WWE 2K17 PS4 Review
Wrestling games have definitely come a very long way since the original SmackDown! series first hit our PlayStation 1 systems in 2000!
Glits. Glamour. Over-acting. Bad-acting. Signature moves. Models. Commentators. Screaming. Crowds. These are all things that generally get associated with the Wrestle-verse, and not many people honestly appreciate how serious it can truly be. It is not just for “entertainment”, for the wrestlers, it is their way of life. Take away the spotlight, the outfits and the groupies and you will be left with a passionate individual that is trying to make a living, just like the rest of us…they just seem to have more fun than we do!
Where to Start?Something that impressed me was the continuity of the graphics quality from the game intro straight through to the actual game-play. Often you have a very distinct difference with most games, but this game flows through, allowing you to immediately engage with the Wrestling Atmosphere right from when you push the “X-Button” from the PlayStation Launch Screen.
I enjoy watching WWE, so it goes without saying that I started playing WWE Games roughly 8 or 9 years ago, and when it came to VS. mode, my nephew (who is about 12 years younger than me) and I would generally play against each other. The controls are always a challenge to get used to, so I would often find that playing WWE like a pro, was a challenge. With WWE 2K17, I did not find a Tutorial section, so I often found myself referring to the Options Menu for combinations and controls, making it hard, once again to start playing and enjoying the game, instead of working up knuckle-sweat trying to counter or actually get off the mat!
I kicked off the game with Quick-Matches to get used to everything, and straight off the bat, you will see that the roster has a heck of a lot of awesome Wrestlers that you can play with, for example Ultimate Warrior, who was from the 1980’s, however, only one third of the roster is unlocked from the start. As you play, you unlock certain features and make more of the roster Wrestlers playable.
To Wrestle or Not to Wrestle…There is obviously no specific “Story Mode”, but you do play a Solo Career instead, where you are a young-up-coming Wrestler, that you can completely customise. With me having a beard, it was very important for me to put a beard on my Career guy too so we could connect…it makes things more personal when you channel yourself into the game avatar you create. Not only can you customize your appearance, but you can also develop and create your own unique “Signature Moves” which you can unleash in the many different game modes, like Cage Matches or Wrestle Mania to just briefly quote one or two.
It is very easy to feel overwhelmed with all the different things you can do in the game, but this is a game that you want to take your time on and play it properly. Career mode in any sport game that I play, is my absolute favorite. I cannot remember when the last time was that I felt so excited to carry on playing a game, from where you play for an hour or three, stop playing and then while you are at work think about getting home, doing everything you need to and then finally being able to sit down and carrying on from where you left off in your Wrestling Career. The graphics, sound, commentators and event the crowd are on point. With the game being so fast paced, the commentators keep up with what happens, and the attention to detail to people in the crowd is amazing as well.
The textures on the Wrestlers are insane. The creases on the clothing, the physics in the hair, the fluid motion while jumping and bending, where you can see the muscles move really makes it feel so real! When a Wrestler comes out, his intro is about 20 seconds long and you cannot skip the intro anymore, probably because you see their details like Twitter account etc on the screen, so it makes me think or feel that the focus is on engagement between player and actual Wrestler. A very different dynamic.
WWE 2K17, developed by 2K, is now available, and was released on 11 October 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows. The retail price for the PS4 game is around R799.00 on the PSN Store, however it is worth the money. I can see myself playing WWE 2K17, specifically the Career Mode, well until WWE 2K18 comes out, and I will be investing in it, especially after experiencing what WWE 2K17 has to offer.