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Violent arena combat pushes pay-to-play.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

SMITE is an online arena battle game. Supporting your team could be seen as positive, especially considering that you earn rewards for completing the five modes of play without disconnecting if you're losing a match. Otherwise, there's little here that can be thought of as positive.

Positive role models

SMITE features more than 50 prebuilt characters that are gods pulled from a broad mythological spectrum. Players can buy new skins for the characters and advance skills, but there's nothing inherently positive about the characters. 

Ease of play

The control scheme is the standard mouse-and-keyboard one found for online battle arena games. But there's very little information as to whether one leveled-up skill is better than another in the long run. Teammates who linger over character choices at the start of the game might end up with a class they don't play well. Also, make sure your Internet connection is sound; lag can be a real killer in this fast-paced game.


SMITE is an arena combat game in which the point is to kill members of the other team. Weapons and magic are used to hack or blast opponents, and there's blood in the game. But death only results in resurrecting back at the main base, sometimes with a timer so you can't immediately rejoin battle. Killing opponents and their minions results in experience points, which let characters level and gain new skills. 


Some female deities are scantily clad and expose cleavage. 


Since the title pits players against one another, emotions can run high, and some swearing can occur. The game features in-game text chat, and there's the ability to connect to voice chat as well. On the plus side, the action is so briskly paced that there's little time to read the text chat. SMITE has some voice-overs, but there's nothing of concern there. 


SMITE gives players starting deities to play with but then requires gems (which can be purchased through the game's store) to unlock new characters or to buy customizable items (skins) for the characters in a player's stable. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the characters use alcohol as "color" items. The use of alcohol in the game doesn't have any real effect on the game or the characters and seems a silly design element, but it does keep with the personalities of some of the featured gods.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SMITE is an downloadable online arena-based combat game with five modes of play. Players are put on teams with the sole purpose of killing other players to score points or destroying the other team's base. It's free to play but requires an Internet connection. The publisher makes money through micro-transactions in the game's store (which require gems that players can purchase with real-world cash). The game is violent and does feature partial nudity in the form of scantily clad female characters. 

What's it about?

SMITE is an arena-based online multiplayer combat game in which users play as a god killing other gods and their minions. It features five modes of play (practice, co-op, normal, leagues, and custom) and four game types (arena, assault, joust, and conquest). Players enter a queue for a game type and are then put on a team. Once on a team, players select from one of the 50-plus deities, each of which has defined roles and skills. Some deities will need to be purchased to be accessible. Scoring kills in battle earn experience and reputation, which translates into stronger powers.

Is it any good?


SMITE is a decent game with strong graphics and special effects. Action is fast-paced -- although players may have to wait to get into a game (queues can last longer than a minute), once combat starts there's little time for anything else. The game features video tutorials for each match type, which is a nice feature. There's some hand-holding prior to jumping in and fighting, and experience is easy enough to come by to acquire higher-level skills.

The problem is that SMITE is basically a "wash, rinse, and repeat" multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that can feel too repetitive. Plus, getting people on your team who disconnect when the tide of battle goes against you comes with the territory. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of separating game violence from the real world in titles such as SMITE. Why shouldn't you let online emotions or frustrations surface in life? Is there something you can do to defuse your frustration when playing a game?

  • Parents, talk to teens about spending time and money online. How should game-playing time be regulated responsibly?

  • Talk about ways to protect privacy in online games. 

Game details

Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Available online
Developer:Hi-Rez Studios
Release date:May 25, 2014
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Blood, Partial Nudity, Alcohol Use.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byXnoscoperX June 22, 2015

Common sense media got this reveiw completely wrong!

I saw the league of legends review and it said 14+!!!!That community is at least 10 times as toxic.I have played both games and never once have i been cussed at while playing smite while i was cussed at almost every game when i played league yet smite is given a rating of 16+!!!!This game does have some slight sexuality but if you are a 13 year old growing up in America,trust me you have seen worse.There is some violence but no blood unlike league of legends.This game does send some good messages (not the violence) because it makes me want to research the gods i play as and play against.It's a lot more educational than people think,the game itself has a tiny history lesson for each character.Another thing you guys got wrong is that this game is pay to win.The game is 100% unlockable FOR FREE!If you save up in game currency,you can buy EVERYTHING IN THE GAME without spending a single penny!Anyway,this is a great game that everyone should try as long as you are 13.Common sense media should have rated this game 5 stars if not at least 4. P.S. at no point in this game is it the "sole purpose" to kill other players.In 3v3 or 5v5 the sole purpose is to destroy the enemy base,in arena mode the sole purpose is to get as many of your minions into your enemies portal.Along the way you might have to kill other players but it not necessary and is never the "sole purpose"!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old September 7, 2014

A fun MOBA game with a little too much sexuality.

Smite is a game better than most MOBAs. However, it's kind of disturbing how every goddess is depicted, even when not necessary. I've watched the game theory on this issue and agree with it, but for some of these there's no excuse they're using them to attract certain players.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byscrublordo_420 September 17, 2015

Pretty Good

So I am a father of five ages 3-15 and I would let any of them play this game. Now I am a liberal just like every other sensible person but this game is not detrimental in anyway to your children. First of its incredibly sexist to point out the scantily clad women but not the men , who also are not wearing anything and give false impressions to young boys. Also this game depicts nothing more than you might see at the beach or in a museum. IN FACT I would agree that you see more nudity in those places than you will ever see in this game. Anyhow this game is ok at best, its probably better to go play something else though.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use