WWE 2K16 – EXPECTATIONS DASHED

Wrestling is a sport which relies heavily on the individual personalities / quirks of the athletes. Needless to say, any game based on the sport needs to artfully capture this essence. The latest offe...

Wrestling is a sport which relies heavily on the individual personalities / quirks of the athletes. Needless to say, any game based on the sport needs to artfully capture this essence. The latest offering by developers Yukes fails to capitalize on this key ingredient, but tries to make amends by offering gamers an expended roster to choose from. The prognosis might sound disappointing but all is not lost! The game does have some redeeming qualities that make it a fun offering. 

MyCareer mode & 2K showcase

If the comprehensive roster of wrestlers doesn't contain the star you want, don’t fret. There’s always the option of custom building your own superstar and seeing him ascend to wrestling greatness. The 2K showcase this year features a single performer i.e. the Texas rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin. Players get a chance to step into the shoes of the beer drinking, foul mouthed, bald headed entertainer and witness his rise and legendary feuds with other superstars of wrestling world.

Combat system

WWE 2K16 distinguishes itself by offering some of the most innovative combat system in the series. A stamina meter has been introduced that dictates the pace and manoeuvrability of the on screen avatar. The reversal and counters get a bit buggy while fighting multiple opponents and the graphics can be best described as a hit and miss.

Verdict 

Exclusion of some big and prominent stars, buggy performance and limitations slightly mar the overall experience of the game. But for an avid wrestling fan willing to overlook these inconveniences, the game can prove to be amusing and enjoyable. The price tag right now is too high to justify a purchase. Better wait till it comes down to an affordable level.

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