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2K invites players to Step Inside the ring with WWE 2K20. Your favorite WWE Superstars, Legends, Hall of Famers and NXT’s best will join the festivities and celebrate the evolution of the WWE 2K franchise! WWE 2K20 will feature key gameplay improvements, streamlined controls, and the most fun and creatively expansive entry in the franchise to date. WWE 2K20 will also feature a brand-new 2K Showcase focused on the story of the Four Horsewomen/Women’s Evolution, the return of 2K Towers, including a story-driven tower based on the career of Roman Reigns an all-new MyCAREER that prominently features both male and female playable characters, and Mixed Tag Matches featuring male and female competitors.
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WWE 2K20 review: Botchamania
WWE 2K20 closely aligns with much of the current WWE onscreen product. It features the most promising roster in history, yet manages to squander it with incompetence, all while expecting fans to lap it up like they always do. After all, the fans are idiot marks that allowed WWE and its video game licensors to shovel excrement onto their plates for years. WWE 2K20 is a video game so bad that it should be Old Yeller’d and the people that allowed its release and encouraged folks to spend up to $99.99 on it should be ashamed (though one would likely have to be incapable of feeling shame to offer this garbage up for sale in the first place).
A buffet of crap
WWE 2K20 presents itself as a wrestling simulation and a celebration of all things WWE. It features a stacked roster of current superstars and well as a smattering of legends (many of which are locked behind a paywall). Much like the real-life roster, the level of talent on display is impossible to deny. Loads of match types are available, as well as a lengthy MyCareer mode, the return of the 2K Showcase mode, and an all-new 2K Originals mode.
The 2K Originals mode only has one event available at the time of writing, but 2K promises more on the horizon. These events stray off the conventional wrestling path and introduce fantasy environments and participants. If you’ve ever wanted to play some excruciatingly dull matches where you must rigidly follow the hazy directional text or be forced to restart, this could be your ticket. Take the fight to a foggy swamp area with a dilapidated ring while you take on a spooky version of Aleister Black with spikes, werewolf Roman Reigns, or zombie Randy Orton. While I can appreciate wanting to mix up the formula, the underlying gameplay issues and dull presentation prevent 2K Originals from being worth anyone’s time.
MyCareer is a solid representation of what WWE 2K20 has to offer. As a way to play through a WWE career, it misses the mark more than any career mode in any game that has come before it. The story it does offer is so goddamn stupid that it comes around to being endearing. You play as a pair of friends that make a pact to follow their wrestling dreams after getting beat up in high school. Both the male and female characters are full-blown idiots, though their stupidity manages to take the story some chuckle-inducing places.
The mode tasks you with creating each of these wrestlers at the beginning, allowing for an insultingly low amount of customization and then asks the player to come up with a name, an abbreviated name, a social media account name, and a 4-tiered announcer call out name. After this, WWE 2K20 literally tosses that work out the window and refers to the protagonists as Red and Trey from the first cutscene to the end of the mode. This attention to detail is indicative of all parts of the experience. Several WWE superstars offer voice over work for the mode, but it is wasted thanks to poor or entirely non-existent lip-syncing and some hideous player model glitches.
At one point in the story, the protagonists hit the road with all of their possessions and drive for days to reach Calgary, Alberta so that they can train under the legendary Stu Hart, who was famous for training wrestlers in his basement and, being the father of Bret Hart, and managing the famous Calgary Stampede wrestling territory. What the duo didn’t know was that Stu Hart had been dead for twenty years by that point and when they knocked on the door of the house, the current owner justifiably mocks them. This kind of thing happens constantly in the careers of Red and Trey, leading them through multiple WWE title victories and losses that they never really earned or deserved.
The leaps in logic are nearly indescribable to a non-wrestling fan and somehow manage to be even less comprehensible to a diehard WWE fan. Of course a 50+ year-old Samoa Joe would return to the WWE with a bionic arm after a decade-long hiatus in undisclosed mountain territory, choosing to be absent from his wife and children to get revenge on the protagonists for stuff set up by the girl who teased and tortured Red and Trey in high school (and who also became a WWE star). A twenty-years-in-the-making Mean Girls embarrassment plot from the antagonist leads to Vince McMahon booking the Wrestlemania 42 main event based on events from the night before. It’s stupider than it sounds, but it can be entertaining at times. If only the player wasn’t forced to endure the misery of the gameplay bits intertwined with the fever dream cutscenes.
What if all WWE superstars were born in Skyrim?
It’s hard to talk about WWE 2K20 without bringing attention to the quality of the superstar models. There are a handful of them that look like you would expect from a AAA video game, including Brock Lesnar, Triple H, and Randy Orton. For the other 98% of the characters on display, the results run from reasonable caricature interpretation to nightmare fuel. It isn’t even a case of only the top stars having the best character models, as cover girl Becky Lynch is one of the worst examples of the bunch.
The off-putting cyber representations of these wrestlers are bad enough when static, but once put into motion during entrances and matches, the results almost always worsen. Some arenas offer lighting that casts shadows on the character models, while others leave all participants looking like mannequins who wandered out of a PS2 game. Some people can blink, others, like Peyton Royce during a MyCareer visit to Calgary, seem to have had the top half of their faces pulled back into their scalp, unable to show pain or any emotion other than the look of a deer about to be hit by a speeding log truck. The Macho Man Randy Savage, god rest his macho soul, is presented as sporting the second-worst bowl cut in haircut history, only falling short of the disgraceful mop that 2K stuck on top of Savage’s Wrestlemania 3 opponent Ricky Steamboat.
All this bad news can get worse once the moving models start to collide with each other when wrestling maneuvers are attempted. Seeing Razor Ramon’s hair turn into a nightmare-inducing Cthulhu or Charlotte Flair’s mane warp into a cylinder and begin stabbing the opponent is a regular occurrence. Having a manager or partner at ringside is almost a guarantee that character models go rogue and slip into and out of time-space.
There is no diamond hiding underneath
These games have had glitches and physics issues for years, often resulting in hilarious memes and gifs. Things aren’t as fun when the glitches make any attempt to enjoy the game a tedious endeavor. The game will crash at random and it will crash often. Collision detection is a suggestion in the WWE 2K20 universe rather than a hard rule. Even though loads of the animations in the game are of high quality in a vacuum, getting hits and moves to actually land on your opponent can become as daunting as any Dark Souls boss fight.
Many of these animations and bugs have been around in the game dating back to the PS2 days and the folks who oversee production on WWE games clearly have no real interest in fixing them or moving off of the game engine that seems to have been in use since Stone Cold Steve Austin was a full-time roster participant. Yes, the character models (when the skin isn’t melting off of them) look better in 2019 than they did in 2001, but the core gameplay is largely unchanged. It was announced during development that longtime developer Yukes was off the project and Visual Concepts would be assuming command of the ship, but the same old Yukes issues continue to make up the foundation of this condemned structure.
As a simulation of WWE wrestling, WWE 2K20 only works if you have two people available under the agreement to carefully work through a match. Against the AI, getting a match that resembles anything you might see on WWE programming only happens about once every 100 fights. While gameplay sliders are available, they don’t meaningfully affect gameplay for sim-minded players. AI-controlled characters will simply never attempt certain moves or context-sensitive actions, an issue that has plagued the series for years.
The mechanics for kick-outs and submissions are dreadful holdovers from previous games. They were created in response to fan feedback against simple button mashing, but the end result is worse than button mashing and the mechanics themselves are nearly impossible for casual players to work with. If you mistime a button tap during the kick out circle, you can lose a match in 5 seconds, even if your wrestler never took a hit. The slant towards offering a simulation also makes WWE 2K20 unappealing to casual players or fans of the arcade and AKI-produced wrestling classics of yesteryear.
Online play continues to be a joke for the series. Assuming you can match up with another player, you are limited to basic matches and things like entrances are disabled. A set of friends have no way to play the game in any customizable fashion. The WWE Universe mode is fundamentally broken, while long-time fans will wonder why the simple and engaging GM modes from previous-generation WWE games continue to be missing in action. The suite of creation tools has been neutered by the removal of Create-a-Championship and the Create-a-Superstar has had many of the customization items removed without explanation. Where the Community Creations pages used to be loaded with great CAWs on release week, the section is now a depressing ghost town and the lack of cross-system CAW sharing continues to disappoint for another year.
Garbage: Then — Now — Forever
I had a rough time when reviewing Madden NFL 20 earlier this year because the game was another retread license cash-in from a publisher that clearly had no respect for its players. While it was a lazy dumpster fire, at least it was largely playable across its modes. The same cannot be said of WWE 2K20. 2K Games and Take Two should be embarrassed that this game was released in this condition. For more than twenty years, wrestling game fans have been begging publishers to offer an updated take on the AKI-produced wrestling game classics like WCW vs NWO: Revenge and WWF: No Mercy. Instead, the fans are expected to fawn over this dreck.
If you must. catch the cutscenes from the bonkers MyCareer mode on Youtube. If you need a new wrestling game to play, seek out Fire Pro Wrestling World or CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling. This way, you have a chance at playing a well-made game and will be supporting publishers that don’t see their player base as mindless ATM machines. 3/10 shockmasters
This review is based on the PC Steam release. The key was provided by the publisher. WWE 2K20 was released on October 21 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.
2019 wrestling video game
2019 video game
WWE 2K20 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released worldwide on October 22, 2019, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the twenty-first game in the WWE game series and the seventh under the WWE 2K banner. The sequel to WWE 2K19, 2K20 is the first game in the series to not be developed by Yuke's, which developed every entry in the series since its inception in 2000. They were replaced by Visual Concepts, who had previously worked with Yuke's as co-developers since 2014.
WWE 2K20received negative reviews, with critics noting a regression in quality compared to its predecessor. The game has since gained notoriety in both the wrestling and gaming community for its many bugs at launch and technical issues. The backlash towards the game resulted in 2K pushing back the sequel by over two years and cancelling a planned sequel titled WWE 2K21. The follow-up title WWE 2K22, will be released in March 2022.
WWE 2K20's 2K Showcase mode revolves around the Four Horsewomen of WWE (Bayley, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks). Players take control of different unique models of Bayley, Banks, Lynch & Flair, in 15 matches. The 2K Towers mode, first introduced in WWE 2K19, made its return to the series.WWE 2K20 features a female MyCareer story alongside its male story, the first for 2K. (Previous THQ games had female career/stories)
The WWE Towers Mode Returned, with one of the towers centered around Roman Reigns, with matches with unique commentary from Extreme Rules in 2013 to Stomping Grounds in 2019.
WWE 2K20 is the first game in the series to be solely developed by Visual Concepts; previous entries were co-developed by Yuke's.Eminem was reported to be curating the soundtrack of the game early in development, but talks with the rapper fell through after the news was leaked before it was made official.
On August 5, 2019, 2K announced WWE 2K20, with a trailer announcing Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns as cover stars. In the trailer, it features various WWE Superstars & Legends attending a party at a huge mansion, before it's interrupted by Lynch crashing through the glass ceiling. Lynch then apologizes to the mansion's owner, who is revealed to be Hulk Hogan. Lynch then turns around to face Reigns, who soon praises her for the scene, before then revealing them as the cover stars and the tagline "Step Inside". This marks the first game in the WWE 2K series to feature a female cover star (most recently, THQ's WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 featured Torrie Wilson on the NTSC cover of the game), and the first game since WWE All Stars to have more than one cover star.
The collector's edition was themed around the 20th anniversary of WWE SmackDown, including a signed card that featured a signed plaque from either Kurt Angle, Edge or Rey Mysterio, and a plaque featuring a piece of the SmackDown 2002–2008 ring mat.
Four expansions were released for the game as downloadable content under the banner "WWE 2K Originals", which include Showcase episodes, arenas, and character skins and accessories based on fantasy settings. All DLC expansions (except for "Bump in the Night") were made available as part of a season pass, while the season pass was bundled with the deluxe and collector's editions of the game. The first, "Bump in the Night" (which was also included as a pre-order bonus), is a horror-themed expansion centered upon Bray Wyatt's "The Fiend" persona, the second expansion "Wasteland Wanderers" is a dystopian-themed expansion centered upon Seth Rollins, the third is based on WWE's digital series Southpaw Regional Wrestling (a parody of local wrestling promotions in the 1980s), and the fourth, "Empire of Tomorrow", carries a futuristic theme and a focus on female characters.
Following the departure of Yuke's, WWE 2K20 received "unfavorable reviews" on all platforms according to review aggregatorMetacritic. Reviewers criticized the physics, graphics, targeting, change in controls and the numerous glitches.
Brian Mazique of Forbes stated that "while a few of the legacy strengths such as the creation suite are still strong, the most important part, the gameplay is in a bad place." For IGN Brian Fowler said the game was a "mess", and that the game's quality had degraded since its predecessor, and many of the character models looked like they had "crawled out of a PS2-era wrestling game."GamesRadar+'s Ben Wilson gave the verdict that "WWE 2K20 plays like a work-in-progress demo that's yet to be stress-tested – but there's a decent game somewhere under the hot mess." Writing for GameSpot, Richard Wakeling criticized the MyCareer mode, the new control layout and the numerous technical issues, and declared as the worst of the WWE 2K series, and the moment the series "hit rock bottom".
The game received notable backlash on social media platforms, where the hashtag #FixWWE2K20 began trending. Many players who purchased the collector's edition revealed that their art card was not signed, with Edge & 2K immediately sending the editions back for re-signs. At the start of 2020, the game was rendered almost unplayable due to a "Y2k20" bug.
WWE 2K20 was named among the worst games of 2019 by IGN, Metacritic, Mint and PlayStation Universe. The game was among the nominations for WrestleCrap's Gooker Award for the worst gimmick, storyline, or event in wrestling in 2019, losing to the main event of the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. The site noted that Hell in a Cell having WWE 2K20 as its presenting sponsor may have foreshadowed the show's quality, remarking that "seeing the Gooker winner being sponsored by the second runner up for the award is a whole new rancid territory."
In April 2020, former WWE video games writer Justin Leeper reported that the successor to WWE 2K20, WWE 2K21 had been cancelled. The decision was made due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the video game industry and the poor sales and reception for 2K20. Leeper would go on to state that 2K would publish a different WWE game in 2020, while WWE 2K22 will be released in 2021 for current gen consoles and "probably" PCs. However in 2021, WWE 2K22's release was delayed to March 2022.
In April 2020, during WWE's 1st Quarter Earnings Call, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was asked if 2K21 was cancelled, before he then turned the question over to WWE CFO, Frank Riddick, who revealed that the game was cancelled. On April 27, 2020, 2K announced the spin-off title WWE 2K Battlegrounds, which was released on September 18, 2020, to a mixed reception.
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