Welcome to the first installment of Gamer Code’s new editorial feature: Do Over. It’s where we analyze games, modes, etc that had great promise and potential but were executed poorly, and we offer ideas and alternatives to improve them.
For years, the WWE games would have the Road to Wrestlemania mode, where players can work their wrestlers from the bottom of the card to the main event scene. For WWE 13, THQ decided to do something different. Enter: Attitude Era mode. It was a nostalgic dream come true for wrestling fans who fondly look back on one of the most popular eras of WWE history. In this mode, there are several chapters that focus on each pivotal figure of the Attitude Era such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Degeneration X, Mick Foley, and the Undertaker. Along with it were video packages of memorable Attitude Era moments and the ratings chart of the Monday Night War between WWE and WCW. The mode was well received with many critics stating it was a welcome addition, and gave it positive marks for its attention to detail. For WWE 14, it had two special showcase modes: 30 Years of Wrestlemania and The Streak. 30 Years of Wrestlemania had players relive memorable moments from WWE’s flagship event, and for The Streak, players could either defend the Undertakers Wrestlemania streak, or break it.
After two years of great showcase modes, WWE 2K15 had a lot to live up to and many were wondering what its showcase mode would center on. It was revealed that 2K15’s showcase mode would center on the greatest rivalries in WWE history. This was an awesome idea, as rivalries are one of the cornerstones of wrestling. However, the showcase mode would prove to be extremely disappointing. It only focused on two rivalries: CM Punk vs John Cena, and Triple H vs Shawn Michaels. Even though these rivalries were entertaining to watch, they are minuscule compared to other rivalries, plus having only two rivalries, three if you count Randy Orton vs Christian which was a forgettable rivalry, was very underwhelming. 2K15 received negative reviews and I regret buying the game and the season pass. The showcase mode could have been so much better if 2K Games didn’t half-assed the development. There have been so many great rivalries throughout WWE history, that choosing only three was straight up pathetic and an insult to fans. WWE owns the libraries of WCW and ECW, so they could have included memorable rivalries from those promotions along with WWE’s. Here are a list of rivalries that should have been included and the reasons why.
Tazz vs Sabu
Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero
Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper
Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar
Verne Gagne vs Nick Bockwinkle
Mankind vs The Undertaker
Tommy Dreamer vs Raven
The Rock vs Triple H
John Cena vs Edge
Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA
The Undertaker vs Kane
Edge and Christian vs The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz
Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit
Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair
The Von Erichs vs The Fabulous Freebirds
Goldberg and Sting vs the N.W.O
Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat
Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart
CM Punk vs WWE
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Vince McMahon
Most of these feuds, if 2K were to do over the rivalry showcase mode, probably won’t happen, and you know which ones I’m referring to. Regardless, these rivalries are wrestling history, and with WWE and 2K wanting to recreate WWE history with their recent games, they should have given the concept of the rivalry showcase, better treatment.