WWE '13

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed wrestling with showy and dramatic violence.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

WWE '13 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

In WWE '13, players can choose to play as a "good guy" or as a "bad guy," thereby defining the message themselves. Most wrestlers will do whatever it takes to win a match, but by controlling a wrestler, each player can determine what course of action to take during a match.

Positive role models & representations

While some wrestlers are often regarded as "good guys," the bottom line is that most will pummel opponents mercilessly, target joints and other weak areas of the body, and basically try to demolish the opponent -- all to the cheers of the crowd and encouragement of the announcers.

Ease of play

The user interface is easy to navigate in WWE '13, but the control scheme has a moderate learning curve -- especially for those who have never played the game before. And the control scheme needs to be ingrained before going online because there are players there that know the controls very well and can make short work of newcomer.

Violence

WWE '13 is centered on violence that ranges from the type of grappling moves that might be witnessed in Greco-Roman wrestling to the extreme violence of professional televised wrestling. Players can take up chairs and bash other wrestlers with them, ram opponent's heads into steel barriers, or even slam them into concrete floor. The game doesn't feature blood, but a meter does pop up to show what body parts are being damaged during a match. Chairs, sledge hammers, and even tables can be used to beat on other wrestlers.

Sex

Divas wear costumes that could either be described as bikinis or underwear. In addition, during the wrestler creation process, players can manipulate the size of the diva's breasts.

Language

WWE '13 features modern music as well as video clips from the real WWE. The words "ass" and "bitch" pop up in songs, and one wrestler, sporting wet pants, proclaims that he "pissed" himself. In addition, wrestlers can be seen flipping the bird to each other, and taunting is part of the game. The overall context of these actions and the language is not appropriate for younger players.

Consumerism

WWE '13 is based off the television brand and as such that logo can be seen throughout the game. There is also an online shop that allows players to spend Microsoft points on upgrades and other accouterments for their wrestlers.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A video clip shows a wrestler guzzling beer from a can and then spraying it on the crowd. Another wrestler uses the hose from a beer truck to spray his opponents.

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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Kid, 11 years old January 13, 2013

Sweet

I love this game. really good for any age. i just put 5 and up because its difficult for people under that age. Im a huge fan of all WWE products. especially th...
Kid, 9 years old March 31, 2013

WWE 13

This game has no blood, no rude language, but it dose have some voilence

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.

Game details

For kids who love sports

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