WarCraft III/WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Violent games are better suited to older audience.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some edgy humor at times -- characters sometimes say things such as "I'm sooo wasted, I'm sooo wasted" in a drunken "party girl" tone of voice.

Violence

Blood, guts, murder, explosions. Pervasively sinister and violent images, including demons.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo. For example, when clicked on multiple times, different characters will say things like, "I said a bow string not a G . . . never mind".

Language

Hidden in the gameplay are a couple of explicit words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the ESRB rates the games as Teen games, they truly split the line between a game for teens and a more mature audience. Considering the amount of violence, the dark nature of the games, and concerns with language and sexual content, these games would be better suited to an older audience.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWermode March 1, 2012

Don't criticize what you don't understand

The Warcraft universe is replete with epic tales of perseverence, sacrifice, loyalty, and countless other heroic qualities. To dismiss Warcraft III as having no... Continue reading
Adult Written bymaanu123 July 3, 2011

good for kids

great, great game. good for kids. absurd to call it bloody. and demons are violent images? thier just red humans with horns!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byMarioTehPlumber July 27, 2018

Jermey Gieske is an idiot in terms of reviewing games

Are you blind? This game is awesome! Great graphics , good music , nice gameplay and more.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBig review March 7, 2018

Great game

It is a good game and it is a base builder

What's it about?

In WARCRAFT III/WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE, players take the role of one of four major civilizations: orcs, humans, night elves, or the undead. Each has its own history, but they are intertwined. Each also has its own specialties -- from different military units to different upgrades. In general, the game is very similar to other Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) games.

One major difference with Warcraft III is the addition of heroes. Heroes can build up experience and then get special skills and spells they can use to help their own forces or defeat the enemy. Heroes can also pick up or buy items in the game that can be stored in their inventory. These items typically add to the abilities of the hero.

Is it any good?

Cinematic segments help to carry the storyline. From a technical point of view, they are very well done. From a content point of view, they are pervasively sinister, violent, and contain mature themes such as demons/demonic possession, deception, murder, and revenge.

Several other, albeit more hidden elements, add concerns for younger players. For example, players can make a character say not-so-innocent comments or blow up creatures in an explosion of guts and blood by clicking on them repeatedly. Also hidden in the gameplay are a couple of explicit words. Although these games are popular, parents would be wise to look at other games before getting either of these for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy and violence. Would the violence style of this game feel different if you were playing as a World War II soldier instead of, say, an orc? Which civilization do you prefer to play as? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $35
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Release date: October 8, 2003
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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