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[Opini] 5 Old-school WWE Games That Deserve a Remake

There was a time when WWE games were among the best-selling games in the sports genre. Unlike most sports games, where most of them are only played by gamers who like the genre.

But for WWE almost everyone likes it. WWE’s written approach to the sport and over-the-top match rules make this multiple singleplayer and multiplayer fun for everyone with ladder matches, royal rumbles, and backstage brawls.

Unfortunately, the popularity of WWE games has seen a sharp decline in recent years, so 2K Sports is taking a break from simulation-style gaming after the backlash for the errant mess that was WWE 2K20.

With rival WWE brand AEW set to release their first game in the near future, this Vince McMahon company may need to revitalize their game series sooner rather than later.

One way to revitalize the series is to make remakes of the classic WWE games, possibly a strategy that has worked well for several game franchises in recent years.

If 2K Sports decides to remake WWE games that were once popular, it is likely that this year’s golden age of WWE games will return, and the following are the games that are the main candidates for the version.

5. WWE SmackDown Vs. Raw 2006

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 is remembered for one reason, namely as the game that introduced the player’s favorite General Manager mode. This game mode puts players in the shoes of a pro-wrestling booker and allows them to sign wrestlers, book matches, and ultimately try to put on their best fight.

Despite how many fans enjoyed the game mode, it was surprisingly suspended after WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. However, after a few years, the fans finally got what they wanted, as 2K Sport has confirmed that the mode will return to WWE 2K22.

Despite the return of the mode, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 is still a good candidate for a remake because that’s where the fashion stands, along with having one of the best story modes in history. Suffice it to say, revisit General Manager mode and story mode with modern wrestlers.

4. WWE All-Stars

WWE All-Stars was released in March 2011, a few months before WWE 2K12 arrived in the game store, which shows how successful WWE games were at the time. WWE All-Stars builds on the franchise’s traditional simulation style for a cartoon aesthetic and combat gameplay with lots of motion and animation.

The game lets players create dream matches by applying a roster of characters from past and present, including Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, CM Punk, and Shawn Michaels.

While fans and critics alike loved the game’s aesthetic and most aspects of the game, WWE All-Starts had some significant issues, most notably with the lack of variety in game modes.

The modernized version of WWE All-Stars will likely go down very well, especially if it fixes the original problem and avoids the mistakes made with the recent WWE 2K Battlegrounds.

3. WWF No Mercy

WWF No Mercy was released exclusively for the Nintendo 64 platform in November 2000 and is often cited as one of the best WWE games of all time.

In terms of design, WWF No Mercy’s gameplay is quite similar to its predecessor, WWF WrestleMania 2000, as THQ, together with the development team Asmik Ace Entertainment and AKI Corporation, apparently decided not to try and fix what wasn’t broken.

However, WWF No Mercy is remembered for perfecting the mechanics of the WrestleMania 2000 game while making striking visual improvements and adding the Championship mode that gamers love.

2. WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game was first released in 1995, before coming to home consoles, including the Sega Genesis, PS1, and SNES. Unlike most modern professional wrestling games, WWF WrestleMania’s gameplay is more similar to classic fighting games, where punch and kick combos are the key to victory, rather than wrestling moves.

WWF WrestleMania features a multiplayer mode and two singleplayer modes, in which players will challenge for the Intercontinental or WWF Championship. This classic arcade fighting style might make the game seem like an odd choice for a remake.

However, a well-designed fighting game can bring new players to the series and make it a popular online competitive game.

1. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain

It seems impossible if we do not include this game in the list. The reason is, when we asked someone do you know WWE games? Most of them mentioned that they knew because of WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain.

It’s undeniable, because this game is everywhere, even mostly on PS2 rentals. What’s even more interesting, the sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth makes significant improvements to the grappling system while also including the Elimination Chamber and Legends modes that can be played for the first time.

This game is remembered for having one of the best wrestling rosters the game has ever seen, as this was the last time The Rock or Steve Austin would appear in a WWE game as active competitors, while Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Goldberg, Kurt Angle, Batista, John Cena, and others are also featured.

What will happen if this game is remake again? Will the golden age of the WWE game return? I don’t know, we just hope that in the future we can give the answers we want regarding our respective favorite classic games.

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