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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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.
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