Percentile Rank

WWE 2K18 is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 73 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Based on 73 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Checkpoint Gaming
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 20, 2017

For those who like to create and just want to wrestle without all of the extra noise, WWE 2K18 is still a decent romp – just don’t expect it to change the universe

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 24, 2017

WWE 2K18 is an unsurprising garbage fire of a game developed by people that were given neither the time nor the resources to make anything better

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Scored Reviews

Generación Xbox
8.8 / 10.0
Generación Xbox

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

WWE 2K18 is the best wrestling game so far. A great variety of wrestlers with a new technical section that finally meets this generation's standards. A great game where you'll always have something to do and Wresling fans will enjoy it as kids.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 16, 2017

2K Games and Yuke's have heard the critics and learned from them. WWE 2K18 improves throughout its predecessor. My Career mode is full of possibilities and Road to Glory gives endless fun. In addition, WWE 2K18 has somes new mechanics that brings variety to the fights and it has the largest roster in the entire series.

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
Oct 21, 2017

WWE 2K18 is as pleasing to the eye and ear as it is to the touch, as a ton of improvements has been made to the game's presentation.

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Forbes
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

Despite some light areas of concern with gameplay and some of the auxiliary modes and features, the core of the WWE 2K franchise has been strengthened. It won't scratch every itch that virtual wrestling fans have, but the game is deep and fun. At the end of the day, that's what we're looking for in video games.

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IGN Spain
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

WWE 2K18 is the necessary step forward of the franchise after presenting a renewed visual aspect and a product much more updated and according to the show that represents.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 25, 2017

The beauty about WWE 2K18 is that it doesn't change much, but the things that they did change matter. Presentation, match flow, as well as keeping MyPLAYER's creation suite and the main game's creative suite separate matters...A LOT. Yeah, there are some flaws in the game, and that comes with the territory of yearly releases, but to indicate that the small changes weren't enough would be giving this game a disservice, and for what we got, it's a decently engaging edition of WWE 2K.

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2017

WWE 2K18 is certainly a mixed bag of tricks, because despite it continuing to have some unaddressed issues, the game is still a lot of fun

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 17, 2017

Featuring an enormous roster of over 200 characters with revamped gameplay, WWE 2K18 is a solid upgrade from last year's game.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

The best wrestling game to date with an impressive collection of arenas, a new and improved graphics engine and an unprecedented number of wrestlers is held back by small, annoying glitches and collision detection bugs.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 23, 2017

Exceptional when it all works, but for the third year running launch-day gremlins prohibit an even greater score.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 16, 2017

WWE 2K18 is a great wrestling game with a crazy amount of depth that feels a bit too similar to 2K17 to really hit new highs. If you love the franchise, however, this will rock your world.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2017

Wrestling's best and brightest from the past and present collide in this main event feature! Yuke's and Visual Concepts is back with another round of top flight action inside the virtual WWE squared circle. A deluge of content is affixed as the worthy centerpiece.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

The most fun you can have while being brutally beaten up

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 24, 2017

Despite few flaws WWE 2K18 is a good game but we have to consider that there is not any competitors, so the developer didn't try to publish a flawless game. all in all we suggest to play this game at least for once because of its nostalgic atmosphere.

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GamePro
79 / 100
79 / 100
Oct 23, 2017

You can tell the wrestling giant his age, but real WWE fans will certainly have their fun.

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The Games Machine
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

WWE 2K18 is very similar to the previous installments of the series: the gameplay is still somehow slow, but approachable and easy to learn. If you were hoping for a radical change, you'll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you're looking for a game with a solid roster and full of spectacular moves, well, WWW 2K18 is the right answer.

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VGProfessional
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

Like its predecessor, WWE 2K18 clearly shows the desire to do the best wrestling game there is, but the end result starts to show the limitations of an annual franchise in terms of technicality and innovation.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

WWE 2K18 is an upgrade from the previous iteration. It improves on the game's core gameplay, graphics, and creation tools giving wrestling fans a fun experience they will enjoy. However, like previous iterations, the game poses a ton of excellent ideas that fall flat. MyCareer, Road to Glory, and Universe Mode are all fantastic features on paper, but lacks the depth players would want. This is a game built for the WWE Universe; it is for fans of all generations. However, if you play WWE 2K18 without an appreciation for the sport, it would be hard to convince you that it is entertaining.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Drowning in modes, creative scope and possessing the best grappling gameplay in a good while, WWE 2K18 is the best the series has ever been on PS4. All the same, the time is ripe for the series to undergo the sort of far-reaching transformation that both it, and its fans, have long deserved.

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Cerealkillerz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Altogether, WWE 2K18 ultimately fails to deliver on the promises made by 2K Sports, barely changing things at all. The problem with My Career is that it needs to be the focus for all players, who plan to stay with the game for a longer time, but its still dull and repetetive, making it too boring over longer periods of time. Carrying your opponent around in the ring is fine and the minor changes in the My Career Mode at least shows us that the developer admits the mode needs further improvement, but in the end it needs even more of that. Nice try 2K, but better luck next time.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Whilst there are some changes, it doesn't feel that different from last year, and the technical issues hinder enjoyment somewhat.

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Atomix
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 23, 2017

We still miss the Showcase mode and is a flawed game compared to the best sports games in the market, but is the best edition in the series recently.

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NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2017

WWE 2K18 is a small, but successful step in the right direction for the series. Being more approachable than ever, it should attract many new players.

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Cheat Code Central
3.7 / 5.0
3.7 / 5.0
Oct 16, 2017

WWE 2K18 may be my first foray into a WWE wrestling game in many years, but I enjoyed getting quick and dirty into matches and being part of the multilayered action that incorporates a variety of attacks, grapples, and submissions. The dramatic backstage elements were too lethargic, but the Road to Glory mode offers a great reason to keep improving my custom MyPlayer's craft. There's still some fine tuning needed in the animations and general visuals, but the overall feel of a faithful WWE experience is absolute and worth the ticket price for any dedicated fan.

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Gamelite
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

WWE's annual event does not make any major changes. The changes are therefore minimal, but you can still feel it especially during the fights. WWE 2K18 is therefore recommended to Wrestling lovers, who know perfectly the style of play and who, perhaps, have already had to deal with the 2K titles. For those who want to buy it for the first time, the advice is to wait.

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Thumb Culture
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

For all die hard WWE fans I can imagine that WWE 2K18 is brilliant, with all your favourite superstars on the roster you could spend a whole year playing as each character, which I'm guessing is 2K Sports idea. With all the game modes available you can find anything for any situation. Got some friends around, then take on a Royal Rumble and see who can last the longest. Alternatively have a Fatal 4-Way Hardcore match and see who can cause the most bodily harm. If you are on your own, then spend some time creating your wrestler and taking them through a career and see how high you can move up the ladder. All in all, WWE 2K18 is a fun game to play, if you aren't aware of the WWE universe then you probably won't enjoy this. However, being a fan of the sport since childhood it was refreshing to play a new iteration of the 2K Sports series.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 18, 2017

WWE 2K18 is a solid entry into the annual series, but is unfortunately let down by a few clunky implementations. The presentation and actual wrestling gameplay are as good as ever and Universe Mode has seen a number of additions to make it far more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the ambitious attempt to revamp MyPlayer misses the mark a little with glitches, repetitive side-quests, and a story that's afraid to deviate even a tiny bit from its set path.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

WWE 2K18 is not the long awaiting improvement fans have been longing for. Outdated visuals and stale gameplay prevent this game from being recommandable to those who already own one of the recent iterations of the franchise.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

Yuke's seems trapped in a Sharpshooter, that's the only way to explain this uninspired chapter in the series.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Under the better-than-ever graphics and great-as-ever core wrestling gameplay, WWE 2K18 is a largely disappointing iteration. It wastes too much of its ambition on the poorly written and dull MyCareer RPG mode, leaving its other promising modes to languish for another year. What few enhancements we get to the carry mechanics and eight-person matches are welcome, but not as much of a year-over-year refresh as would be needed to keep the excitement level as high as it's been in past years.

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IGN Middle East
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

WWE 2K continues to modify and improve its content on an annual basis. WWE 2K18 comes with improvements that include most of the game modes, but not the root changes or upcoming additions except the new lift system, the best character models in the history of the series, the improved lighting system and the presence of a large number of wrestlers. In the game, anyone can notice that these changes are almost minor and do not provide much difference from last year's version.

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Windows Central
Oct 26, 2017

This year's WWE game has a lot to love, from the huge roster to the revamped MyCareer mode. But it also suffers from the same old issues, such as the lack of a proper comprehensive tutorial, stiff and unintuitive controls, rough character models, and a general lack of polish.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 18, 2017

One can only wonder what could have been possible with a longer development cycle, though we'll probably have to wait until WWE 2K19 to see the full impact of Visual Concepts' changes to the franchise.

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GameNationSA
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

WWE 2K18 is an improvement over the previous iterations, from the core gameplay, graphics, and creation tools giving wrestling fans the full experience. However, the game has some excellent ideas that were not executed properly. MyCareer, Road to Glory, and Universe Mode are all fantastic features that if developer Yukes made perfect would make a major difference to the WWE franchise.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

Even if WWE 2K18 keeps on using the same old engine his predecessors used, the developers clearly improved the game's overall visual presentation. The new MyCareer mode and the Promo Engine 2.0 also add welcomed improvements. WWE 2K18 isn't the brand new game wrestling fans have been asking for years but it offers more than enough to have fun.

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Leadergamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

The deal between 2K Games and WWE should be ended as soon as possible. The game is bleeding.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2017

WWE 2K18 is another decent entry in the long running games franchise. But as I said last year, it's sad that these games are just decent because they can be and should be great.

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Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

Overall WWE 2K18 is a fine example of a good wrestling game. It looks amazing, but just lacks enough improvements overall to really stand out among the current crop of 2K’s beyond those good looks, unfortunately leaving it short of being quite like no one.

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GameSpew
70%
70%
Oct 19, 2017

If wrestling is your thing, WWE 2K18 does just enough to make it worthy of your attention, but you'll always be left thinking that it could be so much more.

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Geek Culture Podcast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Most people that are interested in wrestling games know what they are going to get gameplay wise, and WWE 2K18 does not let us down in that aspect. The disappointing MyCareer and lack of any real advances in the gameplay keep the game from really rising to the top this year, but the match options, along with an extensive roster of wrestlers, make WWE 2K18 one that wrestling fans should still enjoy.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2017

It's easy to enjoy playing WWE 2K18. Wrestling games inspire a special creativity that no other sports games can match. While 2K18 feels like it misses the mark and comes in below expectations, it still offers a MyPlayer experience, eight-man matches, online competitiveness, community creations, and more. The graphics and animations are starting to grow stagnant and there aren't too many incremental improvements that can be made until there's a drastic change to the game engine, so I'm hoping that there will be an announcement about that soon.

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VGN
6.6 / 10.0
Tommaso Stio

Top Critic

6.6 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Year after year, 2K's franchise keeps to entertain lots of wrestling lovers. Despite the lack of true innovations, WWE 2K18 is a fun experience, but after having played the last 4-5 games, people need way more than a simple step forward or a renewed visual aspect. The developers must work hard if they want to convince the audience to support this franchise one more time in the future.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2017

While WWE 2K18 does hit enough right notes for a recommendation, it still leaves something to be desired. As much as I like the style of these newer games, I miss being able to be as nonsensical as the older ones would allow. All in all, it's a toss-up for me.

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Game Informer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2017

WWE fans might get a kick out of creating their own wrestlers, entrances, and promos, but the basic mechanics won't appeal to a wider crowd

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Pennyworth Reviews
Oct 18, 2017

A step in the right direction, tripped up by small annoyances. WWE 2K18 is only patch or two away from being…. wait for it… GLORIOUS!

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Cultured Vultures
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

What WWE 2K18 gives you is a game that is enjoyable enough to dip in and out of, but if you are looking for an engaging career mode, then I would advise looking at another game. Despite the fantastic graphics and new game engine, WWE 2K18 is lacking in almost every other aspect. With drastic changes to both the Career Mode and the Universe mode, it feels like WWE 2K18 is more of a chore to play than its predecessors.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

WWE 2K18 may still be an a fun game for you if you've been a fan of the series over the last few years, but if you were expecting it to pull the series out of its prolonged slump, you're going to be disappointed.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 4, 2017

Although WWE 2K18 brings a number of changes and improvements to the long-running series, its handling of the MyCareer mode is truly baffling. Whatever ambitious qualities it might have had are buried under a snore-inducing grind. Almost everything from boots to suplexes is locked away inside loot crates. If the player wants to craft their own wrestler and guide them to glory, they're better off sticking to create-a-superstar and participating in the WWE Universe. Otherwise, their avatar is going to be a poorly-dressed schmuck with a very limited set of abilities. Take this critic's advice, and just ignore MyCareer entirely. The other gameplay modes are where the entertainment is at.

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Xbox Achievements
60%
60%
Oct 23, 2017

Last year, we noted that WWE 2K17 was a marginally better game than 2K16 was. We could say the same thing about WWE 2K18. It is marginally better. But given that it recycles the same old gameplay mechanics and doesn't add enough to the tried and tested template, it's hard to really recommend WWE 2K18. Been there, done that. Next year, Yuke's needs to give WWE 2K a firm dropkick directly to its lycra-clad arse.

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TrueGaming
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

WWE 2K18's gameplay requires quite a bit of improvement and despite the effort in which developers put in it, we are still far from the ideal free wrestling experience

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Saudi Gamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

The WWE 2K18 series is still competing with itself for not having any other wrestling game in the industry currently, a good leap from the last part but I still see that it needs a lot of development unfortunately.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 19, 2017

With some new features and advancements, WWE 2K18 shoots for the title of best wrestling game ever - it just falls a little short where it counts.

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Impulsegamer
2.9 / 5.0
2.9 / 5.0
Nov 23, 2017

When you play a modern wrestling game but come away longing for the old N64 days... that might tell you something.

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Wccftech
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

This franchise is almost out of chances. This is the fifth WWE game from 2K, and they've still only figured out one of the three ingredients. WWE 2K18 is great if creating wacky wrestlers is all you're interested in, but those looking for solid in-ring action or a compelling career mode will be let down yet again. If WWE 2K18 were a wrestler, it'd be Jinder Mahal – all flashy show muscles, no fundamentals. I realize a lot of hardcore fans will buy WWE 2K18 regardless of reviews, but if you actually want the series to change, it might be time to tap out.

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Critical Hit
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

2K's fifth WWE game has all the style and none of the substance of WWE games of old. All show and no actual in-ring talent, everything new in WWE 2K18 is quickly superseded by an uneven graphics engine and a career mode that's certified G for Grody.

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Sirus Gaming
5.2 / 10.0
5.2 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

The game has so many things going for it however maybe there were just too many things which made it problematic in their individual parts. It’s ideas are great but execution leaves so much to be desired. Outside of the roster and the old championship titles, there isn’t much of an experience in the new WWE game. The game could’ve been the best in the series but even the WWE game in 2003 was a lot more fun and action pumping than this. It makes me just want to hook up my PS2 again and look for my old wrestling games.

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Shacknews
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 25, 2017

For WWE fans, there is a lot to like with the package, but ultimately, bad design cripples what could be a real winner. While I was not the biggest fan of them, the removal of the showcase events is a huge loss for longtime wrestling fans. The game still lacks any kind of decent general manager mode and offers players no way to set up and book their own fantasy wrestling shows. This mode was included in the series many years ago, so it shouldn't be that tough to get it working on this generation of consoles/PC. On the gameplay side of things, 2K is still falling way short of the fun and simulation aspects of much simpler WWE games from the 1990s. Only the most hardcore WWE fans should apply. On a scale of 10, the PC version is probably two full points better than the console versions. I wish it wasn't true, but it's damn true. 5/10 Phenomenal Forearms

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TheXboxHub
Nov 20, 2017

There’s no doubt about it, WWE 2K18 is a flawed game. The positives of the Road to Glory mode, the MyPlayer play styles and the always reliable Universe mode, are counter-acted by a boring MyCareer that’s still lacking in so many areas and an online side bereft of any purpose. Piling on the misery of the technical issues which plague the game from top to bottom, turning enjoyment into frustration, means that even the joys of the great roster and creative options cannot save it from being a huge disappointment.

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Gameplanet
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2017

WWE 2K18 is in desperate need of an overhaul. It's an entertaining game in WWE Universe mode, but most else is beyond retirement age, and many complaints fans have had for years have not been addressed.

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SA Gamer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

The wrestling franchise is bigger than ever and has fans screaming for more. Unfortunately, the game version could easily put you in a sleeper hold.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

5 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

More frustrating because of the things it gets right than the blindingly obviously problems with bugs, a dull career mode, and a strange new loot box system.

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Much like being a fan of the real thing, WWE 2K18 is often more of a chore than it is fun. Hilariously, yet tragically, I still find myself hoping it'll be better next time.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

With the glitches piling up and very little in the way of innovation, WWE 2K18 continues the series' floundering output.

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CGMagazine
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2017

WWE 2K18 makes only a modest attempt to improve on last year's offering, which means this game is still not very good.

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NZGamer
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2017

A bad, bad game. Oh it's true, it's damn true!

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PlayStation LifeStyle
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

What's most disappointing about WWE 2K18 is that there are so many good ideas present. Being able to go backstage and interact with larger-than-life wrestlers should be great fun, not a monotonous annoyance. The goals should add some much needed structure to the career, but instead they're so oddly specific that many players won't be bothered to even advance pass them. That's not even mentioning the horrendous artificial intelligence, which is somehow leaps and bounds worse than previous years. Clearly a lot of work went into this year's installment, but the end result simply did not come together in the slightest.

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Switch Player
Dec 18, 2017

It's another rushed effort from 2K Games which botches the launch of an eagerly anticipated title. It's so frustrating because WWE 2K18 is packed with content and could have been truly special, if a little more care had been applied. Maybe a patch can salvage this release but for now you want to avoid it.

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Continue-Magazin
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

WWE 2K18 with its outdated engine and inferior loading times is far from what WWE fans should be expecting of this game. 2K needs to reboot the series as soon as possible to prevent a total crash of the franchise.

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Nintendo Life
3 / 10
3 / 10
Dec 11, 2017

While co-developer Blind Squirrel has stated publicly it is working on implementing some post-launch improvements, it doesn't change the fact WWE 2K18 ever existed in this form at all. Switch has had an incredible 2017 and played host to some truly awe-inspiring ports, but as it stands the latest slice of sports entertainment is best enjoyed elsewhere. Wrestling fans with a Switch deserve better games than this sorry jobber.

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Nintendo Insider
3 / 10
3 / 10
Dec 20, 2017

That’s about as far as the good parts of WWE 2K18 go, unfortunately. And again, all of these good aspects are content-based, it doesn’t change the fact that the main aspect of the game is still awful. I still don’t know why publishers release games in a state like this and think it’s okay, but there may be some ray of light for Nintendo owning wrestling fans though, as I have no doubt that there will be a performance patch at some point down the line, as the same happened with 2K Games’ other Switch game, NBA 2K18. But still, that’s not a guarantee. Until then, stay well away from WWE 2K18. Just like the WWE tell us in their promos, don’t try this at home, school or anywhere else.

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NintendoWorldReport
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2018

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.

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