WWE 2K17: Tips and Strategies for Building an Effective Superstar for MyCareer

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2016

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR 2K - WWE Cover Superstar Brock Lesnar with his advocate Paul Heyman, left, at the WWE 2K17 SummerSlam Kickoff Event in New York, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (Adam Hunger/AP Images for 2K)
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Most WWE fans have dreamed about living the life of a WWE Superstar at one time or another, and the MyCareer mode in WWE 2K17 is the most realistic representation yet of what it's like to be part of the sports-entertainment giant.

MyCareer has been a big part of the WWE 2K franchise for the past couple of years, but the mode has been expanded significantly for WWE 2K17. There are now more ways than ever to improve your Superstar and reach the top of the mountain in WWE.

On the heels of WWE 2K17's highly anticipated release, here is a rundown of the best tips and strategies for building the best possible Superstar in MyCareer.


Cut Plenty of Promos

One of the biggest additions to WWE 2K17 is the new promo engine. While it is of great significance in Universe Mode, it is perhaps even more important in MyCareer due to the fact that it can go a long way toward boosting your Superstar's popularity.

Increased popularity leads to the earning of virtual currency, and that VC can be spent on skills or boosting attributes, which will make your Superstar much more difficult to defeat in MyCareer.

Promos are among the best and easiest ways to earn VC, since what Superstars say on the microphone directly impacts the way the WWE Universe feels about them.

It is also possible to call out other Superstars in a promo, and starting a rivalry can lead to additional VC.

The biggest key to cutting a good promo in WWE 2K17 MyCareer is consistency. The way Superstars speak and act will determine if they are faces or heels, and it is important to sell out in one direction or the other rather than sit on the fence.

Much like in the real world of WWE, getting a reaction—whether positive or negative—is the hallmark of being popular or "over" with the crowd.

There is some pressure involved with cutting a promo in MyCareer, since there is a limited amount of time to choose what you want to say, but if you go into the promos knowing what type of character you want to portray, you should leave with a lot more popularity and VC to show for it.


Design Your Own Shirt

There is a direct correlation between the popularity of a Superstar and merchandise sales. It is among the biggest reasons why John Cena has been at the top of WWE for well over a decade.

WWE 2K17 takes that into account as part of MyCareer by allowing gamers to design their own shirts, which their Superstars can then wear during promos, in backstage segments and as entrance attire prior to matches.

Not everyone is artistically inclined, but how the shirt looks isn't particularly important when it comes to using it to your advantage in MyCareer.

Popularity through cutting good promos and putting on quality matches leads to the earning of VC, and designing a shirt is essentially doubling down on that popularity.

The more popular your Superstar is, the more shirts the WWE Universe will purchase, which leads to directly to more VC for upgrading.

Superstars who move a lot of merchandise in real life will inevitably be put in more favorable positions and portrayed positively on WWE programming, and MyCareer captures that perfectly by linking it in with the ability to make your Superstar better.


Become a Paul Heyman Guy

The past few editions of the WWE 2K franchise have included a Showcase mode focusing on a particular Superstar or era, and while that is absent from WWE 2K17, it allowed developers to make cover athlete Brock Lesnar a huge part of MyCareer instead.

Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, is never far behind The Beast Incarnate, and as seen in the following video, WWE 2K17's MyCareer focuses significantly on interaction with Heyman and Lesnar:

Players will have the option of either joining or opposing Heyman at a certain point, and while both decisions have some merit, becoming a Heyman guy is the path of least resistance.

In addition to Heyman paying the Superstar in VC for accomplishing tasks, having Heyman in your corner is a huge asset because he involves himself in matches and makes it easier to win thanks to his antics.

Although joining Heyman means your Superstar will be a heel, you'll rack up VC more quickly and avoid confrontation with Lesnar for the time being, at the very least.

Being a Heyman guy doesn't always end well in real life, as evidenced by the ill-fated runs of Ryback and Curtis Axel, but if you stick with Heyman in MyCareer, it's more likely that your Superstar will become the next Lesnar or CM Punk.


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