If you’re a fan of WWE programming, you’ve probably enjoyed THQ’s recent entries to video game franchise. Some feel that WWE ’13 is so awesome that there’s no way THQ can top themselves next year. I say they’re wrong.
WWE ’13 did a lot of things right: Revisiting the Attitude Era, the second golden age in professional wrestling (after the Hulkamania Era in the 80′s), enhancing the Create-A-Arena feature, having the largest roster out of all WWE games and providing better servers for the game! Here’s what I think should be featured in the next WWE game.
Multi-Team Tag Matches
Since WWE recently revamped their tag team division, we’ve been getting a number of triple-threat and fatal four-way tag team matches over the last couple of months. How these matches work is one member from two different teams start the match in the ring. They can tag in any other member from a different team to take their spot, as they would tag their normal tag partner in a normal tag team match. The matches can end in a one-fall or be an elimination match to determine which tag team is good enough to conquer all.
Multi-team tag matches aren’t new in WWE. One of the most reputable tag team matches would be Edge & Christian vs The Dudley Boys vs The Hardy Boys at Wrestlemania X-Seven for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Could you imagine how awesome it would be to have a triple-threat tag team TLC match? I can. And let me tell you, it sounds fun.
Traditional Survivor Series Matches
Although the Traditional Survivor Series match has taken a back seat in the WWE’s interests lately, the match is still a big part of history. A Traditional Survivor Series match features two teams, each comprised of five wrestlers, going against one another in an elimination match. The last team standing picks up the win. Sure, you can just go to Exhibition Mode in WWE ’13 and make a six-man elimination tag match, but I’d really love to see a ten-man elimination tag match. It’d open a sense of realism to the career mode (remember that horrible Bragging Rights match from WWE ’12?) and would be fun online. The most famous Traditional Survivor Series match was in 2001, when Team WWF defeated The Alliance (WCW and ECW) in order for Vince McMahon to maintain control the World Wrestling Federation.
A Better Career Mode
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Attitude Mode in WWE ’13. Seeing some of the best matches in the Attitude Era remade in this video game was great. But it’s not the best career mode out of all WWE games in my opinion. My personal favorite would be Shut Your Mouth! in 2002. With your created wrestler, you’re just an average joe wrestling on Sunday Night Heat. Eventually, you’ll be drafted to either RAW or Smackdown. You’ll engage in feuds, and eventually win the Intercontinental Championship. From there, you’ll make your way to the mountain top. You’ll become the WWE Champion. And the game doesn’t stop there, and it certainly doesn’t stop at Wrestlemania. It keeps going. Like The Rock did in real life, you’ll be able to take time off from your wrestling career and feature in movies, if you want to. You were given career choices in Shut Your Mouth! My goodness, it was great. Please, Shut Your Mouth!-esque career mode back in WWE ’14.
General Manager Mode
General Manager Mode was one of the most popular modes in the history of the WWE series. It first appeared in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2006 (which also features the best soundtrack of any WWE game) and put you in control of either RAW or Smackdown. You were in control of booking matches, setting up feuds and making sure your wrestlers were happy with their job. If a wrestler is upset that he isn’t being paid enough or isn’t getting as many title shots as he thinks he deserves, he’ll eventually quit and jump ship to the other brand. Your main priority was making money. From the start, you had a fixed budget and had to hire the wrestlers you could afford. With them, you’ll need to build your show into a money-making, ratings-rising machine but you would also need to make sure your top wrestlers don’t get injured.
WWE Universe is viewed as the replacement for GM Mode, which hasn’t appeared since WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2008, but it doesn’t give you that sense of danger. I can simulate every match in Universe mode and won’t care but in GM Mode, who came out on top in a feud mattered when it came to ratings and money. I would play those matches. GM Mode was something I could revisit after the career mode and play until the next WWE game came out. Now can you imagine playing GM Mode against someone else online? I’d love to see this make a return in WWE ’14.
Did I leave something off? What would you like to see in the next WWE game? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!