If you are a lover of this TV show, don’t miss all that WWE 2K22 has to offer you.
I’ve always viewed this type of fighting game with some skepticism. Since the archaic times of Neo Geo, I haven’t returned to enjoy a title that mimicked that TV show. The complexity he thought these types of proposals had, as well as the distance he had from WWE, made him look at these types of games with suspicion, from a distance. But by chance of fate, I find myself analyzing WWE 2K22, and the result couldn’t be more satisfying. We find ourselves in front of a sincere tribute that will make us relive the best moments of the Mystery King, one of the most famous current fighters, as well as emulate the feats of ring classics like Hulk Hogan, Undertaker or The Last Warrior. Ready to give it your all in the ring?
Kids, don’t do this at home.
After a brief tutorial that I highly recommend you follow, A whole world of possibilities opens up before us. Whichever mode we choose, everything will be based on the same pleasant mechanism of crushing the opponent, forcing him to bite the canvas until the referee ends the fight. Of course, to get to this point, you’ll first have to perform combos, kicks, and stunts that leave your rival weak, without the strength to keep fighting. For this we will have a wide range of moves, some generic and some special, which give the spectacular that everyone expects in WWE 2K22.
Do you remember when it was called Pressing Catch?
The controls, despite the complexity they may have at first sight, are quite accessible. It’s like most fighting games what we know: they are easy to handle, but difficult to master if we want to control each fighter well. With a single strong attack button, a weak attack button, and a grab button, we can do quite a few cool moves. Also, in a very accessible way, we will have the list of combos that each character is able to perform.
Defense can be something more complicated basically because reflexes are needed to counter the rival’s attacks. Apart from its own button for defense and another for movement, it will be important “Knowing how to read” the opponent’s movements If we don’t want to hurt ourselves. Like everything in this life, with practice we will perfect the technique, and this will be the time when we will truly experience truly breathtaking spectacles.
A race full of mystery
Showcase mode will be the big protagonist of WWE 2K22. It will essentially be a career mode where we will witness the meteoric rise of the Mystery King, emblematic figure of this television show. As a biography, we will participate in his most historic fights while the Mystery King himself tells us in his own writing each skirmish.
It is an ideal mode for those entering the saga, since it will also serve as a more advanced tutorial, where the game itself will force us to perform certain moves to progress in combat. It may seem forced to have to achieve these goals (if we don’t, we can never win) but these are the rules of this mode. In addition, when performing certain combos, the game itself will merge with real images of the fight we are playing, with a very successful result that allows us to be more immersive in this particular fight.
In company or alone
Of course, there are other equally fun variations. Apart from the exhibition mode where you can experience battles with anyone, anywhere and anyhow, there is a multiplayer option where we duel in much more tense battles. We will have the possibility create our own fighter, and in addition to customizing it with the facial and body features we want, we can classify it among the four types of fighters available (MMA, Athlete, Independent or Actor). Even belong to one of these groups as a clan and fight against others.
In fact, the career mode that bears the title, with the nickname of my ascent has a lot to do with the background of our fighter and in the type of class to which we belong. We’re going to start from zero, no fame, no good stats, nothing. Little by little, fight after fight and training after training, We will build a bright future in WWE. And it would be a great mode if it weren’t for the massive amount of cutscenes the game has… along with a few endless loading times. From the creation of our protagonist to the fight itself or the introduction of the characters that will accompany us throughout our projection in WWE, everything will have some fillers that feel bad
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A whole range of possibilities that comes seasoned with another much quieter variant, where event management will be the sauce of every meeting. It is My GM mode, where we will be hosting WWE eventssigning the various protagonists inside the ring, but without actively participating (although we can, if the bug “bites us”). In short, a multitude of modes and customization. In fact, going back to the theme of customization, we can even create our own belt, events and championships. In this aspect, you can’t ask for more from WWE 2K22.
to enjoy like a little child
Visually, the title is very appealing. Everything is ready for us to fully immerse ourselves in the show we see on television, both in the same fight and in the previous minutes where the protagonists “parade”. To see everything in more detail, the camera will be positioned very close to the action, and it will be easy to see the expressions of pain, joy and frustration from each fighter. let’s not forget that behind the game is 2Kwho have shown great physique and body contact in NBA 2K, with the exception of previous WWE 2K iterations, of course.
Don’t expect fast fights, neither in execution nor in duration. Here you come to enjoy the show, in all its possible variants. If our rival is on the ground complaining about the pain for 10 seconds, either we wait for him to get up, making signs of superiority in front of the public present, or we take the opportunity to grab him by the hair and hit him a little more. If the enemy is knocked out between the ropes, we must not rush to the other end, gain momentum and attack with our best shot. We are in a “business”
fresh out of the box
Where I find the most problem is in the design of the fighters themselves. Some, like the aforementioned Mystery King, look outrageous. Their special moves, gestures, and even the bruises they get or the sweat they get when we’ve been in the ring for a while are recreated very well. Of course, if we go beyond the usual fighters, the visual result is a bit dull.
In reality, there is a drop in quality among the most classic contenders. The Last Warrior or Hulk Hogan, to give two examples that I know very well from my childhood, do not look at the same level as John Cena or Kevin Owens. The facial expressions are less natural, and sometimes it feels like we’re fighting his plastic doll version rather than our flesh-and-blood version.
Conclusion of WWE 2K22
2K returns in force to WWE thanks to a title that captures the essence, the spectacular (and the nostalgia) that this television show has given us since the 90s. At our disposal we will have a lot of fighters, of different stages and with their own “entrances” and special attacks. And if we don’t like the default ones, we can always create our own thanks to the editor and the career mode that the title has.
It should be noted that the study filmed with contact sports and here it is appreciated from the first moment. The grips, blows, body damage and expressions of the fighters are very well done. The realism in the design of some of the protagonists of this program fails, which without being bad at all, are detuned due to their inexpressiveness or a “doll” appearance, with too much brightness and somewhat crude animations.
Undoubtedly, lovers or not of the genre will enjoy very amusing encounters inside the ring. There are ways to keep us entertained for months on end, and if the online community responds, WWE 2K22 may become a good bet to de-stress. Ready to compete for the championship belt?
- Good assortment of fighters
- Close-up camera to clearly see the expressions, the holds, the bruises…
- Lots of game modes to get lost in for months
- Loads in the editor and in some game modes are very slow
- Some designs are much worse than others
- Despite the simplicity of its buttons, there are executions of certain movements that are difficult to interpret