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  • Summary: Brawl without limits. Featuring over 70 WWE Superstars and Legends, take your favorites into battle with unrestrained, unhinged, and in-your-face pandemonium. It's your Battleground! Make WWE 2K Games games BATTLEGROUNDS your own with tons of customizable parts as you create, customize, andBrawl without limits. Featuring over 70 WWE Superstars and Legends, take your favorites into battle with unrestrained, unhinged, and in-your-face pandemonium. It's your Battleground! Make WWE 2K Games games BATTLEGROUNDS your own with tons of customizable parts as you create, customize, and edit your own original created characters and BATTLEGROUNDS. Loads of match types wage war in a wide variety of your favorite match types with fun, new twists, including steel Cage, royal rumble, Fatal four way and the all-new BATTLEGROUNDS challenge. Local and online battles! Compete in online tournaments or stake your claim as King of the Battleground and survive the online melee against players from around the world! Plus, battle it out in local multiplayer and dominate your friends.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Sep 28, 2020
    80
    This WWE 2K Battlegrounds game for Nintendo Switch perfectly understands the philosophy of the show. We don't look for realism in WWE fights, but rather the spectacular, amazing, grotesque, ridiculous and funny moments... Characters that make us fall in love again.
  2. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    WWE 2K Battlegrounds is striking for its simplicity. It is the game equivalent of a popcorn flick. This is something goofy, simple, affordable, and likely intended to be enjoyed in brief bursts. The Campaign and Battleground Challenge are each presented in bite-sized chunks. The various matches never tend to go over five minutes. Everything is quick and breezy, with systems that put everyone on equal footing. It’s not incredibly deep, the characters don’t always look great, and all the stuff with price-tags on it can be daunting, but it’s surprisingly entertaining. Especially if you’re jumping in for quick bursts and want a goofy wrestling game anyone can enjoy.
  3. Sep 29, 2020
    60
    It’s a substantial step-up from the absolute mess that was WWE 2K18 for Switch, and there’s plenty of chaotic enjoyment that can be had here, especially if you’ve got a few friends that enjoy the acquired taste that is professional wrestling. It’s silly, it’s over the top, and it’s just a bit of mindless fun, much in the way that real wrestling is. The repetitive nature of the single-player modes means I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for solo players, and the aggressive monetisation limits the options available for party play, but there’s still a decent game of wrestling under the hood.
  4. 55
    WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a budget brawler with a high price tag. Despite the core gameplay being quite solid, a lot of the content is locked behind microtransactions and grinding away at matches. These things stop it from rising to Superstar status.
  5. Nov 2, 2020
    50
    With WWE 2K Battlegrounds, 2K has made it impossible to recommend for price and value. All aspects of the game revolve around microtransactions and by offering so little to begin with, the motivation to continue playing isn't present. Even the little things that make WWE games worth playing, such as seeing your favourite star enter the arena, are ruined with short audio clips and the same punch out of casket or box entrance. With baffling modes and gameplay that doesn't ever need to extend past single button bashing, it really highlights how 2K have gone for the cash grab and decided a mobile game may reach a wider audience on consoles. This is one title that needs to Rest….In……Peace.
  6. 50
    I don’t hate WWE Battlegrounds. It’s a much more arcadey style of game that I think is a better representation of what a pro wrestling game should be. But it does have its own set of problems in its lack of depth and aggressive microtransactions. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from this series, but it needs some big changes to truly be a fun experience.
  7. Sep 21, 2020
    40
    The concept behind WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a solid one, but it's let down time and time again by limited and repetitive combat, dopey AI, an excessively locked roster and a series of bewildering design choices that really should have been questioned at some point during production. We hope it eventually gets an improved sequel, but until then, the Switch is still lacking a proper main event-tier wrestling game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Sep 21, 2020
    8
    Great Arcade Wrestling Game and It performs well on switch handheld mode. The Cons is the limited moves but the reversal system is what I wantGreat Arcade Wrestling Game and It performs well on switch handheld mode. The Cons is the limited moves but the reversal system is what I want coz u can't just use 1 button to reverse everything. MTX is a letdown but we can unlock everything by playing though. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2020
    7
    For me its a good game,i enjoied it very very well,nice game,not like wwe 2k20
  3. Dec 26, 2020
    6
    If you treat WWE 2K Battlegrounds like a "simulation" game you will HATE this game. But if you treat it like a comic/arcade style game this isIf you treat WWE 2K Battlegrounds like a "simulation" game you will HATE this game. But if you treat it like a comic/arcade style game this is not too bad. It's cartoonish and that's fine but there are a few hiccups as there are glitches with announcing (too generic) and at times graphics. But my biggest gripe is the microtransactions to get more wrestlers. I don't mind unlocking a few but if you want to play as Drew McIntyre or Becky Lynch you can't unless you rack up points or pay extra. But when you put characters on the cover and you have to pay extra for it really is a major problem.

    Overall the game isn't too bad but it had potential to be a great game but 2k Sports keeps messing it up like the other WWE games
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  4. Oct 3, 2020
    4
    Very Fun and Hilarious to watch and play the it runs great and looks awesome I’m pretty happy with this game is worth buying and playing in myVery Fun and Hilarious to watch and play the it runs great and looks awesome I’m pretty happy with this game is worth buying and playing in my opinion Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2020
    2
    Like to play your Switch on the go sans internet connection like millions of other Switch users? Too bad, your progress is tracked onlineLike to play your Switch on the go sans internet connection like millions of other Switch users? Too bad, your progress is tracked online which means you can't even earn credits to unlock any of the dozens of pieces of game content that are locked behind paywalls. Your $40 only buys you the most barebones experience, with the rest of the game locked up tight behind premium currency or hours upon hours of mindless grind, all of which requires a constant internet connection.

    The fact that this online storefront disguised as a game sells for $40 is shocking. It is the very definition of absolute mobile phone game trash without even the benefit of being free-to-play. It's like being charged a $40 gate fee to shop at the Dollar Tree. Easily the most cynical cash grab video game of the year, which is really saying something.

    Garbage like this has no place on the Switch. There are plenty of mobile ports there already, sure, but none of them cost FORTY DOLLARS and none of them require you to maintain a constant internet connection. Avoid this one with extreme prejudice.
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  6. Sep 20, 2020
    1
    Microtransactions filled grindfest. All the Wrestlers have the same moveset depending on their weightclass or style. All 'Highflyers' like ReyMicrotransactions filled grindfest. All the Wrestlers have the same moveset depending on their weightclass or style. All 'Highflyers' like Rey Mysterio only have different skins. Same goes for 'Heavyweights' , 'Brawlers' etc. whats the fun in unlocking new wrestlers if they are all the same?! 1 point cause at least it runs better and isn't bug infested like previous 2k wrestling games. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2020
    0
    Combat is terrible and clunky, and is worsened by the fact that theres only what 4 or 5 styles of characters and within those styles LITERALLYCombat is terrible and clunky, and is worsened by the fact that theres only what 4 or 5 styles of characters and within those styles LITERALLY EVERY CHARACTER HAS THE SAME MOVESET AND ABILITIES! There is literally nothing that seperates Roman from The Rock except the visual difference. Absolute garbage.

    That is all not to even mention the 2K micro-transaction goldmine. This game is way overpriced in the first place for what it is, then you want to charge more for it just to play with my favorite wrestlers out of the box? Yes, you can unlock them by grinding in game, but when a game says it has a roster of contained characters I expect to be able to use all those characters when I fire the game up. Not have to choose between grinding through matches that honestly are already boring after 3-4 plays or paying more money for a superstar I want just to find out that he is gameplay-wise an exact replicant of one that I could already play with.

    Better luck next time 2K, you get a dead zero from me on this one. Can only hope WWE has the sense to move the license soon to a studio that will actually respect the fans and deliver a quality experience like THQ used to.
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