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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 30, 2015
    88
    I’ll keep defying gravity as Adrian Neville, and defying expectations as Dolph Ziggler, because WWE 2K16 is as close to a fusion of performance and competition as a wrestling game has ever gotten. That’s what I come to wrestling for, and that’s what 2K16 delivers.
  2. Oct 29, 2015
    82
    This is the best and most complete WWE game ever made. If you enjoy wrestling, it's a game you cannot miss.
  3. Nov 2, 2015
    80
    Just like a superstar getting vindication at Wrestlemania, WWE 2K16 has completed a grand comeback following last year's lackluster entry. It feels like a total package this time around, and the gameplay, for the most part, is balanced and entertaining. I love the visuals too, even if the commentary leaves something to be desired. And there's a ton to do, without Vince McMahon getting in the way. Pick up a copy and go wild.
  4. 70
    Thanks to improved mechanics and a solid 2K Showcase, WWE 2K16 is a significant improvement over last year's lacking release. However, the technical hiccups found in prior games are still littered throughout this outing, and continue to undermine the experience.
  5. 65
    WWE 2K16 is a better game than last 2K15, largely thanks to the expansive range of options and features that have been reinstated. The 2K Showcase is fantastic, but the core gameplay hasn't changed enough to warrant a hearty recommendation.
  6. Dec 8, 2015
    60
    WWE 2K16 brings some improvements, but not enough to be the game fans deserve. Smashing the opponent from the ladders through the table is great, until you turn to the audience and realize they look like they came from a PS2 game. But if you close your eyes, the game at least sounds awesome.
  7. Nov 6, 2015
    50
    WWE 2K16 ends up being a disappointment despite the few additions implemented to offset its shortcomings. This year's release feels just like WWE 2K15 but with a different coat of paint. Even the great detail of the characters seems sabotaged by the lackluster aspect of the audience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 13 out of 32
  1. Oct 28, 2015
    10
    I applaud 2K for taking this game in the Simulation gameplay direction and away from the 'arcadey' style gameplay. The new reversal, pin &I applaud 2K for taking this game in the Simulation gameplay direction and away from the 'arcadey' style gameplay. The new reversal, pin & submission systems add to this simulation along with the chain grappling system returning. I'm not sure why people whinge about this style of gameplay, they do want a close representation to what they see on WWE TV right? Because that's what you get in this game. Real wrestling is not so fast-paced as it was in THQ's video game series, WWE 2K16 is the closest to the real thing as you're gonna get. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    9
    Wwe2k16 is a lot of fun and a huge improvement over WWE 2K15. You now have plenty of match options like Tornado tag, Steel cage Tag, fatal 4Wwe2k16 is a lot of fun and a huge improvement over WWE 2K15. You now have plenty of match options like Tornado tag, Steel cage Tag, fatal 4 way Hell in a cell and so forth. You also get 100 caw slots and 60 create an arena slots. The graphics are about the same as last years which means they are pretty good.

    I do not play this game. I enjoy booking and watching Ai vs Ai. The play is pretty good. I turn the reversal sliders down so there isnt lots of reversing but lots of heat reversals just like in the real wrestling. Blood looks good. The selling is good and matches can get intense. The enterances are great. No longer do you have load screens in between and before the start of the match. I dont play career or showcase so i have no opinion on those. I play universe. I have an all caw universe. I set my own rivaries. On ai vs ai you now get the choice on how a story branches. For example the scene where one puts hand out to shake you saw either shake or slap hand away. Now you can choose from shake, slap hand away or attack. Pretty good stuff. You must tweak the attribs to get the match you are looking for but once you do with some experimenting you can make a very good sim out of it.

    Yes there are bugs and glitches but I haven't seen many so its pretty stable but even when it did glitch it revovered and kept going. 82 hours in and only one freeze. If you like wrestling you will enjoy this game.
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  3. Nov 22, 2016
    8
    Although a bit of the same thing from the last few games, this games story-line mode definitely improves from the previous ones. With moreAlthough a bit of the same thing from the last few games, this games story-line mode definitely improves from the previous ones. With more options and different things to do, WWE 2K16 offers a whole new world to games like this one. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2016
    6
    I can understand why so many people are complaining about the controls in this game, it can be confusing and not user friendly at all. TheI can understand why so many people are complaining about the controls in this game, it can be confusing and not user friendly at all. The difficulty can be a little challenging even on "EASY" and can take a while to get use to. I think this game targets more the Wrestling fanatics and if you are just the type of person that likes to pick up a game and play than this game is not for you Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2016
    4
    With plenty of characters and modes to try out there could have been a lot to love here. Enjoying the game though requires getting past it'sWith plenty of characters and modes to try out there could have been a lot to love here. Enjoying the game though requires getting past it's fighting system. Something that's unfortunately lacking here.

    Graphically it's kind of behind the times. It wouldn't have looked too bad on the 360 and to be honest it's not really a bad looking game at all. It's just not up to par with the current gen. The wrestlers just look too plastic and there isn't a lot of detail in the environments outside of some surprisingly well-done people in the audience. The soundtrack in the game is pretty great and it definitely sounds like a real wrestling match in the moment to moment action.

    The gameplay is just outright bad. A nice amount of content can't hold the package together when the actual wrestling sucks. It's a fairly simple and solid system that's just botched in execution. Attacking is all about throwing in some quick jabs and dealing real damage when their softened up with flashier moves. That all works fine and well. The problem sets in when you need to counter your opponent. That's when everything goes to crap and the game feels outright broken.

    The counter/reversal system is handled through what can be most accurately described as quick-time events. The most common being a quick flick of the right trigger to quickly get out of the way and deliver a quick counter move. The problem is that most of the time it just doesn't work. The game either fails to realize that you've pressed the button or the timing system is so messed up that it registers your input as either too fast or too slow. This system feels outright broken and can lead to extended segments of watching your character get whaled on while you are doing everything you can to fight back, but are just getting screwed by a broken system.

    The reversals can also require more complex interactions from the player with inputs that feel specifically designed to give the opponent AI the edge. One such example involves a input that requires to tilt the analog stick to a specific spot and hold it there to fill up a circle before your opponent can do the same. Naturally it just comes down to who finds it first. Or does it? I've had an experience where I beat the computer to the spot and still had their circle fill up first. There's outright broken, then there's cheating.

    It's still technically a playable game. You just need to never get grabbed by your opponent. A pretty easy thing to do if you can just keep whaling on them, keeping them stunned until you can pin them. It's totally possible, but don't be surprised when the game pulls off a miracle where the AI comes back at right at the end of it's health and pummels you until it wins the match. It happens quite frequently here. A lot of content aside this game just isn't worth it. The actual wrestling is bad to the point where it can feel outright broken.

    4.5/10
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  6. Oct 30, 2015
    2
    A big improvement over 2k15, I'll give them that, but still sucks overall. The reversal system is still very annoying, i just turn it off.A big improvement over 2k15, I'll give them that, but still sucks overall. The reversal system is still very annoying, i just turn it off. same for the chain wrestling minigame garbage, turn it off. with these options on, you spend more time watching this little moves and playing the mini games instead of seeing the cool big moves. spacial detection is still a problem. I'll have a finisher ready, and stand in position waiting for the prompt, and sometimes it doesn't come, giving the opponent recovery time, then you have to set him up and try again. The BIGGEST detractor to this game, by far IMO is this notoriously obnoxious and ill-conceived submission mini-game. Slap on the sharpshooter for example, and don't watch the wrestlers struggle, instead watch this STUPID little mini game where you control one colored-bar, and have to chase your opponent's colored-bar in a f****** circle! The catch? Both bars move at the same speed AND they control like they are on ice... but somehow the computer (even on easy) can match your moves step for step so if you try to slow down to reverse direction, they will see and avoid you. the REAL problem with this mechanic, that makes it DUMB is that think about this for a second... if I have the move on my opponent, that means I'm on offense, and my opponent should be feeling pressure and taking damage... however, the mini game is in favor of the opponent, as it's a countdown to force the hold to release, not the other way around (meaning he doesn't have to try to catch your colored-bar, just avoid and it will release). More often than not, even with the opponent completely in the red on damage, this gives you only about 2 seconds to start the circle chase. what a completely inept mechanic! And there's no option to turn it off... what's wrong with a good old-fashioned button-mash while in a submission?

    They did a great job overhauling and streamlining the creation process, and the game plays a little faster than last year (but still too slow).

    Another ongoing annoyance, BTW is that if you start a taunt, you can't break from it, so if you pick a wrestler and aren't sure how long a taunt animation will take you are left helpless in doing a goofy pose for the crowd, while your opponent recovers, walks right in front of you and attacks with you helpless (there are a lot of wrestlers, which is awesome, but good luck remembering their taunt lengths). They should make the simple change, of allowing you to break the animation by attacking or grappling or moving, etc.
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  7. Dec 3, 2015
    0
    Reset my password just to log back in and review this mess of a game. Just about every system is more of an adventure in terrible game designReset my password just to log back in and review this mess of a game. Just about every system is more of an adventure in terrible game design than fun simulation. The pin and reversal systems are bad and the submission system is terrible. It's a frustrating mess to play and you often feel more excited that you won based on pure luck than any actual skill. Expand

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