One of the most obvious 'new' things about WWE 2K19 is that wonderful Daniel Bryan Showcase. The only problem is, it's not strictly a new feature. Showcases have been in the series before, and whilst it's great they're back, they can't be cited as a fresh beginning for 2K's franchise.
Beyond such Bryan-related merriment, there is some uncharted terrain. If you've ever wondered what WWE action would look like in the pages of a graphic novel, what AJ Styles has in common with Mortal Kombat mega-heel Shang Tsung, or what wrestlers learn as they traverse from independent circuit to major leagues, then this is the game for you.
All of that is possible, making this perhaps the first pro wrestling video game to mix comics, gory tournament fighters and indy struggles into the same package. As if that wasn't enough, 2K also deemed that both Minecraft and Funko's wildly successful Pop! figures deserve to see some ring time too. Sort of.
So, what the hell is this writer babbling about, and why should you care about these references if 2K19 is the same game as 2K18? Good news: it's not, at least not totally. If you're willing to have a laugh with it or customise your own Universe like never before, then you'll find some freshness...