WWE 2K17

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Deeply customizable brawler packed with features, violence.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Good guys, bad guys, each with their own unique stories. Some show hard work being undercut by cheating, treachery. Also plenty of stories with underdogs overcoming great odds through persistence to achieve goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

WWE roster made of various heroes ("faces"), villains ("heels"), with different storyline motivations. Similar to heroes, villains in comic books, characters cover spectrum, with best, worst traits represented. A focus on positive role of women in industry, focusing on their athletic talents, skills.

Ease of Play

Controls extremely deep, involved. While most basic moves aren't difficult to pick up, learning signature moves, combinations, other specials is a complex process. High amount of customization, with everything from character appearances, moves, intros, entire shows customizable by player.


Realistic violence primary focus of game, with characters beating each other up in, outside of ring, with variety of moves that could prove dangerous if kids tried to emulate. Players, their opponents can use arsenal of improvised weapons (steel chairs, sledgehammers, garbage cans) against one another, with blood sometimes showing on injured characters.


Outfits on characters run gamut from basic street clothes to comic book superhero. Some characters, both male, female, show off bodies more provocatively than others. 


Characters regularly insult each other in pre-match exchanges: "ass," "bastard." Middle-finger gesture.


Latest entry in long-running WWE franchise, with current, planned paid DLC to expand its content. Based on popular WWE sports entertainment programs, which feature weekly TV shows, live events, massive amount of merchandise, including collectibles, toys, clothing, more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WWE 2K17 is a sports title in 2K Games' popular WWE wrestling video game franchise. Based on the WWE sports entertainment media brand, it features a roster of more than 150 characters from WWE's past and present. Violence is persistent, as players battle inside and outside the wrestling ring, pummeling each other into submission with a variety of special moves and, occasionally, improvised weapons. The moves in the game are all realistic and can be extremely dangerous if imitated by kids. Parents should also be aware that some of the game's content, including language, taunts, and even some of the outfits, push the content up into the PG-13 range.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byG C. May 28, 2018

Great Game

Parents can play with there kids, WWE17 is violent but not too violent.
Adult Written byReg C. April 2, 2017


Absolute crap you start off at nxt rather than the atcual thing you wanna play id off bought an nxt game if thats what i wanted and when you are in the nxt you... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 14, 2017

It's a fun game

It is really fun. I think the best. But a lot of consuming,fighting,and bad language. You have to earn money to get character. But good thing is that you can ta... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2017
Really good just got lots of violence and it's got no blood but it has a little bit of swearing

What's it about?

WWE 2K17 is the biggest (to date) entry in the hit wrestling game franchise, boasting a roster of more than 150 wrestlers from the WWE's past and present, as well as deep customization options that allow players to create their own superstars, titles, arenas, shows, and more. Players can share their favorite creations with others through the online community and take their friends to the squared circle in local and online multiplayer matches. The new, expanded MyCareer mode also allows players to take their custom superstar on an epic journey through the ranks of the WWE, cutting promos, building rivalries, and delivering beatdowns. All of this is part of your quest to gain the WWE World Heavyweight Title and headline the main event at the grandest stage of all: Wrestlemania.

Is it any good?

This incredibly deep, detailed sports sim brings the majesty of wrestling to gamers, but its depth could keep some players at arm's length. It combines the athletic showboating of gladiatorial games with the drama of a soap opera. While the running mantra of the WWE is "Don't try this at home," 2K Games' WWE franchise has given fans the opportunity to do just that -- from the safety of the couch. Now comes WWE 2K17, the biggest and best WWE game to date, a super heavyweight entry packed with enough content and features to take on even the most finicky pro wrestling fan in a no-holds-barred throw-down.

WWE 2K17 takes everything fans have loved about previous games and makes it bigger, better, and more polished. The improved MyCareer mode actually feels natural, with the plot progressing organically throughout the entire story, rather than feeling broken up into disjointed chunks. The game's improved Creation Suite lets players craft every detail of their own custom WWE superstar (or edit any of the existing superstars), from their looks to their moves to even the branding on the clothes they wear. It's ridiculously deep, which is ironically the best example of the game's biggest weakness. Between the hyper-detailed character-creation tools, the library of hundreds of wrestling moves, and the show-management options, WWE 2K17's robust features make it an overwhelming experience and not for the faint of heart. If you're willing to dedicate some real time and effort, though, you're almost guaranteed a rewarding experience on par with any pay-per-view the WWE has to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real violence vs. stage performances. How does training help the WWE athletes perform in their matches without serious injury? What are the serious risks of trying to imitate the moves performed in the game or on television?

  • Talk about character and story development. How are creative stories woven into WWE performances, and what are some of the ways these plots help to define the "hero" and "villain" roles?

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