It will be an exciting end of the month for WWE in October with the Hell in the Cell pay-per-view occurring in Miami and the anticipated WWE 2K14 video game hitting store shelves.
As the game inches closer to the Oct. 29 release date for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, developers at 2K Sports continue to make exciting announcements.
Cory Ledesma, creative director, hosted a conference call to share details on a mode within the “30 Years of WrestleMania” single-player campaign titled “The Streak.” It’s dedicated to The Undertaker and his 21-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
“When we came up with the ‘30 Years of WrestleMania’ concept, we knew we wanted to really pay homage to The Undertaker,” Ledesma said. “The streak by itself is extremely impressive, and he is synonymous to WrestleMania in a number of ways. So we wanted to do something special that really pays tribute to his accomplishments and his years in WWE and what that meant for the WrestleMania events.”
Fans can expect two different game types they are able to play. The first is to defend the streak, allowing players to use The Undertaker against wave after wave of opponents. There is the opportunity to beat as many of them as possible in a row in keeping the most celebrated record in sports entertainment intact.
There is another similar mode that will also be available in exhibition called “The Slobberknocker”, a term made famous by legendary WWE broadcaster Jim Ross. It’s a gauntlet style contest where after you beat one opponent another follows. It’s an endurance battle where health carries over and players can see how many superstars a particular person can take out.
A match score is generated afterward, which can be uploaded to online leader boards. This way fans can see how they stack up to the rest of the WWE Universe. The match scoring system tracks different aspects such as how much drama is built (Were there many two-counts or reversals?), excitement (Were you doing a lot of finishers or OMG moves?) and offensive diversity (Did you switch up your attack?). There are also bonuses for whether or not special abilities were used or not. The key was to create replay-ability, where fans want to work to top their last high score and make it to the front of the leader board.
The second part of “The Streak” sees players change roles as the one who is trying to stop The Undertaker from going undefeated. You can select any WWE superstar to face the legend, including custom creations. There is a fifth difficulty level, an addition from the usual easy, normal, hard and legend. It’s the Undertaker at WrestleMania difficulty level. Here, developers have given the future WWE Hall of Famer abilities only seen in this match.
This includes many of his paranormal actions over the years. For The Undertaker turning the lights out in the arena right at a time where an opponent is going for the pin. There is also a match score also generated whether you win or lose. If you do beat The Undertaker you not only get a match score, but a win bonus and can upload the total to the leader board. Within “The Streak” mode you can review all of the Dead Man’s past WrestleMania victims, history and photographs, as well as bonus items to unlock if you fill an objective. There is also a section to review stats.