Wet

Common Sense Media says

Tarantino-like bloodbath with acrobatic gunning and slicing.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wet is meant to be an over-the-top, roadhouse-style action game -- heavily influenced by retro Hong Kong and Hollywood movies -- that never really takes itself seriously. But the main character is a gun-for-hire who is above the law, and kills anyone who gets in her way. She is meant to be a heroine as she is exacting justice against "bad guys," but her gory means doesn't send a good message.

 

Positive role models

With her violence, drinking, and profanity, Rubi isn't a good female role model. She is a hired gun looking for revenge, rather than letting the law handle these thugs. There are far better female role models in video games, such as April in Funcom's The Longest Journey.

 

Ease of play

Control issues plague this game, which might frustrate players. It has a steep learning curve to figure out the complicated controls. For example, sometimes Rubi can hop over a small ledge, while at other times, the game won't let her do it while in the exact same spot. Also, every jump goes into slow-motion, which can make it harder to time moves.

 

Violence

Wet is quite violent, bloody, and gory. The game is an over-the-top brawler, whereby the main character, Rubi, can use guns or swords to take down multiple enemies. Blood spurts out of fallen enemies, and characters can have their limbs cut off or be beheaded (in a cut-scene sequence). Blood splatters on the floor and walls.

Sex

While no sexual content is seen or heard by the player, there are inferences and suggestive scenes, such as one where a nurse gets off her knees in front of a male character and wipes her mouth (suggesting that she just performed an oral sex act).

 

Language

The game is chock-full of profanity, including random swear words such as "sh-t," "motherf--ker" and "d-cksucker," as well as phrases like "walk the f--k out the door," "I don't believe this sh-t," and "I f--k you up!"

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rubi, the main character, drinks alcohol throughout the game, plus there are mentions of drugs and drug dealers. In one scene, green and leafy plants are lined up in a warehouse, as if to imply marijuana.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Tarantino-like, third-person shooter game is certainly not for young eyes (or ears). While not pushing the envelope, it's pretty close to it, as it is full of violence, gore, sex, alcohol, drugs, and profanity. Between it's slice-and-dice action (some shown in slow motion), where the female gun-for-hire leaves a bloody body count in her wake, and the very frequent obscene language, parents should take heed to this game's suggested rating that it is only appropriate for players age 17 or older.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

While chasing a thug through Chinatown's dingy back alleys and rooftops, you dive to avoid gunfire, swing from balcony ledges and even slide down a ladder – upside-down – all the while pegging enemies with your gun. After taking down a few dozen baddies with your sword and pistols, you take a swig of whiskey, toss the bottle in the air and shoot a bullet through it. All in a day's work as Rubi Malone, an attractive and acrobatic gun-for-hire in a new third-person shooter called WET. With its grainy film-like look, multiple camera angles, and '70s-style soundtrack, this slick shooter seems to be an interactive nod to over-the-top retro action flicks, Hong Kong brawlers, and perhaps spaghetti westerns, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the game drips of style and attitude, it also comes off as trying too hard to be cool. For example, every single time Rubi jumps into the air or slides across the floor, it kicks into slow-motion -- therefore losing its dramatic effect after a short while. The game also contains so much swearing that it, too, loses its edge and comes off as plain silly. While the game follows a somewhat linear path, the game isn't a disaster -- Rubi's acrobatic moves and combat techniques can be fun to master -- but less-than-responsive control often translates to a frustrating experience until you can get over the learning curve. New modes can also be unlocked once the story campaign is completed, adding to Wet's replayability. However, depending on whether or not you like this type of over-the-top violent game, you might not have the desire to return to the action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game needed to be this violent to achieve the same movie-like effect. Perhaps the designers felt the Tarantino-like thrill kills were integral to the experience, and it would be missing something without it. Same with the language, alcohol consumption, and profanity. Could it have been made equally as well without the over-the top violence and other vices?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Bethesda Softworks
Release date:September 15, 2009
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 23, 2010
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

WET is completely Awesome. But gory.

WET is very gory, but in a way it isn't. The way its styled makes it very unrealistic gore and more satisfying gore than disturbing. I don't see why people say its so gory. Only the cut scenes are anywhere near disturbing. Its still a great game with a load of splattering blood. The woman is dressed up in tight clothing and there is a nurse scene where she wipes her mouth. Lots of language is present too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bygamenerd323 November 9, 2009
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Mature gamers!

This game is not for any specific age, but rather for a very mature gamer. Someone that understands whats going on and how to deal with these images.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byAvengingRelic October 2, 2009
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

It sounds vile. I would never play a game this vulgar.

I can't say I've ever played it but from what I've read about it I don't think I'd ever buy it or even try it for free. It sounds horrific and utterly offensive. I would be seriously concerned about any parent that would expose their child to this much vulgarity and call it entertainment.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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