A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Open player-versus-player system can promote antisocial behavior. Players learn strategy and teamwork in siege warfare.
Violence & Scariness
Bloodless fantasy violence. Players kill computer-controlled monsters and fight other players to the death with medieval-style weaponry, i.e. swords, bows, etc., and magical powers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character costuming can be racy. Dark Elf females in particular can be undressed down to erotic lingerie, with naked buttocks and lower part of breast visible.
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Online interactions have potential for unwanted topics. Profanity filters are easily circumvented.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No overt chemical abuse. Characters retrieve herbs which temporarily confer improved abilities such as attack speed or damage dealt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that violent combat is an integral part of Lineage II, and players will attack and kill computer and human-controlled opponents with swords and other medieval weaponry. Players can kill other players at will, but receive a penalty for it. There is no blood. Parents also should be aware that costumes can be racy and players can take off some female characters' clothes down to very revealing lingerie. Like all MMOGs, Lineage II is an online game and online communication can be unpredictable. Parents should take note that Lineage II requires a monthly subscription fee of $14.99.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from the open PvP, the heart of Lineage II is its siege warfare. Advanced players in a clan may occupy their own castle, and other players may lay siege to the castle and attempt to wrest it from the controlling party. The occupying clan receives numerous benefits, including income from taxation and better productivity of goods. Because of this, sieges are governed by rules to ensure fair play. Castle sieges must be scheduled in advance, and last only two hours.
The quality of artwork in Lineage II surpasses that of most online fantasy games by a large margin. The landscapes and structures are gorgeous, the characters are strikingly detailed, and the colors are strong and bold without being garish, which makes the whole game seem much like a well-drawn graphic novel. Years after its release, it still looks great.
Parents should be cautioned that characters, both male and female, may promote unrealistic body images. In particular, some of the female characters can be undressed down to what can only loosely be considered a bra, thong and thigh-highs: in short, erotic lingerie.
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