A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WWE'13 is a wrestling simulation game that can be played by 1-4 players on the same machine or online against other players. The game is violence-centric, and while the violence is presented in an entertaining light, it could be devastating if younger players tried to duplicate the holds or maneuvers against siblings or friends. The wrestlers make crude gestures and comments. This game earns its "Teen" rating.
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What's it about?
WWE '13 is an entertainment-based game that presents the violence of professional wrestling in a manner that emulates the sport while giving players a host of options about how to play. A new story-style mode, Attitude Era, takes players through the legends of the sport in a time when several pro wrestling groups were vying for television dominance. The game has some of the legends of the sport represented, and players can indulge in single-match modes as well as tag team or battle royals. The rules for the matches can be modified as well.
Is it any good?
WWE '13 is not without its flaws. Some stutters in the video presentation, or wrestlers sliding across the ring to line up for special attacks, are more commonplace than unusual. The developers did a good job with the look of the sport and the animations are well done. The music ranges from hardcore, screaming rock to driving rock meant to charge up the mood. The controls require a learning curve in order to play online, or to succeed offline in the harder difficulty modes. For the casual gamer, this might be too much to work, through.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in sports, and how the violence of a video game is the same or different from real-world counterparts. Why should violence seen in sports not be emulated?
Talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating well in order to participate in a variety of activities.
Talk about the importance of being safe when going online.
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: THQ
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, crude humor, mild language, mild suggestive themes, use of alcohol, violence
For kids who love sports
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