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For the second year in a row, the WWE game series has captured the “good old days” of wrestling.

But while the idea of nostalgia is great for those (like me) who can’t stand the current state of wrestling, gameplay has been a consistent problem. That point seems to hold true for WWE 2K14.

PHOTO COURTESY OF 2K GAMES

PHOTO COURTESY OF 2K GAMES

While it’s easy to say this game isn’t far from WWE 13 in terms of quality, this is 2K Sports’ first crack at publishing the WWE gaming franchise on its own. THQ is no longer in charge of the franchise, and it’s only a matter of time before 2K works its magic.

But not this time.

Just like last year’s Attitude Era Mode, WWE 2K14 has compiled the 30 Years of WrestleMania Mode. The player has the chance to explore Wrestlemanias 1-29 and play in the greatest matches in WrestleMania history.

Yes, you can relive Hulk Hogan versus Andre the Giant in WrestleMania III, or rewrite “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s victory against The Rock at WrestleMania 15 to win the WWF (not WWE) Championship.

This mode takes me back to the old days of wrestling, back when every aspect of it was exciting. But just like the current state of the WWE, the game is playable but still requires some much-needed improvement.

WWE games have become more about timing than actual skill. The games depend on your ability to make enough reversals to give you the advantage. Not only does that take away from your skill in the game, but it makes it almost impossible to play through a quality wrestling match.

Other than that, everything else is the same. Universe Mode hasn’t changed, and online play is still a pain, but the game is playable. Is it the best? Not really.

But, let’s look forward — the possibilities for next-gen consoles could be endless come next year.

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