Wrestling series returns for a new run at the championship.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WWE 2K22 is a sports entertainment fighting game available on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. The game is the latest annual entry in the 2K Games and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) franchise, returning after skipping a year in 2021 for improvements. The game features a roster made up of current and former WWE superstars that fight in a variety of choreographed combat matches. Violence is a focal point of the game, with pain and injury shown on the fighters. There's also the option to add onscreen blood to the mix, though the option is turned off in the Settings by default. WWE 2K22 does includes mild profanity and suggestive comments in some of its dialogue, while both male and female wrestlers are often shown in somewhat revealing outfits. Parents should also be aware that the game features options for online multiplayer and for sharing custom content creations, both of which could expose younger players to potentially offensive content. There's also a significant push for microtransactions, with some content locked behind downloadable content that can be earned by playing or purchased using real money.
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What’s It About?
After a one year hiatus, the superstars of the WWE ring return to ring in WWE 2K22, the latest entry in 2K Games' series based on the popular sports entertainment brand. The game has been rebuilt from the ground up with new gameplay, new graphics, new game modes, and a massive roster of past and present WWE athletes. Players can recreate their favorite battles in either solo or local and online multiplayer, choosing superstars and competing in everything from standard one-on-one and tag team matches to brutal steel cage or Last Man Standing matches to epic 30-person Battle Royal bouts. You can relive history as you revisit the long and storied journey of WWE Legend, Ray Mysterio, Jr., replaying key moments and matches that shaped his career. Or, you can use the game's MyRise mode to build your own legacy, taking a custom built superstar through their own unique career path, with all the trials and tribulations that come with seeking out championship gold. Or maybe you'd rather act more behind the scenes than in the spotlight. WWE 2K22's new MyGM mode give you total control over one of the WWE's flagship shows, where you're responsible for signing new talent, planning events, and setting the foundation for some great storylines. Do you have what it takes to keep the hype machine rolling and gain those all-important ratings over the other three shows? With all of these updates and changes, WWE 2K22 has set itself up for a comeback of grand proportions.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes taking a break can make a world of difference. Take WWE 2K22. After the previous game in the series received a lukewarm reception at best, the publisher skipped a year and went back to the drawing board. The result is a game that gives a sorely needed second wind to a series on the verge of tapping out. New controls and gameplay makes the series more accessible to newcomers. Superstar moves chain together in a much more fluid way, giving players a sense of real accomplishment after stringing together a stellar combination of attacks. And on the defensive side, the improved block/reversal mechanic, combined with a new dodge command, gives players a fighting chance to keep from getting mercilessly pummeled. While it's much easier to pick up and play, veterans of the series will still enjoy the technical aspects of the game. Superstars move much more like their real world counterparts and movesets allow a diverse arsenal of attacks and a wide range of strategic options in matches.
Though WWE 2K22 is a massive leap forward for the franchise, it's not without its share of flaws. Some frustrating technical glitches still pop up from time to time, though much less frequently than in the past. Plus, there's always the likelihood of these getting patched out later. Then there's the roster of WWE superstars. Due to the unavoidable lag between development and release, which coincided with massive talent releases at WWE, a large number of "current" superstars available are no longer with the company. In fact, many have even debuted to much fanfare in other wrestling promotions. The MyGM mode seems like it was tacked on at the last minute. While planning and running your own fantasy football take on the WWE's flagship shows is something fans have been craving, it just feels anemic and lacking any real depth. The Showcase mode also feels a bit bare, with substantial and surprising gaps in the spotlight on the career of WWE Legend, Ray Mysterio, Jr. Thankfully, the remaining modes more than make up for these weaknesses. Taking your custom created superstar on his or her journey in MyRise is an absolute blast. The new MyFaction mode provides a constant stream of new challenges, while also appealing to the collector mindset with its trading card element. While far from perfect, WWE 2K22 still breathes new life into the franchise as both a resurrection from the ashes of the last game and as one of the best outings for the WWE 2K series as a whole.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in entertainment. Is the impact of the violence in WWE 2K22 affected by the fact that the action and drama of the WWE events, shows, and games are scripted? Do you think this has a greater impact on younger audiences? What are the risks involved in imitating the moves of the trained performers? What are some of the risks facing these performers, even with their extensive practice and training?
How can WWE 2K22's customization features allow players to get more integrated into a gaming experience? Does this type of content creation help players enjoy the experience on a more personal level?
- Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Release date: March 11, 2022
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Friendship
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: March 11, 2022
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Violent wrestling game takes the sports entertainment crown.
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