How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here again with WWE 2K16 news. A new video has been released by 2K showcasing the newest downloadable content and season packs to be made available following the release of the game. I’ll post the video down below and I’m going to share my thoughts on this upcoming content.
We’ll kick things off with the WWE legends pack. Legends pack have pretty much become an annual thing for WWE DLC content and this content features six wrestlers. It features….
The inclusion of more women wrestlers is a big plus with the announcement that the four horsewomen from NXT WON’T be in the game at all. I think 2K might have put in Trish and Lita to counter the fact that there won’t be Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley. If there were to be no women included in the DLC, I think that might have provoked an unwanted reaction. Dusty and Hot Rod are also included, probably as a tribute following their deaths. Neither man was in WWE 2K15 and it’s great to see the two of them here. Big Bossman might be in to bring in more wrestlers involved in the attitude era, since the main showcase mode is based on Stone Cold Steve Austin. Perfect is a man from the golden era of wrestling so it’s good that this list tries its best to cover as many time periods of WWE as possible.
The 2015 Hall of Fame showcase is were it gets interesting. There’s a lot of interesting wrestlers and big names announced with this list of matches that we’re getting with this showcase. This list of matches are down below, with the Hall of Fame inductees highlighted in bold…
- Randy Savage vs Jake “The Snake” Roberts
- Rikishi vs The Rock
- Alundra Blaze vs Paige
- Larry Zbyskzo vs Arn Anderson
- Tatsumi Fujinami vs Ric Flair
- The Bushwhackers (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) vs The Natural Disasters (Typhoon and Earthquake)
- The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) vs Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray)
It’s an interesting set of matches that have been picked out. The Savage vs Roberts feud is probably one of the Macho Man’s most iconic feuds. We saw Savage vs Ultimate Warrior in the last game and we’d seen Savage vs Hogan at WWE 2K14 so this is something different for us to dive into. Rikishi vs The Rock is an interesting one. No disrespect to Rikishi, but there isn’t a lot of memorable matches that he’s had in his career. I’d call for the Armageddon Hell in a Cell match to be in the game but it’d be hard to get permission for Kurt Angle to be included.
Alundra Blaze vs PAIGE is an interesting one as it’s actually a fantasy match-up. This one’s an interesting change from the rest of them as this is a dream match for the fans to play out. I’d like to have seen more matches like this. Maybe in future games, introduce a lot more fantasy match showcase for the fans to really get into. Larry Zybskzo vs Arn Anderson. I would have liked to have seen Larry Zybskzo vs Bruno Sammartino a bit more as that was a big feud for Larry. This match might still be in but the potential reason to go with Arn over Bruno was probably down to Bruno’s playability. I’ve heard that it was very hard to play as Bruno in WWE 2K14 so it might have been better to do Arn, whose got a slightly more advanced moveset.
Tatsumi Fujinami vs Ric Flair is a match that I don’t have a problem with. That’s the match that a lot of American fans will remember him for and it’s a great match to introduce a Japanese legend to an 2015 American younger audience. The Bushwhackers vs the Natural Disasters sounds lovely. I’m more interested in Typhoon and Earthquake being in the game more than anything as I see a lot of potential in that!
The Outsiders vs Harlem Heat was the last one. This one is for Kevin Nash, who was inducted last year. It’s nice to feature a bit of WCW in this showcase. We’ve got Zybszko’s match and Fujinami’s match but the Outsiders match is during the peak of the nWo storyline, which was really the highlight of WCW. I’d like to see an nWo showcase one of these days.
There’s the New Moves pack, which is another annual DLC feature. The moves included are…
- Nikki Bella’s corner enzuigiri… which never really looks that good!
- Paige’s Avalanche Ram… which is Paige’s RamPaige finisher from the top rope
- Kevin Owens’ Sidewinder Suplex from the top rope
- The Standing Crossface Chickenwing that Cody Rhodes did
- Finn Balor’s Dragon Sleeper
- Sin Cara’s springboard senton off the top rope
- John Cena’s swinging facebuster thing
A lot of these moves are pretty cool, including Sin Cara’s senton. I’m not a fan of Nikki’s enzuigiri though. I might just take a pass on that.
Finally, there’s a Future Stars pack with a few NXT stars. It includes the former NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy. It includes Los Matadores and lastly it includes… SAMOA JOE! Yes! I’m a huge fan of Samoa Joe, so I am OVER THE MOON with his inclusion. I heard that 2K were wanting to put Joe in as DLC since he debuted in May. I’m glad that it’s finally a reality!
So that’s the list. There’s a lot of interesting names on the list. I think the Hall of Fame showcase is a good idea in theory, but the matches aren’t THAT appealing. There’s not a lot of great or memorable matches that the likes of the Bushwhackers and Rikishi can have. However, I think it’s a cool little touch to get those legends into a showcase and the matches so far are fine.