WWE 2K18

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WWE 2K18 is a game in the WWE 2k Series of wrestling games. It's slogan is "Be like no one". It features the largest roster to date as well as the return of many features that have been missing since WWE 2k15.

Release Date

WWE 2k18 was released on October 17th 2017 at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST/6PM UK/1PM US Eastern/11AM US Pacific) on Microsoft Windows PC (on Steam), Microsoft Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 simultaneously. The Nintendo Switch Version has been tentatively scheduled to be released some time in "Fall 2017".

Digital Deluxe and Cena 'nuff Said Collector's Editions of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 version have been available for early access since October 13th 2017. There was no Early accesson on the PC and Nintendo Switch Versions.

For the first time in franchise history, the game will be released on Windows PC and Xbox One and PS4 at the same time. It also marks the first time that there will be a version of the series for Nintendo Switch. There won't be a Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 version, which makes WWE 2k17 the final WWE game for previous generation consoles.

Editions

There are several editions of WWE 2k18:

Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of the game. Available for Microsoft Windows PC on the Steam distribution platform (digital only), Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition of the game includes the standard edition, the Season pass as well as playable characters Batista, Rob Van Dam and two classic version of John Cena. The Deluxe Edition includes four days early access to the game. Available in Phyiscal Disc- and Digital form for Windows PC on the Steam distribution platform (digital only), Microsoft Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4.

Collector's Edition

The Collector's Edition, also known as "15 Years" or "Cena 'nuff said" Edition includes everything included in the Deluxe Edition as well as some phyisical Collector's items like an exlcusive John Cena "Barbie doll" from Mattel. Available in phyiscal disc form for Microsoft Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4.

Downloadable Content

DLC will be released for the game after release.

Accelerator

Unlock every WWE Superstar and Legend, Adjust rankings and attributes!

Included in the Season Pass.

MyPlayer Kickstart

Give your MyPlayer a boost an dunlock attributes in MyCareer!

Included in the Season Pass.

New Moves Pack

The hottest new moves!

Included in the Season Pass.

NXT Generation Pack

The Superstars of Tomorrow have arrived!

Included in the Season Pass.

Enduring Icons Pack

Icons from WWE History!

Included in the Season Pass.

Pre-Order

Those that Pre-Order will receive a special DLC of Kurt Angle in two versions (Olympic Hero with Hair and bald ECW Wrestling Machine) as playable character in DLC form.

Not included in the Season Pass.

Deluxe and Collector's Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition include Rob Van Dam and Batista as playable characters in DLC form.

Not included in the Season Pass.

Season Pass

Save over 20% and get MyPlayer boosts, devastating new moves and 10 new characters! Includes Accelerator, MyPlayer Kick Start, New Moves Pack, NXT Generation Pack and Enduring Icons Pack.

Features

  • Updated graphics engine
  • New commentary team (Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton)
  • Road to Glory mode (Online Mycareer mode)
  • Updated promo engine
  • Unique Fighting Styles ( Exclusive to MyPlayer/MyCareer)
  • Free Roam in MyCareer
  • New grappling, Submission, Dragging and Carrying systems
  • You can roam freely backstage in MyCareer
  • 8 Wrestlers in the ring at the same time (6 for Nintendo Switch)
  • New match types (8-man tag, Tag Team Ladder/TLC, etc.)
  • Reworked Royal Rumble, Battle Royal and Ladder Match types
  • Match Creator
  • Updated Universe mode and New Superstar goals
  • Jojo is now the ring announcer
  • Shorter MyCareer with an ending
  • Updated crowds
  • New Elimination Chamber
  • New AI/Physics for selling
  • You can put logos on separate boots/kickpads (According to Youtubers, may be false)
  • Fixed the stupid stretch problem with logos on Caws( according to Youtubers, may be false)
  • New quick pin feature + 12 "new" interference scenarios
  • Over 80 new animations for selling + fatigue
  • Ultimate Control returns
  • The new NXT title belts

Game Modes

Several Game Modes are available, including the following:

Play

Exhibition Mode. Play any matches with any of the available superstars.

The following Match Categories are available in Play Mode:

One on One

Normal, Falls Count Anywhere, Backstage Brawl, Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table, TLC, Hell in a Cell, Steel Cage, Iron Man, Last Man Standing, No Holds Barred, Submission, Custom Matches

Two on Two

Normal, Tornado Tag, Extreme Rules, Steel Cage, Hell in a Cell, Table Tag, Ladder Tag, TLC Tag, Custom Matches

Triple Threat

Normal, Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table, TLC, Hell in a Cell, Steel Cage, Falls Count Anywhere, Custom Matches

Fatal 4-Way

Normal, Ladder, Table, TLC, Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell, Battle Royal, Extreme Rules, Falls Count Anywhere, Custom Matches

6-Man

Tag Team, Tornado Tag, Elimination Chamber, Ladder, Table, TLC, Hell In A Cell, Battle Royal, Custom Matches

8-Man

Tag Team, Ladder, Battle Royal, Custom Matches

Handicap

One on Two Tag, One on Two Tornado Tag, One on Three Tag, Two on Three Tag, Custom Matches

Royal Rumble

10 Man, 20 Man, 30 Man, Custom Matches

Tournament

One on One, Two on Two (Tag Team Tournament, Dusty Rhodes Classic)

WWE Universe

Create your own WWE Universe with Promotions, Shows, Rosters and cards.

MyCareer

Start a Career with your created MyPlayer.

Road to Glory

Embark on the Road to Glory, the in-game online companion for MyCareer mode.

WWE Online

Play online with your friends and foes.

Roster

The game features an all-time-high 174 Unique Playable Characters On Disc, 203 Playable Characters on Disc including Alternate Versions of Superstars, 30  Playable Women On Disc, a plethora of Unique Playable Characters including DLC as well as 10 Playable DLC Characters and Alternate Versions of Superstars. There will be special pre-order characters and characters included in only the Digital Deluxe and Collector's Editions as well.

Click here to view the entire WWE 2k18 Roster

Click here to view the Wrestler ID List for WWE 2k18 (relevant for Modding)

Arenas

The game includes the following 43 Arenas:

WWE Backlash, WWE Battleground, WWE Clash of Champions , WCW Clash of the Champions I, ECW One Night Stand '06, WWE Elimination Chamber, WWE Extreme Rules, WWE Fastlane, WWE Hell in a Cell '16, WWF Live 91, WWE Main Event, WWE Money in the Bank, WWE No Mercy '16, NXT, NXT '16, NXT Takeover, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II, NXT Takeover: Orlando, NXT Takeover: San Antonio, NXT Takeover: The End, WWE Payback, WWE RAW, WWE RAW '16, WWF RAW is WAR '98, WWE Roadbloack '16 End of the Line, Royal Rumble, WWF Saturday Night's Main Event XXIV, WWF SmackdDwn! '00, WWE Smackdown '16, WWE SmackDown Live, WWE SummerSlam '16, WWF SummerSlam '88, WWE Survivor Series '16, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs '16, WCW/New Japan Supershow I, WCW Bach at the Beach, WCW Halloween Havoc '98, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Saturday Night '92, WCCW World Class Championship Wrestling '86, WWE WrestleMania 32, WWE WrestleMania 33 (Day, Evening, Night), WWE 205 Live

Creations

The game includes a vast creation suite.

Arena

Create an Arena.

Championship

Create a Championship belt.

Custom Matches

Create a custom match type. WWE 2k18 features the return of the Match Creator which allows the user to create custom match types and save them with custom names.

Match Types

The following Match Types are available in Create-A-Match:

One on One: Normal, Falls Count Anywhere, Backstage, Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table, Hell in a Cell, Steel Cage, Last Man Standing, No Holds Barred, Submission, Ironman

Two on Two: Normal, Tornado Tag, Extreme Rules, Ladder, Table, TLC, Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell

Triple Threat: Normal, Ladder, Table, TLC, Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell, Extreme Rules, Falls Count Anywhere

Fatal 4 Way: Normal, Ladder, Table, TLC, Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell, Battle Royal, Extreme Rules, Falls Count Anywhere

6-Man: Tag Team, Tornado Tag, Elimination Chamber, Ladder, Table, TLC, Hell In A Cell, Battle Royal

8-Man: 8-Man Tag, 8-Man Ladder, 8-Man Battle Royal

Royal Rumble: 10-Man, 20-Man, 30-Man

Handicap: 1 on 2 Tag, 1 on 2 Tornado Tag, 1 on 3 Tag, 2 on 3 Tag

Match Stipulations, Rules and Conditions

The Match Creator includes the following options:

Win Conditions: Pin and Submit, 2 Out of 3 Falls, Iron Man, Over The Top Roe, KO, Last Man Standing, Finisher Match, First Blood, Climb Out Of Cage (cage only)

Rules: DQ, Rope Break, Ring Out, Elimination, Falls Count Anywhere, Time Limit, Entrance Run-In, Mid Match Run-In, Post Match Run-In, Entrance Interval

Environment: Finishers at start of match (0-3), Default Health Depleted (Low to High), Recovery Time (Slow to High), Steel Cage Type (Blue, Black, Steel), Elimination Chamber Type (Old, newer version)

Entrance

Create an Entrance.

Move-Set

Create a Moveset.

Show

Create a Show.

Victory

Create a Victory Scene.

Video

Create Highlight Reel videos and Trons.

Superstar

Create a Superstar.

System Requirements

The game requires at least the following systems:

Microsoft Windows PC

Minimum System Specifications

OS: 64-bit: Windows® 7 (latest updates)
Processor: Intel Core i5-3550 / AMD FX 8150
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 670 / Radeon HD 7850
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Additional Notes: At least 2 GB DDR Video Memory

Recommended System Specifications

OS: 64-bit: Windows® 7, Windows® 8 (8.1) or Windows® 10 (latest updates)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 / AMD FX-8350
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 970 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290X
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

Additional Multi-GPU System Requirements and SLI/Crossfire Tweaks

Enable Nvidia SLI: To enable Nvidia SLI in order to allow the game to use multiple GPUs, you will need at least two identical Nvidia video cards that support SLI technology. In addition, you'll have to use Nvidia Inspector to create a profile for the game and set the SLI compatbility bits (DX1x) 0x000015F5 (best performance/SLI scaling) or 0x000025F5 (no blinking blood in winning animation or light shine-through, slower).

Enable AMD Crossfire: To enable AMD Crossfire in order to allow the game to use multiple GPUs, you will need at least two AMD video cards that support Crossfire technology. In addition, you'll have to use Radeon Software or Catalyst Control Center to create a Profile for the game and set Crossfire Mode to AFR friendly.

Additional System-specific Information

Steam Game ID

WWE 2k18's Steam game ID is 664430. It is used as name for the savegame folder and useful when accessing your save games externally, such as backing up and restoring your save game on the PC.

Microsoft Xbox One

Requires at least the regular Xbox One, works on Xbox One S and Xbox One X with at least 50 GB of available storage space. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced for better performance, but doesn't run in native 4k/UHD resolution.

Sony Playstation 4

Requires the regular Playstation 4, works on Playstation 4 Pro (no special features, although performance is slightly better) with at least 50GB of available storage space.

Nintendo Switch

Requires a Nintendo Switch console with ?? GB of available storage space.

Note that the Switch version is crippled and virtually unplayable on anything but 1 on 1 matches in most arenas due to low framerate in the singled digits. Up to 4 person matches are playable in some less demanding arenas, however. Entrances often slow down to a crawl as well, especially if pyros, smoke, entrance nameplates, titantrons and other fancy effects are involved. It's best to turn entrances off in the Switch version. 2K has also given up on the Switch version and never released many of the patches that fixed glaring issues with WWE 2k18 on other consoles and the PC (like much of the music not playing, performance issues, etc..) on other versions of the game.

Modding

The Steam PC version of this game is fully moddable and has many Modding Tools available, although they usually aren't as advanced as the Modding Tools for later games. Much of the game can be modded, although not as much as in it's successor. Please refer to the Installing Mods Wiki page to for instruction on how to install mods in this game and check out the Main Page of this wiki for more information.

Note that Only the latest, fully updated official Steam version on the PC is fully moddable, due to the nature of much of the modding in these games. This means "Inofficial"/Cracked versions of the game aren't moddable the same way. Console versions usually aren't moddable the same easy way, as consoles encrypt their file systems. In addition, modding tools can't be installed and used on consoles like they would on the PC.

Links

Smacktalks WWE 2K18 Forums

WWE 2K18 on Wikipedia

Official WWE 2K18 Forum

WWE 2k18 PC on Steam


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