WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS is a first of its kind, that does for wrestling like what Saber Interactive’s own NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 did for basketball. You’ll play as caricatures of WWE’s past and present performing exaggerated movesets in extravagant arenas. It’s not a complex game by design, and allows anyone to pick it up and play. Fun is at the forefront, and there’s a strong emphasis on an arcade brawler type of game over the mainline game’s simulation aspects of wrestling. WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS has a surprising amount of depth, but not without a few botches along the way. It’s not enough to deter for what’s enjoyable game that lands a little more than it misses.
The Serious Sam series probably doesn’t come to mind for many when someone asks about classic first-person shooters or memorable protagonists. Croteam aims to change that, and Serious Sam 4 works to earn its place in the pantheon of first-person shooters that you’ll remember first. There’s a not-so-serious story in addition to Serious Sam as a playable character seeing improvements by often going the Deadpool route of fourth-wall breaking humor and references. These elements combined, establishes why this series refuses to live in obscurity or niche any longer. Serious Sam 4 doesn’t change the formula, and this is to its benefit, making it a bigger, better, and more planet badass than ever.