A capable attempt to recapture the magic of WWE, let down by the decision not to update any single element of the console versions.
WWE 2K15 is a kick in the teeth, then. Graphically assured as it is, almost every other element of the 15-year-old series has been cut back, tampered with pointlessly or outright ruined. The series hasn't been good for a long time now, but this year is the first it's been actively bad. The wait for a great new WWE game continues .
WWE 2K15 looks better and hits harder on new-gen, but some key omissions keep it from reaching the main-event.
The leap to new-gen is more of a stumble for WWE, as it drops elements of existing content and recycles a lot more, giving little feeling of quality.
A relatively promising next gen debut, but it's still missing lots of older features. And even with a few new ones it's hard to think of this as anything but a work in progress.
2K Showcase rivalries are presented well, but can't match the spectacle of last year's Wrestlemania matches. MyCareer needed more time in the oven
WWE 2K15 is prettier, but not much smarter than its predecessors
Although the series' combat has never felt better, WWE 2K15 fails to deliver on the pomp and pageantry of professional wrestling.
The move to more powerful consoles has resulted in a prettier looking wrestling game, but also a far less enjoyable one.
I will be the first to admit that I haven't played a wrestling game in quite some time. My memories of wrestling are of the cheesy but fun antics of Hulk Hogan, Diamond Dallas Page, Mankind, and the sort. To be honest, John Cena's angsty stare, which is plastered wherever the developers could find space for it, irritated me. However, I am certain that no matter how much things have changed, bad gameplay is the same now as it was then, and the questionable design decisions and performance of this game have a bargain-bin feel about them. If you're hankering for some good wrestling times, look elsewhere. This one's down for the count, even if you can play as Sheamus.
WWE 2K15 is a smaller but shiner box when compared to its predecessor and well ahead of its current-gen brother.
WWE 2K15 has attempted to create an authentic wrestling experience by slowing the pace to a crawl, and the result is a boring and unsatisfying. WWE 2K15 loses sight of what makes wrestling fun in the first place: high thrills, meaningful momentum changes, and unsuspected surprises. While it's fun reliving past rivalries, the stripped down create-a-superstar, laggy online, and lackluster career mode pin this year's game into a submission it simply can't break out of.
WWE 2K15 tries to put its best foot forward with improved graphics, presentation, and new ideas, but still grapples with legacy issues and omitted content in its next-gen debut.
The next-gen version of WWE 2K15 is by farthe best looking wrestling game in history, although the multitude of removed features will be a hard pill to swallow for hardcore fans of the series.
WWE 2K15 feels like a real step back for the series in many ways, not the generational leap forward that we hoped for.
WWE 2K15 presents a visual step up over old-gen versions, but regresses in most other areas of the game, ending up being largely disappointing.
WWE 2K15's greatest addition is the MyCareer mode. It finally gives us a way to play out our WWE fantasies with our self-made superstars. The new character models are also a nice touch, but they're offset by the loss of customization options.
WWE 2K15 is a lot like the WWE itself – burying its female performers, mishandling its roster, screwing up its own booking and failing to establish characters. I say that as a fan. But maybe if we want a daring, innovative wrestling game, we'll need to wait for somebody else to jump into the market.
Sporting new looks and a handful of new mechanics, WWE makes its way onto the new consoles with 'WWE 2K15' where risky design choices knock the series out of champion status.
The WWE 2K series has experienced a very rough transition to the "next generation" of consoles. After two straight years of solid releases in WWE 13 and 2K14, Yukes has hit a wall. As it is in wrestling, when you hit a wall, you have to figure out what to do next. One thing is clear, this series has taken a large step in the wrong direction. A character change may be required in order to get this series back on track.