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WWE ’13 Review

Finally the old school is new school cool

Who hasn’t yearned for the good ole days of wrestling? Well if you haven’t shame on you. Yukes has been making WWE titles since Acclaim lost their rights after the Attitude game. Over the years of making those games some things have improved, but other things have definitely remained the same. Unfortunately for some of the same it’s bad, but overall the game is GREAT! With this edition of WWE the video game the developers played it smart and brought back the ‘Attitude Era’, THANK GOD! Let’s break it down because some of you might not know a wrist lock from a wrist watch (LOL).

This is the worst area of the game, but it achieves the overall goal. I haven’t played a WWE game since it was called ‘Smackdown’ mostly because the characters and stories in WWE got stale. It wasn’t because the game was bad but rather the source material. I always said if they made a game based on the old WWE then I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Well……here it is!

Not only did Yukes throw in the old school Attitude Era, but they improved on last year’s game modes and added more (I rented WWE ’12 so sue me). The characters look worse than back when the game was Smackdown vs Raw. They appear to be “zombie like” in nature and have weird facial expressions. Motion capture is done well and the moves look awesome, but the character models are horrible. The same cookie cutter motions exist when you enter a ring and then wait for your opponent to come to ring side. Case in point KANE doesn’t hop around like a light heavyweight while waiting for his opponent.  It’s like I said at the beginning of this review some things remain the same and this has been a problem for a while. Along with the crappy collision detection, the character models prove that Yukes haven’t done a lot to improve this area, no matter what they tell you they did. They could also work on making the ring entrances better. It seems some have gotten weak and stale while others are weird to watch. Take Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s entrance… the end when he hands his glasses off to a fan, it looks like he is handing it to air — not a fan.

Which story do you want? (LOL) There is the regular up to date Universe Mode which depicts the past years on-goings of the WWE. Then there is create-your-own world of WWE — which is a blast. Then there is the AWESOME Attitude Era Mode which lets you relive the best era in WWE history. Take your pick they are all great and very entertaining and fun. The Attitude Era covers the WWE from 1997 up until 2001 and follows the antics of eight men who made the company famous and possible to overcome its then competitor WCW. All the important and defining matches are there from the rise of DX to the end of Wrestlemania 15. It’s rich with video clips, photos and moments to relive. Trust me when I say it is an experience you will want to re-live if you remember those days. Austin, Rock, Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Mankind (and his other faces), Bret “The Hit Man” Hart, Kane and many more bring back the good ole days.