Similar to how D-Generation X invaded WCW with a tank, the stars of the “Attitude Era” have stolen the spotlight in this week’s “WWE 2K16” Roster Reveal. The superstars revealed this week were all prominent in the 1990s, when WWE was at the peak of its popularity, and older fans will probably appreciate playing as them.
The 23 new superstars IGN confirmed for the game include: Billy Gunn, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, British Bulldog, Cactus Jack, Christian, Damien Sandow, D’Lo Brown, Dude Love, Farooq, Haku, The Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jim Neidhart, Kama Mustafa, Ken Shamrock, Mankind, Paul Wight, Rikishi, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Vader, Vince McMahon and X-Pac.
A number of these superstars are expected to appear in the “Stone Cold” Showcase Mode, What Culture reported. Some of Steve Austin’s most memorable feuds were with The McMahons, Shawn Michaels, Dude Love and The Rock, so it should be fun to see these storylines recreated in the video game.
Speaking of Dude Love, the character’s entrance was also revealed and has been completely reanimated from the ground up. The entrance is not the one seen in “WWE 13,” so this should please fans who do not want to see repeat animations.
Factions have always been a big part of wrestling, and the Attitude Era had some of the most memorable teams in WWE history, and a number of them made it to the game. Judging from this reveal alone, fans have The Nation of Domination, The Hart Foundation and D-Generation X to step into the ring with.
While 2K Games promised that there would be 120 unique superstars, this week’s Roster Reveal shows some exceptions. The three faces of Foley -- Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind -- are all separate characters instead of alternate costumes, even though they are all the same person. To be fair, all three characters are visually distinct and have very different taunts and entrances, so they are all technically “unique” character models.
Next week’s reveal will be the last one, so it should be interesting to see who makes the cut. Popular superstars like Bray Wyatt, The New Day and Baley have yet to be announced, so next week is their last chance to make it.
“WWE 2K16” now is available for preorder and will be coming out on Oct. 27. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.