04:37 PM - November 18, 2014 by MMChrisS
WWE 2K15ís MyCareer mode is new to this yearís game, featuring your created Superstar rising up from the ranks of the NXT roster to compete on the main roster for the WWE championship. Iím a bit of the way into this mode, but still on the NXT show for now. Here are some initial thoughts of what Iím seeing:
- The opening segments where you compete in the performance center and learn how to do things is ok, but it really does lack any emotion or passion. Iím not sure if this can be improved, but it definitely feels kinda empty competing in there.
- So far Iím 5-2 in matches in the NXT level. Iíve lost a couple because I couldnít get back on offense once I was getting destroyed. The reversal timing is hit or miss for me. It seems like Iím either on it or not.
- The presentation, lack of voices for my player, and overall experience feels rather bare bones. Itís not something youíd classify as special at this point. 2K was forthcoming with the fact that they made this yearís mode as a building block to future years, but in real talk that means pretty straightforward and no frills.
- Thereís not much Ďout of the ringí interactions are decision to be made yet. I donít feel as if Iím having much control over whether the crowd loves me or hates me yet either.
- Match star ratings arenít as important as I thought for getting up to the top of the roster fast. I had a match rated 1.5 stars and William Regal told me I was obviously capable of putting on great matches so he was giving me a shot at being the new #1 contender for the NXT Title. Iím not sure that computes.
- You are given a basic set of moves you have to customize move by move. This, like many other aspects of the game, is done in an incredibly cumbersome manner. Itíd be nice if there were basic movesets to choose from so you donít have to do them all one by one. Maybe there is and Iím not seeing it as well, maybe.
- Speaking of cumbersome, the create-a-wrestler feature/process is pretty clunky. You have to wait for the game to load pieces you add onto your created wrestler, sometimes by more than five or ten seconds. What should be a pretty fast/seamless process actually took me over 40 minutes. It was so slow, I dread going back in and making adjustments to my created wrestler.
The big thing Iíve noticed about MyCareer is that itís like the rest of the game at this point. Far from bad, but far from great as well. Itís adequate or solid, with plenty to keep you busy and enough to keep you playing, but itís clear the developers were just wanting to get a basic level of functionality down this year before doing anything new or exciting. That sets up a potentially amazing future but a pretty barebones and merely adequate experience today.