Gaming & Technology

'WWE 2K15' makes the leap to next-gen gaming; it 'blows my mind'

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After sitting out last year, 2K has entered the next-generation gaming ring with WWE 2K15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Developed by Yuke's and Visual Concepts, the game brings a television-style high-definition presentation to virtual wrestling. The next-gen game includes exclusive features not available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, including MyCareer mode.

In MyCareer, players begin their journey at the WWE Performance Center, where they are mentored by the head trainer, Bill DeMott. Players go on to compete on NXT, where they encounter a roster of current and future WWE Superstars, including Rusev, Bo Dallas, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and Corey Graves. After battling at NXT, players move up to WWE's main roster to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

"I think that's the game-changer this year for 2K," cover athlete John Cena said. "2K15 is real, and that's what everyone has been waiting for. Everybody enjoys WWE games and gameplay and has been waiting for the game to catch up to everything else. 2K has such a reputation of taking a franchise and being able to digitally, virtually make it real. They've done that with this game, and it's just awesome."

The next-gen games feature a new chain-wrestling integration, strategic strike attacks, a new stamina mechanic and an updated on-screen display reflecting a player's health, momentum and stamina that dramatically change the gameplay experience. New proprietary facial and body scanning technology present highly realistic WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, while WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler and WWE commentator Michael Cole call the action through refined commentary that exceeds five times the number of recorded lines from any previous year. There's also new performance-captured animation that WWE superstars helped with in an authentic ring.

"The game's unbelievable," WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan said. "It literally blows my mind; like my mind explodes when I see it because it's so realistic. Everything that I do in the game is exactly how I do it, from the top-rope dropkick to the "Yes lock," where I drop right to my hip when I do it. And very few guys can do that."

Bryan and Cena are joined by a huge roster of current wrestling stars, including Antonio Cesaro, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, and legends Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.