Following the disastrous launch of WWE 2K20, publisher 2K Games and developer Visual Concepts decided to take one year off to rework and rebuild the series back its former glory. I'm glad to report that with WWE 2K22, that has mostly been achieved in some stellar ways all the while tripping in other aspects. For the most part, the latest entry is a great step forward back on the path to a wildly fun and engaging wrestling experience.
WWE 2K22 isn't just a follow-up to the misfire that came before it, but an almost complete overhaul of elements that bogged its predecessors down - some even dating as far back as WWE 2K16. In bringing the games more in line with more traditional fighting games, Visual Concepts have reworked the strike/grapple system to be more combo-focused, making for a remarkably fun and versatile gameplay loop. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though, as more aspects have been given careful attention.
In a way, it actually reminds me of the classic Smackdown vs. Raw titles of the bygone era, where fun was at the forefront.
Visual Concepts have created a more dynamic, free-flowing style of combat that somehow feels right for the series now.
There are far less cutscenes than before too, meaning most of your "interaction" with the game feels immersion-breaking and a bit hollow.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
8 March 2022
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