WWE 2K22 Isn’t as Bad as You Fear, but the DLC…

WWE 2K22 Isn’t as Bad as You Fear, but the DLC…

So, WWE 2K22 launched this past week.

And, after over two years away to improve things, it seems – from early reviews at least – that it’s not half-bad.

The new entry into the series overhauled everything from graphics to controls to lighting.

And whilst we haven’t had a chance to review it [as ABG‘s resident wrestling nerd, I would probably be the one to do it, but I’m still a little skeptical following WWE 2K20‘s…everything], it does look like a return to past glories.

However, there’s at least one area you could take issue with; the planned DLC.

Always a bone of contention within the franchise, this year’s entry is no different – if anything, it’s head-scratchingly bizarre.

The DLC packs will be released monthly following launch, and will be themed around a select WWE Legend; the “Banzai Pack” will star Yokozuna, Umaga, and Rikishi, the “Most Wanted Pack” will star Cactus Jack, The Boogeyman, and Vader, etcetera.

Aside from the – mostly – appreciated wrestlers, there’s a few, for lack of a better term, “celebrities” that have been chosen. Now, there’s various, obvious reasons behind each celebrity’s inclusion. That doesn’t mean they make sense.

For instance, June’s “Clowning Around Pack” (headlined by Doink the Clown, Ronda Rousey, and the British Bulldog) features Mr T. Yes, that Mr T. And, yes, he co-headlined the first two Wrestlemanias. But do I want to use an avatar of him to fight oth-actually, yeah, I don’t mind him.

However, the last DLC pack, the “Whole Dam Pack”, will feature musician Machine Gun Kelly and YouTuber-come-boxer Logan Paul. The former helped curate the soundtrack for WWE 2K22, and both have appeared on WWE TV numerous times. But still.

Actually, this does give us the chance to knock the ever-loving you-know-what out of Paul. So, maybe it isn’t that bad. But yeah, in the face of other, overlooked, actual wrestlers, this is an overly obscure list of inclusions. I mean, I’ll still get the game – eventually – but, yeah.

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WWE 2K22 is out now and available on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 [both are cross-gen editions], PC [via Steam].


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