If ever a wrestling sport precisely mirrored the present state of the WWE, it’s WWE 2K Battlegrounds. A lot expertise, a lot waste. The truth is, I wouldn’t be shocked if WWE inventive obtained their palms on this sport, forcing 2K to make some doubtful choices.
I imply, does anybody really need three variations of McMahons of their wrestling sport? No. They don’t.
That mentioned, there may be enjoyable “graps” motion available right here, in spite of everything. In contrast to with earlier WWE video video games, Battlegrounds eschews realism for a extra arcade-like really feel. That is advantageous, as a result of the current “reasonable” video games have been fairly unhealthy. The settings, the wrestlers, and even the strikes in Battlegrounds are offered in a cartoonish method that’s simple to take pleasure in. Sure, it’s weird that Andre the Big isn’t any bigger than Asuka. Sure, everyone seems to be an ax and a beard away from trying like a dwarf from The Hobbit. However the general presentation works when you get used to it, and it actually suits in nicely with the sport’s lighthearted tone.
That tone signifies that you’ll be capable of toss your opponents at dwell alligators. You’ll be capable of destroy the ring and use items of it as a weapon. You’ll be capable of soar 20 toes 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 actually, it’s enjoyable if you efficiently pull off a number of the crazier strikes. “Wait…how did you do this?” was a frequent query when taking part in with my children, and we didn’t at all times 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 almost all buttons and combos of buttons are utilized for one thing. You’re sometimes prompted to hit a particular button, however that’s largely 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 variety of match-types to play right here. You’ve obtained singles and tags, after all. You’ve obtained a Royal Rumble of types. You’ve obtained a metal cage match that…truly, let’s deal with that for a second. I discussed doubtful choices earlier, and it is a prime instance. Metal cage matches have given us a number of the extra memorable moments in WWE historical past, so I went proper to that when taking part in WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Right here, the metal cage turns into electrified. For those who’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 advantageous, because it suits with the sport’s tone. However to win, you must gather cash.
Severely. Luggage of cash seem at varied locations on the cage, and it’s essential to crawl as much as get them, holding the L button down for a couple of seconds to finish the seize. This offers your opponent time to drag you away. Why the cash? Since you apparently have to make sufficient money with a purpose to climb out of the cage. That’s proper; to win a cage match, you must gather money or else you received’t be capable of get excessive. Not even Ted Dibiase might’ve cooked up such an occasion.
Talking of money, you’ll have to deal with making a variety 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 cell sport. Sure, there are 70 WWE wrestlers out there at launch, solely a few quarter of that are instantly out there. The bulk must be bought with Battle Bucks, which you get by grinding your manner by means of the varied matches, finishing each day duties, and many others. If you wish to create your personal wrestler, you’ll want Battle Bucks for that, too. The identical goes for getting different costumes for a number of the wrestlers you have already got. And none of this comes low cost. Except you’re taking part in for hours a day, it might take months earlier than you’re in a position to 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 motive to try this. WWE 2K Battlegrounds offers you 5 wrestling kinds—technician, brawler, power-house, high-flier and all-rounder—and the entire 130 or so introduced wrestlers (extra are coming by way of DLC) are pressured into these 5 classes. In different phrases, you’ve obtained 5 wrestling varieties with totally different skins. Unlock a couple of favorites and persist with them, as accessing extra doesn’t change the gameplay. You don’t even actually get signature strikes.
I’d additionally like to handle the marketing campaign mode, which options Steve Austin touring world wide to search out new wrestlers. Okay, advantageous, however do we want 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 rapidly getting new fighters in Smash Bros.? Higher but, why not use the marketing campaign mode to permit the participant to create and practice 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 as if he’s not paying consideration, then compensates by yelling a few transfer that actually 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 chop by means of all of the nonsense. The cartoonish battles are enjoyable, particularly in native co-op. Battlegrounds can 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 purpose to hold the sport chugging alongside.
The unlucky end result right here is that just about every part that occurs outdoors the motion in WWE 2K Battlegrounds was the fallacious 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 will be advantageous. The wrestling motion begins out irritating with its incapability 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 obtained one other participant round that will help you accomplish that, as a result of the sport is unquestionably at its greatest if you’re preventing pals.