Percentile Rank

WWE 2K16 is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

46%

Critics Recommend

Based on 47 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 5, 2015

After last year's disaster, 2K's series bounces back with the best wrestling game in years.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 2, 2015

I can look past the things that annoyed me and see that a ton of effort was put in to get this game where it is, and it's a game that fans of wrestling, and the franchise, will appreciate. If you've loved WWE 2K games in the past, or even miss the N64 days, give WWE 2K16 a go.

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Scored Reviews

The Outerhaven Productions
Nov 11, 2015

WWE 2K16 is definitely the perfect blend of fun and competitive gameplay, and a definite shot in the arm for this series to date, being a step in the right direction that the series needed after setting the foundation with WWE 2K15.

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Cheat Code Central
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 28, 2015

WWE 2K16 does so many things right that a little forgiveness is in order. Everyone involved seems to recognize that mistakes were made with WWE 2K15 and went out of their way to send the series in the complete opposite direction. The disconnect between character's appearances and occasional stiffness speaks more to a lack of polish than effort, and the result is a generally positive experience that helps renew faith in yearly WWE installments. In fact, WWE 2K16 is so comprehensive, I imagine people will have trouble finding reasons to upgrade to WWE 2K17 next year.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2015

WWE 2K16 is a true in-ring technician, and its feature set has taken a big step in the right direction.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Nov 3, 2015

The Bottom Line is that WWE 2K16 gives the fans what they wanted – the full suite of Creation modes, a more robust My Career mode, and the biggest roster ever. This is now a huge, deep game that will satisfy the most-demanding WWE fans, and it makes WWE 2K15 look like a Demo.

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Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2015

Despite the few gripes, I had a fun time playing this game. WWE 2K16 brings a bigger roster, more creative options for gamers, a revamped career mode that is mostly good and a bevy of other improvements to make the experience worth it. It's a nice step up from last year's game.

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PushStartPlay
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2015

WWE 2K16 delivers the biggest roster ever in a WWE videogame, but with only one Showcase campaign, will this year's instalment deserve to be tagged in for another year?

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Impulsegamer
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Nov 15, 2015

WWE 2K16 boasts an insane roster with fine-tuned gaming mechanics that makes this one of the best games in the franchise. If you're looking for your wrestling fix, then WWE 2K15 is that game

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

WWE 2K16 is the team back on their way to greatness, and a definite turning point in how wrestling games should be made.

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GameTrailers
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

WWE 2K16 strikes the perfect balance between technical wresting and Attitude Era brawling. Minor online issues hold it back, but the moment-to-moment flow of each match, the huge roster, and the stellar tribute to Stone Cold Steve Austin all combine to make this a must-play for anyone remotely interested in the WWE.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2015

WWE 2K16 is one of the best WWE games released in years and is the WWE game you want to get if you own a PS4 or Xbox One.

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Game Revolution
Oct 28, 2015

With the new limited reversal system and a much higher overall production value, WWE 2K16 is the competent fighter we always knew it could be. The fuller roster and a wealth of creation modes mark this year's installment as a notable comeback for the series. Only the submission system, the occasional glitch, and the some issues with the UI for creation modes hold WWE 2K16 back. Otherwise, WWE 2K16 crushes its predecessor with the impact of a Stone Cold Stunner.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 5, 2015

WWE 2K16 is a return to form for the series, and it is great to see that the development team has managed to right the ship. With such a huge roster and numerous, deep gameplay options, there is easily enough content in here to hold over wrestling fans this year. The actual action in the ring is much improved, but there are some edges that could be smoothed out in next year's iteration.

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GameSkinny
Nov 3, 2015

WWE 2K16 takes the series to new heights, despite having the same old issues.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 2, 2015

With a huge (and mostly up-to-date) roster, a Stone Cold-obsessed Showcase mode and a fine-tuned MyCareer, the WWE 2K series finally delivers the best wrestling game since Here Comes The Pain.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

Just like a superstar getting vindication at Wrestlemania, WWE 2K16 has completed a grand comeback following last year's lackluster entry. It feels like a total package this time around, and the gameplay, for the most part, is balanced and entertaining. I love the visuals too, even if the commentary leaves something to be desired. And there's a ton to do, without Vince McMahon getting in the way. Pick up a copy and go wild.

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Examiner
Oct 30, 2015

Although there isn't much in terms of brand-new innovation, the fine tuning in the pin system, chargeable counters, working holds and submission mechanics have made "WWE 2K16" a well-rounded grappling experience that relies heavily on timing and skill and not button-mashing. Add in a wonderful Showcase mode and more content than ever before and this is the best wrestling game in years and a bold new step in the right direction for 2K Sports.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 9, 2015

WWE 2k16 is a strong entry in the series, and feels like a more enjoyable game than the previous entry. That said, it's not changed dramatically - the core gameplay remains similar and if you didn't like the last few games in the series then you'll probably want to skip this one. However, for fans who want the newest rosters and ring improvements, along with a great career mode to play through, this game really delivers.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

A bigger roster, more finely-tuned gameplay mechanics and a more versatile creation system help make WWE 2K16 the current-gen superstar that it wants to be, even if some inconsistent ideas and bugs do hold it back from time to time.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 2, 2015

Wrestling fans have been waiting for a truly great game for their sport of choice for years, if not decades. All that waiting has mostly paid off as WWE 2K16 is a strong game that can stand well with the genre's heavy-hitters without looking too out of place. WWE 2K16 isn't without its flaws, but it's the most feature-rich wrestling game to come along in a while, with a right massive roster, a good deal of likable modes and well-fleshed out main attractions in the domains of 2K Showcase and MyCareer.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

A big step forward for the series, WWE 2K16 is still some polishing and a new submission system away from being Hall of Fame material, but should make a nice living as a stop gap in your library before hopefully bridging the gap to a bigger and better game next year.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2015

An improvement over last year's WWE 2K15, 2K16 still isn't perfect but it introduces a brilliant roster, an immersive Showcase mode, and plenty of match types to get hot and sweaty with.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 27, 2015

WWE 2K16 is an improvements over WWE 2K15 by adding many of the lost features missing from last year's game. However, it is far from a flawless video game. It is a step in the right direction so hopefully everything turns out perfectly in WWE 2K17.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 4, 2016

WWE 2K16 feels more like an expansion pack than a whole new release, but it's still a great package for anyone looking to experience WWE on the PC. The in-ring action has only really changed in terms of the reversal system, but it still does a good job of recreating the action seen in the real life show. There are still some match types missing from the free play mode, and the flagship Showcase mode, while, while it excellently represents Stone Cold Steve Austin's career, has been disappointingly reduced from five, to two different campaigns. Fans of the show or of the previous game are sure to find something to enjoy, yet it still doesn't have something that will recapture those who have already drifted away from the franchise.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 2, 2015

The best WWE game for years, which may seem like faint praise but WWE 2K16 works as both a sports sim and a quality fighter in its own right.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 3, 2015

Thanks to improved mechanics and a solid 2K Showcase, WWE 2K16 is a significant improvement over last year's lacking release. However, the technical hiccups found in prior games are still littered throughout this outing, and continue to undermine the experience.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2015

WWE 2K16 is the studio's latest endeavor, and while there are a lot of improvements from last year's title, the game just can't get the job done.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
ThisGenGaming
ThisGenGaming

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

WWE 2K16 is definitely a step up from WWE 2K16, the creative modes were sorely missed in WWE 2K15 and with the improvements added also made them the most definite versions of create an arena and championship to date. Presentation is also fantastic in WWE 2K16 with the audio improvements and no loading screens between entrances with a very smooth transition from one entrance to the other taking the loading screens place. It's awesome how much playability there is to have in WWE 2K16. Although the game has it's share of bugs, a terrible commentary voice over, and missing modes, there is still a lot of fun to be had with this game. 2K aren't there just yet, but they are starting to find a rhythm.

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Nov 6, 2015

WWE 2K16 is a better game than last 2K15, largely thanks to the expansive range of options and features that have been reinstated. The 2K Showcase is fantastic, but the core gameplay hasn't changed enough to warrant a hearty recommendation.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2016

WWE 2K16 is built for a very particular type of fan valuing authenticity above all else.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2016

The big thing to take away from WWE 2K16 is that not much has changed, yet again. The roster is a lot bigger, and features that were missing last time do return, but this game being back in line with your 2014 release isn't something we should be thankful for. The fighting, which was slated last year anyway, only seems to have been limited yet again, but not to a devastating degree - it just still isn't good enough.

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Operation Sports
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2015

A game that if you love wrestling you will find a reason to love it. Otherwise, game needs polish and better design decisions.

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Game Informer
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2015

2K's historical video packages are a great trip down memory lane, but the moment-to-moment action isn't worth remembering

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NZGamer
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2015

Is hate too strong a word?

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Nov 2, 2015

The WWE video games were a bad installment away from becoming a laughing stock. Thankfully, WWE 2K16 introduced a strong new feature, as well as one of the best Showcase modes the franchise has ever seen. The MyCareer mode still needs a lot of work, but the basic premise is still one that can succeed. With the largest cast of wrestlers the franchise has ever seen, 2K and Yukes have done a solid job righting the WWE 2K ship. That being said, there is still a lot of work to be done.

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Kill Screen
60 / 100
60 / 100
Nov 13, 2015

Despite relative improvements in presentation, WWE 2K16 ultimately makes a crucial mistake when it comes to understanding professional wrestling: the fiction is a lot more fun than the reality.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 10, 2015

WWE 2K16 definitely makes some strides in the right direction, but with Showcase mode becoming a little stale and Career Mode somehow taking a step back, it's clear that 2K is very much still getting to grips with the series. The gameplay is getting better and presentation-wise there's not a great deal that needs improving, but it's going to be a while before we see the publisher with championship gold around its waist.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2015

While an improvement over last year, WWE 2K16 still represents a series that has a ways to go before realizing its full potential. We appreciate the large roster and 2K Showcase but this is strictly meant for the hardcore fan.

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Player.One
Nov 2, 2015

WWE 2K16 isn't exactly the best wrestling game we've ever played. But it's not the worst, either.

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Gameplanet
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2015

WWE 2K16 pushes the franchise further down the sim path, to its detriment. It's also buggy and ugly – a fatigued veteran destined for the bush leagues.

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games(TM)
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 29, 2015

A solid mid-carder

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Pure Xbox
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 12, 2015

WWE 2k16 provides everything that wrestling fans will want to see outside of the ring. Was it not for the long and annoying loading times, the creation system and general control that you have over things would be enough to get it into the main event at Wrestlemania. A few minor fixes and changes here and there would do wonders, but the constant loading and the frankly abominable issues with the fighting engine that remain unfixed destroy any semblance of realism and are enough to relegate it to the indies.

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IBTimes UK
Nov 30, 2015

WWE 2K16 is the best WWE game for a while, but largely by default. Every successful tweak to the gameplay edges it closer to the license's former greatness, and makes this particular entry a fun multi-player wrestling game for a short time at least. Eventually however its limitations present themselves and – like the real thing – you're left frustrated that not enough has changed.

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GameSpot
4 / 10
GameSpot

Top Critic

4 / 10
Nov 9, 2015

Devoid of the character and personality that makes wrestling fun, WWE 2K16 continues to fail to deliver the spectacle of pro wrestling while further muddling the game's core mechanical experience.

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Giant Bomb
Nov 6, 2015

WWE 2K16 improves on the many things wrong with last year's game, but not nearly enough.

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DarkZero
4 / 10
4 / 10
Nov 24, 2015

Sure, all the gaping wounds that have plagued the series over the years are slowly getting fixed with each year that passes, but that does not change the fact this is a very sick series. In its current form I believe it is one that can never rise above mediocrity.

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