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Finally, WWE has released a simulation wrestling game for the mobile screen. The popular 2K series has come to iOS and Android, yet it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Much like a big-budget summer blockbuster, it has all the bells and whistles, but no soul.

WWE 2K for mobile costs $7.99, so it’s not a cheap game by any standard, especially when you compare it with the other recent free-to-play offering from the wrestling stable, WWE Immortals (read our review Is WWE Immortals Worth Downloading? Is WWE Immortals Worth Downloading? Read More ). So should you be putting down your hard-earned cash for this one?

What’s WWE 2K All About?

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There have been some glorious wrestling games in the past 4 Of The Best Wrestling Video Games You Should Play 4 Of The Best Wrestling Video Games You Should Play If you're still riding high on the thrill of April's WrestleMania XXX, it might be time to get your hands on a great pro wrestling video game. The colorful casts, surprising plot twists, and flashy... Read More , and if a proper wrestling game is what you desire, then WWE 2K ticks every checkbox. The action is in a regular wrestling ring and features some of the biggest names from the roster of superstars, including John Cena, Roman Reigns, The Big Show, Batista, Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan, Sting, The Undertaker and Triple H, among others.

The developers have done a great job of modelling the characters and they look pretty close to the real thing. They even have the exaggerated entrances before every match, as well as their signature moves and finishers.

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WWE 2K even offers different styles of combat. You have to pin your opponent in a traditional match and there’s a no-disqualification (No-DQ) match, where you can use chairs and sticks to pummel your opponent. There’s also a cage match where your objective is to climb out of the cage to win.

How Does It Play on a Small Screen?

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Sadly, WWE 2K fails on the actual gameplay. The touch controls have a lot of variety, but are boring. It’s best to go through the Training course to learn them all.

Tap on your opponent to go close to him, or swipe in one of the four directions to run that way and bounce against the ropes. You can swipe towards any of the four turnbuckles to climb it and perform an aerial attack—but it’s best to do this when your opponent is out cold, or he will reverse your attack to cause you much pain.

To hit your opponent, tap on him repeatedly. Pinch in on the screen to grapple him, and then swipe in one of the four directions to execute a maneuver. If you have been grappled, you can reverse it by predicting which direction the opponent will swipe. Similarly, if an opponent is about to punch you, you can parry an attack with the right timing, with a two-finger tap on the screen.

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You can Irish whip an opponent, drop an elbow on him when he’s down, kick out of a pin, and do most of the stuff you see on WWE TV. You need to do all of this to build up your ability to execute signatures and finishers, while making sure your health meter is good enough to keep fighting.

The combat options are actually quite varied, as you can see. However, they fail to make for an engrossing game. They feel clunky at best, unnecessarily complex at worst. There are some great mobile games with phenomenal touch controls 5 Mobile Games With Phenomenal Touchscreen Controls 5 Mobile Games With Phenomenal Touchscreen Controls Games on Android and iOS deserve touchscreen controls made for a touchscreen -- not ported from a gamepad. These five games use the touchscreen to its fullest. Read More now, so this is a disappointing effort from developer Take-Two.

The gameplay is repetitive, you’ll figure out the right combination of hits and grappling in no time to keep advancing without breaking a sweat. In fact, the AI is ridiculously easy and never feels like a challenge.

Career Mode, Multiplayer, and Other Boring Things

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WWE 2K’s career mode asks you to make your own character, which has some customization options like facial hair, build, outfit, and so on. It’s nowhere near as detailed as what you get on consoles and you look quite generic in the end.

The objective of the career mode is to keep battling WWE Superstars and rise in the rankings, so that you can get into the Hall Of Fame. At any point, you will get to battle an opponent who is either the same rank as you or a couple of ranks higher. And trust me, you can win these fights without trying hard. The game is just far too easy and you never feel like you are even struggling.

You keep advancing, earning championship belts along the way, and unlocking superstars or features for your own character. The career mode feels pointless, to be honest. If I didn’t have to write this review, I would have given up on it a long time ago.

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WWE tries to spice things up and give you incentive with pre-battle cards claiming things like, “Roman Reigns insulted you and the banter has gone on for too long. Let’s put an end to this.” But the text doesn’t do anything to invoke any feeling. Instead, just using a clip of Reigns would have been so much better, though some might say his mic skills would make that undesirable as well.

There’s also a multiplayer mode, to go one-on-one with your friends on Game Center. Three times, I tried to activate a battle with someone else online, but Game Center failed to find anyone all three times. There are too few players in the WWE 2K world to make multiplayer fun, at the moment. If online fun is what you’re looking for, check out the 10 best cross-platform multiplayer games for mobiles 10 Awesome Cross-Platform Mobile Multiplayer Games You Need To Play 10 Awesome Cross-Platform Mobile Multiplayer Games You Need To Play You want to play more games with your friends, but you're using an iPhone and they're on Android. It's a predicament easily solved by choosing the right cross-platform game. Read More .

WW Without the E

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WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. Entertainment. Let’s say that again, for emphasis: Entertainment! Apparently someone forgot to tell Take-Two.

WWE 2K is downright boring and a complete waste of your money. Heck, it’s a waste of your time, space, and Internet bandwidth. Even if it was free to play, I wouldn’t advise downloading WWE 2K. Paying $7.99 for this? You have got to be kidding me.

(Don’t) Download: WWE 2K for iOS ($7.99)

(Don’t) Download: WWE 2K for Android ($7.99)

Instead, you are better off downloading WWE Immortals for free, or any fantastic free-to-play games that are actually free No Hidden Cost: 7 Free-To-Play Games That Are Actually Free No Hidden Cost: 7 Free-To-Play Games That Are Actually Free Mobile gaming has a problem. You download a game, you start playing, but you hit a paywall. These games don't have that problem at all. Read More .

Have you played WWE 2K yet? What did you think of it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

  1. Codebreaker9199
    April 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I loved it when games like Dead Space used to come out. Now, it is all going downhill(God, I hate SwiftKey)....

  2. Codebreaker9199
    April 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Yeah....lack of good mobile games can make guys like us really crazy ;-) That is because I don't get enough time to spend on my PC. I loved it games like Dead Space used to come out. Now, it is all going downhill....

  3. Codebreaker9199
    April 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Let us agree to disagree, my friend. Immortals was an awesome concept, but they kinda ruined it(It could have been really better than 2K).
    About (1) & (2): None of my friends, including casual and hardcore gamers, actually continued playing WWE Immortals after 2-3 days. They said, it was either 'boring/Injustice ripoff' or 'could have been a lot better'. I guess you really loved the crazy Pedigree/Tombstone Piledriver 'Super Move'. I liked those moves too but I could just watch it on YouTube(and skip the grinding to Level 20).
    About (3): Grinding up to Level 20 was really tedious though...
    About(4): My first wrestling game was WCW Wrestling(NES). I still play it on my NES emulator, although I hate it. Nostalgia, nothing else. The SNES/Genesis game called Super WrestleMania, which you might be referring to comes under my 'old and doesn't deserve to be mentioned here' category. The point which I was actually trying to make was: If you really want to play a decent wrestling game on a mobile device, you can always play WWE ALL STARS or WWE SvR series(2006 happens to be my favourite choice), using a PSP emulator.
    About(5): Opinions may vary....

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Yup, totally fine with agreeing to disagree :)

      The reason I got defensive was because your initial comment was, imo, unnecessarily aggressive. "Bad review", "misleading", calling out my ability as a "reviewer", and the undercurrent associated with the adjective "honest", was all uncalled for.

      Still, thanks for commenting nonetheless, always happy to geek out in a flame war :D

  4. Codebreaker9199
    April 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Mihir - I must say, this is a really bad review. It is very misleading. How can some honest 'reviewer' suggest people to play WWE Immortals instead of WWE 2k? It is not a matter of opinions. See, WWE Immortals was a great concept, but it was totally ruined by the redundant gameplay that we had already experienced in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The developers at Netherrealm(WB), always use the same gameplay for each and every game(Injustice:GAU, WWE Immortals, Batman Arkham Origins and the new Mortal Kombat X). Just imagine the scope they had! We had The Dark Knight Rises by Gameloft which tried to recapture the captivating gameplay of Batman: Arkham series on mobile devices and HELL! IT WAS CLOSE ENOUGH! We LOVED it! We would gladly pay for such efforts. If you get my drift, this is why WWE 2K is far better than WWE Immortals. I'd say WWE 2K is a game which has rekindled my hopes of better mobile gaming experience. Yes, there were many things that went wrong in the game. Many things were missed out. FYI, I have played WWE SvR(2006-2011), WWE All Stars, WCW Nitro, WCW/NWO Revenge, WWF No Mercy, WWF SmackDown! Know Your Role on Android using video game emulators. Needless to say, I've played much more games on PC. So, I know what WWE 2K is lacking. I know exactly what it needs to get better! At least, it CAN get better. A real GAMER would understand that IAPs kill a game. Do they make a lot of money? Hell, Yeah!
    Do they kill the experience? Sadly, yes. Do they pose a threat to mobile gaming arena? HUGE! So, as a reviewer, encourage companies like 2K, who are taking the right step by not including IAPs. The game is not bad. It deserves to be played. It deserves to be experienced. It deserves to be bought. It deserves the 7.99$ tag. WHY? It provides a decent gaming experience while not trying to suck 300$(or more) from you! Even if pirated apps exist for both premium games and 'freemium' games, I'd never play a 'freemium' game because it really KILLS the experience!

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      A few points:
      1) I suggested WWE Immortals to someone who wants a WWE game. IMO, looking at WWE 2K and Immortals without the historical relevance of Injustice / previous WWE games, Immortals is more fun to play. Your problem with Immortals, in terms of gameplay, is that it didn't innovate beyond what you already got in Injustice. But to someone who just likes the WWE and hasn't played Injustice, it's the better of the two games.
      2) I've been playing Immortals since it first came out and I haven't spent a dime so far. You say WWE 2K deserves a $7.99 tag because it provides a "decent gaming experience while not sucking more". As someone who hasn't spent anything in Immortals, I say the same thing about WWE 2K, where the cost of entry is a price that isn't worth it.
      3) "IAPS kill the experience and post a threat to the mobile gaming arena" is just a sweeping generalization. Yes, they have the potential to kill the experience, and they do in some games. But not in all. In the case of Immortals, it doesn't. That's the game we are concerned with here.
      4) I've been playing wrestling games since Wrestlemania on the Sega Genesis :) WWE 2K did not impress me, at all.
      5) I completely get that you want to support developers who make premium games. So do I. It's why I keep buying Humble Bundles without playing half the games. But I'm not going to blindly keep paying everyone who makes an ad-free, IAP-free game. Subscribing to the same philosophy as me does not earn my cash. The game has to be worth my money. WWE 2K isn't.

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