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WWE 2K20: Thoughts on the Game After the Initial Fury

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WWE 2K20: Thoughts on the Game After the Initial Fury

When I wrote the WWE 2K20 review, I recommended sitting it out. However, I did preface that statement by saying you should also wait for some patches to see if Visual Concepts could hash out a lot of the issues.

Well, it seems like the first major patch did a decent job of getting rid of some of the absolutely ridiculous graphical issues, such as the clipping. Hair is somewhat better as well. The ability to switch to your tag-team partner on the fly is working, and collision detection is much better. That being said, the graphical issues are still there in a lot of cases. The character models that looked odd at launch still look bad at this point. But there are a lot of good character models here as well. This is not an excuse because they should all look great by this time in the console generation, but it does highlight the uneven nature of this game overall.

The gameplay in and of itself is solid. It’s really just 2K19. And with the issues 2K20 has had with Yuke’s pulling out, you have to at least give them credit for the gameplay not getting worse. The small changes to gameplay that were made this year include new controls, which I really like and feel like they make the gameplay more intuitive. Moving the reversal to triangle/Y makes a lot of sense, and then using A+X/X+O, for specials and finishers just feels good. Maybe other people prefer the old controls, and that’s fine. But I didn’t like using the triggers for reversals because it felt like the timing was just off. On the face buttons now, it just feels more natural.

Outside the ring, graphics aside, I feel like the MyPlayer mode is well done. The Women’s Evolution mode is fun to play through.

On top of that, I think one of the best things about WWE games is the replay value. There are so many wrestlers in the game that it would probably take the average player years to have a match between everyone. Another great thing about having such a huge roster is the expansion of NXT playable characters. I am a huge NXT fan, so this is a huge plus for me. I’m sure I’m not alone here either because NXT has been considered by some to be the best thing about WWE.

Unfortunately, DLC still becomes an issue when trying to enjoy the game. However, we are used to this stuff happening, especially with 2K Sports. I went ahead and bought the accelerator so I could unlock everything. For five dollars, it is not a bad price for it.

There are a lot of cool arenas, too. The New Day Arena is crazy silly, but it’s fun to play as The New Day in their own arena. The baseball stadium is also a nice touch, but I do wish it were Chase Field from this past Royal Rumble.

 

In short, I’ve mostly come to terms with what we’re working with this year. I played WWE 2K19 right up until WWE 2K20 came out, so I like the core of this game more than many, and I get that. There are still plenty of wrestlers to work with, the gameplay improved somewhat in the first big patch, and there should be more big patches coming.

And if you didn’t know, the game will be $27 at Walmart on Black Friday. I would recommend picking it up at that price.

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  1. As a predominantly (to be honest, exclusively) Universe player, I can't disagree with this more. The game is still basically unplayable, for me. Still no custom championships, still can't use players or arenas with custom logos. The increase in matches per show is a plus, but still doesn't really work on PPVs. Here we are, a month since release, and getting information from 2K has been like pulling teeth (to the point that I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau just asking for more transparency and information). One press release from 2K basically mocking the majority of users, no news of when patch 1.03 will be released (or what it issues it will address), just repeatedly ignored questions by three Twitter accounts associated with the company. I paid $90 for the game a month ago, for a grand total of about an hour's worth of gameplay and now it's being reduced to less than half its original price in just a few days. I guess for $27 and an understanding that the game will still be very limited from how it's advertised to work, well... it's still not a great deal, in my eyes. For the less discerning gamer, maybe.
    thisgrilledcheez
    As a predominantly (to be honest, exclusively) Universe player, I can't disagree with this more. The game is still basically unplayable, for me. Still no custom championships, still can't use players or arenas with custom logos. The increase in matches per show is a plus, but still doesn't really work on PPVs. Here we are, a month since release, and getting information from 2K has been like pulling teeth (to the point that I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau just asking for more transparency and information). One press release from 2K basically mocking the majority of users, no news of when patch 1.03 will be released (or what it issues it will address), just repeatedly ignored questions by three Twitter accounts associated with the company. I paid $90 for the game a month ago, for a grand total of about an hour's worth of gameplay and now it's being reduced to less than half its original price in just a few days. I guess for $27 and an understanding that the game will still be very limited from how it's advertised to work, well... it's still not a great deal, in my eyes. For the less discerning gamer, maybe.

    How did you know what I was going to type? This is exactly what I was going to write except you did not say " I am so DISAPPOINTED". But I approve of this post.
    thisgrilledcheez
    As a predominantly (to be honest, exclusively) Universe player, I can't disagree with this more. The game is still basically unplayable, for me. Still no custom championships, still can't use players or arenas with custom logos. The increase in matches per show is a plus, but still doesn't really work on PPVs. Here we are, a month since release, and getting information from 2K has been like pulling teeth (to the point that I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau just asking for more transparency and information). One press release from 2K basically mocking the majority of users, no news of when patch 1.03 will be released (or what it issues it will address), just repeatedly ignored questions by three Twitter accounts associated with the company. I paid $90 for the game a month ago, for a grand total of about an hour's worth of gameplay and now it's being reduced to less than half its original price in just a few days. I guess for $27 and an understanding that the game will still be very limited from how it's advertised to work, well... it's still not a great deal, in my eyes. For the less discerning gamer, maybe.
    I don't feel like you're necessarily disagreeing with the article because neither of you really hit on the same stuff. If that makes sense. I don't think I saw mention universe mode and that's what you exclusively talked about.
    As a person that used to love the idea of universe mode it's sad to hear that it really hasn't been built upon it's potential. I stopped buying and just accepted it what it is.
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    TheShizNo1
    I don't feel like you're necessarily disagreeing with the article because neither of you really hit on the same stuff. If that makes sense. I don't think I saw mention universe mode and that's what you exclusively talked about.
    As a person that used to love the idea of universe mode it's sad to hear that it really hasn't been built upon it's potential. I stopped buying and just accepted it what it is.
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    This is true. I was basically just talking about the things that were playable and the things you can do to have fun with it.
    I feel for Universe players. I understand the frustration. I didn't really bring it up because it didn't fit with the article.
    We will be talking about Universe Mode in an another article soon.
    Honestly I haven't had any issues in universe besides my PPVs maxing out at 10 matches, so can't make 13 or 14 for Mania or whatnot.
    Only real issues I have with the game is CC being broken, so can't have any CAWs to fill out the NXT/NXT UK rosters, and start an AEW show. Thought AEW would be tough without create a championship. If they somehow patch in a fix for CC, and they didn't scare good creators off too much, it could still be good in the long run.
    Overall, it's actually been a fun game. I actually really enjoy it. Really enjoy the newly added wrestlers. Just need CC to work.
    BDKiiing
    Only real issues I have with the game is CC being broken, so can't have any CAWs to fill out the NXT/NXT UK rosters, and start an AEW show. Thought AEW would be tough without create a championship. If they somehow patch in a fix for CC, and they didn't scare good creators off too much, it could still be good in the long run.

    I have like 8 PlayStation accounts, 1 each for different wrestling companies, that I keep pretty updated. The issues with the CC makes that impossible to do. So, since I'm unable to keep the rosters current, and can't use accurate championships for any of the non-WWE shows (can't even fix the newly-ish renamed NXT Cruiserweight Championship), I deleted the game from my console. Once the issues with CC get sorted, I might download it again. Or I might just keep using 2K19 and wait for someone else to come out with a good wrestling game, because I'm not all that keen on giving any money to this company, ever again.
    Sour for the day1 buyers that it's already at sales price, but somehow I kinda knew it was going to happen. All the signs were there before release, plus the playtesters literally told us it sucked. But I guess people who don't follow games media were suckered in, and it sucks, but here we are.
    If the core gameplay is "fine" now, I'll probably buy it. I don't expect many others to follow as games that go this way rarely pick up more sales, unless they are dirt cheap. In the end, it's a smart move to go this low as I wouldn't have purchased if it was any higher, given WWE2k19 is fine enough for me. Hell: I'll even play my GameCube games it I didn't have to borrow a Wii for it. If the load times have decreased and things "work", it's enough for me. The unique arenas tickle my fancy, but I'm not a "Universe" player unless the mode offers more. Right now it's basically just a string of semi-randomized matches te me. I'll mark out for GM mode though, if it happens next year. And it should, at least some condensed version, if they want to at least recuperate some of the massive damage they've suffered to their core "day1" fans.
    I doubt another company can conjure up a AAA game in less than a year from now to fill the void. So they have their work cut out for them to save their position.
    Blackman316
    Sour for the day1 buyers that it's already at sales price, but somehow I kinda knew it was going to happen. All the signs were there before release, plus the playtesters literally told us it sucked. But I guess people who don't follow games media were suckered in, and it sucks, but here we are.
    If the core gameplay is "fine" now, I'll probably buy it. I don't expect many others to follow as games that go this way rarely pick up more sales, unless they are dirt cheap. In the end, it's a smart move to go this low as I wouldn't have purchased if it was any higher, given WWE2k19 is fine enough for me.

    It's on sale for Black Friday every year. It was always going to drop in price this week, no matter the quality of the game.
    ^might switch back to ‘19. I took a chance on ‘20 when it was on sale, the new content is really cool, but my universe is constantly crashing or freezing on me. So strange that it plays like a disaster when ‘19 is actually pretty smooth. I might keep struggling through it to try and justify the purchase in my head.
    I've only been playing exhibition and haven't had much/any issues. I don't do online and I've stayed away from Community Creations. Haven't touched Universe mode yet. I'm too afraid to. lol!
    One HUGE improvement over 2K19 is that when there's 8 man matches, there's no slowdown in 2k20.
    I sure wish they'd fix the blood. I know it's coded and in there, as I've seen it during match celebrations. Just not in the matches themselves.

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