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 2011 is based on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It features professional wrestlers -- both heroes and villains -- punching, kicking, and grappling with opponents to earn a pinfall or submission victory. Some matches include steel chairs, sledgehammers, and other items that players can use as weapons to pummel their opponents, often with bloody results. The game also features female wrestlers who dress and move rather provocatively. It 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 2011 is the latest simulation of World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as WWE. Players can choose from a current stable of authentic wrestlers or create their own, then guide them to a championship belt. The story-driven Road to Wrestlemania features five superstars as they move toward a main event match at the WWE's signature event. New to the series is WWE Universe, a dynamic franchise mode where players can change storylines, rivalries, and other scenarios as they compete in matches. The game also features a bevy of customizable options, from creating wrestlers to building out WWE stories.
Is it any good?
Although the tweaks in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 are subtle, players will still find an incredibly robust and fun wrestling title. The WWE Universe offers an interesting twist to standard franchise modes, giving players greater control and more opportunities to personalize their experience. The customization options are very impressive as well. Longtime wrestling fans should find the latest edition of Smackdown vs. Raw to be as enjoyable as previous years.
Online interaction: The game features online matches with open voice chat, which means players could encounter others online using coarse and language or engaged in discussion about inappropriate subjects. Players can also share personal information this way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the game compares to real-world WWE. They can also compare wrestling to sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing. What makes wrestling better or worse?
Families can also discuss the depiction of female wrestlers in this game. Is it an accurate portrayal of what real female wrestlers are like? Do these strong female athletes make good role models for girls?