WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Replicates rowdy TV wrestling -- for teens.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Wrestlers taunt and try to intimidate each other.

Violence

Rough and tumble wrestling, with some outrageous moves. Players bleed after getting hit too many times.

Sex

Scantily clad female wrestlers. In one mode, they strip and spank each other.

Language

Plenty of tough language with mild cursing (damn. etc.) acted out in cut scenes.

Consumerism

The entire game promotes WWE stars and gear.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game replicates the raucous antics and violence of the WWE TV shows: Players attempt to achieve a takedown by any means possible, using chairs, 2x4s, and other weapons. Scantily clad female wrestlers and some mildly explicit language are used to overcharge the cheesy drama. In the Fulfill Your Fantasy mode, female wrestlers dressed in French maid, nurse, or schoolgirl outfits try to strip each other to their underwear or spank each other on a bed. The game is online enabled but doesn't use voice, so the gameplay is similar to the single-player modes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySharon7515 October 15, 2011

Stay Away!

In the game, there is Chris Benoit, the former wrestler who did a double Murder suicide. Bad overtones.
Adult Written byelement002 April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

In WWE SMACKDOWN VS. RAW 2006, wrestlers hit each other with chairs, women are treated as sex objects -- and big personalities rule the ring. Fans will recognize superstars since the game replicates their trademark moves and entrances.

An exhibition mode lets players try a variety of matches, such as tag-team, cage matches, Royal Rumbles, etc. The drama comes out during season play, in which players choose WWE superstars like Hulk Hogan and Triple H -- or create their own wrestler -- to take through an entire season. In manager mode, players control a stable of wrestlers, set up the appropriate matches, and attempt to become the general manager with the highest TV ratings. Finally, an online mode allows players to take each other on, using many of the exhibition mode games.

Is it any good?

The graphics are amazing, and the game excels at offering many modes of play. The downside? The controls are complicated, and casual players may especially be frustrated during matches.

Overall, parents should wrestle with their feelings about TV wrestling before investing in this game. OK with it? Then, you -- and your teen -- will find plenty to enjoy in this well-produced title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how games tie in with TV shows, movies, and other forms of entertainment. Does playing a game like this make you more interested in watching the shows? How else does this game act as a marketing tool?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Jakks Pacific Inc
  • Release date: November 8, 2005
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence

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