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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011

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Robust wrestling title doesn't skimp on blood, sex appeal.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game promotes television wrestling and helps glamorize the sport, which involves fighting and dirty moves. All conflicts are settled with matches inside the ring. 

Positive role models

As in televised wrestling programs, there are obvious good guys and villains. Players can choose to wrestle as a "good guy" or a "heel," and may employ unsportsmanlike tactics.

Ease of play

From the start screen players can immediately hop into the ring and practice the array of moves available. Prompts at the top of the screen explain how to execute attacks and other actions. At any time, players can also pause the game and review a detailed list of moves and how to pull them off.

Violence

Players use a variety of attacks on opponents, from standard punches and kicks, to body slams and other more physical moves. Some matches allow wrestlers to use items such as steel chairs, sledgehammers and ladders to bludgeon opponents. When hit enough times, some wrestlers will bleed.

Sex

Most of the female wrestlers wear tight, revealing outfits such as lingerie showing plenty of cleavage. Some also dance and pose provocatively inside and outside the ring.

Language

No profane words were observed, but one wrestler sticks his middle fingers in the air to taunt the crowd.

Consumerism
This game is based on Raw and SmackDown, two brands from World Wrestling Entertainment, and features prominent real-world wrestlers.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:October 26, 2010
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 26, 2012

Not for kids,but good.

This is a great wrestling game,but don't let kids play it! There is a lot of blood,and more.But it is a great game to learn some wrestling.
Kid, 12 years old September 24, 2011

Off the Charts!

This game is awesome! But, i don't own it. i play it at my friend's house. EPIC!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old February 23, 2011

Good for kids nine and up

This game is good because it shows them defensive combat

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