A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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No profane words were observed, but one wrestler sticks his middle fingers in the air to taunt the crowd.
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Products & Purchases
This game is based on Raw and SmackDown, two brands from World Wrestling Entertainment, and features prominent real-world wrestlers.
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.
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.
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