Excerpt: Growing up, my friends and I would spend hours with games like WWF No Mercy and Smackdown trying to recreate our favorite moments. We would throw Mick Foley off the cage, pit wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin against rivals like The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. On top of that, we would create our favorite stars from rival companies like ECW and WCW to have dream matches we thought we would never see.
Summary: I will openly admit that I had lost a lot of love for the WWE video game franchise in recent years and wondered whether the latest in the series " WWE 13 " could rekindle any enjoyment I had with the games throughout their history. It is fair to say that the new inclusions of game modes and gameplay tweaks have certainly improved proceedings making this year’s release the best in recent times.
Summary: WWE 13 is a very enjoyable game with a fantastic story mode that everyone should try out. The gameplay has been made smoother with easier reversals and some slight additions that give it more depth. The creation modes are as robust as ever with the ability to create an entire arena a treat for longtime fans.
Excerpt: Last year’s revamp and rebrand of THQ and Yuke’s wrestling games was a sensible decision, as the series formally titled WWE Smackdown and then WWE Smackdown vs. Raw had long been due an overhaul of its primary mechanics and underlying engine. The game wasn’t graced with the much needed new engine, though like its simpler title of WWE, it was dragged back to basics, resulting in a game with more in the way of focus.
WWE ’13 gives fans plenty of nostalgic Attitude (review)
9 November 2012
Conclusion: WWE ’13 ultimately plays almost exactly like WWE ’12. After such a major overhaul to the franchise, I’d have been surprised if Yuke’s already decided to make drastic changes to the gameplay. But the Attitude Era mode is what really makes WWE ’13 worth purchasing, especially for long-time fans of professional wrestling.
Pros: The Attitude Era Mode is the greatest feature in WWE ’13. The mode revisits the best period of professional wrestling history, when the WWE threw aside superheroes and goofy gimmicks for grittier, more real characters in the late ’90s. You play as some of the biggest stars from the period, such as Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and The Rock, and relive many of the most iconic matches from the Attitude Era. Each match has a simple objective (l...
Cons: While the Attitude Era mode shines a bright spotlight on wrestling’s past, the modern product gets stuck in the shadows with the WWE Universe mode. It’s essentially fantasy wrestling. You import your custom wrestlers, belts, and arenas into a full WWE season. You can simulate every match of every show or opt to play them out yourself. But you can’t make absolute decisions. You can’t decide that you want John Cena in the main event of WreslteMania. The game makes those...
Excerpt: adds onto an already solid foundation, and puts the attitude back in wrestling games, both literally and figureatively. While the game still has some flaws which will remind you it's still got a bit to go before it's an all-timer.
Excerpt: After all of the hype and promoting THQ has been doing for WWE ’13 , fans may have been expecting a bit of a letdown. WWE '12 was easily one of the best wrestling games of all-time and hands-down the best current generation WWE game, but many wondered how Yuke's would do in there follow-up title. Fortunately for fans, the developer went all out once again and managed to create a familiar, yet completely new, experience that fans will be able to enjoy the entire year.
Summary: Ditching the SmackDown vs. Raw title, last year's WWE '12 gave the wrestling series a major overhaul with a fresh look, a new engine, and streamlined controls. While the much-needed reboot may have revitalized faith in the franchise, it still had some lingering problems that held it back from true greatness. WWE '13 isn't quite as revolutionary as its predecessor, but thanks to a superior campaign mode and tighter gameplay, it's drastically more enjoyable.
Pros: Improved reversal system makes matches incredibly enjoyable, Excellent Attitude Era solo campaign, A broad range of customization options