Summary: WWE 2K15 has fantastic in-ring work with its fighting mechanics recreating WWE's style. However apart from this, and the Showcase mode which critics agree is a highlight, the game has little else to offer
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Although WWE 2K15 boasts a massive visual upgrade and better gameplay, the MyCareer mode is boring and let down tremendously by the poor character creator and skeletal roster. For a game targeted at a niche audience, it manages to disappoint those fans massively.
The WWE 2K series comes to the PS4 and Xbox One, but is this the leap forward in the series that fans have been waiting for?
For a videogame based on grown men and women in spandex fighting each other while forwarding overblown soap opera storylines, WWE 2k15 is surprisingly misanthropic. The game seeks to be a "realistic" portrayal of the WWE career arc, asking you to grind your way from an unknown to a Superstar, and finally winning the WWE Championship. WWE 2k15 certainly propagates that fantasy, but along the way, it also stumbles into a repetitive pattern that, completely by accident, reveals a harsher and poignant truth about what professional wrestling, and being a sports entertainment performer, really is: it's a job, just like any other job.
As it is though, this is just another wrestling game and unless you absolutely MUST own the next gen version, then there is little reason to upgrade. WWE 2K15 isn't a 'bad' game, but it is now certainly a very stale one.
'WWE 2K15' might not be the best installment in the franchise, but for it's Xbox One debut, it's definitely a worthy entry. From the enhanced graphics to the very impressive stamina system, the series finally feels more authentic to the sport of professional wrestling. 2K Sports definitely needs to up their game next year by adding in missing features and expanding the creation suite, however for the next year, 'WWE 2K15' is going to do just fine in scratching the pro wrestling itch. If you've already been soured by the last-gen offerings, do yourself a favor and give this edition a whirl; it's the real deal and is recommended.
WWE 2K15 had the opportunity to build and improve on the failures of its predecessor but instead forged its own legacy of disappointment and frustration. A great looking package that lacks substance and conviction.
I used to play a lot of wrestling games in years past and while there is still plenty of rapid button pressing, the digital version of the sport has moved on from simply being a masher to something more technical. The end result is a better experience that is more skill based than reliant on luck. Unfortunately the transition to the current consoles leaves room for improvement. WWE 2K15 is fine for the fans, but hardly in the leagues of the best wrestling games ever made.
WWE 2K15 easily feels, looks, and sounds like an episode of its real-life counterpart thanks to the excellent production value. The game excels in its 2K Showcase mode, which engages players as it takes them on a journey through historic storylines. Sadly, other aspects, like the MyCareer mode, quickly grow tiresome and there is an obvious lack of customisation options and match types. Ultimately, this is a flawed but very enjoyable package and fans of the WWE are likely to find some entertainment from reliving certain parts of wrestling history.
Overall WWE 2K15 was a disappointing debut for WWE games on Xbox One/PS4 due to a range of different problems like removing a ton of matches from single player, not improving Universe much, removing create modes, limiting Create A Superstar, MyCareer problems, and other issues (trust me there are a lot). The only solid work that has been done on this game is the graphics and the improvements to gameplay. It was very disappointing overall, and hopefully WWE 2K16 is much better.
There's enjoyment to be had, but plenty of frustration to be found - mainly from the amount of times you'll be thinking "well, why isn't this finished?" or "why on earth have the developers done that?"