WWE 2K16 Release News: Early Reviews Are Positive, Series Improves on 2K15
The reviews are flooding in after the release of WWE 2K16 this week, and, for the most part, players agree that this is a positive step forward for the popular wrestling video game series.
2K16 is considered by most reviewers to be a massive improvement over the last outing.
2K15 gave wrestling a sorry next-gen introduction, offering limited character customization, a tiny roster, and repetitive game mechanics, while cutting many of the awesome features from the series' last-gen entries.
The developers clearly listened to fan complaints this time around, fixing most of 2K15's issues.
Though presentation was one of the few things 2K15 did reasonably well, this year's game managed to further strengthen the game's visuals. The graphics look great, with critic Damian Seeto of Attack of the Fanboy pointing out details like the wrestlers' perspiration and Stone Cold Steve Austin's shifting jacket.
Not every reviewer was enthralled, however. Jenni Lada of Cheat Code Central noted how much better the character models look during the entrances than in the ring. Seeto also said the engine seemed to have trouble properly rendering wrestlers with longer hair.
Outside of the visuals, 2K16 offers a slew of other features. In contrast with last year's stingy roster, this time players can choose from a selection of over 120 characters, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator.
The core gameplay mode has eight different match types to select from, with two to 12 options for each. MyCareer is a major highlight as well, allowing players to lead custom superstars through various bouts, shows and interviews that can all influence the character's personality.
The customization has also been much improved, giving users the option to create divas, championships, arenas and shows. Gamers can create up to 100 wrestlers now, as opposed to the mere 25 in 2K15.
Perhaps the most hailed change has been the revamped reversal system, which no longer allows players to endlessly counter an opponent's move. Lada did think the new reversal was difficult to time correctly, however.
WWE 2K16 is available now for the PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.