On October 22, 2019, 2K Sports released the most recent edition of the WWE 2K professional wrestling video game series – WWE 2K20. Releasing on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, WWE 2K20 was considered an absolute disaster following its worldwide release. With a 2/10 rating on GameSpot and a 4.3/10 rating on IGN, this game was one of the biggest let-downs in gaming of 2019… and that’s not exactly the greatest news for professional wrestling fans.
Recently, I have been working through the story modes for various professional wrestling video games on my YouTube channel. Having recently finished the WWE 2K20 Southpaw Regional Wrestling “Saving Southpaw” Showcase Mode (as well as the coinciding 2K towers modes), I felt it would be interesting to take a look back at this inclusion in the WWE 2K Originals DLC pack.
WWE 2K20 Takes On Southpaw Regional Wrestling
With a final release date of February 7, 2020, this mode features six separate “towers” modes and one story-based showcase mode. For those who are unaware, the “towers” modes are a series of matches with comedically altered characters that are provided purely as a challenge to you. The showcase mode provided features occasional cutscenes, but story-telling is mostly done via a text-based format.
This mode was based on a parody series produced by WWE superstars during their off-time that went by the same name. In this show, superstars would poke fun at the old school “Southern wrassling” promotions of yesteryear. Many recurring characters in the series would make appearances in this show (such as Mr. Mackelroy, the Sea Creature, and Dan Bandana). However, we are not just limited to these characters – we are also provided with brand new original spin-offs of characters like Lana (Dosvetanya), Charlotte Flair (Georgia Washington), and Bianca Belair (Aerobic Bianca Belair). Let’s look into each showcase/tower, and the key points to each one.
First, we have the main Showcase mode – Saving Southpaw. In this mode, evil multi-millionaire Mr. Mackelroy is seeking to buy the Southpaw Regional Wrestling promotion (much to the chagrin of everyone else involved). In this showcase, you must play as a female cast of characters with control of the promotion on the line.
Due to the rest of the modes lacking any real story to them, the following list consists of the mode and it’s star(s):
- Purple Valentine’s Day: An eight match tower mode controlled by Velveteen King (Velveteen Dream).
- Cult Rasslersize: A four match tower mode controlled by Misfit Molly (Becky Lynch).
- What Goes Around…: A four match tower mode controlled by Mr. Mackelroy (Tyler Breeze).
- Tower Of Prep: A four match tower mode controlled by The Perth Preppies (Heather & Other Heather) (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce).
- A Man And His Chickens: A four match tower mode controlled by Big Bartholomew (Rusev).
- Street Ninja Showdown: A four match tower mode controlled by Street Zack Ryder and Street Curt Hawkins (Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins).
WWE 2K20 Southpaw Regional Wrestling DLC Review
While we’ve covered the content provided within the DLC, it’s time to discuss its execution. How did WWE 2K20 do with its interpretation of this cult classic parody show?
First, the Saving Southpaw Showcase Mode was a lot of fun. It has a lot of interesting characters, but the cutscenes left a lot to be desired. In the WWE 2K19 MyCareer mode, Samoa Joe returns with a bionic arm in an insane moment. The most insane moment of this showcase was watching Urrsula’s entrance in the game. Despite this, it was still a very entertaining mode.
To many, the gameplay itself is one of the most important things in a video game. For me, the gameplay was no problem in the Southpaw Regional Wrestling Tower modes. My personal favorite tour was the first one I played – the Purple Valentine’s Day tower. It mostly consisted of hardcore matches, which I absolutely enjoyed. Admittedly, some of the Tower modes missed the ball. For example, the Cult Rasslersize tower wasn’t very entertaining or memorable. The same could easily be said for the A Man and his Chickens tower as well. Sadly, these two towers did not have many redeeming qualities. At least Mr. Mackelroy’s moveset was fun to use. I couldn’t say the same for Molly or Bartholomew.
I did particularly enjoy the settings for What Goes Around and Street Ninja Showdown. With both towers taking place on a retro-themed dance floor, bar, and arcade amalgamation, the matches held in these places were way more thrilling then those of your typical in-ring variety. If I hadn’t been speedrunning those two towers, I would have spent 10+ minutes walking around that setup just to take in the atmosphere. It was far different from your average backstage interview area – that’s for sure.
An Ode To Southpaw
Admittedly, I did not head into this review with an open mind. With WWE 2K20’s historically disasterous release and following coverage, I wasn’t expecting much from this content. However, as a part of the WWE 2K20 Season Pass (costing $30.00 U.S), you surely get a bang for your buck. Would I recommend that you go out and purchase this DLC? Well… it depends.
Interestingly enough, the DLC content provided by the Season Pass relies heavily on a fantasy element in which 2K Sports have never ventured into previously with the series. While, yes, the WWE 2K19 MyCareer mode featured your typical silly, wacky Matt Hardy action – it didn’t exactly provide us with the depth of insanity featured in this DLC. Personally, I am a huge fan of the wackiness that comes with this pack – but it may not be your thing – and that’s okay! I know that some people prefer buying DLC featuring characters that you’ll actually use (such as the former WWE 2K Future Stars Packs, Hall of Fame Packs, etc). However, if you’re interested in something a little bit deeper that will scratch the creative itch – this is an easy buy… that is… if you can get your game to work.
Once again, remember this is a WWE 2K20 DLC. Who knows if it will even work on your console? However, it did work on mine (PS4). Recently, I’ve been speedrunning the content from this DLC on Twitch and YouTube which you can check out. With 14-world records in WWE 2K Speedrunning (as of this writing), you can easily expect more WWE 2K article content coming to the site in the near future.
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