Just before WWE?s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam, we were able to get our first hands-on with WWE 2K17, and it looks like Visual Concepts and Yuke?s are pulling out all the stops this year. Not only will this year?s game feature the largest roster ever?with more than 150 Superstars from WWE?s past and present?but smoother gameplay, and greater interaction with the world of WWE. Here are our five biggest reasons, though, why you should be excited for WWE 2K17.
New Ladder Match mini-game
The WWE 2K series has always tried to capture the insanity of ladder matches as best it could. From finishers off the top of ladders, to special moves with ladders propped up in the ring corners, or even as bridges between the outside barricades and the ring, these matches have always been fun and kind of ridiculous to the point they?re always a fan favorite. One major change this year, though, has been the back and forth that occurs when it comes time to finally bring one of these classic matches to a close.
A new timing mini-game that requires you to match up rotating circles eight times has been added to give extra stress to players trying to snag the belt or briefcase suspended above the ring. It also adds more opportunities for other players to try to interfere, although they must now mash a button if they want to actually push the ladder over, instead of it being an automatic after one tap of the grapple button. 2K hopes these added dynamics will help provide a more authentic pace in these matches.
A long missing feature from the WWE 2K games has been backstage brawls. With more and more of the on-air product taking place ?behind the scenes? and not at ringside, however, 2K felt it was time to finally bring this feature back and it?s all connected.
So, say you?re in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Now you can actually transition from ringside to the backstage area, which includes HHH?s office, the wrestler?s locker rooms, and even Renee Young?s interview spot. You could get the pin right there with The Game himself watching in bewilderment as you invade his personal space backstage. There are tables, TVs, garbage cans, chairs, briefcases, and more that you can use while back there, too, to gain an edge on your opponent. All that?s missing is Vince McMahon at Gorilla Position.
Fight in the crowd
Another returning feature that hasn?t been seen in a WWE game in nearly a decade is brawling in the crowd. If a heel tries to turn and run away, you can chase him now right on through the WWE universe! Again, taking its cue from the on-air product, wrestlers coming in from and running out through the crowd has become more prevalent in WWE recently (remember when Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens fought in the crowd on SmackDown when they were feuding for the Intercontinental Title?). Therefore, it was time to bring this feature back, making each arena in WWE 2K17 some of the largest and most organic settings the series has ever produced.
Create an Entrance Video
While some are probably thrilled over the idea of body hair adjustments that can be made in the new Create-A-Wrestler suite, most of the rest of us are more excited about the returning ability to create custom videos for our created wrestlers. The Highlight Replay system from WWE 2K14 is returning here and allows players to record highlights from their matches. You can then save those highlights and edit them together into your very own wrestling sizzle reel that will play on the Titantron every time your music hits.
Along with this, Create-A-Victory is also returning for the first time in nearly two decades, allowing players to choose what their Superstar does in ring after winning a match. All told, this year’s customization suite easily provides players with the most options ever seen in one WWE game.
Cut legitimate promos in MyCareer
With the removal of the 2K Showcase mode this year, WWE 2K17 is really shining a light onto the MyCareer mode. A brand new promo engine has been created that allows players to fine tune how they express themselves to the WWE Universe and even can call out or directly respond to Superstars that have been talking smack about them. Backstage interviews can even be interrupted and lead directly to a backstage brawl. How a player reacts, competes in ring, what they say in interviews, and even what their attire is can affect how the WWE universe responds to them, and therefore affect their career path. And be on the lookout for Brock Lesnar, who is supposedly always looking for his next victim at a major PPV. I just really hope that someone finally fixed Renee Young?s animations for those backstage segments, though. #SharkMouth