Aw, man. Where do I start with this?
The rendering of the athletes is pretty much as near photo-real as you're going to get at this given junction, but that said it's come on leaps and bounds since the days of Raw 2 on the Xbox way back in 2002.
The animation looks fluid and believable like this is actually taking place on Raw or SmackDown (the better show. I know. Personal bias, lol), and with the Roster that I could see on there from Hall of Famers like Bret Hart, Mick Foley & Mr. WrestleMania himself, Shawn Michaels, to the Athletes of today from the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Seth "Cartman" Rollins and to seeing the Texas Rattlesnake being the cover Athlete of this game, which one would think that's an odd choice considering that he retired some 12 years ago at WrestleMania 19 after his 3rd Mania match with The Rock. Which just for context, that was easily one of the matches of the night.
It is still bittersweet that Austin has been gone from the ring for 12 years yet whenever his name dropped or you hear the glass break the crowd still goes insane and he still gets a bigger reaction than the talent of today.
But I think that's the point. Stone Cold was a character that people could relate to to where people didn't like the way their bosses treated them, can't do this, can't do that.
And here came Steve Austin who hates 9-5, who told people exactly what he thought of them, did what he wanted when he wanted, he'd cuss at people, flip them off, and stun them if provoked. (I thought stipulation for his 2003 Co-GM of Raw job was ridiculous)
Also, just for context; next year marking the 20th Anniversary since Stone Cold not only winning the 1996 King of the Ring Tournament, but the Austin 3:16 winning speech, of which he became the first wrestler to curse on live TV.
And the addition of the T1 & T2 Terminators is just going to make the experience more enjoyable. In some sense it's almost like a fantasy match-up for fans who didn't know they wanted it up until now.
So this game will be a great way to relive not only the Attitude Era but the career of arguably the Greatest Wrestler of all time.
And that's the bottom line, because the Knight said so. - MJ
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