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82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Mar 13, 2023
    95
    Overall, I love this game and – apart from Wargames – I can see myself playing this for hours upon hours without getting bored of it. The days of button-bashing your way through a WWE game are definitely over.
  2. Mar 13, 2023
    95
    Visual Concepts has been able to make one of the best WWE games to this date. WWE 2K23 has the chemistry players have been waiting for a long time thanks to its amazing graphics and great optimization. On PS5 it runs pretty well but they could have done a better job with the DualSense compatibility, the soundtrack could have been much better. This does not take away all the good work done in the game. John Cena is the gold card along with WarGames which is the icing on the cake.
  3. Mar 16, 2023
    90
    All in all, WWE2K23 is a great game with something to offer to every WWE fan past and present, no matter what your playstyle. With branching storylines and multiple sandbox modes that let you book and play whatever the hell kind of cards you can come up with, the replayability factor is off the charts. If anything 2K and Visual Concepts have shot themselves in the foot, because it's not going to be easy to top this entry in the series once the next installment rolls around.
  4. Mar 13, 2023
    90
    2K and Visual Concepts continue to show commitment to this franchise in WWE 2K23 by making necessary gameplay changes and additions to an already-strong core that was established last year. WWE 2K23 then pushes the graphical fidelity forward to the point that it possibly surpasses its NBA 2K counterpart in the grand spectrum of things. The big help coming with cleaning up previous nuisances with the gameplay are a big help while making MyGM and MyRISE deeper will be much appreciated by the community. The Wargames match is going to be popular as everything about it works and the match itself is extremely fun. The new design for Showcase Mode is also a success, but the biggest improvements come in the technical depart of WWE 2K23. While some modes are left lacking, the others that saw more options are great and nothing needed to be sacrificed along the way.
  5. 90
    Watching the rise of John Cena was electrifying, and the general gameplay improvements have made this the most competent Wrestling game to come out in decades. With an almost overwhelming amount of content in this entry, it's going to be hard to find time for many other games coming out this year.
  6. Mar 13, 2023
    90
    If you’re itching for some satisfying wrestling action that has never looked as good as it does here, then don’t hesitate to pick up WWE 2k23, as it truly is championship material.
  7. Mar 14, 2023
    85
    WWE 2K23 takes everything that worked from last year's installment, updates the superstar lineup, and doesn't make any adjustments that take any real risk. In other words, if it works, there's no need to fix it. The game mechanics are still entertaining, and playing with friends will provide guaranteed fun. However, the campaign modes did not offer any extra to differentiate themselves from what was seen in previous years. It could have been better, but Visual Concepts did not even try.
  8. Mar 13, 2023
    85
    Ultimately, WWE 2K23 has something for everyone. Whether you’re a casual wrestling fan looking to jump into the squared circle for a quick match, or a die hard WWE fan looking to create and brand your own WWE Universe, each game mode brings something new and exciting to the table – even if the depth is somewhat lacking. The gameplay and combat is the best the franchise has seen for over a decade, the customization suite offers near endless possibilities, and the community content portal is incredible. All this, but I still can’t help but feel the game was so close to something more.
  9. Mar 13, 2023
    85
    Even better than last year, WWE 2K23 shows the rising return of the series, building on last year's already solid foundation. With an excellent Showcase mode, an even better MyRISE and many additions to MyGM, it is a must-have for wrestling fans and capable of providing players dozens of hours of fun.
  10. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    Though the Showcase mode isn’t as super as its subject, John Cena, the sharp focus on refinement instead of reinvention helps keep WWE 2K23 as the gold standard of wrestling sims.
  11. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    WWE 2K23’s more incremental bells and whistles means it’s technically an overall stronger package than 2K22. However, unlike last year, it doesn’t benefit from the rose-colored excitement of getting to play a big wrestling sim again after a years-long absence. The similarities to its predecessor means 2K23 feels more formulaic than special, but it still continues the series’ overall positive trajectory. Like watching a returning legend perform their greatest hits night after night, the novelty has faded, but I’m still pleased to have them back – for now.
  12. Mar 15, 2023
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Mar 15, 2023
    80
    If they’re still making these in 20 years, there’s gonna be a hell of a Showcase mode about it.
  14. Mar 15, 2023
    80
    WWE 2K23 successfully builds upon the foundations laid down by its predecessor. While it’s still far from the best pro-wrestling game out there, it’s the only one we really get with a modern roster anymore. With that caveat in mind, however, WWE 2K23 remains a blast to play. It’s got a great roster, a host of new features and match types, and its new take on the MyRise career mode is incredibly fun.
  15. Mar 14, 2023
    80
    WWE 2K23 doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but it proves that Visual Concepts has learned from past mistakes. Meaningful improvements in several different areas build on the foundation laid by the previous game, and make WWE 2k23 a stellar addition to the roster.
  16. Mar 14, 2023
    80
    I feel in some ways I’m echoing my sentiments from one year ago. The gameplay is near-perfect and the presentation and delivery of a worldwide sensation are engrossing and captivating. Better still, one of the game’s most promising game modes is fully realizing its potential. There’s just the odd gripe that lingers just enough to bog down its joyous moments. If 2K can avoid MyFaction from hogging the spotlight and eliminate those tiny faults, all the while concentrating on MyGM, Showcase, and MyRise, then a perfect rating could beckon next year.
  17. WWE 2K23 does what any annual sports series should do. It gets the roster as up-to-date as it can, expands on the game modes that are already there, and refines gameplay little by little. In a year when the WWE games will finally have a big competitor in the upcoming AEW: Fight Forever, this is a solid entry to remind everyone who the king of the mountain is.
  18. Mar 13, 2023
    80
    If you are a WWE fan, don't look for many excuses: although WWE 2K23 is a tremendously continuist game with very few new features, those incorporated are more than enough reason to enjoy it for hundreds of hours.
  19. Mar 13, 2023
    80
    Whereas WWE 2K22 was a rebuilding year for the franchise, WWE 2K23 is all about building on that foundation, offering players more bang for their buck and taking everything a step forward. There is still plenty of room for improvement for sure, but WWE 2K23 is easily one of the best WWE games of the past decade.
  20. Mar 13, 2023
    80
    Enjoyable in almost every department, WWE 2K23 serves up joy for wrestling fans young and old, dedicated or casual. There really is so much to love here.
  21. Mar 13, 2023
    80
    WWE 2K23 is like watching a follow-up to a spectacular match between two wrestlers the week before — it crackles with the same energy, but you’ve seen this fight before. Fortunately, the game stands as a solid sequel that offers an intriguing 2K Showcase retrospective on John Cena, an intuitive timed kick-out mechanic, and two separate stories in MyRISE. While it still struggles with several flaws carried over from past games in the series, the game has plenty of ways to send you hurling toward one of its numerous modes and then holding your attention there for days on end. WWE 2K23 doesn’t risk going for a high-flying splash from the top rope, but it still packs a mighty haymaker.
  22. Mar 13, 2023
    80
    After a tumultuous few years of WWE releases, 2K and Visual concepts have finally been able to begin building on the solid foundations of last year’s game. WWE 2K23 isn’t a huge step up from 2K22 with long load times and a surprisingly unpolished Showcase Mode for John Cena, but the series has still shown growth, considering War Games is pure chaos and MyRise is much improved. The future is once again bright for WWE and 2K, and so WWE 2K23 should be celebrated by fans as though they’ve just won their first world championship.
  23. 80
    WWE 2K23 stumbles slightly with occasional glitches and a mode or two that doesn't quite hit the mark, but it ends strong with stellar gameplay, a captivating MyRise/GM Mode one-two punch, and a brutal, chaotic inclusion of WarGames that simply says, "Acknowledge Me."
  24. Mar 15, 2023
    75
    My prevailing feeling on WWE 2K23 on the whole is that it’s a welcome, if small, step up. Nobody who is coming over from WWE 2K22 will really be wowed by anything here, but the cumulative minor updates, iterations, additions and improvements are all very good and very welcome. Your mileage will vary depending on how worthwhile an overall modest update to last years title is to you, but for my money the few dozen hours of excellent sports entertainment that the pair of new MyRise stories and the Cena Showcase provide are worth the price of admission on their own, and WarGames is the juiciest possible cherry on top.
  25. Mar 13, 2023
    75
    WWE 2K23 is the best entry this long-suffering franchise has put out in nearly a decade, offering mechanically-sound action, a pair of satisfying MyRise career mode storylines, and a handful of other well-executed, if limited, additions like WarGames. WWE 2K23’s gameplay and presentation could still use some further polish and not all of its modes are must plays, but for the first time in a long time it feels like this series’ star is on the rise, even if it hasn’t achieved main-event status yet.
  26. Mar 15, 2023
    70
    WWE 2K23 is another successful chapter in the wrestling series' comeback story, but the red flags of annualization are starting to appear already.
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  1. Mar 16, 2023
    I'll be back in the coming days with more on the John Cena-focused Showcase Mode and the other game modes, but even after just a few days, it's very clear to see that WWE 2K23 comes from a team that's rediscovered something within itself. Like a comeback victory, the road has been paved with crushing lows, but in these early hours, WWE 2K23 is a potential Hall of Famer. [Review in Progress]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Mar 15, 2023
    0
    Why is 2K so lazy?!? They have no problems subtracting superstars that left the company a few months ago, but they can't change the gimmicksWhy is 2K so lazy?!? They have no problems subtracting superstars that left the company a few months ago, but they can't change the gimmicks and storylines to be more current. Nothing carries over to this game from 2022, so get ready to make your characters and collect card sets ALL over again. This game totally feels like a patch to the last game, and they are charging insane prices again. If you have 2022 already, don't bother! It's a shame it's not on game pass, because it is NOT worth full price by any means. Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2023
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. nice graphics and all but these are basic things that shouldn’t be really used as an uplift for the rating, so many basic things in the wrestling world that can easily be implemented in the game are just not, don’t know whether the devs are just lazy or lack common sense but it’s pretty disappointing for fans to have to drop 60+ for this mediocrity. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2023
    1
    Congrats 2k!! you proved again how much of a lazy piece of **** retard your entire company is full of, "THIS GAME IS THE BEST SINCE SMACKDOWNCongrats 2k!! you proved again how much of a lazy piece of **** retard your entire company is full of, "THIS GAME IS THE BEST SINCE SMACKDOWN HERE COMES THE PAIN!" cause they added wargames? something that should of been in last year? What other match types? Special guest referre? Lumberjack? Championship scramble? 40 man royal rumble? a actual good backstage brawl? Nope none of it, should of known you retards who bought the game are the reason Jinx from 2k is a lying fake smiling **** who knows nothing about the product clearly. BUT BUT BUT they added more match types to MyGM........NEW MATCH TYPES IN MYGM BROOOOO...Sick doesn't mean **** if you wanna settle for mediocacity then pick this game up right now and don't even think about looking back!
    BUT WHAT ABOUT UNIVERSE??? THEY COMPLETELY REVAMPED IT!! How exactly? by keeping the exact same **** cutscenes from 2k17 oh no but they made a system around it so its technically very new and worth buying! you **** gangbanging ****s who bought this game wait a couple months when the truth will be told about this piece of **** product, the AI is still the most brain dead hellen keller wanna be ever, only match that it works somewhat alright in is 1 on 1 NORMAL, put anything else including a steel cage, hell in a cell, ladder, and the ai will become the most braindead **** to have ever be seen by another **** who chose to buy this game, its very hilarious at this point and im glad i did not waste my money on this **** and waited til it released cause man oh man these **** kids in the comments defending 2k, the parents need to desperatly choke slam these kids into a big **** pile of **** cause this generation is getting more retarded by the day, so 2k if you are reading this pass it on to Jinx that he can come meet up with me in maine and i will personally wipe that fake ass smile off of that bald headed bastard and wipe my ass with that ****ty chin beard, wake the **** up youngens this company wants your mommy's money and nothing else, take care
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