WWE 2K14

Common Sense Media says

Wrestling sim with crude gestures, beer, skimpy costumes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In WWE '13, players can choose to play as a hero or villain -- giving them power over how positive the message is. Most wrestlers will do whatever it takes to win a match, but, by controlling a wrestler, each player can determine the course of action to take during a match. In some of the Road to Wrestlemania matches, though, players are assigned a wrestler and will take turns playing both the babyface (hero) and the heel (villain). 

Positive role models

Even 'face (good-guy) wrestlers beat their opponents to a pulp to win, targeting weak spots as they attempt to demolish the other person (or persons) in the ring. As this happens, the crowd cheers along, and announcers egg them to do more.

Ease of play

The user interface is explained fairly well before matches, but, if you've never played a WWE game before, you may get lost or confused easily. There's a learning curve, and some actions, such as reversals, require lightning-fast reflexes. Until you've mastered the controls, don't bother going online, since veteran players who know them well can make short work of newcomers.

Violence

Players perform a variety of wrestling moves, including grapples, holds, and throws. They regularly punch and kick their opponents. Some use items like sledgehammers, chairs, and tables to weaken opponents. Blood sometimes appears on wrestlers' faces but can be turned off in the options menu. 

Sex

Some "Divas" are depicted in skimpy outfits, exposing large amounts of cleavage. Wrestlers occasionally make provocative gestures, including thrusting their pelvises and wiggling their buttocks in front of opponents' faces as a taunt.

Language

Although it's generally no worse than the WWE programs, the game does include clips from WWE shows, which use words like "damn" and "bitch" -- and one fan's sign has the word "s--t." In addition, wrestlers can be seen flipping the bird to each other, and taunting is part of the game.

Consumerism

The game is based on the real-world entertainment brand. The logo is apparent throughout the game, which could cause kids to want to watch the shows (though, if they have the game, there's a decent chance this isn't a new request). There is also an online shop that allows players to spend Microsoft points on upgrades 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.

Privacy & safety

Moderate privacy concerns: Although a code is needed to unlock the online element of WWE 2K14, players sign in with their Xbox Live membership ID. During the matches played, there was no voice chat available. Server issues may cause the game to take a longer-than-usual time to find matches or sync with other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WWE 2K14 is a wrestling simulation game that lets kids play against artificial-intelligence opponents, friends in the room, and friends or strangers online. Like its television cousin, the game has lots of hitting, kicking, name-calling, and dirty tactics -- and kids could attempt to imitate some of the moves they see (with potentially serious consequences). Also present are crude gestures, beer drinking, and the sexual objectification of women, all of which are roughly in line with what you'll see on the television show. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Health & Fitness

  • movement

What Kids Can Learn

WWE 2K14 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Health & Fitness

  • movement

WWE 2K14 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

WWE 2K14 offers the traditional story mode, wherein players can create their own character and face off against WWE superstars, but the real draw is the focus on WrestleMania. Players can attempt to recreate 46 of the event's biggest historical moments (plus another 22 if you attempt to replicate the Undertaker's undefeated streak). It adds gravity to the matches and, given their importance to the brand, makes them more fun. (Nor does it hurt that the matches are supplemented by tons of video highlights, photos, and historical accounts.) The game has many of the legends of the sport represented, along with all the current roster of wrestlers. Players can choose to engage 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?

QUALITY
 

WWE 2K14 isn't perfect, but it does a good job of blending the current roster and story lines of the WWE with a historical retrospective that will appeal to long-time fans of the "sport" who may not have played the video game before. The downside is that the game makes the assumption that players already have a good grasp on controls. Although it does offer some tutorial features in the WrestleMania moments section, it still has a notable learning curve, which could be off-putting.  

The artificial intelligence is only so-so, and the announcers -- as they do in many sports games -- tend to get a bit repetitive whenever a match goes on too long. But, generally, the game captures the feel of a WWE event -- only this time you swap your ringside seat for the center of the ring. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the story of good versus evil, as some wrestlers strive to do the right thing while others simply want to cause mischief. 

  • Families also can discuss the difference between simulated violence versus real-world effects. Wrestlers learn to perform moves that look devastating but (for the most part) do little physical harm. Kids who don't realize this or attempt moves without training can seriously injure themselves or others. 

  • Families also can discuss body image. Wrestlers work hard to look like they do, but do they really represent a physical ideal or are they cartoonish figures?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:October 29, 2013
Genre:Sports
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie Nerd November 2, 2013
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Hmm...

Not finding any difference from 2k13 except some new guys,road to Wrestle mania and nothing amazing as such, better go for batman or something because temptations occur when with friends to try some moves.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old April 5, 2014
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9
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LEARNING

Rlly good game

Ok there are some skimpy girl dresses and men ones too it's fine nothing too serious blood and violence very little alcohol but it's up to you the parents Hope I Helped
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old February 19, 2014
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12
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LEARNING

This game is better and badder then ever.

The game has some blood that can be disabled by your choice and there are a few taunts that you can do such as spitting out blood but you get to choose the taunt you do so you tell your kid not to use that although it is not very detailed, there is some profanity, and there is a new feature called "Divas" which is actually also featured on the TV show WWE where you can play as girls in WWE which adds some suggestive themes to the game. You can play with strangers too so that can be a problem sometimes. There are also some alcohol references. But overall, you should definitely let your 10-year-old play the game if he wants to.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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