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WWE 12

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
WWE 12 Game Poster Image
Intense wrestling with body slams, kicks, and some blood.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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 byMelissa S December 4, 2011

It's good and it was free

I would say that this is a good game for teens, but not for anyone younger.
Adult Written byFunkytrain23 May 2, 2012

The sensible thing about this game

Well my kids at home are 11 and 9 the eldest I started letting him play halo and I think halo was worse once I watched it I would say let 11 and up play no swea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycena 569 January 3, 2012


best wwe game in a while
Kid, 9 years old August 24, 2012

Should be M

This should be rated M for Mature! M for Blood, Strong Sexual Content and Strong Language!

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

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