Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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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 byTristan D. January 11, 2021

The Game isn't that graphic

As long as your child has average thinking and problem solving skills, then this game would be fine. I'm seeing all of these other reviews about how the... Continue reading
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
Teen, 13 years old Written byTokyoFire October 12, 2020

Please Stop. Its just a tabletop RPG

Ok. I need to say something. ALL THIS GAME IS IS A TABLETOP RPG. I think that it is a great way to grow your brain and connect with others. There are things g... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 19, 2017

Ages 11 and up

I am a 11 year old and I think ages 11 and up should be aloud to play the game it's a really good game even though there is some violence.

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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