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WWE 2K22 Review: A Solid Return To The Ring

WWE 2K22 redeems Visual Concepts' wrestling series and provides plenty of polish and variety for newcomers and veterans of the squared circle alike.

Story Highlights
  • Combat system is simple, fun, and satisfying.
  • A huge roster of wrestlers both old and new.
  • Showcase Mode is loving homage to wrestling history.
  • MyRise and MyGM are both lackluster.
  • Visuals are wildly inconsistent.
  • So many microtransactions.

After the divisive launch of WWE 2K20 back in 2019, 2K Games and developer Visual Concepts canceled WWE 2K21 and took two years off to reevaluate their approach to capturing the in-ring action of WWE in video game form. With this backlash still fresh in the minds of gamers, much is riding on WWE 2K22 as a return to form for the franchise – especially after recent rumors that WWE may give its gaming license to EA if things don’t improve. Thankfully, WWE 2K22 is a step in the right direction for newcomers and seasoned ring veterans alike.

WWE 2K22’s battle has been adjusted from the beginning. Strikes, hooks, and counter moves are performed by squeezing a solitary face button, with an extra press expected to conclude what move to perform during a catch. By hanging together assaults and hooks, players can pull off combo moves, with the last strike managing additional harm. When a particular meter is filled, grapplers can play out their unique moves and Finishers to end the match. Imperativeness and Body Damage decide the amount greater discipline a rival can take, and pinfalls and entries are brought out through a button-squashing minigame. Man-made intelligence can be very formable at higher challenges yet PC controlled rivals can flounder in matches with different adversaries.

WWE 2K22’s single-player content is featured by the current year’s 2K Showcase mode, which elements matches from Rey Mysterio’s residency in WWE and is interspersed by video film of the legend himself. As players complete in-match targets, the game consistently advances to film from the genuine match and portrayal from Rey, giving a bona fide feeling of Rey himself recounting to fans the tale of his profession as they play through it. In the interim, players hoping to diagram their own way can fabricate a custom Superstar in MyRise, which allows fans to climb the positions of the WWE as a tenderfoot getting familiar with everything. Players shape their grappler’s continuous story by settling on decisions in web-based media posts and discussions with different grapplers.

MyGM Mode returns in WWE 2K22 and places players in the job of a General Manager responsible for running a WWE Brand. Players can pick between various existing GMs to play as, every one with their own unique capacities, and go up against different GMs as they draft grapplers to their show and set up matches to guarantee that their show is the most beneficial. Universe Mode is additionally back, and gives players free rule over a solitary genius or the whole list as they play through whole shows and deal with each part of the activity all through the ring. At long last, WWE 2K22’s substance creation suite allows fans to make custom grapplers, fields, titles, and even Money In The Bank folder cases.

New to WWE 2K22 is MyFaction, which permits players to fabricate their own steady utilizing collectible Power Cards to decide their gathering’s individuals, logo, and chief. From that point, players can try out their new group by finishing everyday difficulties and matches to procure focuses and open more Power Cards for their developing stable. New difficulties and Match Towers are added on the web, yet MyFaction strangely doesn’t highlight any multiplayer mode for would-be supervisors to set their groups in opposition to one another.

WWE 2K22’s illustrations are essentially worked on over past WWE games, despite the fact that minor section issues and solid activitys continue. Pre-recorded critique plays all through the matches, with the broadcasters portraying every grappler as they stroll to the ring and offer tidbits all through the match. The game’s list contains the typical blend of current grapplers and legends of days of old, including a couple of Superstars that were as of late given up as a component of WWE’s new rush of cutbacks. Legitimate issues truly do forestall a portion of Rey’s most vital rivals from showing up in 2K Showcase Mode, be that as it may.

WWE 2K22 is anything but an ideal reevaluation of 2K Games’ wrestling series, however it gives strong interactivity and a lot of assortment in its many game modes, and the show all through is first rate. Obviously Visual Concepts used the additional time stood to it by WWE 2K22’s more drawn out improvement cycle well, giving wrestling fans a beneficial encounter that reclaims the establishment for its past misfortunes in the squared circle.

WWE 2K22 releases on March 11 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. A digital PlayStation code was provided to The Rant Mag for the purpose of this review.

WWE 2K22 Review

Our Rating - 7.5


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The next mainline offering for 2K's long-running pro-wrestling franchise. WWE 2K22 does have some notable problems, such as modes that feel lacking or tacked on. Thankfully, it manages to excel in other departments, including visuals, controls, and performance. Although its predecessors set a very low bar, WWE 2K22 still cleared it and exceeded expectations.

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Richard Lawler joined The Rant Mag as Senior News Editor in 2022 after several years covering news at Engadget. He's been a tech blogger since before the word was invented, and will never log off.

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