WWE, or as it was earlier known as, WWF, was one of the staples of my childhood, and the prospect of reviewing WWE 13 really excited me. Unfortunately all I was left with was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment. This game unfortunately feels like several steps back for the series, and not forward.
The character models are fairly clunky, there is no fluidity to their motions. It just feels like the character is wading through water. It is just generally quite frustrating, especially with some of the faster characters such as Rey Mysterio. He is meant to be one of the faster wrestlers, but when playing it felt like he was as slow as Triple H, a heavyweight wrestler. It was just generally extremely frustrating, as if there was no difference in playing as either a lightweight or heavyweight.7
The other absolutely frustrating part of the game is that there is no HUD so you can’t see how much damage you’ve taken, how much damage your opponent has taken, how close you are to your finisher moves, nothing. You can alter in the options menu whether you can see your finisher gauge, but that is it. You can’t see your damage indicators at all. The only way you know that you’re pretty much done is the character on screen starts getting dizzy and putting their hand up to their head. This is a really bad way to do this as if you’re constantly getting pummelled you can’t see the damage properly.
Also there is no career mode any-more there is just the Attitude era to play through. Whilst the Attitude era is good and you can play through some of the most famous fights in WWE and WWF history. If you’re an old-school wrestling fan, this is a dream come true, but if you’re coming to WWE as a relatively new fan, a lot of these fights will mean nothing to you. It also offers you the chance to re-enact the fight in extreme detail, for example having HBK hitting Mankind with a chair and win via pin, you get extra points and you can unlock historic costumes from the past. This is a real treat for some of the old school fans.
Unfortunately the game just got boring quickly and I had to keep on putting the game down. It just bored me, the combat was to slow and no excitement. Having no career mode made the fights in the WWE Universe segment just seem pointless. The only saving grace for the game is the Attitude Era. There is quick-play which you can play with your friends, but again, by yourself, this just doesn’t add to the game.
Overall this wasn’t a good game, whilst there were some good points in the game, it is very much like finding a diamond in the rough, and there is a lot of rough to go through. If you want a good WWE game, go back to the Smackdown VS Raw games.