EVE Online

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Fly starships and destroy enemies in online space game.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Although players are urged to destroy pirates and enemies, they are asked to do so for the good of the society they join. However players can also be a pirate, mercenary and smuggling is part of the game-play.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Role models are provided by players in the game and the first that new players meet are those that volunteer to guide and help other players in the game. However as players move further into the game, they will encounter player organizations that are pirates and those that run smuggling rings as well.

Ease of Play

This game has always had a reputation of being difficult to learn but the tutorial is constantly being improved.


Like most MMORPGs, players are required to kill things to better their characters. In this instance, players fly spaceships and destroy other spaceships. Hence there is shooting and explosions.


Although players create and customize avatars, they are just paper-dolls. Players control spaceships instead of human characters in game.


Although there isn't any objectional language in the game itself, chat is completely open and there are no profanity filters in the game. So kids playing may experience colorful language.


Not an issue.  It is a subscription-based game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no depictions of characters in game and hence, no drinking, or smoking references. However part of the gameplay consists of smuggling boosters which enhance pilot performance.  This is also known as drug-running.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that EVE Online is a massively multiplayer online role playing game that requires a monthly subscription. The world and the economy is player-driven and a major part of the game is Player versus Player (PvP) where players actively fight each other. Smuggling or "drug-running" is part of the game as is exploration, trading, manufacturing, fighting the pirates or being a pirate and hunting and stealing from other players. The game is rated T for violence as players shoot and blow each other's ships up, but there is no blood or gore as player "characters" are space ships and not humanoids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFather_Biscuit November 23, 2019

A double edged sword

EVE online is a very wholesome game, I love that my 14 year old son enjoys intergalactic economies and asteroid mining instead of meaningless shooting and blood... Continue reading
Adult Written byjorvis June 15, 2018

Amazing learning and social opportunity if parents are engaged

We are responsible (and often over-protective) parents to our four kids. Ours don't play first-person shooters, etc. Reading the other adult reviews of E... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe_Reviewer1 February 24, 2021

A very interesting game...

As someone who has been interested in astronomy since I was born this game is amazing even though I have only been playing for 2 months...

It has plenty to exp... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMasterLukeDude1 December 28, 2016

I think its age 12 and up because....

Although it has a bit of swearing in chat but you can avoid it by muting people or always put your chat in a group where people there don't swear.
It is a... Continue reading

What's it about?

EVE ONLINE is a space flight and combat game set in a universe far away and eons away from the current time. It is a \"sandbox\" game, meaning that players are provided the \"sandbox\" and can play in it as they wish. Players choose one of four different races and make an avatar, but control ships. Unlike many games which make use of mouse, keyboard, or joystick to control movement, players issue orders by selecting destinations and commands such as orbit, dock, or mine, and the ship will perform that action. Players in EVE Online earn skill points and train skills in real-time - meaning that skills will be training even when the player is offline. Although there are careers that players can choose to follow, they can train in any skill they wish, either specializing in some or spending the time to learn as many as they wish. Players also build and improve their ships with better armor, equipment, and weapon systems. EVE Online is also about power and control. Players battle each other to control star systems and build star bases.

Is it any good?

On the one hand, EVE Online is a great game because of the open sandbox play, where almost literally, anything goes. Players can trade to earn a living, be a mercernary, conduct mining operations, fight the pirates, be a pirate, focus on research or manufacturing, or play the meta-game of space control by participating in a Corporation and fighting other Corporations for control of space and resources. On the other hand, it can be a confusing game because there are no structured or predefined advancement paths.

A mature game with many expansions since launch (all of them free), EVE Online has a volunteer program and one branch specifically helps new players by greeting them and helping them get a good start in the game. For the best experience, players will want to join a Corporation, which are player run groups, because the best way to learn is from other players.  Graphics in EVE Online are simply gorgeous and yet computer requirements are quite low. Players who enjoy creative thinking and opportunities afforded in an open-ended game can find EVE Online utterly compelling.

Online interaction: Although there are volunteers that help new players, and other players are generally helpful, a major part of game play is player-versus-player and gamers must expect to lose their ship and have to rebuild. This is a game with open chat so risks are present.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the possibilites and history of space travel.  When did manned space flight first occur? Do you think a world like EVE Online could exist in the future?

  • Families can also talk about online interactions, safety, and courtesy.  If you wouldn't say or do this in real life, why would you do it online?

  • Online games are compelling and time consuming.  Families can talk about setting time limits for online game time.

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For kids who love adventure and exploration

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