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Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  1. Apr 11, 2022
    90
    Boasting a polished presentation, enjoyable gameplay that more closely resembles modern pro wrestling and two brilliantly executed modes in Showcase and MyRISE, WWE 2K22 is genuinely delightful and a defining chapter in its franchise’s legacy.
  2. Mar 15, 2022
    90
    WWE 2K22 is a fantastic game and one of the better offerings in the 2K era of the long-running franchise. The core gameplay isn’t quite as solid as it was in 2K19, but that’s something that can be improved upon later in some ways with things like a patch at least being able to do things like address locking in carry holds. The planned post-launch content map showcases a lot of legendary characters throughout WWE history and the launch DLC with the multi-era Undertaker and NWO content is excellent and makes recreating some of WCW’s most memorable feuds a breeze.
  3. Mar 9, 2022
    90
    WWE 2K22 isn’t a perfect reinvention of 2K Games’ wrestling series, but it provides solid gameplay and plenty of variety in its many game modes, and the presentation throughout is top-notch. It’s clear that Visual Concepts utilized the extra time afforded to it by WWE 2K22’s longer development cycle well, providing wrestling fans with a worthwhile experience that redeems the franchise for its previous losses in the squared circle.
  4. Mar 31, 2022
    85
    WWE 2K22 has turned the corner needed to reposition the franchise where it belongs. It has an enormous graphical enhancement and new game modes, although it carries some errors that can be easily solved.
  5. Mar 21, 2022
    85
    WWE2K22 has a TON of content that you wanted in a wrestling game. With revamped graphics, mechanics, and customization modes, this one will be hard to stop playing. MyGM and MyRise shine here, and while this title is going to be hard to top, but if this is the blueprint for WWE games going forward, sign me up.
  6. 85
    Though it's hardly a tall hurdle to clear, WWE 2K22 is the best WWE 2K game since they started appending '2K' to the title. Much more than that though, it's the best wrestling game to come along in a long, long time and one which almost completely banishes everything that has been historically wrong with the franchise, while also managing to strike out in a bold direction for the series' future. Here's hoping that the likely return to the annual release schedule doesn't result in a lapse to bad habits and lazy innovation because, well, we've been there for the last ten years or so - and it isn't fun.
  7. Mar 11, 2022
    84
    A surprisingly strong return to the squared circle, stellar presentation, a new gameplay engine, and robust modes make WWE 2K22 the best 2K in a long time.
  8. Mar 10, 2022
    84
    Superbly playable console wrestling, that is suffering from severely outdated technology.
  9. Apr 9, 2022
    83
    WWE 2K22 is a great wrestling game. Its grappling and strike mechanics are entertaining. The attack physics and animations work in perfect harmony. Doing a 619 on your opponent will be fun again. The development team delivered on their promise, and once again, you will be entertained jumping off the top rope over your opponent as Rey Mysterio does.
  10. Mar 14, 2022
    82
    What a comeback! WWE22 makes its big return and delivers a fun, good-looking and playable wrestling-experience. While the game is far from perfect, its mechanics and overall options are well designed to keep fans motivated. WWE2K22 is definitely worth a buy.
  11. Jun 26, 2022
    80
    Efforts were made to keep 2020 as a road accident, and this time they came up with a game like it should have. With plenty of game mode and plenty of content, a fun WWE experience awaits you.
  12. May 7, 2022
    80
    WWE 2K22 fixes many of the serious bugs of the previous game and builds a solid foundation to build on with great gameplay and interesting game modes. Although minor, there are issues that need to be fixed, but there is a lot of fun to be had here.
  13. Apr 7, 2022
    80
    This is by far the best WWE game in the franchise. The controls, game mechanics and all game modes have received significant upgrades, which is exactly what the series needed. If you are a long time fan of the series but you are a bit sceptical because of some of its previous iterations, don't worry. WWE 2K22 has definitely put wrestling back on the map!
  14. Apr 4, 2022
    80
    Kicking out at 2.9 and coming back to win the match, 2K22 hits the ring with a huge amount of content and a revamped control systems that welcomes newcomers and rewards the dedicated.
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    Apr 1, 2022
    80
    A fine return to form, this is the closest you can get to competing without putting on a 8 silly costume and scripting a fight with a terrifying athlete. [Issue#13, p.95]
  16. Mar 21, 2022
    80
    After a bad game two years back, we now have another good sequel in the series. Visual Concepts has taken its time and it works out well. Modi such as MyRISE and MyGM are very cool, the audiovisual is well done and the gameplay is very refined yet accessible, making it appeal to a wide audience. WWE 2K22 does have some sloppiness here and there, but that's okay.
  17. Mar 16, 2022
    80
    A good recovery from 2K that puts the WWE back to its expected level in videogames.
  18. Mar 16, 2022
    80
    After the disaster of 2020, Visual Concepts and 2K Sports are back with WWE 2K22, a significantly improved game in every respect. The new control system, an incredible amount of content and the showcase mode dedicated to Rey Mysterio make this year's edition a must buy for WWE wrestling fans.
  19. 80
    After a year off, WWE 2K22 returns with new modes, new controls, and a new attitude. Turns out, taking a break can be a good thing.
  20. 80
    After some time away from the ring, Visual Concepts has re-emerged to deliver a wrestling game packing more than a few (superman) punches. WWE 2K22 is a significant step up from what has come before, and I’m hopeful this becomes the building block for future entries in the series.
  21. Mar 15, 2022
    80
    A simplified gameplay loop, a thrilling Showcase mode, and a surprisingly deep MyRise mode combine to make WWE 2K22 one of the strongest entries the franchise has seen in a while.
  22. Mar 14, 2022
    80
    Visual Concepts and 2K made the right decision with taking last year off as WWE 2K22 is the best effort the team has released since taking over. The visuals are a sight to behold and the combat is fluid and fun. The simplification of combat and the modes makes this much more approachable for everyone without having to figure out a bunch of alternate moves and backwards ways of pulling off things that are seen on TV. MyGM will keep players occupied forever and Showcase Mode is the best version to date. MyRISE is a nice addition with a ton of variation to keep things fresh, but ultimately remains a grind. MyFACTION, while sounding good on paper, is just MyTEAM from NBA 2K and its filled with microtransactions. If you’re one of those players that pick up a WWE game every couple of years, 2K22 is the one to get.
  23. Mar 14, 2022
    80
    Not only is WWE 2K22 better in every way than the previous game in the series, it’s arguably the best and most fun WWE title since the PS2 glory days. One that will certainly make you acknowledge the Head of the Table!
  24. Mar 13, 2022
    80
    Online play did have its issues early on and My Rise isn't as refined as I'd hoped, but despite those flaws, 2K22 will continue to be in my console's heavy rotation because of everything else it brings to the party, and I would definitely call that a success.
  25. Mar 11, 2022
    80
    Is 2K22 the next No Mercy or Here Comes the Pain? No, but it’s a substantially improved comeback that’s more fun to play than WWE games have felt in ages. Plus, the sheer amount of modes, all of which are at least decent, means there’s something enjoyable to gnaw on outside of random exhibition matches or online play. There’s still work to be done, but like a retired veteran returning to put on a surprisingly solid match, WWE 2K22 manages to shake off the ring rust and perform better than the naysayers expected.
  26. 80
    If there was a word to summarize how fans will feel with this title, it would be Surprised. Surprised to see how much love and care was put into this title, from entrances to the sheer amount of things for you to customize within the world. Visual Concepts knocked the ball out of the park with this entry, but there are a few little things that hold it back from being the greatest of all time.
  27. Mar 11, 2022
    80
    WWE 2K22 will not enter the elite of wrestling simulations made up of WWF No Mercy, WWE Smack down! Here Comes the Pain and WWE SmackDown Vs. RAW 2006/2007, but it can play with the best versions of the Take 2 / Visual Concepts combination. There's no shortage of bugs, glitches, roster issues and other glitches, but WWE 2K22 is really fun to play - that's what matters most.
  28. Mar 11, 2022
    80
    Wrestling lovers can finally enjoy a fun and deep video game again. WWE 2K22 is just the first step and we noticed a few things that still need an improvement, but it's a giant leap forward since the disappointing 2K20.
  29. Mar 11, 2022
    80
    A year off has truly been beneficial to the WWE 2K franchise – WWE 2K22 is by far the best entry in the series yet. It’s been a long time since a WWE 2K game has had us so keen to jump into one match after another, and that’s largely thanks to the numerous gameplay improvements that have been made. Add in a welcome layer of polish and a selection of modes that have all bases covered, and you have a winner. There’s still a little room for improvement, but if you’re a wrestling fan, consider this a must-have.
  30. Mar 10, 2022
    80
    WWE 2K22 isn't revolutionary, but with some much-needed tweaks and loads of content, there's a lot for fans to enjoy.
  31. Mar 10, 2022
    80
    WWE 2K22 is a tremendous leap forward compared to 2K20. The action is faster, more pick-up-and-play friendly, the roster of 160+ wrestlers has never looked better, and the addition of MyGM mode rounds out a well rounded offering of modes for just about every type of wrestling fan.
  32. Mar 9, 2022
    80
    While WWE 2K22 does suffer from content bloat, it’s a vast improvement on WWE 2K20, and one of the best games of the entire WWE 2K series. With a number of smart fixes, streamlined action gameplay, and a handful of engaging, well-designed modes, it has successfully shed the franchise’s bad reputation. A year off has certainly done the series good, and helped 2K Games and Visual Concepts rethink what makes wrestling so fun. WWE 2K22 is a game changer, and one that certainly does ‘hit different’.
  33. Mar 14, 2022
    79
    At the end of the day, though, I’m able to look past WWE 2K22’s shortcomings in ways I haven’t been able to with this series in over a decade. And why? Because 2K22 is a ton of fun. It strikes a tremendous balance between its quick, arcadey gameplay and smooth, simulation-like animation system. Plus, the Showcase and MyFaction modes are fantastic, with the latter offering hours upon hours of gameplay. This is one I’ll be wrestling with for a long time. 2K finally put some proper chefs in the kitchen.
  34. Mar 11, 2022
    78
    It wasn't hard to do better than WWE 2K20, but 2K22 goes further: it's not flawless, but the new gameplay is quite enjoyable after absorbing the new control scheme.
  35. Mar 29, 2022
    75
    WWE 2K22 is a definite improvement over the last game thanks to a great gameplay flow that enhances the fights in major ways. The deep customization has taken a hit however and a few bugs and glitches also keep the game from achieving greatness.
  36. Mar 20, 2022
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  37. Mar 17, 2022
    75
    I mean all the usual suspects of match types are available along with the always incredible create a wrestler(and other “create” options). I really think this year is a step in the right direction for the franchise and is a buy for loyal WWE fans, possibly even for fans that have since moved on, with the large roster of legends available. Is it the best wrestling game of all time? Not even close, but it’s certainly progress and a really enjoyable time that has something for everyone, casual and hardcore marks alike. Now acknowledge me!… and get into the ring!
  38. Mar 15, 2022
    75
    This is a re-establishment year for the WWE 2K series. Let’s face it, WWE 2K20 was rough and while it took more than 2 years to develop, 2K has re-emerged with a strong and not only playable wrestling game, but a fun one. The engine is better and the basics are tighter, but we’re looking forward to more layers in the future.
  39. Mar 14, 2022
    75
    WWE 2K22 is a classic game of the WWE 2K series, which aims to clear up what has been confounded and set things right. For instance, it makes sincere improvements in a series of aspects, including screen expression, operation and game models, thereby greatly improving the playability of the game. Although it does not surprise players as much as WWE 2K19, it still succeeds in bringing this series of games back to the right track, so that players are full of expectations for its subsequent works. For fans of WWE 2K, this game is probably one of the most worthwhile works to play in WWE 2K series.
  40. Mar 13, 2022
    75
    WWE 2K22 is the face turn this series needed. The game looks incredible and the new gameplay mechanics help get new players up to speed and have some arcade fun with others. But still, even with those changes, the game still suffers from mediocracy in some places, mainly MyGM and the roster which is one of the weakest in the series.
  41. Mar 13, 2022
    75
    If it hasn't drastically changed its gameplay, WWE 2K22 is almost a reboot in its visual rendering and with the incorporation of the My MG mode. The latter is a good surprise, leads us to manage a stable of stars and a schedule of shows without being too complex, a successful bet. Technically, the latest generation of consoles holds its own and avoids the pitfall of WWE 2K20's many bugs, even if some loading times are long. In short, if this last opus could have been deeper in terms of staging, it delights in its lifespan thanks to an XXL roster, realistic in the animations without being polluted by the less vital virtual currency than in NBA 2K. A spectacular and versatile title, like the cover star Rey Mysterio.
  42. Mar 10, 2022
    75
    While not perfect, it is hard not to be excited about the first genuinely enjoyable WWE title in what seems like an age.
  43. Mar 10, 2022
    75
    WWE 2K22 is pure entertainment and an improvement in so many ways. Its refined combat system, tight controls, and plethora of modes give you the tools and freedom to make it be as fun as you want it to be. It does, however, suffer from some design choices that keep it from achieving greatness. It has the glitz and the glamour you’ve come to expect from the series, but it also feels humble, more approachable, and can still offer fans hours of fun until the next, hopefully even better, game comes out.
  44. Mar 10, 2022
    75
    This score feels harsh as the gameplay is spectacular, but there are simply one too many niggles to consider this a true WWE legend. For everything included in the game, there's always something else that could have been improved to be more cohesive. I am absolutely not complaining about the level of content here, though. MyGM's half-baked design is still fun the first time around, and MyRISE is definitely one of the better career modes in years, so you get enough bang for your buck. Throw in the wonderfully fluid new combat system and top-notch presentational qualities, and it feels like the franchise is back on track -- and on the cusp of something special.
  45. Mar 11, 2022
    72
    WWE is back with a fun game that serves as the promising foundation for all the good things that, we hope, will come with the future entries.
  46. Mar 22, 2022
    70
    WWE 2K22 manages to polish a lot of issues from the previous game, but it’s still not quite there yet. The good thing though is that it seems they put the first stone right, and the future of the series could be bright.
  47. Mar 16, 2022
    70
    WWE 2K22 is a surprising return to form after the Shockmaster-sized disaster that was 2K20. The extra year of development has done a world of good, and the only hope now is that the series doesn't return to an annual schedule. There are still failings when it comes to multi-person matches, and not all of the new modes are particularly engaging, but 2K22 establishes a solid foundation for the future. Ideally, WWE will calm down when it comes to gutting its roster, and the next game in the series won't feel quite as outdated. It will also be interesting to see how Yuke's upcoming AEW game fares. Competition can only be a good thing.
  48. 70
    The extra year has done WWE 2K22 a world of good as the game appears more stable and enjoyable. The time in the ring has been simplified although might still appear more complex than some would like. Countering windows seem tricky to get a hold of and there are times when you feel the game is playing for you. Despite this, the wealth of content and gameplay should keep people interested. Not quite a return to form but definitely a step in the right direction.
  49. Mar 13, 2022
    70
    WWE 2K22 seems like a game that was promised to us a long time ago, we finally have a good WWE game that actually looks and works properly, has OK graphics and a system that may open the door to new players.
  50. Mar 11, 2022
    70
    WWE 2K22 is a step forward, but not the fresh start the fans were hoping for. Although the game is much more fun than its predecessors because of the improved gameplay mechanics, it still has some technical issues and some of the game modes are rather disappointing.
  51. Mar 11, 2022
    70
    Despite a few problems with the game's responsiveness when in the ring with multiple people, and a couple of lacklustre modes, there's plenty in WWE 2K22 to keep you very happy indeed, especially if you've played wrestling games before. The real pleasure with WWE 2K22 is in the hilarious community creations and chaotic action in the ring with friends. Download someone's crude rendition of Queen Elizabeth II, jump into an Extreme Rules match, and take them down from the top turnbuckle. At its best, it's an absolute joy.
  52. Mar 10, 2022
    70
    WWE 2K22 is the return to form the WWE 2K series has desperately needed. Skipping 2K21 and delaying the release by five months may have caused the roster to be largely outdated, but the game is stable, plays great, and is practically bursting at the seams with content. An excellent Rey Mysterio Showcase really bolsters the experience, and every other mode (perhaps with the exception of MyFaction) sets a strong foundation for WWE games to come.
  53. Mar 10, 2022
    70
    Despite its frustrating shortcomings, WWE 2K22 is a solid foundation for the series’ future. Entrances are spectacular and the combat is nearly flawless. The main improvements needed are the replayable modes like MyGM and Universe.
  54. Mar 8, 2022
    70
    A stellar first WWE outing on PS5 and XBox Series X, but legacy flaws hold it back from true greatness.
  55. Mar 14, 2022
    65
    It may be a few years too late, but WWE 2K22 improves on the series in almost every way. The combat system being changed and made more reminiscent of a fighting game makes the matches faster and more exciting.
  56. Mar 11, 2022
    65
    WWE 2K22 is a major improvement over its insulting predecessor, featuring some smart tweaks to core gameplay and fan-favorite modes. That said, promises of a “completely rebuilt” experience ring hollow as it’s clear old tech is still being used, and while the action has been refined, it remains a notch below most other fighting or combat sports games you could name. Your reaction to the game will largely hinge on how you felt about 2K’s series before its hiatus, with those that still saw promise likely to have a good time. That said, don’t expect WWE 2K22 to transcend mid-card status if your patience was already at an end.
  57. Mar 10, 2022
    65
    WWE 2K22 gives players a ton of content right out of the box and is backed by the lavish assets from the WWE archives. If you’re a wrestling fan, chances are you’re probably going to have fun diving into the various modes and match types. Although there’s no shortage of things to do or ways to play, having too many ideas often means that most of them aren’t executed to their full potential. At the heart of it all, this is a wrestling video game experience that feels inherently cumbersome, buggy, and dated.
  58. Mar 18, 2022
    60
    I had low expectations for WWE 2K22, but it seems Visual Concepts has been putting in the hours these past couple of years. What we’ve ended up with is a fine foundation to build upon for future wrestlegames… but this is the eighth mainline WWE game from 2K – it should be more than just a foundation by now.
  59. Mar 12, 2022
    60
    WWE 2K22 is a fine wrestling game, but the most frustratingly realistic thing about it is just how hard it is to make new stars in it as it is in the WWE.
  60. Mar 10, 2022
    60
    WWE 2K22 is 2K Sports’ first mainline WWE game since 2019. Following the abysmal reception to 2K20 that year, 2K took an extra year to make sure bugs were squashed and character models looked the part while preserving the fun factor. The team behind the latest release has addressed most of these issues this time around, and while 2K22 is significantly better than its predecessor, the bar was absurdly low. The extra year has certainly helped, but ultimately, the final product still feels undercooked.
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  1. Mar 10, 2022
    New flavor for his playability and lots of content to the franchise after the failure of WWE 2K20. WWE 2K is back, and marks a new beginning for a promising sports franchise. [Recommended]
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 162
  1. Mar 9, 2022
    8
    The game is definitely an improvement from the last few games. It’s a lot more fluid and this is head and shoulders way better looking thanThe game is definitely an improvement from the last few games. It’s a lot more fluid and this is head and shoulders way better looking than any wwe game to date. My only issue with the game is the reverse system. It can be triangle square or X and the game doesn’t tell u when it’s which. Other than that the game is great. Also beware multi man matches bec they never end Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2022
    9
    Definitely a step in the right direction. Can’t wait to see how much they build upon this foundation in the future.
  3. Mar 10, 2022
    9
    I really enjoyed the game when I was able to play it. Huge improvement over the last entry in the series. I however am most of the time stuckI really enjoyed the game when I was able to play it. Huge improvement over the last entry in the series. I however am most of the time stuck at the title screen with a known bug that does not allow Xbox elite controllers and others to properly connect to the game. Full Review »