WWE 2K22 has been released - and with it the launch of the brand reboot. How good is WWE 2k22? Apparently better than the direct predecessors. The developers at Visual Concepts and Publisher 2K could have gotten off to a worse start.

The ring bells are ringing: It's Launch Day! Wrestling fans have had to wait a long time for a new WWe 2k game, now the 2022 version is officially available. What publisher 2K calls “the greatest video game in WWE history” enters the ring with cover superstar Rey Mysterio, a major overhaul of engine and gameplay, new controls, new graphics and new game modes.

WWE 2K22: The series is restarted

The latest installment in the WWE video game series developed by Visual Concepts is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.

The game's cover features Rey Mysterio, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a WWE Superstar. The game has been completely overhauled with a new game engine, new gameplay, the most stunning WWE 2K graphics to date, intuitive controls, multiple new game modes, an immersive presentation and a variety of camera angles. WWE 2K22's diverse soundtrack was curated by Executive Soundtrack Producer Machine Gun Kelly, who will be included as a playable character in a downloadable content pack after the game's release.

"The past two years have been marked by the focus and passion of our incredible team at Visual Concepts, who have worked hard to deliver the WWE experience fans have been asking for," said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. “WWE 2K22 and all of its achievements are the result of the energy and hard work of this team who have created a great game with a rich heritage. I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished with this release, which is another step towards a bright future for the WWE 2K franchise."

The first reviews are good to very good - so the developers have definitely succeeded in making a comeback with the reboot of the wrestling series. on Metacritic are already the first ratings before, they are currently cavorting in the range of a 70s or 80s rating on the hundreds scale. The picture is mixed among the fans: some sing praises, others find points of criticism. For developers and publishers, the mixed mood is at least an indication that not everything went wrong. At the same time, it means: For fans, there is apparently no way around getting into the virtual ring themselves and convincing themselves of the quality of the wrestling video game.

One thing can be said at the moment: With WWE 2K22, the developers and publishers have laid a solid foundation to help the series regain its former glory in the years to come. In any case, the makers don't have to mothball the series again in view of what is on offer.

No lack of features

At least there is no shortage of game modes. WWE 2K22 brings back a few popular modes and also introduces new ones:

2K Showcase with Rey Mysterio: Players can complete objectives to relive the greatest moments and matches of Mysterio's 20-year WWE career. Each match features documentary-style interviews with Mysterio. The new Slingshot technology ensures a seamless transition from gameplay to live-action footage.

My GM: In this new fan-requested mode, players choose one of five GMs or create their own. You'll assemble a roster, manage budgets, sign free agents, choose from different match types, arena locations, production elements and more - all with the aim of besting a GM rival in weekly ratings competitions and ultimately hosting WrestleMania.

My FACTION: The new single-player twist on the classic team-building mode, where players collect a roster of WWE Superstars and Legends to create their ultimate team of four. Managers and side plates increase performance, while logos, background images and nameplates are available for creative customization.

Players can earn additional goodies in My FACTION sub-modes, including Weekly Towers and Faction Battles, where exciting limited-time rewards await, updated every month. In addition, new themed card packs are released regularly, giving fans plenty of current Superstars and popular Legends to add to their collections.

My story: Here, players blaze their own path to Superstardom, from humble beginnings as a rookie at the WWE Performance Center to the challenge of rising to Superstardom and becoming immortal as a WWE Legend. With distinct storylines for the Men's Division and Women's Division, players will encounter a wide array of WWE Superstars and Legends throughout their careers.

World: Allows players to customize their WWE experience down to the smallest detail, including brands, key live events, match results, rivalries and more. There are 'Classic' and 'Superstar' submodes. In Superstar mode, fans can follow their Superstar through matches each week, develop rivalries, form a tag team, create their own match, compete in a Championship match, and more.

Creation Suite: The industry-leading Creation Suite features brand new cross-platform community creations, a creator section focused on players and their content, a community creation voting system, a superstar creation wizard, and more. Players can create themselves or someone else entirely, with a variety of options to choose from.

No shortage of editions

There are four different editions of WWE 2K22: the Standard Edition, the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, the Deluxe Edition, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the New World Order, the nWo 4-Life Digital Edition:

The Standard Edition is available both physically and digitally on previous-gen platforms (PlayStation 69,99, Xbox One) at a price of €4, on current-gen consoles (PlayStation 74,99 and Xbox Series X) at a price of €5 |S) and available on PC at a price of 59,99 euros.

Priced at €79,99, the Cross-Gen Bundle includes the digital Standard Edition and the Starrcade '96 Rey Mysterio Pack for the old and current generation of consoles within the same PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

Priced at EUR 99,99, the Deluxe Edition is available both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and digitally for PC. The Deluxe Edition includes the Standard Edition as well as the Undertaker Immortal Pack, a Season Pass to all post-launch DLC content packs, the MyRISE Mega Boost and SuperCharger Packs, and limited-edition WWE SuperCard content (included in box with physical edition only ). PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S Edition buyers will also receive the Starrcade '96 Rey Mysterio Pack.

The nWo 4-Life Digital Edition will be available for €119,99 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the faction that powered the sports-entertainment world turned upside down. In addition to the Standard Edition and all bonus content of the Deluxe Edition, the nWo 4-Life Edition includes 'My FRACTION' EVO cards and alternate nWo gear for Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Syxx, as well as a playable Eric Bischoff character, ' WCW Souled Out 1997 and WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 arenas and the nWo Wolfpac Championship.

Pre-Order Bonuses: Pre-orderers of the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle will also receive the Undertaker Immortal Pack, which includes three additional Undertaker Personas, My FACTORY EVO cards for Undertaker, and My FACTORY perks and bonuses, including an Undertaker My FACTION logo card, an Undertaker My FACTION wallpaper card, and an Undertaker My FACTION nameplate card. This pack is also part of the Deluxe Edition and the nWo 4-Life Edition.

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