World of Warcraft

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Become a hero in an enormous online fantasy world.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 56 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 120 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Teamwork is a necessity to be successful.

Ease of Play
Violence

A fair amount of fighting, although there may be long periods of time between battles. Some attacks can cause blood to gush from enemies.

Sex

Some slight sexual innuendoes and scantily clad female characters.

Language

You may find a very occasional "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is relatively common in the world of Azeroth, with characters having the ability to purchase and consume it -- to the point of getting drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is incredibly fun to play and spectacular in terms of its beauty and creativity, but it requires adult involvement to be a positive and safe experience for teens. There is violence, some of it bloody, references to alcohol, and occasionally subtle sexual innuendo. Most importantly, parents need to know that this game is conducted online and may involve chatting with unknown players. Also, parents should set time limits for gameplay: With endless exploration and no clearly defined levels, it is easy to get hooked.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGamerpesonthatssmart June 7, 2020

Amazing game, reviews are nonsense

The reviews just talk about either

1: The community/chat because people can say a lot of hurtful things there which there is an easy fix! You can turn off the... Continue reading
Adult Written byIhaveamazingopinions June 7, 2020

Amazing game, dong get confused

There is really nothing wrong with this game! People complain about the chat. Just turn it off if you don’t like it!!! Yes it’s a bit addictive but just don’t l... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRogueish November 13, 2019

Rated by Personal Experience

I am turning 13 years old in December, and I have myself played World of Warcraft since I was 9, the end of WoD. I have enjoyed this game really much and I have... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 14, 2014

For kids

You can turn off lots of bad things in parental settings.
I started playing when I was 4!

What's it about?

The plot of WORLD OF WARCRAFT (WoW) is more of a series of mini-stories than one overarching tale, but there is a common storyline that runs throughout the game. The world of Azeroth is divided into two factions: \"The Alliance,\" consisting of humans, night-elves, dwarves and gnomes, and \"The Horde,\" consisting of orcs, tauren, trolls and the undead. A very fragile peace exists between these two factions, and it is not uncommon for battles to break out. Much of the game involves a more micro-story approach, with players working on small individual quests, which may or may not be related to the overall plot; the player's primary concern is to develop his character's skills, abilities and fighting talent as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Is it any good?

There may be times that players will practically forget about the gameplay and simply gawk at the spectacular world Blizzard has created. From natural beauty to unique and wondrous cities, WoW offers an amazing fictitious world. With all of the exploration available, players will begin to realize that the game is essentially "unconquerable." There is practically an endless amount of quests to conquer, magical items to find, and new enemies to defeat.

WoW is an incredible game: Well-written quests, beautiful scenery and a staggeringly large world to explore make it a ton of fun to play. Nevertheless, it requires adult involvement to be a good and safe experience for teen players. Violence, references to alcohol use, and the unpredictability of an online environment are all good reasons for parents to regularly check in as their older kids play. However, managed properly, the experience may prove to be a rewarding adventure for all involved.

Online interaction: This game is conducted online and may involve chatting with unknown players.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game can be addictive and that guidelines will probably be necessary. Parents should check in regularly with their kids by asking: Who are you playing with? What have others said to you? Is there anything that has made you uncomfortable? Parents might also want to ask what their kids like about this game.

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