Tuesday is one of the biggest release days of the year, including the launch of Assassin‘s Creed III and a new Need for Speed. However, the biggest launch for wrestling fans--particularly those old enough to remember the Monday Night Wars--have their eyes on WWE 13. The newest entry in THQ’s franchise, WWE 13 looks to continue its dominance of the world of wrestling games with this next entry. Why?
Keep an eye out for our review very soon, but at the moment there are at least nine big reasons we’re anticipating the game. Starting with…
It recreates the best era in WWF (yes, WWF) history
Many hardcore wrestling fans will argue over what was the best era for wrestling, but it’s hard to deny that in the late 1990s/early 2000s, WWF was firing on all cylinders. The main campaign harkens back to that time, taking place in the so-called Attitude Era. In the story mode you play as icons like Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, and The Rock in some of their most important matches of their careers. It’s a great love letter to a bygone age of wrestling.
It has the biggest roster to date
Every year the roster for THQ’s WWE titles keeps expanding, but this year’s offers more superstars than ever before. Including a dozen or so DLC characters, over 100 wrestlers are in the game. Both current and classic fans will appreciate the roster’s deep mix of stars from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and now. Check out the full WWE 13 roster.
It still has the best creator tools around
For over a decade in WWE’s preceding franchise SmackDown, developer Yuke’s spent its time creating and enhancing its creation tools. With WWE 13 the creator tools are as deep as any we’ve seen in gaming, whether it’s the extensive Create-A-Superstar options, Create-A-Finisher, or even Create-An-Arena. This year’s version adds even more option and modes, likely securing the creation suite’s dominance for another year.
The game isn't afraid of hot topics
Attitude Era covers so many big moments in WWE history, like the first appearance of Kane and Stone Cold’s tense meeting with Mike Tyson. But it also covers controversial moments, including the Montreal Incident, the night that changed wrestling for ever. We love a trip down memory lane as much as the next person, but it only gets really interesting when the history lesson includes the gory details.
The online season pass has retro exclusives
Remember that WWE 13 roster we were mentioning not too long ago? Well, if you want the complete set of superstars, you’ll have to grab the DLC characters, and if you get them through a reduced rate on THQ’s season pass, you get exclusive wrestlers Diamond Dallas Page and Goldust. Admittedly they aren’t the biggest stars of all time, but it warms our old school hearts to see them included.
You earn bonuses for recreating classic moments
Attitiude mode is all about recreating dozens of the famous matches and moments of that time, though you can get through the whole mode just by winning matches. Still, there are side objectives to fulfill in the game that will not only make the digital recreation more historically accurate, but you’ll also start unlocking the huge amount of bonus content in the game. So just try to remember to hit that Stone Cold Stunner on Vince at just the right moment.
WWE Universe mode has been further improved
Outside of the extensive visit to the Attitude Era, WWE 13 still includes the extensive Universe mode. Simulating the packed schedule of Raw and SmackDown superstars, you’ll play through all the major pay-per-views in randomly generated situations and settings. Full of adjustable stats, match choices, and freedom to follow a storyline however you see fit, fans will get the extra treat that the mode is introduced by the mad genius of wrestling, Paul Heyman.
It's great to see a current superstar fight their younger self
Once you unlock superstars in different modes and fill out your roster, you can pretend to be a mad time god and battle current stars against their former selves. Ministry Undertaker vs. Phenom Undertaker, Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Triple H, even the thugged out original John Cena vs. his current HLR self. And yes, there’s an Achievement/Trophy for doing this.
The improved graphics engine shines brighter than ever
Just like the creation suite continues to mature, so too do the graphics. WWE 12 introduced Predator Tech and WWE 13 further refines it. Just look at the definition on all the tattoos of cover star CM Punk.
And that's the bottom line...
Look out for our review early next week, but in the meantime, tell us in the comments if you're excited for WWE 13. Is it for one of the reasons we listed or something else?
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