WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Robust wrestling title doesn't skimp on blood, sex appeal.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.


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.


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.


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

This game is based on Raw and SmackDown, two brands from World Wrestling Entertainment, and features prominent real-world wrestlers.
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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 11, and 13-year-old Written byJCDmommy December 30, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written byWRESTLING246 October 9, 2014

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 is a super awesome WWE Video Game

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 and WWE 2K14 are the best WWE games I played on Xbox 360 I loved the Road to WrestleMania modes like Chris Jericho, Christian, John... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byABCand123 September 29, 2014

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?

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