Over the last five years, the WWE 2K franchise has received a lot of criticism from the gaming community due to limited roster size, lacking story lines, in-game bugs, and lack of create-able content. Despite the poor review scores, WWE 2K games still sell relatively well, probably due to the devoted WWE fan base. This year, WWE 2K18 looks to improve on what previous versions of the game has established while giving fans a different roster.
WWE 2K18’s Roster is the largest roster for any WWE game. At first glance, WWE 2K18 should be a fun wrestling experience, but lets take a deeper look at the roster to see what WWE 2K18 has in store.
Raw’s Men Roster
Apollo Crews, Big Cass, Big Show, Bo Dallas, Booker T, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel, Darren Young, Dash Wilder, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor, Goldust, Gran Metalik, Heath Slater, Jack Gallagher, Jason Jordan, Kalisto, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mark Henry,The Miz, R-Truth, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, TJP, and Triple H
Raws WOMEN’S Roster
Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Emma, Maryse, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Paige, Sasha Banks, and Summer Rae
Akira Tozawa, Cedric Alexander, Neville, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, and TJP (TJ Perkins)
Smackdown Live Roster
Aiden English, AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Big E, Booby Roode, Chad Gable, Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, Enzo Amore, Epico Colon, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Jinder Mahal, John Cena, Kane, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Konnor, Luke Harper, Mojo Rawley, Primo Colon, Randy Orton, Rhyno, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sin Cara, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Tye Dillinger, Tyler Breeze, Tyson Kidd, Viktor, Xavier Woods, and Zack Ryder
Smackdown Live’s WOMEN’s Roster
Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Brie Bella Nikki Bella, and Tamina
Akam, Alexander Wolfe, Asuka, Billie Kay, Ember Moon, Eric Young, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Kassius Ohno, Killian Dain, Nick Miller, Nikki Cross, No Way Jose, Peyton Royce, Rezar, Roderick Strong, Sawyer Fulton, Shane Thorne, and Tommaso Ciampa
WWE Legends Roster
Andre The Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, Batista (Wrestlemania 26) (DLC), Big Boss Man, Bret Hart. British Bulldog, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Buddy Roberts, Bushwhacker Butch. Bushwhacker Luke, Christian, Daniel Bryan, Diamond Dallas Page, Diesel, Dusty Rhodes, Earthquake, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, The Godfather, Goldberg, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Jake Robbers, JBL, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Jimmy Garvin, John Cena (ECW: 2006 & WM 26: 2010 Characters) (DLC), Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle “WWE and ECW Characters” (DLC), Larry Zbyszko, Lex Luger, Macho Man Randy Savage, Michael P.S. Hayes, Mick Foley, Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, Ric Flair, Rick “The Model” Martel, Rick Rude, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Rick Martel, Rikishi, Rob Van Dam (ECW: One Night Stand) (DLC), Shawn Michaels, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin, Sting, Sycho Sid, Tatanka, Tatsumi Fujinami, Trish Stratus,The Rock, Typhoon, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, and Vader
WOMEN’S Legend Roster
Alundra Blayze, Ivory, Miss Jacqueline, and Lita
After looking at WWE 2k18’s roster, the next wrestling game should be a huge improvement over WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17. Sadly at the moment, Matt and Jeff Hardy are not included in the active roster which is surprising due to their WWE return back at Wrestlemania 33; it is also disappointing that Austin Aries will not be in the game even though he just recently left the WWE. Fans of the Indie scene and newer wrestlers should be happy with the list of wrestlers in WWE 2K18.
WWE 2K18 is developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio; WWE 2K18 is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. WWE 2K18 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as this Fall 2017 for Nintendo Switch. Early Access players will be able to play the game and receive in-game bonuses four days early on October 13, 2017.