Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Huge online D&D role-playing game; teens and up.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Fosters teamwork, but parents should be aware that this game will suck players into the fantasy world.

Violence

Most quests involve battles against enemy creatures using magic and weapons. Some creatures bleed.

Sex

Female characters can be scantily clad.

Language

The game itself does not contain any profanity and blocks most profanity from other players.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is frequently mentioned and can be consumed in taverns.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the commitment level for this game is high. It requires Internet access, and you must pay approximately $15 each month on top of the purchase price to play. Players gain experience through quests, which usually require the assistance of other players; an entire quest must be finished to acquire points, so there is often pressure to play longer than intended. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChris Monroe May 10, 2012

What is D&D online at its core?

I would not suggest this game to anybody under the age of 10, it definitely has some monsters that would creep out some people. Due to the dated graphics and gi... Continue reading
Adult Written byq1w2e3r4t5 April 23, 2011

if you've played moderatley violent games, its fine. quite complicated for under 10s.

Its a great game, although thouroghly agree that a) it drags you into the fantasy world b) its very hard to pull out of in the middle another point to add is... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 8, 2012

good game and i want to see more out of it.

i love dnd and warhammer, but would like to see more out of this game. it was pretty good i would have said age 9 except for two things it is online so you can... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheSuperSaiyan May 4, 2011
I think this is a very fun game to play in your spare time. There isn't too much violence, and most mature 10 year olds will be able to deal with it violen... Continue reading

What's it about?

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS ONLINE: STORMREACH gets many of its cues directly from the circa-1970s pen-and-paper version of the game. A Dungeon Master narrates elements of the game. For example, when entering a dungeon, players may hear the DM tell them something along the lines of, \"...it's evident this room hasn't been used for years, as the thick dust on the floor is disturbed only by the faint footprints of rats and mice.\"

Unlike most RPGs that give out points for defeating individual enemies, experience points in D&D Online are awarded only at the completion of the quest. Players will find it difficult to pull out in the middle of a mission, since other players are depending on them. Players unfamiliar with the pen-and-paper version of the game may be puzzled by references to things like \"saving rolls\" and skill checks. For example, in true D&D style, damage is indicated in figures like 1d8 + 2 (the roll of one eight-sided die plus 2).

Is it any good?

While this game is entertaining, teens (and their parents) may want to make sure it's the right fit for them before signing up for the $15-a-month fee. The main concern: This game is a major time suck. Social interaction isn't just encouraged --- it's very nearly a requirement. Few of the game's quests are easy enough for a single player to complete, requiring players to join into parties, mixing and matching the skills of their individual characters to help each other out.

The game offers impressive displays of scenery, but the quests are typically staged in cramped dungeons, cellars, and underground caverns, which rarely seem as vivid as players might expect. As with many online games, the game can lag. Popular common areas can get jerky and slow, to the point of locking up the computer. There is plenty to admire here, but parents should set serious guidelines before allowing their kids to play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of games that charge a monthly fee on top of the purchase price. Does the added cost pressure you to play, even when you don't have the time? Are there advantages -- or disadvantages -- to a game that is played entirely online versus a game played individually? Parents whose kids are new to online gaming should check out our guidelines for gaming.

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