A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is a game based on professional wrestling, specifically World Wrestling Entertainment. Players perform punches, kicks, grapples, and slams to pin opponents to the mat. Some matches allow wrestlers to use weapons such as steel chairs and tables, often resulting in bloodied faces. The game also features scantily clad female competitors and advertisements for real-world brands, including Twix and Mobil. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
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What's it about?
WWE SMACKDOWN VS. RAW 2010 is a pro wrestling simulation based on World Wrestling Entertainment. Players compete in a series of matches en route to becoming a champion. Matches range from straightforward one-on-one encounters to tag-team events and even brawls inside a steel cage. This year's edition focuses heavily on customization, but it goes beyond just creating a wrestler. Players can now create events and scenes that take place on wrestling shows. Players can also create their own pre-match entrances and video montages.
Is it any good?
The customization features go a long way toward refreshing the franchise. Players can dig really deep in creating their wrestler as well as the behind-the-scenes activity that goes into producing a show. Players can decide who a wrestler's rivals are, how they are encountered, and what kind of matches to schedule. The game is also more accessible to new players thanks to a new training facility. The game first launches inside the facility, allowing new players to begin practicing immediately. The facility then slowly walks players through the controls, which makes the transition to matches easier. Overall, this is perhaps the most robust version of Smackdown vs. Raw released so far.
Online interaction: The game includes online matches and open chat, which means players could encounter inappropriate language and subject matter. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for children under the age of 12.
Talk to your kids about ...
How does the game compare to real pro wrestling? What makes pro wrestling more or less entertaining than similar sports, such as boxing or mixed martial arts? Did you find that the game was an accurate representation? Was the level of violence similar to real pro wrestling?
What do you think of women depicted in these games? Are they strong, interesting characters, or is their presence purely a matter of sexuality meant to make the game more appealing to young men?
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