Another year means another game in 2K’s wrestling series and yet another journey into the WWE universe in digital form. The usual question with any long-running franchise is, of course, whether this year’s iteration has improved on the formula enough to make the purchase worthwhile. Fortunately, WWE 2K19’s return to the old focus of over-the-top fun provides just what the series needed to feel renewed, and if you have missed out on some of the recent titles in the series, you should definitely consider giving this year’s iteration a try.
The main reason for this updated feel would be the new My Career mode which follows the tale of your custom wrestler as he makes his way from the indies, through NXT (with more than a few hiccups on their journey there), and finally on to the main roster. This new campaign is filled to the brim with references to wrestling history that even casual fans will be able to recognise and feels like a love-letter to the scene (both inside the WWE and without, even if the indies and other promotions get some shade thrown their way). This earnest story resonates with a likeable protagonist, properly motivated adversaries and some of the hokey-est moments thanks to visits to the broken universe and other trope-filled storylines.
Once you’ve completed this, you can also sink your teeth into the great story of Daniel Bryan’s career throughout his run in the WWE with this year’s return of the superstar showcase. With commentary from Daniel himself, featuring some of the biggest moments of the man that the WWE universe chose to embody what they wanted from their wrestlers, it is definitely a must play through for anyone who is as excited to see him back in a ring.
Outside of these new additions, you’ll also find the towers modes, with various challenges to keep you busy while storing up your various forms of virtual currency to buy unlocks, former wrestlers, new gear, and boosters for the chance of getting hold of moves to outfit your CAW with. From my time so far with the game, it doesn’t seem like these purchases need to be made with real money to see any kinds of real returns as it were, and that is a relief in the modern gaming space of overly-tuned RNG and exploitative measures that can be found out there.
...it doesn’t seem like these purchases need to be made with real money to see any kinds of real returns as it were, and that is a relief in the modern gaming space...
No longer will you be sitting through unbearably long loading screens while just waiting for the NXT parking lot to load in, or the next cutscene, match, or royal rumble.
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