WWE 2K22 review

Like other sports game franchises, the WWE 2K The series consistently released a new game every year with minor changes and an updated roster. But then WWE 2K20 derailed the franchise, received scathing reviews from critics, and was labeled as one of the lowest-rated wrestling video games ever made. The backlash to WWE 2K20 was so important that 2K Sports decided to cancel the project WWE 2K21 and allow the development team to focus their efforts on WWE 2K22 in place.

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WWE 2K22 is a huge step up from the disastrous WWE 2K20, so it looks like the extra development time has really paid off. It feels like so much more than just a roster update, with new game modes, new controls, and a vastly improved visual layout that blows every previous WWE video game out of the water.

WWE 2K22The new control scheme is simpler than what’s come before, but anyone having trouble can get to grips with the game’s quick and helpful tutorial. On Xbox, the X button is for light taps, while the A is for heavy strikes and B is used for grapples. Players can use different combinations to perform different moves, and these buttons are also used for counters. While Y is the main counter button, if players can correctly guess and time their opponent’s next attack by pressing the same button as them, they have another chance to counter. The new controls help the game feel faster compared to its predecessors, with more complex moves made much easier to pull off thanks to on-screen prompts and by having less complicated button combinations.



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The only real problem that WWE 2K22 players will encounter the new commands when playing gimmick matches with weapons anywhere in the ring. The left bumper is used to pick up weapons, but it also prompts wrestlers to grab ropes and perform other actions. WWE 2K22 players will sometimes have trouble picking up items in the ring, especially during Money in the Bank Ladder matches when there are six wrestlers and a bunch of ladders taking up space at once.

Overall, however, the WWE 2K22 the in-ring action is as solid and polished as it’s ever been, and it looks fantastic. WWE 2K22 the wrestlers look almost realistic, with an incredible level of detail and impressive animations. It’s easily the best looking WWE video game ever made, with plenty of the jank and clunky visual glitches that have plagued games past, nowhere in next-gen releases.


the WWE 2K22 The roster is quite extensive, with 163 wrestlers available to choose from in the base game and 168 in the more expensive nWo 4-Life Edition. It was feared that the WWE 2K22 the roster is said to be suffering due to WWE’s real-world talent cuts, but that’s not the case. In fact, there are even wrestlers in WWE 2K22 who actively appear on AEW, so between modern stars and playable legends, there are plenty of characters to choose from.


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Players can take these wrestlers into exhibition matches and have a great time battling the AI ​​or playing with friends, with noticeable quality of life improvements. For example, players will notice in matches that allow them to put a lot of distance between them and their opponent that the game will switch to a split-screen perspective instead of trying to zoom the camera in enough to capture all the action.


In addition to exhibition matches, WWE 2K22 brings back options like Universe Mode, which lets players experience years of WWE lineup and storylines, jump straight into matches, or simulate it all. There’s the option to focus exclusively on a single superstar’s career this time around, which is more like the classic career modes of older games, and that’s much appreciated.

Meanwhile, MyRISE is a mode that allows players to create their own wrestler and rise through the WWE ranks, making story-changing decisions along the way. MyRISE replaces the MyCareer mode of WWE 2K20, but sadly, it’s just as unbearable with silly dialogue and long inescapable cutscenes weighing it down. We spend our time in WWE 2K22 is much better spent in any of the other available game modes, even the relatively lackluster MyFACTION, which is essentially the WWE 2K22 take on Ultimate Team, with microtransactions.



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MyRISE itself might not be much fun, but creating your own wrestler is, thanks to WWE 2K22amazing creative tools. WWE video games have always provided comprehensive creative tools and WWE 2K22 is no different, allowing players complete freedom in creating their own wrestler, designing their gear, and setting up their moveset. There are a dizzying array of moves to choose from, including some from the Indies like the Piledriver Package that WWE star Kevin Owens used to do when he was known as Kevin Steen. Players can also create their own arenas, leagues, entries, and more, with enough options for creative minds to easily spend hours in these modes alone.

One of the most exciting new game modes in WWE 2K22 is the return of the General Manager mode, now known as MyGM. General manager mode has not been seen since WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008, and so it’s great to finally see him back. And while MyGM is a solid foundation, there are a few big downsides that will likely disappoint anyone picking up WWE 2K22 to play MyGM.

MyGM in WWE 2K22 is extremely limited compared to previous iterations of the mode. For those who may not be familiar with General Manager mode, it allows players to book their own WWE shows, set up feuds, negotiate contracts, and manage a budget while creating scenarios for big events. à la carte. the WWE 2K22 The General Manager mode version doesn’t give fans many match options, with players only being able to book singles and tag team match variants. Beyond that, WWE 2K22 MyGM players only have two titles to work with on their respective brands, whereas previous versions of the mode also allowed team and mid-map titles.


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In addition to booking matches, players can also set up promotions, giving wrestlers the chance to speak with the crowd to increase their popularity, which in turn can increase interest in their feuds and matches, which which results in higher ratings. It’s nice to have promotional slots on the weekly shows, but for some reason there are three dedicated slots for pay-per-view promotions, which is odd since most actual PPVs focus on real wrestling matches. Add to these issues the fact that only two people can play a season of MyGM together despite having four brands to choose from, and it’s clear that WWE 2K22 is rather stripped down compared to previous iterations.


WWE 2K22MyGM may lack features compared to previous versions, but that doesn’t mean it’s a complete waste of time. Those who like to book fantasy wrestling shows will still find it entertaining, and there are new bells and whistles that make it more involved week by week. WWE 2K22 MyGM allows players to communicate regularly with their wrestlers and complete special objectives given by Triple H, and while these objectives sometimes require players to do things that detract from the quality of their show (such as having a pay-per- view without champions , which makes no sense), they improve the mode as a whole.

Easily the biggest problem with the WWE 2K22 MyGM mode is that it does not allow players to play beyond one season. After completing a season of MyGM, WWE 2K22 players must start from scratch with a whole new draft, new champions, and more. This is a rather glaring oversight and truly MyGM ball joints. Once players have finished a season, they may not feel like starting another, which is a shame because even with its downsides, MyGM is otherwise fun enough to have kept fans engaged for ages. month.


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And finally there is the WWE 2K22 Showcase mode to consider, with this year’s version of Showcase starring Rey Mysterio. Showcase takes players through the highlights of Rey Mysterio’s career, from his early days in WCW to more recent matches against modern WWE Superstars. There are special objectives to complete, and matches mix gameplay with real-life footage for great visual effect, though some may be annoyed by how scripted and linear it feels compared to other game modes.

Anyone watching the WWE 2K22 Showcase mode for pure entertainment will likely disappoint, but it works well as an extended tutorial. Each objective requires players to perform certain actions in the ring, and the guidance provided will help players understand how to perform the more complicated moves in the game. Showcase is therefore useful in helping players get used to the new control scheme, plus it has some interesting unlocks to snag.

From Showcase to MyGM, WWE 2K22 is packed with content, and in terms of graphics and polish, it’s a huge improvement over its predecessors. But the game has some notable downsides, most notably with the botched MyGM, which could have been the crown jewel of WWE 2K22game modes. The base is there for a future WWE game to provide a more fleshed out MyGM experience, so hopefully it won’t be dropped again.


WWE 2K22 launches March 11 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Game Rant received an Xbox Series X code for this review.

Our assessment:

3.5 out of 5 (very good)


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