SMITE

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Violent arena combat pushes pay-to-play.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence

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. 

Sex

Some female deities are scantily clad and expose cleavage. 

Language

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. 

Consumerism

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.

What 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. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOddball20 January 26, 2020

Meh

This game isn’t very fun. I know everyone has their own personal preference, I am just giving ‘my’ opinion. This game does not really have a purpose. I do love... Continue reading
Adult Written byDcox78 February 13, 2019

Is it a nice game? It used to be!

When I first started to play this game years ago it was a blast. It didn't have that many issues with it and the items and relics made since. The only issu... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMisterMagma January 16, 2017

Common Sense Media is wrong about this one

Common sense media reviewed SMITE in it's beta version. Now that SMITE has been officially released, Hi-Rez studios has made some changes to it. 1, The gam... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byValkyrie512b September 21, 2019

It's okay...

There are some revealing outfits and skins, this game reminds me of League of Legends.

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. 

Talk to your kids 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. 

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