Now that WWE 2K18 is up and out for the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch, a bunch of gamers are diving into the game and checking out all the new content, including the new and improved My Career Mode and gameplay mechanics. If you need a little help and guidance on how to play WWE 2K18, this guide will help give you a brief rundown on the most essential gameplay controls and teaching you how to play.
YouTuber BrandonDoesEverything does a full look at the My Career Mode, where you can see what the character creation is like, and how to get the basics done in the career mode. You can check out the first episode below, covering the tutorial.
For the basics you have your run button with the left trigger, the attack button with Square (on PlayStation) or X (for Xbox). You can grapple with the ‘X’ button on the PlayStation DualShock or ‘A’ with the Xbox controller. You can perform your finisher with Triangle on the DualShock or ‘Y’ on the Xbox controller. And you can pin using Circle on the DualShock or ‘B’ on the Xbox controller. You can transition some moves directly into a pin by holding down the pin button while performing the move.
How To Reverse Moves
You can reverse maneuvers using the right trigger. You’ll have a short window of opportunity to reverse a move when the right trigger icon appears over your character’s head. Pressing it at the right moment will enable you to reverse the move, even some finishers. You can see a demonstration of reversals in WWE 2K18 with the video below from EspacioNinjaX.
How To Carry Opponents
Once you get into the WWE Performance Center, you’ll have to walk around everywhere to talk to people and interact with things. Here you’ll learn how to actually play the game, including the new Carry feature.
You can lift and carry around opponents by holding down the right bumper and then pressing up, down, left, or right on the right analog stick. You can use the left analog stick to carry your opponent around, or change positions by using the right analog stick.
You can perform attacks by pressing Square on the DualShock or ‘X’ on the Xbox controller. You can also transition into a standard grapple attack by pressing ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller.
To perform more complex maneuvers, such as the running buckle-bomb, hold down the left trigger and press the attack button while aiming in the direction of one of the turnbuckles. It’s that easy.
You can thrown opponent to the ringside by holding down the carry button and then pressing the attack button while you’re near the ropes.
You can only perform these specific maneuvers if your character has a Skill attribute to perform those moves.
Additionally, you can interrupt grapple moves to perform carry moves. This can be down by holding down the right bumper before you finish executing a grapple move. So, for example if you’re performing a body slam, before the slam is initiated quickly hold down the right bumper to keep your opponent suspended in the air.
The carry also works with suplexes and powerbomb positions as well.
You can reverse carry moves if you find yourself caught in one by rapidly tapping Circle on the DualShock, or rapidly tapping ‘B’ on the Xbox controller.
How To Drag Opponents
You can also drag opponents from the front facelock position. To drag an opponent initiate a basic grapple with ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller, and proceed to put your opponent into a front facelock and then tap the right trigger to begin dragging your opponent around. You can also drag opponents from the standing or kneeling position by holding down the right bumper and then pressing the right trigger.
You can perform an attack from the drag maneuver by pressing the attack button, which is Square on the DualShock or ‘X’ on the Xbox controller. Alternatively, if you find yourself being dragged around by an opponent, rapidly tap Circle on the DualShock or ‘B’ on the Xbox controller to escape.
Kicking Out Of A Pinfall
You can kick out of a pinfall when the blue bar fills up and reaches the green zone. You have to press ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller once the blue bar reaches the green zone no matter what count the ref is on. The count goes faster on the one and two count, but gives you a bit more leeway on the three count.
You can also perform different types of submissions as well using two different types of submissions – one is like a chaser where you can use the right analog to perform submissions, which is very similar to EA Sports UFC 2, or you can use the button spam method where you rapidly have to tap Square on the DualShock or ‘X’ on the Xbox controller to fill up the meter. Once the meter reaches the top then press Triangle on the DualShock or ‘Y’ on the Xbox controller to finish the submission and force your opponent to tap.
For the promos you’ll need to put together cohesive lines depending on if you’re a heel or a face. If you’re a heel you’ll need to stay consistent with that, if you’re a face you’ll need to stay consistent with that direction.
The more consistent you are the more combos you’ll build up and that will net you points in becoming a bona fide WWE superstar.
You’ll also have a limited amount of time to do promos, so choose your words carefully.