If ever a wrestling recreation precisely mirrored the present state of the WWE, it’s WWE 2K Battlegrounds. A lot expertise, a lot waste. Actually, I wouldn’t be shocked if WWE inventive acquired their fingers on this recreation, forcing 2K to make some doubtful selections.
I imply, does anybody really need three variations of McMahons of their wrestling recreation? No. They don’t.
That mentioned, there may be enjoyable “graps” motion available right here, in spite of everything. Not like with earlier WWE video video games, Battlegrounds eschews realism for a extra arcade-like really feel. That is fantastic, as a result of the current “reasonable” video games have been fairly unhealthy. The settings, the wrestlers, and even the strikes in Battlegrounds are introduced in a cartoonish method that’s simple to take pleasure in. Sure, it’s weird that Andre the Big is not any bigger than Asuka. Sure, everyone seems to be an ax and a beard away from wanting like a dwarf from The Hobbit. However the general presentation works when you get used to it, and it definitely matches in nicely with the sport’s lighthearted tone.
That tone implies that you’ll be capable to toss your opponents at reside alligators. You’ll be capable to destroy the ring and use items of it as a weapon. You’ll be capable to bounce 20 ft within the air and hit your opponents with lightning punches. The wrestling motion is nearer to the fight of Tremendous Smash Bros. than to earlier WWE video games. And truthfully, it’s enjoyable while you efficiently pull off among the crazier strikes. “Wait…how did you try this?” was a frequent query when enjoying with my youngsters, and we didn’t all the time have the reply.
It is because the mix of arcade motion with complicated instructions is considerably unsuccessful. There’s a lot to memorize with the controls, as practically all buttons and mixtures of buttons are utilized for one thing. You’re often prompted to hit a particular button, however that’s principally reserved for countering strikes. Attending to the purpose the place you’re programmed to know what to hit when is an train in frustration, as evidenced by watching my 9-year-old son attempt to win a singles match.
Fortunately, there are a number of match-types to play right here. You’ve acquired singles and tags, in fact. You’ve acquired a Royal Rumble of types. You’ve acquired a metal cage match that…really, let’s give attention to that for a second. I discussed doubtful selections earlier, and this can be a prime instance. Metal cage matches have given us among the extra memorable moments in WWE historical past, so I went proper to that when enjoying WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Right here, the metal cage turns into electrified. When you’re on it when it prompts, you’ll shoot off and take injury like that Jurassic Park child, solely with out the bloody ears. That’s fantastic, because it matches with the sport’s tone. However to win, it’s a must to accumulate cash.
Significantly. Luggage of cash seem at varied locations on the cage, and it is advisable to crawl as much as get them, holding the L button down for a couple of seconds to finish the seize. This provides your opponent time to tug you away. Why the cash? Since you apparently must make sufficient money with a view to climb out of the cage. That’s proper; to win a cage match, it’s a must to accumulate money or else you received’t be capable to get excessive. Not even Ted Dibiase may’ve cooked up such an occasion.
Talking of money, you’ll must give attention to making a number of it. A lot of the sport facilities on incomes Battle Bucks that I’ve to surprise if WWE 2K Battlegrounds wasn’t at first supposed to be a pay-to-play cellular recreation. Sure, there are 70 WWE wrestlers obtainable at launch, solely a few quarter of that are instantly obtainable. The bulk need to be bought with Battle Bucks, which you get by grinding your means by way of the assorted matches, finishing day by day duties, and so forth. If you wish to create your individual wrestler, you’ll want Battle Bucks for that, too. The identical goes for getting various costumes for among the wrestlers you have already got. And none of this comes low-cost. Until you’re enjoying for hours a day, it may take months earlier than you’re capable of unlock all of the wrestlers you need.
After all, you even have the choice to make use of actual cash to push forward sooner, however there’s no actual purpose to do this. WWE 2K Battlegrounds offers you 5 wrestling types—technician, brawler, power-house, high-flier and all-rounder—and all the 130 or so introduced wrestlers (extra are coming through DLC) are pressured into these 5 classes. In different phrases, you’ve acquired 5 wrestling varieties with totally different skins. Unlock a couple of favorites and stick to them, as accessing extra doesn’t change the gameplay. You don’t even actually get signature strikes.
I’d additionally like to deal with the marketing campaign mode, which options Steve Austin touring all over the world to seek out new wrestlers. Okay, fantastic, however do we’d like pretend wrestlers to be a part of this story? Why not use this as a faster technique to unlock the precise roster—a lot because the strategy to shortly getting new fighters in Smash Bros.? Higher but, why not use the marketing campaign mode to permit the participant to create and prepare a number of distinctive wrestlers as an alternative of forcing that course of to make use of Battle Bucks?
Lastly, we solely have Jerry Lawler on commentary. That may be okay, as Lawler is fairly good for a WWE man, however his solitary snippets are random and disjointed. It looks like he’s not paying consideration, then compensates by yelling a few transfer that definitely didn’t warrant that degree of emotion.
The annoying factor about all of that is that the precise gameplay in WWE 2K Battlegrounds is fairly good as soon as you narrow by way of all of the nonsense. The cartoonish battles are enjoyable, particularly in native co-op. Battlegrounds can also be largely freed from the efficiency points which have plagued current WWE 2K video games, though the graphics in handheld appear to have been dumbed down with a view to maintain the sport chugging alongside.
The unlucky consequence right here is that just about every part that occurs exterior the motion in WWE 2K Battlegrounds was the mistaken technique to go. If we simply had the matches, no Battle Bucks, and rapid (or fast) entry to a bigger portion of the spectacular roster, it might be fantastic. The wrestling motion begins out irritating with its lack of ability to be both arcade-action or full-on wrestling sim, but it surely’s doable to push previous that after a dozen matches or so. Hopefully you’ve acquired one other participant round that will help you achieve this, as a result of the sport is certainly at its greatest while you’re preventing buddies.