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What's it about?
It's time to hit the squared circle, take your shot at the championship, and cement your legacy in WWE UNIVERSE. Players will take on the McMahon family and wrestle control of WWE programming as you recruit past, present, and future superstars from the WWE Universe to perform in packed houses to the cheers (and boos) of the crowds. You'll battle it out in singles and tag team matches against the best the McMahons can put in your way, or search out competition in online PvP tournaments. Hopefully, you'll rise up through the ranks, win and defend the WWE titles, and carve out your path to greatness one three count at a time.
Is it any good?
One part soap opera, one part stunt show, the WWE has been the pinnacle of the sports entertainment genre for decades. WWE Universe attempts to bring the action and the showmanship of the WWE to mobile devices in a free-to-play gaming format. The gameplay is basic to the extreme, with players choosing between Light, Medium, and Heavy basic attacks, in a back and forth battle. The latter two of these moves do more damage but run the risk of getting blocked and countered, depending on the luck and level of your opponent. Basic movies build up momentum needed to attempt a Signature or Finishing move. Dishing out damage with these special moves or defending against them is a simple matter of timing and trying to stop a swinging meter in a sweet spot to have the best result.
It's monotonous, repetitive, and surprisingly bland. In fact, despite being labeled with all kinds of different names, all of the basic attacks have the exact same animations. It's head-scratchingly silly to have Roddy Piper go for a "Low Blow," only to see him punch an opponent in the head instead. It's even more disappointing considering it actually has a pretty good look overall and a huge roster of unique characters to work with. Adding to the disappointment is the insanely heavy push for in-game purchases. Opening a case earned in gameplay requires first scrolling though scores of special offers, and pop-up ads show up so frequently and at such odd times, you'll often find yourself having to back up and back out of potential accidental purchases. WWE Universe has the potential to be entertaining but unfortunately winds up down for the count, pinned to the mat under the weight of its shortcomings.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in WWE Universe affected by the scripted performances of the television show, which lessens how assertive the action is? What are some ways that the violence in sports entertainment programming like WWE can affect a younger audience? What are the risks of imitating the moves seen on TV and in games?
What are some of the ways that free-to-play games try to push players to spend money in their games? When do these in-game transactions and partnerships become too intrusive to gameplay?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 31, 2019
- Category: Sports Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Misfits and Underdogs
- Size: 276.60 MB
- Publisher: Glu Games Inc.
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.2 or higher; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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