I mean it is literally looking mean. John Cena is mean mugging. Hardcore.
And the game looks pretty cool as well.
But at the same time, it’s hard not to be cynical about the current state of wrestling games. To be perfectly honest it’s been a good, long while since I’ve played a good one. I’d argue that ‘good one’ was WWE All Stars, which was more of an aberration than anything, not a ‘proper’ wrestling game or simulation — if you could call it that — more of an experiment. An experiment that was sadly abandoned.
No, WWE 2k15 is the ‘actual’ wrestling game, in the same way that FIFA 15 is the ‘actual’ soccer game. It’s the one we’re supposed to take seriously.
The above screenshot reaffirms that. Pretty photo-realistic, features John Cena, the face of WWE. He is serious. He means business. Serious business.
I wonder if we’ll ever get a wrestling video game that truly pushes the boundaries again. A wrestling game that actually transcends the WWE itself. No Mercy did it. WWF Wrestlefest did it. It usually comes as part of a perfect storm: wrestling is in fashion, a good game gets made. People go mental for it.
There’s a possibility for it to happen, I’d argue. And in the near future. Wrestling does seem to be increasingly in vogue, and the WWE 2k series seems to be heading in a positive direction. I’d love to wholeheartedly play a wrestling game and for that game to be relevant again. I’d absolutely love it. Here’s hoping.