WWE 2K19 Review

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From the indies to the main roster, this is WWE 2K19!

For the first time ever, 2K Games decided to finally release a new WWE game in both, consoles and PC at the same time. I didn’t believe it was going to happen this way, but when Steam allowed me to pre-load WWE 2K19 I knew it was real. Now, it is time for me to share everything you need to know about this game in case you are still hesitating on whether or not to get it for yourself.




    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit: Windows® 7, Windows® 8 (8.1) or Windows® 10 (latest updates)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 1050 / Driver version 416.16
    • DirectX: Version 11


    • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    • OS: 64-bit: 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


For those of us who have been playing WWE 2K games for a while now, gameplay hasn’t changed that much. As any given wrestler you pretty much have the same amount of moves, controller settings have not changed at all.

However, all the menus were reworked, bringing a fresher look to the entire game, although, they decided to go with a white background that might not be the friendliest of them all with the eye. Small details, you know?

In-Ring Action

When you get to the ring, you start feeling the difference between previous entries in the franchise and this one, it doesn’t take too long to notice. Movements are highly worked on now, they feel more natural, as well as interactions with different environmental objects (such as ropes). It feels more realistic than in previous entries and at the same time, it makes the game more interesting.

Why would I say that? Easy, the whole match feels more fluent, moves flow really well during any given match, and interactions between the superstars make it feel like you are watching the show. Of course, there are some minor details, such as the fact that when your superstar is picking something up, it clearly shows how they aren’t grabbing the object (namely a chair, a baseball bat, a kendo stick…), but instead, the animation shows your superstar’s hand grabbing the air nearby the object, just to magically pick it up and through what I assume are sith powers, they end up somehow actually grabbing whatever it is they picked up.

I have to admit, though, it looks good depending on the superstar.

Game Mechanics

WWE 2K19 brings the same old mechanics we are all used to from previous games, but this time, it comes with some new features that are worth looking at. It is worth mentioning, when you first open your game, as soon as you reach different menu items, you’ll be shown some “tutorial” messages. You definitely want to read them. Maybe not all of them if you’ve played older games, but whenever you see something new, you want to read what it is about and how to use it.

For instance, one of the newest features is the Payback system, where you can choose among the available paybacks for your wrestlers in order to be able to use them during your matches.

Overall, these mechanics are easy to understand, and in case you just don’t get them, you can always check the tutorials again, because we all know that one person who always skips tutorials to only jump to the action and get destroyed.

Game Modes

WWE 2K19 brings the usual game modes we are used to: Play (usual matches, just plug-and-play style), WWE Universe where you are the one in charge of setting up the weekly shows, rivalries, matches, etc., My Player which takes you through an interesting journey we’ll talk about in a little, WWE Showcase which brings Daniel Bryan’s wrestling career to our gaming platform, a new game mode called “Towers” and the usual online modes.

My Player

Out of every entry in the franchise, one of the most looked after game modes is the My Player or My Career one. In WWE 2K19 we get, for the first time, fully voiced characters, a full story that involves your created wrestler’s rise from indies to the main roster of WWE and a lot of crazy matches in the way.

In this game mode, you literally start having matches in a college gym. From there, you learn a background story for your character and start moving your way up until you reach WWE. This journey is full of, interestingly enough, options for what to do as during certain moments, you have the option to go against “optional” rivals, as well as decide your answers to different dialogues between a couple of options.

Of course, you are here to make an impact, and you will have the chance to do so. The downside? You have to win a multitude of matches before you are able to take a proper break, and dialogues can’t be skipped.

However, the story is surprisingly good and takes you all around the world, from the US to Mexico to Japan, there are quite a few places you’ll be visiting as your created superstar before you conquer the desired WWE Universal Championship.


In this mode, unlike previous entries, you have a skill tree where you unlock different abilities and skills, as well, as you use your skill points to unlock each node, you get points for your stats, which is a huge change over, for example, WWE 2K18, where you simply went in and used your in-game cash to level up your stats.

Something really annoying, though, is the fact that 2K Games decided to keep random loot that you need to get in order to get better, this time instead of “loot boxes” they are “loot packs” and these are used to force you to play longer than you may even want to, because you need in-game money to get these packs, and they give you 5 random cards that go from clothing to moves to even entrances and boosts.


At the time of writing this review, I have been unable to finish this game mode, not because of its challenges, but because after chapter 11, when a tag match presents the entrances for all the superstars, it crashes, disallowing me to keep moving forward. I’ll certainly update this section when/if this situation gets resolved.

After just giving the game some time, I was able to go past the crashing issue (there was no update or anything, I’ve no idea why it was crashing in the first place) and I can let you all know that the story is really good, and you’ll possibly get surprised at times, knowing that -basically- you are Daniel Bryan as in you’ll always go uphill during your journey. Expect to be challenged, and expect it to be hell, but then again, if you go past all that, expect it to be GLORIOUS!!!

WWE Showcase

2K Games brought back the WWE Showcase game mode at last, and this one is in honor of Daniel Bryan’s career in the WWE, going back to 2003 and up to his current position. You’ll have to go through different matches and complete a few challenges within each of them in order to beat this interesting mode which comes accompanied by commentary from Bryan himself.


This is a new game mode in which you have to go through different Gauntlet Matches from all the most iconic times from the company. You will have to beat all of your opponents in order to complete each challenge, so if you want to be challenged in this game, you definitely want to test this game mode out.


When it comes to WWE 2K19 you can expect a lot more of customization. I don’t know about you all, but given my third-world internet connection, I simply can’t play online and be competitive. I mean, it took me 2 days to download this game. Given the circumstances, I rely on single-player modes and local multi-player, leaving aside any online gaming.

Because of this, whenever I play WWE 2K games, I play a lot of WWE Universe, because it lets me play multiple matches with random superstars in RAW, SmackDown, NXT and now even 205 Live, not to mention the Pay-Per-View events.

Now, it can become boring if you had to only play those shows and just with the superstars that come in the game, that’s where customization comes in. You see, you can create superstars, arenas, shows, matches, championship belts, you can even create Money in the Bank briefcases now (don’t ask why, just go with it) and all of these customization items add to a really great experience.

Something that bothered me a lot during my playtime in WWE 2K18 and older versions of the game was the fact that if you had a superstar as a champion, his teammates would at some point randomly get into the race to get that title, and if you run default options, teams would end up breaking up because of championship rivalries. In this entry of the saga, it all changes, because you can set who is a contender for each belt, which is really good.


WWE 2K19 brings a list of over 150 playable superstars, so you definitely have choices to play during your gaming sessions. You can check out the full roster in this link.


When it comes to WWE games, we can always be sure we will have a great soundtrack since not only do we get all of the entrance music for our favorite superstars, but we also get quite a lot of really nice beats for menus and off-action situations. You can check the full list of songs here.

Optimization (PC)

For the first time since WWE 2K games arrived to PC, in WWE 2K19 we finally feel that this game was created to be played on PC instead of it being a generic port from consoles to PC. Hell! It even released on the same date as on every other platform. I can say for sure, this is the best optimized game from the franchise to hit PC, as -besides what I mentioned above for issues in My Player mode- I haven’t encountered too many issues. I have to admit, though, all the issues I’ve found are from the same mode, which is rather annoying.

Besides this, running benchmarks, on the exact same PC I’ve played every previous WWE 2K game, I’m getting the highest fps readings, and if I have to make a direct comparison, in WWE 2K19 I’m running everything in high settings, and even have 100% crowd without having any issues, not even on Royal Rumble matches or multiple wrestlers in a Hell in a Cell match or Money in the Bank match whereas during my almost 500 hours of gameplay in WWE 2K18 I have never been able to run 100% crowd without massive lag hitting the game.

Final Verdict

If you are a WWE fan and liked previous entries in the WWE 2K franchise, you definitely want to give WWE 2K19 a chance, it comes really well optimized, and the new story for My Player mode is really engaging. You can expect to find issues with the game, though, but these seem to be less common than on previous entries for the game.

The most important suggestion I can give you, though, have fun!

Disclaimer: online mode was not considered for this review.


  • More realistic than ever
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Great graphics
  • WWE Showcase
  • Compelling Story mode
  • Great optimization
  • Not a port


  • My Player is buggy
  • Random loot packs


Story - 8.5
Characters - 10
Gameplay - 8
Game Mechanics - 8
Soundtrack - 10
Graphics - 9
Customization - 10
Geek, writer, musician. John is a horror addict, DC Comics fan (Marvel too, though) and a single-player games enthusiast. You can normally find him watching horror movies or playing games on PC, unless he is writing, in which case, you won't see him around.
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