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    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    WWE 2K Battlegrounds Adds Mr. McMahon And Several Legends In Its Biggest Update Yet

    Vince McMahon isn’t exactly the most beloved figure in the wrestling world right now for the following reasons: firing a talent for contracting COVID-19, booking some horrible television, and somehow making more money than he needs to. The fact that WWE managed to get a deal with NBC’s Peacock, and net a lot of money continues to astound me.

    On the bright side, if you want to show Vince what’s what, then you can do so with WWE 2K Battlegrounds.

    The over-the-top arcade grappler will be adding WWE’s head honcho, along with an assortment of Legends and current-day Superstars. This is also the biggest WWE 2K Battlegrounds DLC update yet, as weekly Superstar distributions begin today and end on March 25.

    From Vader and Big Boss Man to Mustafa Ali and Bo Dallas (where IS this guy?), here are the new Superstars coming to 2K Battlegrounds.

    February 11:
    • Mr. McMahon (must be unlocked)
    • Gran Metalik (unlocked right away)
    • Mojo Rawley (unlocked right away)
    February 18:
    • Mr. Perfect (must be unlocked)
    • Doink the Clown (must be unlocked)
    • Vader (must be unlocked)
    • Sonya Deville (unlocked right away)
    February 25:
    • Paige (must be unlocked)
    • Cactus Jack (must be unlocked)
    • Mustafa Ali (unlocked right away)
    • Tucker (unlocked right away)
    March 4:
    • Ricky Steamboat (must be unlocked)
    • British Bulldog (must be unlocked)
    • Maryse (unlocked right away)
    • Big Boss Man (unlocked right away)
    March 11:
    • Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart (must be unlocked)
    • Earthquake (must be unlocked)
    • Tamina (unlocked right away)
    • Austin 3:16 Anniversary Arena (unlocked right away)
    March 18:
    • Typhoon (must be unlocked)
    • The Brian Kendrick (must be unlocked)
    • Lana (unlocked right away)
    March 25:
    • Curtis Axel (must be unlocked)
    • Alundra Blayze (must be unlocked)
    • Bo Dallas (unlocked right away)
    • WrestleMania 37 Arena (unlocked right away)
    What’s that? You were hoping to beat up Vince right away with The Fiend? Tough luck, folks, you’re going to have to pay for the right to beat him up. It’s funny how in-character it is to pay extra to beat up Vince McMahon in a video game, but that’s the situation 2K Battlegrounds has put us in.

    On the bright side, this update completes Lucha House Party by adding Gran Metalik. They've been killing it on RAW and NXT over the past few weeks, so I'm glad they got some money from this game. Mustafa Ali being available from the get-go is nice since he's always been a great talent and is trying his hardest to save this wretched Retribution angle. It's also nice seeing the late, great Vader again after he was cut from the WWE 2K20 roster, despite being around from WWE 2K16 to WWE 2K19. Then again, that game had bigger problems aside from its odd roster choices.

    I’m one of the few people who thought WWE 2K Battlegrounds was a fine arcade beat-em-up that was plagued by microtransactions, and that thought hasn’t changed. While a number of the superstars are given away for free, the fact that some of them are locked behind such high paywalls can be maddening. Thankfully, the game has gone on sale a few times so if you’re down for some chibi WWE action or desperately want a good wrestling game on the Switch, pick this up when it’s cheaper.

    Images from 2K Games


    Nico Parungo is a freelance contributor for Geeky PH and previously wrote for Epicstream. He provides weekly recaps of
    AEW Dynamite for Smark Henry and has contributed several reviews of PWR and MWF shows. When he isn't frustrated about the WWE, he's playing video games at home and is bugging his friends with glorious puns. He's new to the world of Twitter drama but is quickly getting hooked.
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