A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Group play is highly encouraged in the game and many mature adults play the game and are willing to mentor younger players. The game is divided into "Good" and "Evil" races with some races being able to play either side. The towns of the Evil races are dark, sometimes dirty, and computer-controlled citizens can be rude and surly. The towns of the Good races, in contrast, are bright and colorful, the citizens polite and cheerful.
Violence & Scariness
As an adventure game with swords and magic, expect to find lots of violence in this game. Stylized 3-D characters of humans and humanoids (dwarves, gnomes, cat-like humans, etc.) fight computer controlled characters and animals, both real (such as snakes and elephants) to fantastical (such as dragons and hell-hounds.) Characters cry out when hit and they can and will die, falling over with a groan or death scream. There is no graphic blood and gore nor do limbs fall off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male avatars can show their chests and females can wear revealing clothing. There are animated flirtation / dance sequences in game with male avatars cheering and whistling at the women.
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Language filter is ON by default, but can be disabled. Chat is freeform and although misbehavior can be reported, players can be subjected to bad language by other players. An "ignore" mechanism is available which will screen out another player if necessary.
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Products & Purchases
A monthly fee of $14.99 is required to play this game. Two special servers are available where you can spend real dollars to buy in-game items and gold.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is available in game to purchase or create and characters can get drunk and will stagger and be unable to perform simple actions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) where you become a character in a fantasy world. There's a lot of fighting within this world so violence is prevalent, although there is not blood or gore. Drinking alcohol is allowed in this world and characters can become drunk. Because the game world is vast and content is deep, players can get easily drawn into the game and wish to keep on playing; and players can also spend a lot of time out of the game, searching for and reading information on how best to complete a quest (mission) or hone tradeskills. This game is CPU intensive requiring a high-end PC and graphics card, as well as broadband. In addition to the start-up cost, the game also requires a monthly fee of $14.99.
Is It Any Good?
Some of the fun of playing an MMORPG is exploring the vast world. Players can spend hours simply visiting the towns and surroundings, riding griffons to fly around from point to point. Other fun aspects include the interaction with other players and learning to work together to defeat a particularly difficult encounter. MMORPGs also evolve and grow as more content is added either from expansions that have to be purchased or from free content that is added every six to eight weeks. Players will also find themed quests and events that happen only around the major holidays. Harder challenges known as Raids require the cooperation of many players to defeat them; and they add depth and complexity for the more experienced players.
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