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Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) in which combat is central to the gameplay. Attacking other players is encouraged, though not strictly required. Combat animations, though bloodless, include realistic swordplay and end with animated death throes. Characters wear outfits are revealing and they can be stripped to their underwear. As with all MMOGs, Warhammer Online is an online game in which communications between players are unpredictable and may include unwanted discussions of sex, race, religion, or other themes.
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What's it about?
WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING (a.k.a. WAR) is a massively multiplayer online game set in a medieval fantasy world in which two factions, Order and Destruction, are in a constant state of war. Players guide their character through the game world and its myriad storylines in order to advance their side's position within the overall conflict.
Each faction has three playable character races with different careers available to each. Players start by choosing a faction, their character's race, and a career track. They then develop their character by completing quests for experience points, rewards, and in-game currency. The central focus of Warhammer Online is on Realm-versus-Realm (RvR) combat, in which factions fight against each other for control of strategic points within the game world. Players can directly invade the opposing forces' cities, meet them on the battlefield, or engage them in combat within story-driven scenarios.
Is it any good?
Warhammer Online is a feature-rich and sophisticated online game. Characters are highly customizable with skills and equipment, and success in the game depends on a basic understanding of how probability-based games work. In order to maximize their chances of success, players must become familiar with not only their own faction/race/career tactics, but with those of other character types as well. Advanced players may find the RvR play style engaging, but newbie players will likely find it daunting. This game does not cater well to those who prefer short play times and minimal human interaction.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online safety with their teenage children, as well as explore the effects of anonymity on human behavior. Do people behave differently online than they do in person? Where did these heroic fantasy come from? In a war situation, why do both sides in a conflict each think they are "right"?
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