Never has there been any wrestling game as of late that has captured my attention like WWE 13. The graphics are good, gameplay is awesome, WWE Attitude Area is off the charts awesome. There is one thing that bothers me is that it tends to freeze up online but they are working out the bugs as we speak. WWE and THQ I truly commend you for a job well done....with WWE 14 just don't go back to the lame WWE 12 style please!!!
posted by CitiRaven (GRAND CANYON, AZ) Nov 26, 2012
Member since Feb 2009
While the world of 'sports entertainment' has grown a hundredfold over the last decade, thanks largely to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Tout and Youtube, its video game outlet has stayed the course; and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
WWE's deal with THQ has seen its high points and low points, spanned over 20 games across the Nintendo 64, GameCube, 3 generations of PlayStation and both XBoxes. Toward the end of the SmackDown vs Raw series, THQ simply couldn't keep up with the rise of online gaming. 08 and 09 in particular had horrendous issues with laggy inputs and a community who would simply spam running attacks to get an easy win.
Thankfully, that has been quashed. My brief experience online with this title has been mostly fair and balanced, even in 5 and 6 player matches. Movesets are varied and few people are cheesy. THQ's online model, however, does NOT favor renters or people who purchase preowned games, requiring an additional $10 investment to play online.
The core of WWE '13's offline mode is the Attitude Era, a brief glimpse of those who helped define it, including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Over several hours of gameplay, you fill the wrestling boots of any one of those legends. Bonuses are unlocked depending on how historically accurate you are. Winning by pinfall or submission or even getting yourself intentionally disqualified, performing certain moves in certain areas of the ring; any of these can be checked off to earn unlockable rewards in this game mode as the story progresses. Most of them can be more or less easily completed on the first playthrough, though some will require more precise timing and may need to be replayed a couple of times.
Visual and audio presentation remains roughly the same from last year's title. The only thing that appears to be missing is the tutorial and loading screen wrestling ring, which allowed you to fine-tune your gameplay in a stress-free environ