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Video Game Review: Fire Promoter DLC

March 4, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Build your promotion into a powerhouse in Fire Promoter.

We enjoyed Fire Pro Wrestling World when it launched last August, but as we noted at the time, there was no answer for the WWE 2k series’ Universe Mode where you could simulate being the booker. That has officially changed now with the arrival of the Fire Promoter DLC, which allows you to take charge of your own promotion, hire and fire talent, run monthly cards and more, albeit at the cost of an additional $19.99 US.

As a mode, Fire Promoter is quite different than Universe Mode, for better and worse. There’s more of a business aspect at work here, and you’re not given carte blanche to stick all the best guys into matches. Managing costs is a big part of your early time as you’ll begin with very few wrestlers under contract and a pretty tight budget, leaving you to try and fill rural gymnasiums before eventually looking to expand into other areas and larger arenas.

Your goal is ultimately to grow the popularity of your promotion, and at the end of each year you’ll be graded on several factors to earn an overall rating. In between you’ll be able to run 12 cards, one per month, choosing between standard card and tournament. There are some gimmick matches on offer, but it pales in comparison to 2k‘s offerings. It also feels very limiting as the only way to select one is make the entire card cage or barbed wire matches.

Contract negotiations feel similarly small in scope as you can only make one offer per month — not one to each wrestler you’re interested in mind you, one total. A scouting department will unearth new talent at times (you decide where they look and what wrestling style), adding them to the free-agent list, but you’ll still need to sign them. You can also try to poach contracted wrestlers from other promotions.

There are a number of other options to put on a quality show, including co-promoting with another brand or “borrowing” talent where you pay them for a single shot. The latter is an invaluable tool early on when you only have a half-dozen grapplers on the roster. You can also advertise to boost attendance, adjust ticket prices, venue size, referee assignment, add title matches and more. We wouldn’t call it expansive, but it’s pretty enjoyable.

That is until some of the game’s random events start befalling you. Injuries are understandable and, though never welcome, something you can at least plan for. No shows, however, are a different beast. First, they occur far too often. Second, and more importantly, you’re given no option to adjust. So if one-half of the tag champs fails to show up the match is off and the other three guys don’t appear on the card. That’s definitely not it works.

Fans will also depart in droves if a match is cancelled, and it’s incredibly annoying to watch a sold-out suddenly draw at 70 per cent capacity because the fourth match of a eight-match card is gone. The trickle down is substantial as you lose money and the show gets panned since attendance and match quality govern how “successful” a show is.

Even with its problems, Fire Promoter does have a lot of areas to track that make it a pretty involved experience. You’ll need to improve your training facility (expanding it allows you to have more wrestlers under contract) and maintain it, keep an eye on the health and happiness of your talent, sign sponsor and broadcast deals, loan out wrestlers to other promotions, produce merchandise and a lot more.

OVERALL (3.5/5)

Despite its substantial cost and a handful of meaningful shortcomings, Fire Promoter was easy to get lost in as we spent hours growing our fledgling company. It’s a solid investment for anyone that wants to have a management-style sim for running a promotion

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Video Game Review: WWE 2k19

October 9, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: WWE 2k19
One of the big items with WWE 2k19 is the return of the 2k Showcase after a two-year absence. You’ll follow the path of Daniel Bryan from his humble beginnings through his ascension to the WWE title and recent return to the ring. Each of the 11 matches is set up with a video package and remarks from Bryan, which is cool and provides some historical context to his journey.
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Video Game Review: WWE 2k18

October 23, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: WWE 2k18
WWE 2k18 takes the series’ presentation up a notch, offering up the smoothest and most realistic looking wrestlers and animations we’ve ever seen in a wrestling game. Superstar entrances have been painstakingly recreated for authenticity and watching the hundreds of motion-captured moves executed is great — especially seeing all those banned moves get another day in the sun.
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Video Game Review: WWE 2k17

October 30, 2016 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: WWE 2k17
Unfortunately, the biggest change between last year’s version and this one is the loss of 2k Showcase, which had allowed you to play through some of WWE’s biggest moments and hottest feuds in previous years. For long-time fans it was a nice blast of nostalgia accompanied by impeccable video packages that highlighted the lead up to matches and situations. It’s greatly missed.
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Video Game Review: WWE 2k16

November 2, 2015 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: WWE 2k16
If, like us, this is when you started following the company it makes for a mostly enjoyable nostalgic trip as Austin battles his greatest rivals — Bret “Hitman” Hart, The Rock, Undertaker and, of course, Mr. McMahon — across almost 30 matches. Excellent montage videos chronicle the history behind the feuds, and there are even a few cool bonus bouts, including his ECW battle with Mikey Whipwreck and a Clash of the Champions showdown with Brian Pillman.
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