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WWE 2K18 (Switch) Review

by Bryan Rose - January 23, 2018, 12:59 pm PST
Total comments: 5

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2K18 on the Switch is a terrible port of a game that already has problems.

I was very eager to play WWE 2K18 when it was announced to be heading to the Switch. It was the first WWE game released for Nintendo systems since WWE 2K13 for the Wii, and as a fan of wrestling, I was looking forward to playing a console experience on the portable Switch. Unfortunately, the port of 2K18 on the Switch is an awful mess, full of glitches and massive slowdown that makes it one of the worst ports I’ve experienced in quite some time on any recent Nintendo system.

The good news is that everything you’d come to experience in a recent 2K game is here -- create-a-wrestler is diverse with plenty of customization. Created wrestlers can even be downloaded so you can fill in the gaps of those who didn’t make the cut as you like. Modes like WWE Universe can showcase this greatly, where you can bring everyone from the past and present into one mode where you can create shows and edit them to your enjoyment.

What I’ve always liked about the WWE 2K games is that developers Yukes and Visual Concepts do a great job of combining past content with its current product. If you wanted to play as Ric Flair or a older version of Triple H or Undertaker, you can. If you wanted to fight in a number of memorable arenas ranging from last year’s WrestleMania to the WCW/New Japan Supershow arena that only the hardest of the hardcore wrestling fan would remember, you can. So much waxing of the nostalgia is present in 2K18, so plenty of fun can be had just going through the roster and seeing who you can face off against.

MyCareer is the main story mode where you take a created wrestler and start at the bottom, wrestling and training in WWE’s developmental league NXT to main eventing WrestleMania. Nothing is inherently wrong with this mode, but I found it kind of boring, no real pizzaz to it. The highlight is probably running into a number of WWE stars in backstage areas where they usually talk with on-the-brand type of exchanges that come off as kind of jarring, or dialogue that completely doesn’t fit their real life character. For example, I found it odd that Asuka talked to me in great detail about how delicious pizza and cupcakes were when in real life she speaks little English.

Controlling and working a match is simple and straightforward. Once you go through the tutorials, it shouldn’t be too hard to control the match. The problem I have with the gameplay is the reversal system -- it relies heavily on QTE button pressing when you aren’t in control of a match and want to escape. It’s so intricately timed that more often than not, you can either be too early or too late in getting a reversal completed, which is annoying. The submission system is also very complicated, enough where it feels like a chore to get it right. I’d appreciate the gameplay a bit more if it didn’t feel so overly complicated and tedious.

A lot of glitches are peppered throughout as well. Too often, I’d hit the ropes or try to enter the ring and then be sent to the other side. I saw glitches in my playthrough where wrestlers got stuck to objects, especially in the backstage area, and even saw wrestlers sometimes twist and contort unnaturally after taking moves. The level of polish here is pretty bad, so much so it’s easy to go on YouTube and see a compilation of all the weird glitches you can come across by just playing 2K18.

Worst of all, the Switch version comes with something not seen in the other console versions of WWE 2K18 -- massive slowdown. When just playing a one versus one match, everything is fine. Add any more, and gameplay slows down to a crawl. I’m not sure how Blind Squirrel, who developed this port, didn’t realize just how bad the slowdown was when doing a six-person tag match, because it’s borderline unplayable. That takes a lot of the fun out of modes like the Elimination Chamber or even something standard like a tag-team match. Even when Superstars make their entrance, the timing feels off due to slowdown. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but in WWE, a lot of their content is about presentation. When it’s off, it’s extremely noticeable.

It's a real shame that WWE’s return to Nintendo systems is such a poor port of a game that already had problems. Alongside the glitches and bugs known in the other releases, we have a bevy of issues here, not limited to the terrible frame rate (especially in multi-man matches), the graphics downgrade, and tedious gameplay. Fans of both Nintendo and WWE deserved better than what we got here in this port.

Summary

Pros
  • Deep customization system
  • Lots of WWE content from both the past and present
Cons
  • Anything beyond 1 vs. 1 causes slowdown
  • Bland graphics
  • Bugs and glitches galore
  • Long, frequent load times
  • Tedious gameplay

Talkback

ClexYoshiJanuary 23, 2018

This is a real terrible shame.

Also, it gets another - for having Enzo Amoray in it.

MythtendoJanuary 24, 2018

Clex, it's interesting that you are one of the people that believe someone is guilty proven innocent (which is why i'm disgusted that WWE fired him they should have just kept him suspended until the situation is resolved). I've read the allegations, but they are just allegations. He has not been convicted of anything and his accuser has not offered any proof. In America, someone is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

I bought the Switch version hoping it would be good. I guess the first warning sign was that it came like 6 weeks after the other ones (and 2K announced the Switch release date only 2 days in advance). How the hell do you have slowdown during the ring entrance? It drops down to like 5 FPS. And like you mentioned, the slowdown during stuff like Royal Rumbles and Elimination Chamber matches make it nearly unplayable. And that is in addition to the problems in all versions of the game (unless I am missing something, because the in-game manual doesn't say how to do it, you can't actually control what grapple moves you do other than Weak or Strong grapple). How sad is it that some of the 20+ year old N64 wrestling games control better than this hot pile of shit? Makes me really glad I got it from Walmart for $44 and didn't spring for the DLC.

If he had come forward when the incident happened instead of leaving the company to find out from the media while they were trying to promote their biggest television event in five and a half years, and didn't (reportedly) act like a complete twit to his co-workers, Amore might still have a job.

As it stands, his apparent behavior was worst than the MINUS FIVE STARS WWE 2k18 Switch deserves.

I think minus five stars would be a game that I really wouldn't play at all or is just hilariously broken to the point of absurdity. Big Rigs Over the Road Racing, for example, is MINUS FIVE STARS.


This is like -**** on the Wrestling Observer scale.

nickmitchJanuary 31, 2018

Quote from: Shaymin

If he had come forward when the incident happened instead of leaving the company to find out from the media while they were trying to promote their biggest television event in five and a half years, and didn't (reportedly) act like a complete twit to his co-workers, Amore might still have a job.

As it stands, his apparent behavior was worst than the MINUS FIVE STARS WWE 2k18 Switch deserves.

I really don't understand why people didn't understand that about the Enzo situation. He wasn't fired for being accused, he was fired for withholding information.  He knows the WWE's policy is to suspend until the courts decide and he decided that he didn't wanna miss out on the TV appearances and be forced to drop the belt, so he risked it.  That was a dumb move on his part, and not firing him would undermine the E's whole policy.

Sorry if that edged on political, but that whole situation really grinds my gears because I liked Enzo.

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Game Profile

Genre Fighting
Developer Yuke's Co. Ltd.
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: WWE 2K18
Release Dec 06, 2017
Publisher2K Games
RatingTeen
jpn: WWE 2K18
Release Dec 06, 2017
Publisher2K Games
Rating12+
eu: WWE 2k18
Release Dec 06, 2017
Publisher2K Games
Rating12+

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