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Don’t dive straight into a WWE 2K match. This is the best piece of advice anyone could give you at this point. You’re not required to play the tutorial but it really is worth your while. This is a surprisingly complex game, but it's also one where practice reaps many benefits.
Solely using gestures and taps, WWE 2K doesn’t make things easier through virtual buttons or controller support, which is a shame, but that gesture based system still works quite well. It just takes a few times to master. You tap to punch or move around, while pinching grapples, and swiping initiates a throw. There are on-screen prompts too, for when you need to get out of a grapple or reverse a move. Fortunately, the tutorials are pretty expansive, but that also means you’ll probably end up needing to complete them a few times to remember everything.
A lot of the time, you’ll be wearing your opponent down rather than expecting any kind out of knockout blow to work out just once. As expected of the sport, you can climb on ropes to dive onto your opponent and, occasionally, you’ll come across bats or chairs to fling their way. It captures the WWE feel of things pretty well. Every match feels slightly different too, thanks to there always being plenty of ways of winning. You won’t feel stuck in a rut of performing the same moves to succeed here.
It’s a fairly involved experience, too. You can create your own Superstar, work your way through a career mode, or dive right into a quick play session. There’s multiplayer as well, although expect its connectivity to be a little hit and miss at times.
A few extra modes would have been nice, such as tag teams, plus those controls could be more intuitive, but as it standsWWE 2K is still a pretty sound wrestling game.