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Published on October 25th, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor

TruthRant: Why I am NOT buying WWE ’13

GAMINGtruth.com readers are well aware of my disdain for the current WWE games.

What once was a thriving genre, wrestling games have plummeted in quality lately due to questionable choices and shoddy programming. Although the footage of WWE ’13 appears to be promising, don’t let the glamour and glitz fool you. What’s buried below this game is the same old garbage we are used to. These are my reasons as to why I am NOT buying WWE 13.

Want to play as Number 1 Contender Ryback? YOU MUST WAIT!

1. The Roster

The WWE Champion, CM Punk, will be defending his title on October 28th, 2012, against a wrestler named Ryback in a Hell in the Cell match. For those who don’t know, this WWE match involves a steel cage surrounding the entire ring and outside area. Looking forward to replicating that match when you get WWE ’13? Well guess what? You will have to wait.

Ryback isn’t a part of the roster. No, he will be included in the downloadable content that releases in November. You have to pay for him. The current US Champion, Antonio Cesaro, has to be purchased too. Don’t worry though; you only have to wait till JANUARY to get him. Are you kidding me? I have three versions of Triple H, but I can’t play as a number one contender and the US Champion on release day? AND I HAVE TO PAY!? Get outta here THQ.

Wow, never seen this before!

2. Attitude Era Mode

No more Road to WrestleMania modes, or unique story lines developed by THQ–because now you have the Attitude Era Mode. You know, the stuff that happened 15 years ago that and know how it plays out? So there is no mystery? What a crock.

Yes, the inclusion of Attitude Era wrestlers is nice, but they take up too much of the roster to begin with. My main problem is the fact that every semi-wrestling fan has watched the footage of the events thousands of times and knows the story lines by heart. Oh wow, The Undertaker throwing Mick Foley off the top of the Hell in a Cell structure, I’ve never seen that before! Oh, I have? Well now I get to see it in….video game form. YAY!

It’s funny, because while the Attitude Era has some of the most vicious and ruthless story lines and matches in wrestling history, it’s such a stark contrast to the current product of today. It doesn’t fit in to the ‘PG’ Era of WWE that we are presented with today. This should have been a separate game, not over taking the current new release.

3. Same Toilet, New Lid

Go ahead, go on YouTube and watch some footage of WWE ’13. Go on! Right now! I’ll wait for you to come back. And don’t look at THQ footage of the game, look at footage taken by actual people playing the game. I’ll be here waiting.

Did you see it? I know you did. The familiar animations, entrances, character models, and moves. It’s got a shiny new paint job, a few new matches, but look at the game deeper. It’s the same game. The developers boast that there are “300” new animations. That’s fine, but you ALSO have to factor in that there are wrestlers that haven’t been in the games previously, such as the aforementioned Ryback, Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, plus the Attitude Era wrestlers.

So, how many animations does that boil down to for repeat offenders in the series? From what I’ve seen–not that many. Sure, Randy Orton can now do mid-air RKO’s, which is a nice addition, but I want more than that.

I want something…different.

I’ve been playing WWE games since WWF WrestleMania on the NES. Ever since the Smackdown vs RAW franchise was born, it’s been all downhill for the series. It’s become a common sports game, with a roster update, a few new bells and whistles, but still the same core gameplay. And unlike franchises such as Madden and NBA 2K, the core gameplay in this series is stagnant, boring, and showing its age.

WWE ’13 had a lot of promise, but at the end of the day, it looks to be another waste of time. People will buy it, many sites will give it ratings it doesn’t deserve, but at the end of the day it’s still the same crap that THQ has been spewing for years now.

Hopefully one day we will see a game built from the ground up that actually uses this generation’s technology to make it an interactive, deep wrestling game. For now, we are stuck with the same old crap, and there is unfortunately no end in sight.

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Gaming for 23 years! Primarily into Nintendo systems, but play everything. Add me on Facebook, Shawn Long, on Twitter @ShawnLong85 or email me at slong@gamingtruth.com

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