By Brett Molina,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Intense wrestling with body slams, kicks, and some blood.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Wrestlers break down into good guys and bad guys, but all conflicts are resolved through violent means.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
Players perform a variety of slams, punches, and kicks to take down opponents. Sometimes, blood is shown on a wrestler, but with little detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the female wrestlers dress in provocative clothing.
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The only questionable word that pops up is "jackass."
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on WWE TV shows.
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.
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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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: THQ
- Release date: November 22, 2011
- Genre: Sports
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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