WWE 12

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Intense wrestling with body slams, kicks, and some blood.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Wrestlers break down into good guys and bad guys, but all conflicts are resolved through violent means.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are both good guys and villains. However, most confrontations are sorted out inside the ring.

Ease of Play

This is a very easy game to pick up. Players have access to a Grapple and Strike button, as well as a third input for Signature moves and Finishers. The lone downside is the lack of a detailed tutorial.


Players perform a variety of slams, punches, and kicks to take down opponents. Sometimes, blood is shown on a wrestler, but with little detail.


Most of the female wrestlers dress in provocative clothing.


The only questionable word that pops up is "jackass."


The game is based on WWE TV shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WWE 12 is a simulation of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Players choose between several wrestlers and lead them to a championship title. Since this is wrestling, prepare to see some violence in the form of body slams, punches, and kicks -- with some blood. The game is also playable online, so players may be exposed to unwanted conversations and inappropriate language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysara 55 May 17, 2012


I think this game is OK for kids 12 and up.
I does show blood but it is very rare for it to show. Htere is a lot of punching and kicking though. Some gaems tha... Continue reading
Adult Written byPizza slicer 222 May 2, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byWRESTLING246 October 3, 2014

WWE 12 is a fantastic game

Playing WWE 12 is cool It has WCW legends like Kevin Nash, Booker T, The Road Warriors Animal and Hawk, Arn Anderson, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byABCand123 September 29, 2014

What's it about?

In WWE 12, players control one of several wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment and guide him to a championship title. They can also create their own brawler to lead to victory. The game features modes such as Road to Wrestlemania, a story-based action option, and WWE Universe to run through a schedule of wrestling events.

Is it any good?

The overhaul of WWE 12 seems to have benefited the series, although it could use some tweaks. The presentation and graphics are sharp. The simpler controls help breathe life into the series, but executing the Reversal move is very tough compared to last year's game. Fortunately, between the easier controls, improved presentation, and impressive depth, WWE 12 is a solid wrestling title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the video game compares to real-world wrestling.

  • WWE is a violent sport, how does the violence in this game compare to what you see in real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: November 22, 2011
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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