WWE 2K23’s Survivor Series: Game Limitations & Missing Opportunities
In the midst of excitement surrounding WWE’s Survivor Series, the showdowns set for WWE 2K23 bring to light a glaring flaw within the game’s mechanics. While the real-life event promises high-octane action and dramatic confrontations, the game’s limitations create a disconnect for ardent fans attempting to mirror the thrill within their gaming experiences.
— WWE (@WWE) November 26, 2023
Scheduled for November 25, Survivor Series: WarGames anticipates explosive clashes such as Gunther vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, Rhea Ripley vs. Zoey Stark contending for the Women’s World Championship, and gripping encounters like Carlito facing off against Santos Escobar post the latter’s heel turn. With two WarGames matches on the card, the anticipation hits a fever pitch for WWE enthusiasts.
Rhea Ripley entrance to Survivor Series War Games 2023 vs Zoey Stark
— Emmazing (@EmmaKuzi) November 26, 2023
However, the excitement surrounding these matchups is tempered by the disappointment looming over WWE 2K23 gamers. The game’s inability to recreate certain pivotal matches, especially the anticipated Team Cody vs. The Judgment Day and Drew McIntyre brawl, is a significant setback. It’s disheartening when the in-game experience doesn’t align with the real-life spectacle that fans are eagerly anticipating.
a few disappointments from #WWE2k23 : why won’t tag team partners from actual tag teams come out together during their entrances? Why is there no commentary during matches? Kinda ruins the fun tbh
— Timeless Ashley ✨️🖤 (@HotOfTheMess) March 18, 2023
The mismatch between the Survivor Series match card and the game’s capabilities is evident. The absence of WarGames mode and the incapability to support 5v5 Match Types within MyGM Mode severely restricts players aiming to replicate the real event within the game’s framework. The exclusion of Carlito and Kairi Sane from the base roster further hampers the ability to authentically recreate these matches.
The first times in Carlito’s entire wrestling career he gets loud pops happen to be when he’s not a full-time active member of the WWE roster. Unheard of.
— politexmanners (@politexmanners2) October 8, 2023
WWE 2K23’s WarGames mode, restricted to 3v3 and 4v4 matches, falls short of representing the grandeur and complexity of the Men’s WarGames match scheduled for Survivor Series. Despite all the superstars involved being part of the game, the gameplay fails to deliver the full intensity and dynamics of the anticipated showdown.
The developers’ mention of feature parity between core gameplay and MyGM Mode in future releases, such as WWE 2K24, provides a glimmer of hope. As fans, the aspiration for a game that mirrors the unpredictability and variety of WWE’s real-world events remains steadfast. Achieving synchronization between the game and the actual WWE matches, including introducing newer match types and incorporating the complete roster, stands as a critical stride that the WWE 2K series must aim for.
— Tim Fowler (@TimFowl49480669) November 25, 2023
The fervor for a gaming experience that encapsulates the dynamism and unpredictability of WWE events lingers among fans. While uncertainties and surprises are intrinsic to the WWE world, bridging the gap between the virtual and real wrestling universe in the game is imperative. The pursuit of this convergence continues to fuel the aspirations of fans and gaming enthusiasts alike.