Another day another review for our fans. This time we got our hands on one of the titles I was thrilled to get my hands on, WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS, a unique and intriguing title at the same time. But what is this game about? Is it worth picking it up or maybe some months later with a good discount? Stick around, and you will find out. Let's start by mentioning a few things about the new installment in the WWE game universe.

The world of WWE is your battleground with all-new, over the top, in-your-face arcade action as your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends battle it out in outlandish interactive environments around the world. Compete in your favorite match types with an arsenal of exaggerated maneuvers, special abilities, and devastating power-ups, including Steel Cage, Royal Rumble, Fatal Four-Way, and more, as Mauro Ranallo and Jerry "The King" Lawler call all the mayhem! Are you ready to enter the battleground?

To begin with, the very first aspect that impressed me is the graphics and, in general, the artwork of the title. I loved the cartoonish environments and the vivid interactions with the crowd and the arena in general, which hides a lot of surprises, to be honest. These aspects create a fantastic atmosphere and a good start for the game. The game features more than 70 Superstars, both legends and new ones. As I mentioned before, many different modes will keep you busy for hours. From online to the campaign mode, where the story is told through original comic strips, alongside Paul Heyman and Stone Cold Steve Austin and help lead the charge to find the next WWE Superstars! As far as the match types are concerned, there are many different ones with exciting twists and mini-games. Also, WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS is the only WWE game with such easy controls. Everyone can learn how to play and get used to it quickly. 

As far as the negative aspects are concerned, unfortunately, they are a lot. First and most important ones, even when you purchase the deluxe edition of the game, there are a lot of superstars that are locked behind a payment system. You can, of course, grind it and unlock everything, but it will take a lot of time. Another negative aspect for me is that the story feels rushed a little bit. Instead of focusing on so many different characters, I would prefer to create a character of my own and progress through the story mode. As far as the move sets are concerned, they are constrained and the same for the characters of the same class with few differences. Also, I miss the excellent entrances of the old WWE games with the music and the stage effects.

To sum up, the game is really unique and different from any WWE game that you have played so far. It lets you down with all the negative aspects I mentioned above, but at the same time, it is fun to play with friends and family, which at the end of the day is the goal of the title. I would suggest picking it up on sale, with good knowledge of what it offers and the game's intent. 

Dionysis Spinos


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