Is the WWE 2K23 Deluxe Edition and Icon Edition worth it?

Is the WWE 2K23 Deluxe Edition and Icon Edition worth it?
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With the arrival of WWE 2K23 this week, many gamers are grappling with the idea of the game’s Deluxe and Icon Editions.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of superstar John Cena, the man himself is the focal point of this year’s Showcase and both the game’s Deluxe Edition and Icon Edition.

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But you may be asking – is the Deluxe Edition or the Icon Edition of WWE 2K23 worth the extra outlay? Let’s try and help you with that.

Is the WWE 2K23 Deluxe Edition and Icon Edition worth it?

First off, if you just want to know what’s in each edition – check out those details right over here. You can also read our review of the game, which may or may not help sway your decision in purchasing it.

Whether or not the additional content in WWE 2K23’s special editions is worth it is very much going to be down to your personal preference, of course – though we can give a few pointers as to what we make of the additions.

The first, most obvious benefit was the early access. Those who purchased the special editions got to play from March 14 – giving you three extra days with the new game. With this, you would’ve had ample time to establish a strong stable in MyFaction, or unlock a bunch of extra content ahead of launch proper by completing Showcase or the MyRise modes.

Unfortunately, now that the pre-release phase has reached its end, you will need to base your decision solely on the other perks that these editions bring. There are still plenty of benefits in store, though, so it may still be worth it for diehard fans of the franchise and its real life counterpart.

Away from the early access, the biggest inclusion is that of the Season Pass DLC content – this gives you a whopping 25 additional Superstars to add to your roster.

Of course, it’ll depend how much you like some of the names and whether you’ll get a kick out of having them – but there’s a decent range of both legendary old school superstars – like Scott Steiner – current stalwarts like Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, and up and comers from NXT like Pretty Deadly.

Most people, though, will likely be pleased to hear that Bray Wyatt will be in the 4th DLC pack on July 19. No word yet if it’ll be his classic Wyatt Family persona, his The Fiend/Firefly Funhouse gimmick, or his current persona he’s had since his October 2022 return, but we’ll find out come the summer.

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Outside of the season pass, the cards are certainly worth your time if you play a lot of MyFaction mode, and Cena fans – or fans of the WWE’s Ruthless Aggression era in general (2002-2008ish) will no doubt love the throwback versions of Cena, Batista and Randy Orton.

Finally, the Supercharger will allow you to unlock a bunch of content without having to lift a finger. While most of WWE 2K23’s content is playable from the off – a collection of Legend characters are locked behind VC.

While you get 1000VC to begin with, and you get a number of VC just for playing the game – it can take a while to earn enough to unlock everyone. So if your heart is set on having a roster full of legends, but aren’t necessarily going to want to spend a long time to get there, this one’s a no brainer.

(Bear in mind, though, that a number of characters are still only unlockable through MyRise, and 2K Showcase mode, and you’ll still have to play through those modes to unlock them – so it doesn’t give you everything.)

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Overall – if you’re a huge fan of WWE and plan to play the game a lot, then yes, we’d say the Deluxe and Icon Editions are worth the extra money.

It is worth pointing out, though, that it’ll be August before all the DLC for WWE 2K23 is released – and in that time the game may almost definitely go on sale before then.

So if you’re on the fence, it might be worth holding off to see if you can get it cheaper – especially now that the early access period has ended.

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