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WWE 2K19 tips to guide you to victory in the squared circle

Turn yourself into a multi-time WWE Champion with our gameplay tricks.
Written by Fraser Gilbert
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There's never been a more in-depth WWE game than WWE 2K19. The series’ newest entry packs an exhaustive amount of content, wrapped around a smart and varied gameplay system that demands to be mastered if you hope to achieve victory.
There are loads of new features in 2K’s latest game, so we’ve picked out some of the most important things you need to know to conquer the squared circle. Take our advice, and you’ll be wrestling more like Goldberg and less like Gillberg.

1. Learn the new Payback system

The low blow is a great way to cheat when the ref’s not looking.

The low blow is a great way to cheat when the ref’s not looking.

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This year, there’s a new way of turning the tide when your back is against the ropes. WWE 2K19’s Payback system equips superstars with up to two special abilities, usually activated by holding R1/RB and then tapping L1/LB on consoles. These Payback abilities take various forms, such as granting an instant finisher, or even hitting a deadly low blow to your opponent. Try them out, and assign your two favourites to your MyPlayer. We're particularly fond of the Resiliency ability, which allows you to instantly break out of a pin at the tap of a button.

2. Be strategic with reversals

If you’re new to the WWE 2K series or haven’t played in a while, it’s important to know that reversals aren’t unlimited. Each WWE Superstar can be allocated up to five reversal slots that regenerate over time, making strategy a crucial consideration. Reversals (particularly online) are generally best reserved for powerful grapples – if your opponent has a signature or finisher stored, make sure you’ve got a reversal stored too.

3. Check out the new MyPlayer tree

Use the MyPlayer tree to develop your character’s stats

Use the MyPlayer tree to develop your character’s stats

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After you’ve created your MyPlayer for use in MyCareer, Road to Glory and the new MyPlayer Towers mode, you’ll need to set about upgrading them. This year, it’s controlled via a new skill tree system, which allows you to pick and choose certain areas to upgrade. There’s a lot to wrap your head around here, including special Overcharge boosts, so spend some time getting to grips with the MyPlayer tree before you hit the ring. Be sure to work on your stamina, durability and reversal skills as a priority, or you'll struggle against high-level opponents.

4. Use the ring escape ability sparingly

Last year, ring escape allowed you to use the right stick to duck out of the ring in a tough situation. The same applies in WWE 2K19, but with one key downside – it now uses up a reversal slot. Ring escape still remains an incredibly useful way of getting a breather, but activate it at the wrong time, and you could leave yourself open to attack. So, when that indicator pops up on the screen, make sure you analyse the situation first. So, when that indicator pops up on the screen, make sure you're equipped with at least two active reversal slots as a precaution.

5. Practise your move-set ahead of time

You can test the moves of any character in the game with practice play

You can test the moves of any character in the game with practice play

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Whether testing a created wrestler or practising with your favourite WWE Superstar, the custom move-set option has you covered. As well as editing practically every element of how your competitor performs in the ring, you can also step inside the ropes to try out those moves in an empty arena. There's no need to back out of the creation suite, either – you'll find the practice play option at the bottom of the screen.

6. Customise settings before you hit the ring

Bored of singles matches? Get creative with Custom Match Tables

Bored of singles matches? Get creative with Custom Match Tables

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The first thing you’ll want to do before starting up a match is to check the settings screen. Here, you'll find the option to turn on blood if you so choose (it’s disabled by default), as well as alter everything from Superstar run-ins to AI balancing. Keep in mind that if you’re struggling with the default submission system, this can also be changed, with a more old-school, button-mashing mechanic available for selection.

7. Use Custom Match Tables in Universe mode

If you’re finding that matches aren’t taking the form you’d like in Universe Mode, you can alter this via the new Custom Match Table feature. This forces the AI to prioritise certain match types over others, allowing you to make an all-hardcore promotion, for example. You’ll need to customise the likelihood of these matches occurring via a percentage system, and from then on, you should find your WWE Universe taking a more tailored shape.

8. Read the objectives list in Showcase Mode

Showcase Mode returns in WWE 2K19, allowing you to relive Daniel Bryan's storied career thus far. There are 12 matches to complete in all, and each of them requires you to carry out certain tasks in order to progress. For those who aren’t so familiar with 2K’s WWE games, some of these challenges can prove confusing. Fortunately, the Objectives Checklist (located in the pause menu) offers detailed descriptions on how to complete them.

9. Prepare sufficiently for gauntlet scenarios

You’ll face plenty of gauntlets in the new MyPlayer Towers mode

You’ll face plenty of gauntlets in the new MyPlayer Towers mode

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As a result of the new MyPlayer Towers mode, as well as the revamped MyCareer, you’ll be competing in more gauntlet scenarios this year. Typically, you’ll need to complete them in one sitting, so make sure you set aside enough time to do so. If you find yourself in a gauntlet match (in which your health carries over), make sure you space out your attacks and take advantage of Payback abilities when in need of a boost.
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