WrestleMania Day! 10 Features That WWE ’13 Should Have

Tonight is WrestleMania 28. The showcase of the immortals. Even if you don’t like or follow the WWE, so many people get into the energy that WrestleMania provides. Every year I see more and more people on my Facebook feed, Twitter feed, and other feeds get ramped up for the event. Vince McMahon has created a media juggernaut with ‘Mania spearheading it. It was because of the star power and grandeur of WrestleMania that WWE is still around today and still sells out arenas. Tonight is a special night. Fans of a different era are given a huge treat today as The Rock, the most electrifying man in all of entertainment, comes back to the ring in a year-long program with John Cena. Cena, the hero of this era, is not just the poster boy of the company but also holds the affection of the majority of the fanbase. The Rock has always held some of the biggest crowd pops in wrestling history. The crowd will literally blow up tonight with that level of excitement. I can almost guarantee that WrestleMania 28 will be a spectacular show.

Every year for WrestleMania, the company holds several big events around the city they are in. It is a great opportunity for the fans to get face time with the wrestlers and do some cool things. The superstars themselves have plenty to do, as well. An annual golf outing is something that many of the wrestlers get amped up for. However, there is one event that normally happens that should catch the eyes of gamers: the wrestling game tournament. THQ holds a huge tournament for the wrestlers using that year’s updated game. This isn’t for fans. No, no this is the WWE superstars playing against each other to prove who is the best at the game. With many people who you wouldn’t think would be good at the games seen at the semi-finals and finals every year, it is hoot for fans to watch. Past winners are Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, and JTG. Kane and Mark Henry are reportedly amazing at these games and are usually seen close to the finals, which is a surprise for me. This year, one of the newer Divas (female wrestlers) A.J. won the tournament. For those who don’t watch, A.J. is an amazingly cute woman who is an extreme nerd. She is too awesome. She lived up to her resume by winning the tournament and beating Mark Henry in the finals.

Since WrestleMania is tonight, I wanted to talk about this year’s upcoming WWE ’13 game. No details about the game have been announced yet but ’12 was heralded as the best way to get a virtual representation of the shows. I disagree. I felt it was too similar to prior games with a fresh coat of paint and some new mechanics thrown in to make us perceive it as new (cough, cough Madden). I’ve come up with a list of features which should really bring fans closer to the experience in a way that feels like they are Vince McMahon or Teddy Long or Johnny Ace. These ten features combined with what THQ has already done with WWE ’12 would make the best wrestling game. Ever.


10. GM Mode Returns

A.J. Lee, winner of this year's WrestleMania game tournament.

The GM Mode from earlier entries of the Smackdown vs. Raw series was a very fun escape from the normal gameplay. It hasn’t been seen since the merging of the season and GM mode in 2008 and it really needs to come back. I hear a lot about a possible merge of the old GM mode and the new Universe mode but to be honest, they are very different. Universe mode is a random set of match cards that go through WWE’s “season” and takes either the pre-defined rosters or custom rosters in effect. GM mode has you in charge of putting together the best roster possible, giving the fans the best show they could see, and coming out ahead of Vince’s expectations. It is a business strategy mode that was excellent and pretty fun. Having this mode alongside the Universe mode would only enhance the game.


9. More Robust Universe Mode

Universe mode is cool but it needs some work. They really didn’t do much with it from the previous game to WWE ’12. What I would like to see added to Universe mode is the ability to change match competitors without having the game delete the match type and/or conditions, have the game do a random cash-in with the Money In The Bank holder instead of making you do it manually, add in random events for simulated matches such as interference or impromptu matches, alter the title rankings, and clear the rosters completely. Right now the Universe mode feels gimped. It is insane what you have to do to make custom rosters. You must have a minimum amount of wrestlers on the rosters so you can’t clear them and redo. Way too many menu jumping to get that done.

The lack of in-match events, cash-ins, and interference during simulated matches creates a disconnect with a bulk of the roster. Some players only play their favorites and let the others rot in simulation. Some players just sim every match just to see what randomness happens. Simulating a match should have a chance of an event attaching to it. This could be done by actually showing the event via loading up the match for visual show or just show the event with the result of the match on the card. Either way, that would really bring more randomness and accurate show experience to the game. I sometimes forget that Swagger was holding Money in the Bank until I got a week before the next Money in the Bank PPV.


8. Better Player-Made Showcase

For the past few games, going into the player-made showcase to download a created superstars or arena is just annoying. Everything from typing in a search to viewing something is stupidly done with a clunky interface and bad listings. The whole experience needs to be redone. There is nothing else to say about it.


7. Unlimited Layers in Create-A-Superstar

I understand that this is more of an engine problem but it sucks not being able to create more dynamic characters. It gets to me that I can’t take the time and create a proper Green Lantern or Spawn to fight John Cena at WrestleMania. Older games liker WrestleMania XVIII and IX, even the Day of Reckoning  games, had much more defined creating modes. You don’t get that anymore. Reduce the limitations for creation and give the fanbase more options. I haven’t seen more than 10 additions to the items you can add to your character that get added every year. Get some more stuff in the modes.



6. Better Controls

I think they’ve changed up the controls every year since 2008. They keep trying new mechanics and switching up what does what that it is a new learning curve every year. Stop it! Go back to the superior control system that Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 and 2007 had. Everything about how those games played was head over heels better than today’s. Stick with one system and stop confusing your players. Right analog stick does this. Right analog stick does that. Right analog stick shoots itself in confusion.


5. New Engine

I wrote about this in my Reimagining article. If THQ took the engine that TNA Impact was built on, attached the WWE branding and superstars you’d be playing the best wrestling game ever. TNA Impact was featureless and boring due to the low acceptance of the TNA wrestlers and match types. However, the engine made it worth a play. The collision detection and animations were so fluid. Everything just screamed smooth and right. We need a new engine that doesn’t have wrestlers running into each other’s polygons, auto positioning themselves for high spots, etc.


4. Better Commentators

THQ does their best with this. You never know what the player is gonna do but the way the commentating system is now is pretty stale. Some years there isn’t even a difference between games. WWE ’12 improved commentators talk between each other but when play-by-play and event announcements came into the picture it just sounds old. When taking recordings for WWE ’13, I hope THQ brings in a more dynamic feel to how the

The Undertaker's 19-0 WrestleMania win streak is in jeopardy again this year.

commentators talk about things happening and bring more trash talk between the guys at the table during the match. Also, heel Cole. As much as I hate him, if he is in the game then make him right.


3. Full Rosters

Making wrestlers for these games is a pretty daunting activity. We’ve heard from the THQ devs about the process that goes into bringing someone into the game but having a WWE game with the full, current roster would make the Universe mode, GM mode, and Royal Rumble matches fair better. It would help make an all around better game.


2. Better Presentation

WWE ’12 was supposed to be the best virtual representation of the shows. It feels just like the year before and the one before that. When you start a show, you get the pyro opening but no intro video. After that you get one or two scenes that deal with your chosen Road to WrestleMania star or storyline focus. Why isn’t there a way to play out full shows with openings, match cards, backstage events, promos, etc.? If I want to play a full Raw card that is in my Universe mode, it should feel like a show. In GM Mode, you have to put together a full show with everything the fans would expect to be there. If I put a show together, can I view it? Maybe I want to see why I only put on a 3-star show when I felt it was 4-star. I want to see why it wasn’t great. I want to witness the backstage interaction between the current champ and a contender. You really don’t get that.


1. Chris Jericho

The Ayatollah of Rock-‘n-Rollah. The best in the world at what he does. Why the hell wasn’t Chris Jericho in WWE ’12? No, no don’t even try and give me a reason. You got Shawn Michaels, you got Stone Cold, you got The Rock, and even Batista. Where. Is. Jericho? Jericho is WWE ’13. I will bring that sign to every WWE show that rolls through Philly from now to the next game’s release.

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  1. Scot Jg93

    i agree completely, havent bought any recent games because of some of the things you mentioned but the “road to wrestlemania” needs to change, its too short and limited to a few stars, they need to go back to the PS2 season modes like on Here Comes The Pain where you could make choices and it felt more like your career not just a pre-determined set of matches.

  2. Chris

    I think wwe 13 should have edit a superstar. Not his theats but superstar. You can put new gloves new pants to him or else


    Agree with pretty much all of that except controls, I like wwe 12 controls they went back to here comes the pain. Story mode needs to be better, maybe an rpg side to it? For example dialogue choices in promos. Could also do with promos in universe mode to give any on going storylines more depth

    • The_Only_Savior

      you can do the chokeslam from the corner (top rope chokeslam) already, and there is  create a corner finisher.

  4. D-fita

    they need new chair moves, announce table finishers, the abillity to use videos on your console as titintron movies, in create an entrence be able to pick those other things that light up around the stage, a backstage you can enter from the ramp, be ablr to land on more than one person with outside dives ect, top rope dives made for landing on opponents outside the ring, a story mod that starts at nxt and finishes at the hof if thats posible, special ref matches, fire and re-hireings in univers mode, gm mode, create a stage, better elimination chamber, reversals into finishers, be able to change hair and facial hair on people, people in the crowd holding up signs in a row ie woooooo would be 7 people long, moves on the outside take off more health and most importantly 10 PEOPLE IN THE RING AT A TIME!!!

    • Don Winslow

      I would just like to see a lot more detail done to the crowd. I definitely am hoping the server issues with community creations will be a thing of the past with wwe13. I love creating and sharing CAWs, so WWE12’s issues with that have been aggravating, to say the least.

  5. Guest

    GM Mode is dead and gone so get over it.. The game needs to include a up to date roster with few Legends: Stone Cold, The Rock, Goldberg, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, HBK, X-Pac, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Scott Steiner (no longer with TNA), Booker-T, Hollywood Hogan, Edge, Lita, and Trish… Include even more Legends: Brett Hart, APA, Macho Man, Eddie Guerrero, Psycho Sid, and 4Horsemen but only as DLC… The Control System is good but make it to where you don’t have buttons come across the screen when the HUD is off…
    Make Universe more editable like being able to make any new shows any day of the week with any titles you want on that show and being able to disable titles if you don’t want to use them…
    Longer story mode with original storylines… No glitches!!!!!

  6. Guest

    This is the roster the game needs before DLC…

    WWE’13 Roster
    Alex Riley
    Beth Phoenix
    Brie Bella 
    Niki Bella 
    Brock Lesnar
    Brodus Clay
    Chris Jericho 
    C M Punk
    David Otunga 
    Dolph Ziggler
    Jack Swagger
    Evan Bourne
    Kofi Kingston
    John Cena
    Kelly Kelly
    Lord Tensai
    Mason Ryan
    Michael McGillicutty 
    The Miz
    Rey Mysterio
    Santino Marella  
    Zack Ryder


    Alberto Del Rio
    Alica Fox
    Big Show 
    Cody Rodes 
    Daniel Bryan
    Darren Young 
    Drew McIntyre
    Ezekiel Jackson
    The Great Khali  
    Heath Slater
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso 
    Jinder Mahal 
    Justin Gabriel
    Mark Henry
    Randy Orton
    Rosa Mendes
    Sin Cara 
    Tamina Snuka 
    Ted Dibiase 
    Titus O’Neil 
    Trent Barreta
    Kurt Hawkins
    Tyson Kidd
    Wade Barrett 
    William Regal 
    Yoshi Tatsu 


    Stone Cold Steve Austin 
    The Rock
    New Age Outlaws(James & Gunn)
    The Outsiders (Nash & Hall)

  7. Viper1101

    There are a lot of things I would like to see in this game.  New match types like the old stable matches from wwf attitude, lumberjack, triple threat tag team, special referee those match modes were so much fun.  I would also love for them to bring back the create a championship and make them defendable online.  I run a wwe 12 league online and we plan on transferring over to this when it comes out.  It would be awesome to actually have title belts for our champions instead of just an entrance plate. It would also be awesome if they could make it so custom logos do not lag the match I could make some awesome characters if i could use those online.  these are just a couple additions I would like to see. RACW 4 LIFE (for info msg Viper_BW on psn)

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