WWE 2K18 is here! In fact, it’s been out a couple of weeks now, which means we’ve all had plenty of time to create our CAWs and win some championships because, let’s face it, none of us have lives. I could have reviewed this game as soon as it came out, but due to the sheer amount of different content and features in the latest yearly instalment from 2K Games, I wanted to put plenty of playtime into the new release before I critiqued it, to make sure my review was as thorough and detailed as possible. So, is 2K18 worth your hard-earned cash, or will you have to make 2K17 last for another year? Let’s find out.
During the 1990s, we witnessed one of the biggest rivalries in television history: The Monday Night Wars. Two behemoths of sports entertainment competed on a weekly basis for ratings supremacy until one of these juggernauts finally fell. But it wasn’t just on TV stations that these battles were happening. WWF and WCW were also competing in the video game market to see who could produce the best, and ultimately, the most popular releases, and the interesting thing is, these wars played out exactly the same on video game consoles as they did on television. The highs and lows of both companies were just as apparent in their games as they were on TV, and it made for some fascinating results. So let me take you on a journey through three generations of games consoles, three eras of wrestling, and a whole lot of attitude, as we look at The Monday Night Video Game Wars.
We all love a good old wrestling game. Whether it’s the simple yet perfect control scheme of WWF No Mercy, Here Comes the Pain’s story mode, or the 2K games vast range of content, there are plenty of great grappling games to please any video game fan. However, just like every other genre, there are plenty of bad wrestling video games. For every Fire Pro Wrestling or SVR 2006, there’s a WCW Backstage Assault or WWF Steel Cage Challenge. But there’s this weird thing about wrestling video games: no matter how bad they are, there’s always some kind of joy to be had out of them. Whether it’s the ridiculous features they have or simply just laughing at how terrible the whole thing is, bad wrestling games provide plenty of entertainment for true fans. So if you’re looking for a bad game to fall in love with, look no further than these: here are my Top 5 Wrestling Video Games so Bad, they’re Good.
I’ve spent a significant portion of my life playing wrestling video games, and it’s probably one of the main reasons why my social and romantic lives are both in the state they are (I’ll give you a clue as to how they’re going, I run a wrestling blog and a poetry blog, work it out for yourself). The majority of the many, many hours I have sunk into these grappling games were spent playing story modes – career modes, roads to Wrestlemanias, season modes, whatever name they were under, I was obsessed with them. But with so many games with so many story modes over the years, it begs the question – which ones are the most worthwhile playing? Well, The Hairy Wrestling Fan is around to solve your problems. Here are my Top 10 Story Modes in Wrestling Video Games.
Wrestling is weird. Video games can be weird. When the two paths cross, weirdness is bound to happen. Here are the top 15 weirdest inclusions in wrestling video games.
For this list, I’ve chosen not to include any content from unlicensed wrestling games, as they aren’t based on a real promotion with real wrestlers, therefore they can make their game as weird as they like. Furthermore, I can only include content that I’m aware of from games I have played. With that being said, let the weirdness commence.