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  • Summary: Offering more than 120 unique playable characters, including cover Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin alongside Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Paige and Finn Bálor, WWE 2K16 includes the largest roster in WWE games history. The roster contains a combination ofOffering more than 120 unique playable characters, including cover Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin alongside Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Paige and Finn Bálor, WWE 2K16 includes the largest roster in WWE games history. The roster contains a combination of current WWE Superstars and Divas, emerging NXT talent, WWE Hall of Famers and WWE alumni from multiple eras. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. Nov 4, 2015
    91
    The game's only real misstep is the wildly inconsistent graphical presentation, but the gameplay and amount of features and things to do more than makes up for some occasionally shoddy visuals.
  2. Oct 29, 2015
    86
    WWE 2k16 solves almost every problem that the previous game had, making it one of the most enjoyable wrestling games of the last few years.
  3. Oct 30, 2015
    85
    WWE fans will love this game, but some aspects such as wrestling mechanics and the general graphical appearance need to improve in the future.
  4. Nov 2, 2015
    80
    A bigger roster, more finely-tuned gameplay mechanics and a more versatile creation system help make WWE 2K16 the current-gen superstar that it wants to be, even if some inconsistent ideas and bugs do hold it back from time to time.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    75
    Yuke’s made some improvements taking the series in the right direction, but do not expect any revolutionary changes, because the most important aspect – the combat system – was only slightly modified. [13/2015, p.38]
  6. Nov 6, 2015
    70
    WWE 2K16 is clearly a step in the right direction. The game may not be perfect visually but it has a lot of content and fun new gameplay elements (the new submission system has got to go though).
  7. Nov 6, 2015
    40
    WWE 2K16 improves on the many things wrong with last year's game, but not nearly enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 59
  2. Negative: 12 out of 59
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    Sting vs. Bret Hart for the European championship at clash of the champions. It was a clinic. Kick out after kick out, scorpion death locks,Sting vs. Bret Hart for the European championship at clash of the champions. It was a clinic. Kick out after kick out, scorpion death locks, sharpshooters, and finally a superplex on an exhausted Bret Hart for the 1-2-3. Sting stood tall as the new champion. Yeah it felt like a big match. It played like a big match. Great graphics, huge and impressive roster. Some minor glitches that need to be patched. Mangers play and act as they should. I retained the tag team gold with a well placed distraction. Just like on tv. And there are quite a few surprises for managers. I highly recommend getting the season pass or at the very least invest in the unlock everything feature. With such a huge roster and a wealth of options, this year's game should not be missed. It is no fire pro, but those games are different animals. And for anyone wishing for Aki controls, just stop. Those controls are old, they haven't aged well, and the are not missed. This game has great graphics, the gear looks amazing, the crowd sounds amazing, and the game feels real. The submission system will take time to get used too for some, and the reversal system is cool and add that much needed ring drama. Go forth and buy this game, create, and make your own wrestlemania moments. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2015
    10
    As a big wwe fan for years now, i have always loved the wwe games but this one is the best one by far. love the 2k showcase modes and theAs a big wwe fan for years now, i have always loved the wwe games but this one is the best one by far. love the 2k showcase modes and the gameplay is so much better . Essential Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    For years each and every WWE fan was hoping for a game which would allow them to replicate the tension , drama and moments that we see duringFor years each and every WWE fan was hoping for a game which would allow them to replicate the tension , drama and moments that we see during the real life matches on TV. Year after year Thq - followed by 2K went on frustrating the fans in one way or another by gifting us with Average or Above Average titles. The hope had been lost, The long time followers including myself was thinking "what is wrong? why isnt there a WWE game which could be as good as 'SMACKDOWN Here Comes The Pain' which was released around 10 years ago. It is during that time that 2K first announced the 2K16 title , and one of the first announcements was it had the largest roster in any game in the history of WWE. Well eventhough that caught my attention , afterwards i began to think that it would complete the makeover from 2k15 to 2k16 , just the 120+ would be the main feature , but 2K surprisingly went on announcing features after features and finally i had a feeling that this could be the title that takes a WWE game back into the elite category. After months and months of waiting yesterday i finally got my hands on it.
    In the very first match i played as Sting against the WHC Seth Rollins , as soon as the entrances began i realized it was looking much better than the previous title, There was a noticable difference from the graphics i saw in the pre build versions , The arena lighting effects were a delight to watch in the previous title and in 2K16 it has much more depth and detail. The hair , the textures, the details along with the reddish color that appears in the chest after several chops are a delight to the fans. I'd infact give 4/5 for graphics. Coming onto the animations - There are tons of new animations which helps the overall flow of the matches and every move feels much smoother rather than robotic and unrealistic. Well done 2K that in itself is a big big step forward . Commentary - well when everything else was overhauled there is one thing which hasnt undergone any sort of changes apart from the addition of JBL , that is the annoying Commentary , 2K really needs to look into it considering the future titles because the only thing that stands against the title getting appreciation in every department is the commentary , a regular WWE fan maybe able to live with it but never others. The entrances has no breaks between them which is a blessing , The music becomes louder than before , in the last title the commentary sound used to have more sound and it was irritating .Then coming onto the Big one - The Gameplay - first of all thanks 2k sports . This is the WWE game ive been waiting for , This is THE GAME which allows me to feel all the emotions of a proper WWE match . If the animations have helped to add smoothness and flow to the matches then the introduction of the new reversal system makes each and every player play with a particular plan in mind , a plan if executed wrongly can easily expose you for an onslaught from the opponent. You just simply cannot go on and on and beat up your opponents and reverse everything they throw at you, thanks to the reversal as well as the new stamina system. In My first match i could breath fresh air after a long time , Sting and Rollins going at each other creating a tension, a tension that was not seen on previous titles , a feeling that i could easily throw away this match with the slightest of mistakes that i make and i almost did , after the exchanges both rollins and sting earned a finisher waiting for the right time to execute them , then came my moment - rollins out of reversals in hit with with a scorpion death drop thinking it was done and dusted - but he kicks out for my disbelief , then he gets up - throws some attack at me some of which i succesfully evaded thanks to the stored reversals , then just like him i ran out of reversals and he had a finisher , in the nail bighting moments that followed i tried as much as i can to avoid his attacks (and regain atleast 1 reversal) by trying to throw some punches which was ineffective due to my lesser stamina and at last rollins had the upper hand and he went to execute the pedegree and for gods sake i had just 1 single reversal using which i countered to score another Scorpion Death Drop to pick my first ever win on my first ever match on WWE2K16 , Im pretty sure that WWE followers can read all the emotions from the above given lines. The new pin system is effective and tricky but i find it more comfortable to use than the previous titles (The superstars with Dirty pins can easily get on your nerves because of how difficult it becomes to kickout) , The new submission system requires time to master. After playing a few matches i understood has there was different strategies for the A.I in different matches especially notable in the Triple Threat or Fatal 4 way and 6 man matches because of the natural aspect that can be felt because of the improved A.I. I have so far not experienced a single frustrating moment while trying to do something (This was a big problem in the previous titles). Coming onto the showcase mode Austin 3:16 says "RAISE SOME HELL" - The best walk through the illustrious career of the rattle snake Stone Cold Steve Austin, Il speak more on the Showcase and my career mode , creations etc after sitting down playing it for some more time. So overall yes my friends, This is the WWE game we all have been waiting for. If you can get this game somehow - get it as soon as you can , because it will bring a smile on your face and i can guarantee you that.
    MY RATING - 8.75 out of 10 ! There are areas of improvements such as the crowd - the commentary etc, But overall i would place this game right up with Smack down Here comes the Pain especially because of the SOLID gameplay that it offers, This is a title that is going to be remembered for a long long time. THATS THE BOTTOM LINE BECAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO ! PS :- i really cant wait to play a multiplayer match of this game with some of my friends ! Thanks WWE , Thanks 2K ! ‪#‎RAISESOMEHELL‬
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  4. Nov 12, 2015
    8
    Probably the most enjoyable game this year if you are a wrestling fan. Lots of characters to pick, and designing your own wrestler to goProbably the most enjoyable game this year if you are a wrestling fan. Lots of characters to pick, and designing your own wrestler to go through career mode is great fun! The mini-games are a bit fiddly, and the tags could do with a bit of tidying up, however this doesn't take away from the enjoyment! Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2015
    8
    My game didn't start too well had a match between Lesnar and Sheamus at WrestleMania 31 the characters didn't enter but after the update wasMy game didn't start too well had a match between Lesnar and Sheamus at WrestleMania 31 the characters didn't enter but after the update was installed it worked really well and it is brilliant. So far career mode is so much better than last years version still in NXT though but so far it looks really promising and I am confident it will live up to it. Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2016
    6
    Here is series of reactions that sum up this game

    You can pick nearly any character you want and the wrestler look very real. Against the
    Here is series of reactions that sum up this game

    You can pick nearly any character you want and the wrestler look very real. Against the backdrop of the not so good looking referee, audience and ring, it ruins the immersion.

    The controls are painful, The wrestling jumps into so many mini games that play-out as "touch/swipe at the right moment cutscene", making you feel in little control of your character.

    I found early and often I could not get down the timing to counter, and I would be stuck in a chain of unstoppable attacks from my COM until I got a counter correct.

    It feels like a chore to learn all the controls, you can not mash and have fun with unexpected results. Probably if I studied the game more I might get more enjoyment but I don't want to have study up on a game to have fun.
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  7. Nov 1, 2015
    0
    Don't believe the good reviews on this website. They are written by astro turfers for 2k that get paid to write good reviews. The game is aDon't believe the good reviews on this website. They are written by astro turfers for 2k that get paid to write good reviews. The game is a horrible, broken, glitchy mess. Characters will randomly start spazzing out, teleport around the ring, glitch into each other, etc. The computer ai is horrible and completely cheap on any difficulty setting. The graphics are also an embarassment for the current generation of consoles. It looks like an upscaled PS3 game. Don't waste your hard earned money on this game. Go rent it at Redbox and see that I speak the truth! Expand

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