WWE ’13 is the next entry in THQ’s line of wresting games based on the WWE and it is the second to sport the WWE name, following last year’s WWE ’12. The main focus of the game is all about the clash of two eras: the current PG (or Reality) Era and the Attitude Era, which was the key turning point in the Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW. At the EB Expo, Capsule Computers had a chance to try out the latest build.

The build contained five matches, all one on one. One of my favourite matches is Extreme Rules, which involve no disqualification or count outs. A staple of the third company during the 90’s, ECW, the Extreme Rules match is all about weapons and carnage. Upon entering the roster screen, I noticed that there were quite a few Superstars on offer. The roster is divided into two based on what era the Superstar is from. My fellow editor, Luke Halliday, chose the Show Off Dolph Ziggler, while my chosen Superstar was the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.

As the entrances for the Superstars boot up, I noticed how visually impressive I was with the environments. The current Smackdown arena was recreated perfectly and the Show Off himself looks great. Shawn Michaels, on the other hand, may need some more work done. He reminded me of a Superstar created in the Create-A-Wrestler mode. Then again, this was the Attitude Era Shawn Michaels, when he was one third of the original DX.  I think I need a refresher in what Michaels looked like in the Attitude Era.

With all of that out of the way, it’s time for the match. The controls are exactly like WWE ’12, so those who did purchase the previous edition should easily pick up and play. Grapples are executed with A/X in combination with the left stick. Before actually doing a move, the Superstar will enter a clutch. Holding the A/X while in a clutch executes a submission move. The Breaking Point submission system is back, which is effectively a button mashing mini game. New to the series are these OMG Moments. One occurs on the barricade and requires a finisher to execute. As Ziggler rests on the barricade, Michaels spears Ziggler through the barricade, breaking it and spilling the fight into the crowd, albeit temporarily. What was interesting is that the crowd did not react to the moment at all. Odd, considering the fight is right next to them.

WWE ’13 improves on what was established in WWE ’12 and that’s no small feat. While the core gameplay is still essentially the same, the drawcard has to be the introduction of the Attitude Era. This is the era that created the wrestling juggernaut of the present day. Seeing the Attitude Era Superstars clashing with the present day is always exciting and perfect for those who have dream match up, like Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk. We shall see, however, if we will live the revolution when it is released later this month.

Josh is the name, writing is my game... well my degree will say that. But, when uni gets me down (and it does), there is no better way that to grab a chair, sit back and slicing up some Darkspawn I started my gaming interest back in the good old 16 bit era with the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was roughly five years old. To this day I still try to fire up the dusty companion and speed through the wacky and bright levels, jumping on some Badniks, collecting those damn Chaos Emeralds. Then I moved onto Sony's disk based console the Playstation (thanks to my uncle). Since then I have picked up each of Sony's consoles from the 5th to current generation that has been released in Australia (with more to come). In terms of writing about games, I am quite new to the field. I started out late last year with my own blog before deciding to move to greener pastures. I have written a few reviews for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable. Features as well. I hope I can flex my muscles while writing with Capsule Computers. If I'm not gaming, however, I'm writing narratives. I am currently trying to kickstart a high fantasy novel (which, hopefully, turns into a complex RPG) that I want done in five years or so. My passion of writing has been there for a long time and has flourished as I grew. I'm into the fantasy genre, both games and novels, and thoroughly enjoy a deep and complex RPG, whether it comes from the East or West. Oh and anime is awesome!

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