WWE 2K14, for the Xbox 360 and PS3, will be hitting store shelves later this October. If you’re like Thursday Headlines, you enjoy video games, and have been waiting CENTURIES for a game to come out that matches the brilliance of WrestleMania 2000 and No Mercy for the N64. Well, if you’ve been paying attention recently, you’ll know that developer Yukes at 2K sports has been trying their damndest to deliver exactly that.
One of the best aspects of WrestleMania 2000 and No Mercy was its reversal system. It was simple, yet elegant. If you timed your button press just right, you could reverse a strike or grapple, turning the tide of a match in your favor.
The magic of the system was in how basic it was. A quick strike or grapple could be difficult to see coming, and therefore counter. But a strong strike or grapple (which led to more damage), could be easily countered because it was telegraphed in a (relatively) lengthy animation. It made battles feel more like a chess match than a button masher. Recent WWE games have failed to deliver something comparable, usually requiring reversals to be activated at specific times during complicated move animations.
According to IGN’s newest preview of the game, Yukes has been busy overhauling the reversal mechanic in WWE 2K14, to perhaps be even better than WrestleMania 2000 and No Mercy before it. The new counter system is to be smoother, and fluidly transitions into more action, rather than idle grapples. If done right, WWE 2K14 may finally step closer to the action we see every week on Raw and Smackdown.
Of course, talk is cheap and it’s easy to feel cynical about any yearly video game franchise. “Why don’t they just fix ALL the problems with the game?” Well, little Jimmy, it’s because they want your money EVERY year, not just this one.
Speaking of WWE 2K14, if you preorder the game now, you’ll get to download The Ultimate Warrior as a playable character for free! Honestly, it’ll be interesting to see how Yukes handles The Warrior’s limited moveset. No word yet on if his moveset will include more recent additions, such as racism, homophobia, and dick-itis (the act of being a dick). We at Thursday Headlines sure are ready to plop down our hard earned money for a pre-order! (Polygon)
More bad news for TNA was confirmed yesterday. Bruce Prichard, the Senior VP of Talent Relations, will be leaving the company. Prichard was brought into the company in 2010, and quickly rose to upper management when TNA attempted a writing/executive shakeup in 2011. According to Wrestling Inc, Prichard had a strained relationship with other top TNA executives due to his lack of success in negotiating contracts with performers. This, coupled with his refusal to restructure his own contract (as a means to cut costs), cemented his departure from TNA.
So, now Bruce Prichard, Tara, Doc (Luke Gallows), and Matt Morgan are all gone from TNA. Yet Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff remain. While I can’t be sure, I’m pretty sure a deal with Satan is the reason Hogan and Bischoff are still employed. That, or Dixie Carter is REALLY stupid. It couldn’t be that simple, could it?
As reported yesterday, a judge in Charlotte, North Carolina has issued an arrest warrant for Ric Flair because the WWE Hall of Famer is around $32,000 behind in spousal support. Today, the “Nature Boy" admitted to being behind by that amount, but explained he was unable to pay the sum earlier because he was out of work following the death of his son and a month long hospital stay due to a blood clot. Flair didn't also say anything about missing the payments because his estranged wife is a stone-cold bitch, but we feel that the entire story implies that fact. Woooooooooooooo! (Wrestling Inc)
As many of our loyal readers probably already know (all ten of you that is. Oh, how are the wife and kids, Hugo?), your Thursday Headline writers are from "America's Finest City", San Diego, California. Jealous? You shouldn't be. What you may not know is that the mayor of our fine city - sir Bob Filner - is in a whole heap of trouble thanks to a number of sexual harassment accusations. And we aren't talking about one or two isolated incidents, but rather a number that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger blush.
When details of the allegations hit, a disturbing term came to light. Apparently the women who work with Filner devised a name for a maneuver Filner would apply when going after a potential target. The maneuver name? The "Filner Headlock”. Apparently our mayor would ask a woman out, and then put her in something resembling a headlock until she gave him the answer he desired. Honestly, this may be the most awkward way someone has taken advantage of a headlock since Marty Jannetty's patented "can I crash at your place?" headlock. (Washington Post)
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