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WWE 2K17

Look, I don't know what I expected. Whenever I talk to fellow pro wrestling fans about the WWE games, they often grimace before offering a handful of excuses. "It's not as bad as last year's" is a favorite refrain, although it rings hollow once you realize that means this year's game is still bad.

Such is the case with World Wrestling Entertainment Two Thousand and Seventeen, A.D. It's an encapsulation of everything people hate about the "reality" era, stapled to a bunch of mediocre gameplay modes. WWE 2K17 doesn't even manage to clear the lowest possible bar -- the fact that it is a video game starring wrestlers you ostensibly like -- with a roster that hides some of its most promising talent behind downloadable content like we're back in the early 2010s.

In fairness, WWE 2K17 is not offensively terrible; it works on a technical level, albeit not as well as you'd hope considering this is the series' third outing on current-gen hardware. It doesn't crash, the frame rate is perfectly fine, but that doesn't mean it's worth your time or your money.

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