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WWE 2K18 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by 2K Sports. It is the nineteenth installment in the WWE game series (fifth under the WWE 2K banner) and a follow-up to WWE 2K17. It was released worldwide on October 17, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. With its release, WWE 2K18 became the first in the series to be exclusively released on eighth generation hardware and also the first in the series to be released for PC and consoles simultaneously. A Nintendo Switch version followed on December 6, 2017, the inaugural release of the series for the Switch and the first WWE game to be released for a Nintendo platform since WWE '13.[1][2][3]

WWE 2K18
A picture of Seth Rollins is seen on a red background with a splash effect behind him in mainly orange colors. The game's logo appears on the top.
Cover art featuring Seth Rollins
Developer(s)Yuke's[a]
Publisher(s)2K Sports
SeriesWWE 2K
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
ReleaseDeluxe Edition, Cena (Nuff) Edition
  • WW: October 13, 2017
Standard Edition
  • WW: October 17, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: December 6, 2017
WrestleMania Edition
  • PAL: March 23, 2018
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Among the features 2K promoted were enhanced graphics and the return of Kurt Angle to the series as a playable character. Critical response to the game was mixed, with particular criticism levied at the Switch version and its various technical issues. A sequel, WWE 2K19, was released in October 2018. Online servers for WWE 2K18 were shut down on 31 May, 2019.

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MarketingEdit

On May 23, 2017, 2K Sports announced WWE 2K18 would be released in 2017.[1] On June 19, 2017, 2K released a trailer, revealing that Seth Rollins will be featured as the game's cover star.[4] In the trailer, it features Rollins vandalizing and burning down a fictitious WWE warehouse in Stamford, Connecticut, as well as showing the tagline "Be Like No One". The second trailer features Kurt Angle visiting the ruins of the warehouse and finding a pair of his boots among the ashes, which announced Angle as the game's pre-order.[5] The game's Deluxe Edition was also announced, giving players access to the game four days early, along with the season pass and additional in-game content.[6] On July 10, 2017, a Nintendo Switch version was also confirmed.[2] On July 27, 2K Sports announced the Collector's Edition, called the "Cena (Nuff)" edition. The collector's edition revolves around John Cena, commemorating his 15 years in the WWE, and includes a Cena action figure, a piece of the ring mat from his victory at the 2017 Royal Rumble, and an autographed photo from Cena. Unlike previous years, the Collector's Edition included the game's season pass. The Collector's Edition (as well as the Deluxe Edition) has two additional playable versions of Cena (included with 2006's ECW One Night Stand and WrestleMania XXVI attires), as well as Batista and Rob Van Dam as playable characters.[7]

On August 16, 2K and IGN announced the first 47 playable characters, with a roster reveal special hosted by Corey Graves, Renee Young, and Goldust.[8] Two days later, 2K announced that the soundtrack for the game would be curated by The Rock and will feature a mix of classic rock, modern rock, and hip hop.[9] On September 26, 2K announced that for the first time, the PC version of the game will release alongside its console counterparts on October 17.[10] Season pass details were unveiled on September 27, featuring the Accelerator, MyPlayer kick start, New Moves pack, NXT Generation pack, and the Enduring Icons pack.[11] The NXT Generation pack was released on November 21, 2017, while the pre-order and deluxe edition bonus content was available as a separate purchase a week earlier. The New Moves pack was released on December 12, 2017, and the Enduring Icons pack was released on January 16, 2018. On March 23, 2018, a WrestleMania-themed edition of WWE 2K18 was released internationally, which contained all of the characters and downloadable content in addition to exclusive items prior to WrestleMania 34.

RosterEdit

On June 29, 2017, it was announced that Kurt Angle would be the pre-order bonus character for WWE 2K18, making his first WWE video game appearance since WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007.[12] For the third installment in a row, the roster is the largest included in the series with over 200 WWE superstars from the roster.[13] As part of a product placement deal with KFC, WWE 2K18 has Colonel Sanders as a playable character, accessible through the attire templates in the Create-A-Wrestler feature.[14]

WWE 2K18 marks the video game debut of 29 wrestlers.[citation needed]

GameplayEdit

Similar to its predecessors, WWE 2K18 is a professional wrestling game and for the first time since WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, eight wrestlers are able to be in a match at once, instead of six (the Nintendo Switch version only supports six wrestlers in the ring).[13] The Royal Rumble match has been retooled, with new mechanics, finishers and elimination sequences.[13] A carry system was introduced (which is similar to the Ultimate Control Grapple system introduced in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007), allowing players to pick up or drag their opponent and place them in a specific spot.[13] Thousands of new moves and animations have been added to the game.[15]

Game modesEdit

Improvements have been made to the creation suite, such as new superstar parts and materials. One such material is a glow effect, which gives players the ability to make hair, clothing, and logos on their created superstars to glow.[16] Other new creation suite features include an enhanced highlight system, however the free-roaming camera has been removed when the highlight reel is being used mid-match. Crowd area templates can also be selected in Create-An-Arena, allowing players to select five different templates that have different weapons and objects to use.[17] The Create-A-Match feature, last seen in the 7th-gen version of WWE 2K17 (WWE 2K14 for 8th-gen players), has returned. New to the feature includes the ability to create your own custom matches and save them for use in exhibition mode, Universe, and Online through Private matches.[13] MyCareer now allows backstage free roaming (Last seen in WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011's Road to WrestleMania mode), with wrestlers creating alliances and enemies, and fighting styles are introduced in the "MyPlayer" career mode, letting players choose between eight different fighting styles, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.[13] However mixed gender tag-team matches are not featured in the game and cannot be created using Create-a-Match.

The new "Road To Glory" mode enables players to use their MyPlayer characters to qualify and compete in events, similar to the one found in WWE SuperCard.[13] This mode replaces the 2K Tonight online mode from WWE 2K17.

Universe mode has been improved with a new story system, alongside new cut-scenes, power-rankings, and a goal system.[13]

Commentary and graphicsEdit

WWE 2K18 features a new commentary team of Monday Night Raw's Michael Cole, SmackDown Live's Byron Saxton, and dual branded commentator Corey Graves. Crowd sound is also improved and features authentic crowd chants for entrances and during a match. It also features a new graphics engine, which enhance the camera system and improves lighting, textures, and character models.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(NS) 35/100[18]
(PC) 64/100[19]
(PS4) 66/100[20]
(XONE) 67/100[21]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid5/10[22]
Game Informer6/10[23]
GameSpot5/10[24]
GamesRadar+     [25]
IGN7/10[26]
(NS) 3.8/10[27]
Nintendo Life          [28]
Nintendo World Report3/10[29]

WWE 2K18 received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic. The Nintendo Switch version, however, received "generally unfavourable" reviews.[18][19][20][21]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Additional work by Visual Concepts; Blind Squirrel Entertainment co-developed the Nintendo Switch version.

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ Skrebels, Joe (16 August 2017). "WWE 2K18 Roster Reveal: First 47 Playable Superstars Announced". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  9. ^ Mazique, Brian. "'WWE 2K18' Soundtrack Announced And Curated By Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
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