WWE Video Game Finishers Used To Look Better
August 16, 2015 - WWE
I used to consider that it was only nostalgia, screwing with my memory. But when we did a corresponding comparison, there was no comparison during all.
I’ve been personification WWE games for tighten to 15 years now, and nonetheless a graphics have gotten crisper and some-more picturesque (they indeed do suit constraint on a wrestlers now, to safeguard finish authenticity), a games have mislaid some of their essence and altogether excitement. Let’s take a demeanour during 5 conflicting iterations of Shawn Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music, starting with a genuine one:
Hot damn! No matter how many times we watch it, it doesn’t get old. Half a fad of a WWE finisher is a buildup before a payoff, and Mr. Wrestlemania does this masterfully, with mixed stomps that “tune adult a band.” Also notice how a WWE camera organisation frames a shot, to make it many impactful. They start with a camera in Shawn’s corner, to uncover him zeroing in. Then they switch to a conflicting camera behind JBL, so that he falls towards a player. And of course, JBL sells a strike like a champ — a flog only snatches a life out of him.
Now here’s a one from WWE 2K15:
It’s got a look, and a physique movements, and a good sell by a victim, though there’s small fad in this delivery. The camera stays during a single, immobile position. The assembly has a self-existent build of sound and activity. A integrate of flashbulbs go off when a flog hits, though not as many as what goes off in a live show. There’s no editing, no thespian cuts to make this sparkling and theatrical.
Now here’s one from Smackdown contra Raw 2008:
That’s a small some-more like it! The camera circles around to mixed angles. The assembly has a conspicuous uptick in energy. And a flog itself is replayed and slowed down in mixed cuts from mixed angles. Maybe a bit over a top, though it gets a pursuit done.
And finally, here’s one from WWE Smackdown – Here Comes The Pain:
Now that’s a correct Sweet Chin Music! Feel that electricity? The throng roars, and a sea of flashbulbs glow off spontaneously. It’s also got a shot/reverse shot angle, and Shawn mugging for a camera during a really end.
When 2K got a WWE franchise, there was a whine of service in some circles — that finally WWE would be treated like a ‘real sport.’
But there’s also a certain grade of carny theatricality to wrestling, and it would be good if 2K Games remembered that more. we don’t wish them to lift a a WWE All-Stars, that went approach over a top:
But they should put a small some-more fun in it, and stop holding it so damn seriously. Oversell a moves a bit, and make these guys a bit incomparable than life. After all, nothing of it is ‘real,’ right?
Kevin is an AP English Language clergyman and freelance author from Queens, NY. His concentration is on video games, American cocktail culture, and Asian American issues. Kevin has also been published in VIBE, Complex, Joystiq, Salon, PopMatters, WhatCulture, and Racialicious. You can email him during email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @kevinjameswong.