The Theft Protection

Myths and Facts About Identity Theft

– [Mitchell] WWE 2K19,
like previous entries
in the long-running wrestling
franchise, is a good game.
The core wrestling does a great job
of simulating a WWE match, and
the strike, grapple, reversal
fighting system is a lot of fun.
It’s got one of the best
and most comprehensive
creation suites of any game out there.
And, the way that it basically
lets you do everything
that wrestlers do in
real life, in the game,
is kind of astounding.
But those are all things that have
remained true for a while now.
And, while WWE 2K19 goes to great lengths
to fix its biggest flaws from last year,
it still leaves a lot of
long-standing issues unchecked
that limit the otherwise
significant improvements over 2K18.
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The campaign mode, or MyCareer,
has been a WWE 2K staple since 2K15.
But in 2K19, it finally
feels like a proper Triple A
wrestling story mode,
complete with voice acting,
cut-scenes and likable
characters that grow
and change over the course of the story.
It’s brought to life thanks
to a great performance
from former Tough Enough competitor
and current indie wrestler, A.J. Kirsch,
who brings a much needed level
of authenticity to the lead role.
– My reign will be
about memorable matches,
not memorable words,
and that will be
– [Announcer] Glorious!
– [Narrator] And, for the most part,
the actual WWE wrestlers
that lend their voices to the
game, also do a great job.
Outside of the few that
seem like they’re reading
from a script, as opposed
to actually acting.
– You’re certainly off to a
hot start here on SmackDown,
with your US Title win over Bobby Roode.
Is there anyone you’d like to defend
your championship against first?
– [Narrator] Unlike previous
years that always start
your character in NXT,
WWE 2K19’s MyCareer mode
starts you on the indie scene
in an organization called BCW,
where you are wrestling
out of high school gyms.
A fact that the obnoxious commentator
won’t stop reminding you of.
– [Commentator] These
two have the potential
to go all night, but I
hope they don’t because,
per the school principal, we
have a strict 11 p.m. curfew.
– [Narrator] From there you’ll get noticed
by WWE head trainer Matt Bloom
and begin your twisty and windy
path to the WWE main roster.
From a presentational stand point,
everything about MyCareer
this year is fantastic
and exactly what the
template should look like
in future years.
But, MyCareer sill stumbles
when it comes to progression.
Your character starts off extremely weak
with a poultry set of
moves, pathetic stats,
and generic entrance options.
As you level up by gaining experience
you can increase your stats
through three skill trees,
which are further divided
by different paths within each one.
The skill trees manage to
reduce the stat overload
that typically accompanies
WWE 2K’s career mode
but you never get the feeling that
the skills you’re adding to
make much of a difference
in your character’s overall strength.
Despite the pain in the ass
that is character progression,
the overall story and
journey of your character
as he rises up through
the ranks of the WWE
make it worth the struggle.
On top of that, new moves
and cosmetic options
are once again locked behind loot boxes,
which is a huge bummer.
The boxes can only be
purchased with virtual currency
and individual items can
be bought on their own
but the cost for buying things
a la carte is very expensive.
For the most part, MyCareer is easy enough
to get away with using a subpar character
but there are a few points in the story
where Triple H decides to
stack the deck against you,
forcing you to compete and
win in wildly unfair matches
such as a three-on-one handicap match.
Rather than coming out of it feeling like
a highly skilled beast of a wrestler,
you feel like you have to resort to
cheap hit and run tactics just to survive.
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Aside from MyCareer,
2K19 brings back the much
beloved Showcase mode.
This time highlighting the
WWE career of Daniel Bryan.
Every chapter covers a different
note-worthy match of his career,
with an introduction by Brian himself
that sets the stage in a fascinating,
mini-documentary style.
Once it’s time to actually play,
you’re guided by objectives
that have you doing many of the same moves
and big spots that actually
took place in the real match.
With some objectives
triggering painstakingly
recreated cut-scenes of
some of the biggest moments.
Unfortunately, while
completing those objectives
is a lot of fun, they
don’t trigger checkpoints.
And with some of these
matches lasting upwards of
twenty to thirty minutes,
it’s extremely frustrating
to force players
to replay all of that from the beginning
if they fail near the end.
2K19 also takes some
cues from Mortal Kombat X
with their 2K Tower’s mode,
which challenges players
to complete themed towers,
consisting of a series of
matches under a unifying theme.
These towers change both daily and weekly
so there’s always something new to tackle
and they offer a great source
of VC to spend in other modes.
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Those are the big
differences in 2K19 this year
but there’s also a lot to
be said about the plethora
of small changes that go
a long way in improving
the overall quality of 2K19,
even despite some of the
frustrations of it’s main modes.
A new payback system adds
another layer of strategy
to the core wrestling gameplay
by giving players two powerful abilities
that can change the flow of a match.
Whether it be giving a
player an instant finisher,
an extra reversal counter,
a one time use free kick out of two,
or an array of others.
Royal Rumbles are a lot
more fun now that you can
pick and choose the order in
which the superstars enter.
Steel cage matches have undergone
an almost complete overhaul
with new exit mini-games
and several new animations
that add to the excitement
of the match type.
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Beyond that WWE 2K19 just seems to embrace
a much more fun and arcady tone,
and the game is much better for it.
Big head mode matches
are hilarious to watch,
some of the 2K Towers
have crazy modifiers like
sped up gameplay that do a
great job of making each tower
feel like a unique challenge
and one of the payback
abilities essentially turns you
into Thor as you charge electricity
to build your momentum meter.
As for things that have stayed the same,
the core wrestling gameplay
thankfully still holds up
and makes up for a lot of
the flaws in the other areas.
Commentary is still laughably bad
and it’s still very buggy
but Create-A-Wrestler remains
one of the most incredible
tools for character creation
across all video games.
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WWE 2K19, like other
WWE 2K games before it,
is still held back by a number of
long standing series issues.
But with the much improved MyCareer mode
and the sheer amount of content available,
thanks to the return of Showcase mode
and the addition of 2K Towers,
it stops the downward spiral the series
had been heading towards
and puts it back on track.
If 2K20 can fix the awful
character progression
and story mode, clean up the bugs,
and work on the commentary issues,
this might finally be the blueprint
of a championship contender again.
For more on WWE 2K19, check
out our ultimate created
superstar Battle Royale.
As well as our video
highlighting some of our
favorite mismatched entrances.
And for everything else,
keep it here on IGN.

100 thoughts on “WWE 2K19 Review

  1. Not impressed with this game. This game has no action. My wrestler gets hit once and immediately rolls around on the ground in agony. Trading reversals is the only thing that keeps the momentum in a match going. Boring. Nintendo 64 wrestling games for the win.

  2. My only complaints about this game is that you’re completely restricted when you first create your wrestler on career mode and it also needs a actual weight detection. Overall I’ve been playing this game for hours after hours since Christmas Eve.

  3. Maybe this year the game won't b trash. I mean 2k20! 19 is infuriating filth at bottom of trash barrel. Only slightly better than it's predecessors.

  4. I m just astonished by this game actually!!! What a gameplay guys the game has amazing mechanics fixes like in Royal rumble u throw them out from the ring by clothesline like real life. Amazing 9/10!!!

  5. The old smack down games from when I was a kid seem better than this story wise. All the random encounters backstage were awesome.

  6. One small thing they could have done was have different voice overs in my career to choose from to best suit your custom superstar, for example if you created like a 7 foot giant as a heel the voice of ‘buzz’ just doesn’t suit at all

  7. I used to play wrestling games in the past but its been a long time. So this game looked cool and I thought about picking it up. Watched this, saw the lootbox system and micro transactions and was turned off immediately. Lame.

  8. Hey, my name's Peter and I make WWE 2K19 videos of dream matches with my friend, which includes voice-over commentary and *general discussion about wrestling*. It'd mean the world to me if you check out my channel. You don't have to subscribe, it would make my day if you just clicked on a video or two to see what my channel's about.

    Thank you for your time, take care 🙂

  9. This is the first wwe game I have bought since smackdown vs raw 2008. 11 years I had to wait to get a decent wwe game.

  10. Bought it 2nd hand today and took it back and swapped for Spyro the dragon after 10 minutes of play. This game is so marginally different to any of the games in the last 5 years. Why can't they just bring in HCTP in HD and online? Its what everybody wants.

  11. One of my best shows ever on Universe mode! Show some love. ECW WRESTLEPALOOZA! Premiering in 12 hours.

  12. Wish there would be a remake for here comes the pain. I still play it til now. Best wrestling game ever!

  13. "My reign will be about memorable matches, not memorable words"
    =I do flips, I have 0 talent and I can't cut promos.

  14. i bought this game and i havent bought or played a WWE game before Smackdown VS Raw days specifically 2006, and I was so turned off by the gameplay on 2k19. Its so tedious, annoying and repetitive when just playing the damn game, move after move its just so worn out by the same crap. Very disappointed and ended up deleting the game off my PS4. 5/10 and thats being generous

  15. The graphics are ridiculous though for a 2018 game. I won't buy another WWE game until they finally up their game

  16. Can u pick random wwe superstars like randy orton or john cenna and do a carrer mode with them like the old games

  17. Help me anyone, when i start the wwe 2k19 (ps4) it just display the aj loading screen and thats it, doesnt open the game or else, it just stuck on the loading screen, any advice is well appreciated

  18. I making a show for my CAW show here's my link

  19. Just bought it for 24 dollars let’s go 😂😂 I hate the newer wrestling games but I still buy em because I have faith.

  20. I don't get these games anymore there the same every year the characters move like crap and the game looks terrible they keep releasing the same game every year

  21. I haven't bought this game. In the past I recall creating a wrestler being a chore because there's too may moves, not enough creation settings, and I don't care for the morphing. Online was also laggy, and I miss the button mashing method of pins and submissions.

  22. Can you choose a current wrestler in career mode and work your way up through a season? Or do I have to create a wrestler?

  23. What about the roster? Can you play as Hulk Hogan, Shemus, the Animal, Andre the Giant, etc.? Feel like what matters the most has been left off the review.

  24. Why can't WWE Wrestling games have N64 No Mercy controls ? So easy to do the moves.Not complicated like these new WWE games.,

  25. I was really considering buying the ultimate whatever edition of this game but after seeing how they lock moves behind loot packs I'm gonna pass.

  26. So disappointing. I buy wwe2k every year and am just completely let down every time. Yet I still play as Im a huge wrestling fan. Such an addictive and poorly programmed almost masterpiece yet POS game. Please do better!!! You dont even have entrances for multiple titles let alone title for title matches in Universe Mode. Glitches!!! Please do better.

  27. >be me
    >buys wwe 2k19
    >installs game
    >starts menu and goes straight to settings
    >gets rid of annual kid rock song in game
    >enjoys game as it is intended

  28. Bought it for local multiplayer when it came out and pretty much havent touched it cause it doesn’t work without locking everything and the other normal issues. Time to take another few years off these games. Really thought it would improve when 2k got involved but it still has that, yukes developed mediocre feel. “It feels like they are taking a step in the right direction” i feel like ive been saying that since they first jumped off ps2 tho

  29. These games just aren’t fun. Even the Smackdown vs. Raw series was pretty mediocre. Wrestling games could be so much better, and they should be. Hopefully they’ll figure it out sooner than later.

  30. Don't buy it until they fix the submission system minigame. So op even on easy difficulty to submit the ai. Im not beginner

  31. Lool cheap 3v2 match? That was a cheap 3v2, then 2v2, then 2v2, then 2v2 match all without healing or nothing

  32. The commentary needs work for sure, it's so dam bland. It always says the same thing when doing finishers, and other big moments.

  33. I wish the controls allowed customization. I hate the button layout. I miss the old Smackdown Vs Raw games when the controls were easy and the action fast.

  34. I give it a Strong 2 – Light 3 I hate this one, 2K18 was better though I gave it a Strong 3. I give 2K17 a Light 6 and 2K16 a *Light 8

  35. 2k needs to give up wrestling and go back to sports this game’s graphics are great but game play looks weak… they really need to make a NFL game

  36. Cool Review you need to doing that job for real you have a calling for it, thinking about getting it you swayed me more toward it than 2k18 . Keep on rev up your reviews Game review Jedi

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