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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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CJ's Top 5: WWE Video Games

Recently, True posted a look at the history of wrestling video games and listed some of his favorites. CJ returns with his personal favorites below. 

For most of us, the closest we will get to in-ring action is on a TV screen and behind a controller. WWE video games give the casual fans the chance to take control of our favorite superstars and have any match we want. Here are my top 5 WWE video games.  
5. WWE '12

 A strong roster, original, intertwining storylines for Road to Wrestlemania mode, and just a hell of a lot of fun to play. Has high replay value to this day. 

4. WWE 2K14 

The most recent release, and the first under the 2K name, certainly didn't disappoint. It was a blast revisiting big and memorable matches from Wrestlemania's past. Very good attention to detail, and an excellent DLC list add to the overall experience of this game. Definitely a good sign of things to come from the guys and girls at 2K. 

3. Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain 

This is a premier title for the PlayStation 2. Top-of-the-line graphics for it's time and innovations like the 2-button reversals and submission meter. Not to mention its the WWE games debut of guys like Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon, and John Cena. This game was the standard for wrestling games to come. 

2. WWE '13    

If you browse social media, you will see most wrestling fans talking about how they wish the Attitude Era was still around. WWE '13 gave us the opportunity to go down memory lane while controlling our favorite superstars. An incredible attention to detail went into the Attitude Era mode. Being able to control everything from the empty arena match between The Rock and Mankind, to the Montreal Screwjob, gave us all that warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling. 

1. WWF No Mercy 

The Nintendo 64 was an excellent platform to provide 3D wrestling games. The best, by far, was WWF No Mercy. It was the first game to include things like the ladder match, and it boasts a fun roster of the best that the WWF had to offer at the time. The game has endured over all these years and still holds a ton of replay value, due to its before-mentioned roster choice and its excellent control layout. So much so, in fact, that people are using the No Mercy game and hacking it to include current WWE superstars. There have been games that came close, but No Mercy still reigns supreme.



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