WWE 2K15

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Wrestling game packs violence, taunts, skimpy outfits.

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age 10+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Messages about hard work, determination, and pursuit of dreams are undermined by vendettas, revenge, and double crosses to win titles or settle scores.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wrestlers are heroes or villains based on current storyline. They beat opponents by targeting weak spots and getting the audience to cheer attacks.

Ease of Play

Easy to pick up, but deep, complex controls give series vets a big advantage. The counter system can be hit or miss.

Violence

Lots of high-risk moves, which can cause serious injury. Some matches use weapons, ladders, tables, and chairs to harm wrestlers, and blood frequently covers injured faces.

Sex

Very tight, skin-revealing outfits on both male and female wrestlers. Pelvic thrusts, gyrations as taunts.

Language

"Damn," "ass" frequently.

Consumerism

Latest installment of long-running WWE game franchise. Downloadable content and online stores are prominently featured in menus.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some in-game videos show smoking and drinking. Drinking references made by wrestlers and fan-made signs in audience.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WWE 2K15 is part of the long-running WWE wrestling game franchise. Players take on the role of male or female wrestlers in pursuit of becoming champions. The sport is violent and dangerous, with many moves risking serious injury to both the performer and the target. Wrestlers' heads can be targeted and cut open by repeated attacks, with blood covering their faces. Weapons can be used to assault wrestlers, with arms and legs targeted and crippled for the duration of the match. Billboards and messages remind players not to attempt these moves at home. Wrestlers wear tight, skin-revealing clothing, with some using pelvic thrusts and gyrations as taunts to opponents. Some drinking and smoking references can be found in videos and are made by wrestlers in dialogue and on fan-made signs in the audience. The words "ass" and "damn" are frequently used in dialogue. There are serious privacy and safety concerns thanks to unmoderated multiplayer.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBill Cipher May 17, 2015

Huge Overexageration

This is a good game that I play with my brother all the time. I am super mad at the reviews, the blood is very fake and you don't have to play as a diva (... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byCoD Lover September 1, 2016

Dont be fooled by those overprotective parents and Teen rating.

Packed with violence, taunts, skimpy outfits. Those skimpy outfits are basic wrestling attire. Its the traditional wrestling outfit. Ever heard of wrestling tru... Continue reading

What's it about?

For the first time in the history of popular wrestling franchise, WWE 2K15 hits the PS4 and Xbox One. Aside from a visual overhaul, lots of new animations have been added to provide a more realistic feel to every match. There are three other major additions to this year's game. The first is the WWE Universe mode, which lets players shape the events of a show by creating and controlling matches, as well as building the storylines that lead up to a pay-per-view event. The 2K Showcase mode lets you relive some of the most popular and celebrated rivalries in the modern era by playing through the memorable matches and moments that elevated these fights into legendary tales. Finally, the MyCareer mode lets you create wrestlers, then bring them up through the NXT development league with the goal of becoming WWE champions. All these new modes compliment the standard single and tag-team matches, as well as the more exotic match types, such as Hell in a Cell and the Elimination Chamber.

Is it any good?

WWE 2K15's debut on the PS4 and Xbox One tries to provide the richest experience to date for wrestling fans. The game is visually striking, and most look exactly like their real-life counterparts. The new chain wrestling system gives a "rock-paper-scissors" mechanic to grappling; it might sound strange, but this addition makes the technical maneuvers feel authentic. Subtle adjustments made to the animations, stamina, and momentum meter also add to the emotion of a match. But the clear star is the 2K Showcase. Players fight through key matches from historic WWE feuds, completing objectives to unlock bonus materials that can be used in other game modes. This is the kind of gameplay fans have been looking for in wrestling games.

Unfortunately, WWE 2K15 also suffers from some large missteps. Virtually all of the legendary wrestlers found in previous games are missing. The MyCareer mode concept is good but falls flat in execution; it's sorely missing storylines and cut scenes that make you care about your grappler's progress toward the main event at Wrestlemania. The same could be said about the WWE Universe mode; you can't customize the rivalries or storylines to specific wrestlers, and lots of match types are missing. It feels like a shadow of older games. Finally, the counter system is flawed; you need lightning-fast reflexes to successfully block or reverse an attack, and, even then, your success will be hit or miss. The end result is that, while WWE 2K15 shows a lot of promise, its rough edges keep it from truly becoming a star.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between simulated violence and real-world violence. Why do you think some fans attempt to perform their favorite stars' moves at home? Is it because they don't understand the risks associated with most wrestling moves, which are choreographed and practiced over hundreds of hours by professionals? 

  • Wrestlers work hard to look like they do, but do they represent something to imitate, or is their appearance an impossible goal for most people to attain? How do these body image issues affect the fans and viewers of wrestling?

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