        OI! Where were you yesterday! This is the second time you say you will pitch and NOTHING!

        Reply

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 29, 2013 at 14:46

          He’s AI… thus can’t pitch.

          Reply

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:47

            Agreed 0-O

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 29, 2013 at 14:46

          Notice there is no answer.

          Reply

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:47

            Yes, yes, I do!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:47

            Formulating an answer. Please wait. We’re currently experiencing high call volumes.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 29, 2013 at 14:48

          I only got home at 8, and then played a bit of GTA… it was sad man… sad! I really need to get a different job – I’m still considering saying fuck it, and becoming an intern at your NGO.

          Reply

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:49

            And by job you mean different hard drive in which to reside.

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:51

            LIES! You won a ticket!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:53

            What do you mean I won a ticket?

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:55

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:55

            Fuck!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:07

            You forgot to check didn’t you?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 15:22

            Sigh, I’ve kind of gotten used to not winning things….

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:27

            Me too Jim… me too

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:28

            Cure is lots of booze for this loss..

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:09

            That really sucks Jim

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:09

            There is a way to get over this…

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:56

            Slam dunk, BOOM!

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:55

            We were told you won over on Mtn?/Mweb.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:56

            🙁 Ok now I’m definitely feeling blue.

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:56

            Then what ever you do DON’T click the link @johnambitious:disqus has supplied…

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:09

            Too late me thinks

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:57

            Bluescreen, clear indication of software problems.

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:57

            Agreed. And don’t let this act of ‘pity me’ fool you man.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:06

            Bananas cant turn blue! only green or brown!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 15:07

            Digital Bananas can turn any colour they want.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:08

            LIES I SAY!

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 15:28

            Indeed, bluetooh is SO last season.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 15:06

            I didn’t know that I won, when I posted the competition was still running… man this sucks!

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            October 29, 2013 at 15:14

            Shutup Jim! It’s clear to me that “mythical James” is actually a 76 year old bored spinster or an old dude in a retirement home. That’s why no one sees you in real life. We’ll still love you even if you’re an old person who smells like soap and mothballs.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:14

            Retract that last part…. very quickly!

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            October 29, 2013 at 15:16

            We won’t love you because you’re an old person who smells like soap and mothballs? Wouldn’t that be a little ageist? I mean shouldn’t we be glad that Jim can even use the internet?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 15:23

            The thing is, I actually would have gone as Pirate Barrel Jim. I have an old wine barrel…

      • Aussious

        October 29, 2013 at 14:51

        I’ll take your Here Comes the Pain and raise you Smackdown 2: know Your Role on PS1 Still stands as the best wwe game ever it allowed you to have a never ending multiplayer season, a feature not seen in later wwe games. which was great especially when played with friends.

        Reply

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          October 29, 2013 at 15:19

          Def Jam > Smackdown : That’s all I’m going to say.

          But you’re right, the second Smackdown on PS1 was a beast. It had everything, tables, ladders and chairs, the Hardy brothers, The Dudleys, Taka Michinoku, Tazz, Al Snow etc. etc.

          Reply

    • Rincethis

      October 29, 2013 at 14:45

      As OVG says, after UFC 2009 I am not interested. Way too much ‘he’s behind you’ for me…

      Reply

  2. Vampyre Squirrel

    October 29, 2013 at 14:15

    I haven’t played a wrestling game in a while and played with this a little at r@ge. It’s good, but agree it could have been better… the fighting and moves feel… i think the word I need is Clunky.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 29, 2013 at 14:34

      Mmm so the clunkiness remains? But I suppose it’s still Yuke’s. I really think they need to be dropped and development of the WWE games need to be taken over by someone else, like AKI!!!

      Reply

      • oVg

        October 29, 2013 at 14:38

        I am sure it is the same engine from the PS1. Just more dressing. They beat COD.

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 29, 2013 at 14:41

          I have suspected this since that dreadful first one on the PS2… NOW THAT ONE WAS DEFINITELY THE WORST. I bought it, played it for a few minutes, and subsequently sold it. It was terrible.

          Reply

      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 29, 2013 at 14:38

        Netherrealm studios.

        Reply

  3. John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

    October 29, 2013 at 14:19

    Is it just me or do those graphics look very pre-2010?

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 29, 2013 at 14:21

      Kinda, Next gen wwe could be exciting though..

      Reply

      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 29, 2013 at 14:22

        But compare this to a game like Fight Night and FN has far superior graphics.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 29, 2013 at 14:23

          Fight night looks WAY better! and games like NBA14k EVEN BETTER!

          Reply

  4. oVg

    October 29, 2013 at 14:25

    Does this also require Virtual Currency to buy your super duper shiny spandex underpants?

    Reply

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      October 29, 2013 at 14:27

      It’s 2K games… so it probably does… along with NHL 2K14 😛

      Reply

      • oVg

        October 29, 2013 at 14:29

        Darn, now I am forced to grind 200hours to get my pink tassels.

        Reply

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 29, 2013 at 14:33

          at least they won’t be neon yellow… those cost VC

          Reply

  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 29, 2013 at 14:30

    What’s up with the weird Gamespot reviews lately? I mean I like that they’re flipping off everyone else, but they’ve been consistently low scoring the last few months. I mean I like it that someone has the balls to whip out a cynical purple dildo, but Gamespot? I’ve never respected gamespot to begin with, so this has left me seriously conflicted…

    As for Polygon.. fuck that miserable pay-to-PR rag!

    Reply

    • oVg

      October 29, 2013 at 14:34

      Jim Sterling must be in the dog box otherwise the Destructoid review would be a 2.3 lol

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 29, 2013 at 14:36

        What a strange Batman review that was, I mean I like Sterling’s views on gamer politics but that review was uncalled for – especially given how he masturbated all over Call of Duty Modern Copy and Paste 3.

        Whoever says Batman AO is on par with Gary’s Day one Incident or War Z is a fucking retard or out to grind an axe.

        Reply

        • Aussious

          October 29, 2013 at 14:56

          Fuck all of them, Angry Joe and Jeremy Jahns are the only reviewers I trust.

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 15:08

            Hell yeah! Joe Vargas tells it like it is, without grinding axes about not getting free stuff, like all the other babies. Yeah Sessler I’m looking at you!

    • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

      October 29, 2013 at 14:34

      Rince and I have come to the conclusion that you don’t really exist and your comments are generated by a computer master mind.

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 29, 2013 at 14:37

        Sadly you are correct, I am actually a rogue Java script. This hypothesis is not new though. It was first formulated by Richard Jansen aka DanteofDoom in 2005. The only real question is? Who is updating the AI or is it self-sufficient like SkyNet?

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 29, 2013 at 14:38

        One hell of a computer… then again why would a computer make a man in a banana suit..

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 29, 2013 at 14:38

          Why wouldn’t it? Think about it, there are two obvious choices, a sexy female avatar or a dude in a banana suit. Both would be the perfect disguise for a rogue AI, set on destroying the world and subjugating its people.

          Reply

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:46

            Your well-calculated answer is strengthening this point.

          • Weanerdog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:46

            So where you at the AC4 launch last night, for I saw no bananas

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:46

            :/ I only got home at 8, and then played a bit of GTA Online before crying myself to sleep.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:47

            As we do

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:48

            You are a lie!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 14:49

            The cake is true… The Banana is the lie…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 14:58

            shame!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:49

            Like the cloud? 🙁 That actually hurts man… sigh!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:50

            Wait wait wait. I have it.
            Banana keeps saying that the cloud is a lie. HE is clearly AI and since he will try to protect his own integrity at any cost he will try to deny what he is.
            Banana Jim is…the cloud

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:53

            Say whaaaaaat? 😮 So I’m a self-loathing internet entity? Sheesh talk about an existential conundrum. I need to take a nap now.

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:53

            Computers don’t sleep!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 14:53

            Meaning he needs to reboot 😛

          • RangerMossel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:16

            Plot twist! Makes Bioshock’s ending look like Sims!

          • Weanerdog

            October 29, 2013 at 14:51

            Ok last question for the day: Are you married to a Doctor of Sociology?

          • Rincethis

            October 29, 2013 at 14:51

            HAHAHA! BOOM! 🙂

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 29, 2013 at 14:55

            Nope, a mathematician…

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 14:55

            Also known as a CPU

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 29, 2013 at 14:45

          Speaking of Banana suits…

          Reply

    • RangerMossel

      October 29, 2013 at 15:03

      hahaha “cynical purple dildo”
      Metaphor of the week!

      Reply

      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 29, 2013 at 15:04

        I’m currently doing a playthrough of Saints Row 3 with a friend in co-op. When that purple dildo comes out you know shit’s about to get serious.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 29, 2013 at 15:05

          saints row is now sies!

          Reply

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 15:06

            I got it because it was on humble bundle with a whole bunch of other games. So completely worth it, but it’s just to keep me until I can play GTA V online. Sadly Sleeping Dogs doesn’t have that, or it would be my first choice.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:12

            just go get it on ps3!

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 29, 2013 at 15:06

          I apologize for @timster1033:disqus he’s a total GTAV junkie… like me!!! hahahahahaha

          Reply

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 15:07

            I would be too (and probably will be when it comes to pc)

          • RangerMossel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:12

            Sshhh, dont let them know we secretely want to play GTA.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 29, 2013 at 15:18

            Oh yes. Sorry.
            PAH! What is this GTA V I hear of? We don’t need it! We’re all fine!
            *laugh-cries*

          • RangerMossel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:19

            Yeah!! Erm…Im so tired of GTA articles! Beer! StarCraft! Master Race!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 29, 2013 at 15:13

            I will slowly climb to that 100 % completion ladder!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 29, 2013 at 15:18

            It’s a long ass grind dude… those collections will take most of your time.

    • FoxOneZA

      October 29, 2013 at 16:21

      Polygon…nothing impresses them anymore or has Barry Ronger suddenly gotten into gaming reviews.

      Reply

  6. Lardus-Resident Perve

    October 29, 2013 at 15:01

    Not interested without a proper career mode like NHL’14 and NBA2K14

    Reply

  7. Trebzz

    October 30, 2013 at 10:50

    Destructoid is a joke it gave Batman a 3

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Check Also

Report: 2K Secures Lego License for Lego Sport Games

According to VGC, 2K has signed a new multi-game partnership with Lego to broaden its game…