Why It Sucks
- This was the first WWE 2K game that died out just 3 months after its release, due to the fact the WWE 2K logo uploader now gives you access to adding logos to WWE 2K19 once again as of 2020. So you won’t need to buy this game if you’re the type of person that creates wrestlers over playing the actual games. Its also worth noting, that everyone still plays WWE 2K19 over this game, mostly because of WWE 2K20’s poor quality.
- Also worth noting that WWE 2K20's online mode doesn’t function well with all the loading issues/splitted wins that make the game nonfunctional unless you reboot the game, so its best to play WWE 2K19 if you want to play online, as the online on that game actually works a lot more.
- 2K has been banning accounts for offensive content when no such content was downloaded or uploaded, and refusing to allow for appeal. They also seem to be acting on any copyright or material from other works despite said content falling under fair use and parody.
- The graphics are a huge downgrade over WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19 with a lot of players jokingly said, "Didn't know they were still doing games for the Dreamcast." Also, it looks like a late sixth or early seventh console generation game than an eighth generation game.
- Very long loading times for matches and in general. Even booting up the game takes a while sometimes. Thankfully offline matchups aren’t as slow as online.
- The game is riddled with bugs and glitches. And even worse than the previous games on day one. With glitches such as disfigured superstar faces, superstars floating around the ring over and over, custom superstar attires messing up the superstar models and so on.
- One of the older bugs on day one being uploading Custom Decals, in which downloading them doesn't work; so you cannot add those Decals to your custom wrestlers or as alternative attires for already existing wrestlers. Instead, they get inserted onto WWE 2K19’s logo uploader.
- Face scan issues have yet to be resolved, only being able to access sixteen at a time and even after deleting unused content and uploading new images they cannot be accessed.
- Uploading wrestlers with a move-set and entrance mostly don't work either.
- Becky Lynch's Backlash attire becoming an abomination in the Creation Suite.
- If you somehow manage to download a Custom Decal, using it on Wrestlers in MyCareer mode makes it impossible to play the mode at all.
- Sometimes on the Xbox One version of the game, if you download a Custom Decal or a CAW with a Custom Decal, it would instead download a blank transparent decal instead. Which is extremely common to get, due to 2K removing most of the Custom Decals, from older CAWs. It was later fixed in Patch 1.0.7
- As of January 25th the game is still unplayable in it's patched state, with it setting a potential world record in crashing: ten seconds from loading a fresh install.
- Royal Rumble is unplayable. Period. That's it. Finish. Full stop. The end. It will crash about fifteen minutes in without fail, no matter what.
- Some hair styles and superstar items, still suffer from glitches.
- And now that 2K has given up on the game, the remaining bugs will never be fixed.
- Has a slightly smaller roster than WWE 2K19. And Chris Jericho is not in this game.
- Some wrestlers are still outdated, such as Bayley, Seth Rollins and Cesaro.
- Unnecessary changes to the controls, such as the reversal button now being 'Triangle' or 'Y' depending on what system.
- A lot of entrances and cutscenes are bugged, but thankfully most of them have been fixed.
- The game crashes sometimes, especially during matches. It will not function from a resume or disconnect, exiting to the title causes the game to crash. Even something as basic as opening menu results in a crash.
- In fact, if you are recording a match, using the Xbox One's built in screen recorder, if you record more than 10 minutes and the game pauses, if you try and record the rest of the video and unpause the game. The game will crash.
- Due to Yukes's departure from 2K, most features are missing, like the Create-A-Belt Mode (this feature has since been re-added in the 1.4 patch).
- 2K Games blindly accused Yukes of "not making more than enough money as they were" and directly split with them, despite that they've been helping them out since the very beginning!
- Thanks to their split, newer WWE 2K games will now be riddled with bugs and glitches and technical issues!
- Owners of the Deluxe Edition of the Xbox One version of the game don’t get the 2K Originals: Bump in the Night DLC for free. Which is strange, since PlayStation 4 owners get it for free, if they own the deluxe edition.
- The roster, while not terrible, have some problems like having far too many versions of Charlotte Flair which is very unnessecary, as they could've just been alternative attires.
- False Advertising: It was the first game in the WWE 2K franchise that lacked a pre-order bonus DLC. Originally, it would’ve been the Bump in The Night DLC which was advertised to be the pre-order bonus DLC; but in reality, it didn’t come with the game on day one. Instead, it was released 7 days after the game was released. Its false advertising due to 2K never stating the DLC would get released 7 days after, and that every WWE 2K game before this one had a pre-order bonus that was accessible on day one.
- It was also the first installment in the franchise that was notably rushed in development.
- The hair physics are very bad and look very off in-game.
- Most wrestlers don’t even look identical to their real life counterparts, such as Becky Lynch.
- Most bug fixes that get released don’t improve and barely fix the game at all. The only time the hair physics get fixed is only for a certain entrance with poor hair physics.
- This is due to the fact 2K have lost a lot of profit after WWE 2K20 was released due to its poor sales, therefore they have been losing the ability to fix most bugs/glitches.
- Mediocre soundtrack that shares the same problem as WWE 2K15’s soundtrack. That being most songs sounding as they don’t belong in a WWE game.
- The online mode is unplayable, with the game having an 'Infinite loading time' when starting an online match. Plus, the online mode lacks the feature of using a superstar's alternative attire in a match. Unlike WWE 2K20, the previous WWE 2K games allowed the player to use alternative attires for the superstars online.
- The glitches also made their way into the MyCareer mode cutscenes, surprisingly.
- My Career mode breaks reality to tell it's story. Okay, a Halloween themed Undertaker hunt is reality breaking enough but in breaking keyfabe (wrestling carney term for faking it) and using real heat and setting out to seriously hurt the MyPlayer characters by rights Brooklyn, Samoa Joe, would have been fired. Not placed in a Hall of Fame WrestleMania match. To a lesser extent same goes for Jerry Lawler and Red and Tre.
- Unlike WWE 2K19, once you completed the MyCareer mode. You cannot go back into the mode, unless you create new MyPlayers.
- Terrible voice acting in the MyCareer mode, especially from Bret Green as Tre (Male MyPlayer).
- All the cutscenes in the MyCareer mode are unskippable, meaning failing a segment on there makes you watch the cutscene again.
- Notable plot hole in the MyCareer mode: Cole Quinn despite knowing that Barron Blade ruined his friend Buzz's career in WWE 2K19, he is still signed to BCW, despite being on the main roster.
- In a very ironic twist, once the new decade rolled in, the game almost didn’t work at all, as it was plagued by an especially nasty crashing issue that left most, if not all modes unplayable, and became known as the Y2k20 bug. Thankfully, this was fixed.
- Content locked off behind time challenges: braids were only accessible during a Survivor Series challenge and hence assuming the servers had not been switched off by then to be able to try and use them you have to wait until late November.
- Accelerator does not actually unlock all content, merely allowing content that can be unlocked with game points with the rest only accessible with loot boxes known as Loot Packs in the game (Yes. There are loot boxes in a WWE game!) and timed challenges.
- To make loot boxes worse, they are probably the reason why this game has a slightly smaller roster! as the rest of the characters are possibly locked behind a loot box paywall. It is the third WWE game to have them, with WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19 having them too. (But more easier to earn.)
- Thankfully you can only use them in MyCareer Mode if you wanna use them for your own CAWs (Red and Tre) on that mode.
- The game is no longer getting updated, the game is currently in version 1.0.8 and it still has lots of bugs and glitches. It was confirmed that the game was way too broken and the code was not supported for it.
- You cannot use the MyCareer Mode cutscenes in Create A Video mode, forcing the player to use mods in the PC Version to make their own version of the cutscene of their choosing.
- The 2K Originals DLC packs, while adding more content and superstars to the roster, were not very good.
- The 2K Originals DLC packs were a pretty interesting concept.
- And the DLC comes with new wrestlers, such as "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and a Demon King Finn Bálor.
- It still plays fine like other WWE games, minus the bugs, glitches and crashes.
- A lot of the new arenas are awesome.
- New match types such as the Mixed Gender matches.
- The main menu screen is great.
- In order to commondate the Mixed Gender matches, Joan "Chyna" Laurer made a huge return after her appearance in WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
- A lot of new weapons that you could unlock.
- Hulk Hogan is back after a long period of absence.
- There are some good performances, most notably from Kylie Brown as Red (Female MyPlayer), Maya Rose Berko as Brooklyn, and even Samoa Joe as himself.
- Most of the major bugs, have been fixed. However there is still some bugs that need to be fixed.
- This is the last WWE game to have Rusev, Heath Slater, Zack Ryder, Curtis Axel and few others as official roster members before they were fired by WWE due to budget cuts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- While the new controls can take some time to get used to, they do function a bit better than the older controls. It helps on the Xbox One version as pressing the right trigger to reverse is a 50/50 chance to get your wrestler to reverse.
- The community creations system, is easier to upload more stuff to download. As the download count for the ranks is fairly small, although this could be terrible for quality control, like the previous WWE games that has that feature.
- Lots of more match types in Online.
- Buzz (The Protagonist of WWE 2K19) makes a cameo in the MyCareer mode in his own podcast series.
- Unlike WWE 2K19, this game has online lobbies.
WWE 2K20 was met with mostly negative reception from critics and gamers alike, with the latter group heavily panning the game, and is widely considered as the worst WWE game from 2K since the Nintendo Switch version of 2K18. On Metacritic, the game has a critic score of 45/100 for the Xbox One, and a 43/100 for the PS4 and the PC. The user scores were a 1.1/10 for the Xbox One, a 1.5/10 for the PS4, and a 1.2/10 for the PC.
Due to the number of bugs, many players complained so much to the point #FixWWE2K20 began trending on Twitter.
The game is so broken, that Sony is issuing refunds for the game.
Due to the poor sales and reception from critics and fans, WWE 2K21’s chances of being released were in doubt due to Visual Concepts developers for WWE games dropping massively.
WWE 2K20 is listed as number 5 in WatchMojo’s "Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2019" video. Angry Joe ranked it as the 9th worst game of 2019, along with NBA 2K20, Madden 20 and FIFA 20 (Switch). and The Completionist listed the game as number one in his "Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2019" video.
The game's disastrous performance in 2019, coincided with the COVID–19 pandemic, resulted in the planned WWE 2K21 game being cancelled. 2K announced a spin-off with arcade-style gameplay from WWE 2K banner called WWE 2K Batlegrounds developed by Saber Interactive.