Every year THQ has built upon the WWE video game genre with more realistic gaming, new features and an extended roster including Superstars like John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Even with a deep and detailed game like WWE '12, fans still come away disappointed with missing features or abilities. As production continues for WWE '13, there are five key components needed to make it one of the best wrestling video games available.
WWE King of the Ring Tournaments
The tournament mode has been featured in older versions of "WWE Smackdown vs. Raw" games and was a great way to kill a couple of hours. Setting up a tournament with a title on the line will be beneficial to multi-player, single player and the WWE Universe modes. You can set up stipulations for each match, recreate classics like Wrestlemania IV and have damage extend for Superstars that move on.
WWE Legends Roster
The WWE Legends roster has been impressive every year, but there's always room for improvement. Downloading extra wrestlers through DLC content is a pain; the game should feature them from the start.
Along with yearly legends like Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, the game should incorporate more mid-card talent and even dip into the WCW roster. It would be awesome to play with official versions of La Parka, Disco Inferno, 3-Count and Buff Bagwell.
A huge limitation on the WWE video game series has been the amount of wrestlers allowed in the ring at one time. This should be a main focus of THQ as they produce WWE '13. The game should allow at least 10 superstars in the ring at a time. This would make Royal Rumbles more innovative, allow for bigger tag team matches and add the ability for matches like the Lumberjack Match.
Half the time spend on a new WWE game is replacing the Create-A-Superstars that you had from the last version. THQ should implement some way to import your old CAWs and apply any move set or graphic changes within the game. This would save hours of time and allow players to get wrestling a lot quicker.
The weapon variety has extended with each new version of WWE video games, but there's still potential for more. Glass objects, televisions and other objects could add more variety to the extreme rules matches. Still though, a steel chair shot never gets old.
Alan Donahue is a lifelong fan of the WWE. He has written hundreds of wrestling articles and his favorite Superstars of all time are CM Punk, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Macho Man Randy Savage.
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