A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that World of Warcraft: Legion is the sixth expansion of the popular massively multiplayer online game. As an expansion pack, players will need the base game and all other expansions to fully access all its content. It also requires an internet connection and monthly subscription fee. Additionally, there's an online store where players use real-world money to purchase items such as mounts, pets, and a variety of account services. Violence is a key part of the game, and players use a variety of weapons and special abilities to destroy, dismember, or blow up creatures. Players also can fight other players in designated special areas or in the open world if playing on a player-vs.-player (PVP) server. Characters can get drunk, causing visuals to get blurry until they "sober up." Some characters can flirt and behave in a suggestive manner, with some characters being scantily clothed. Words such as "ass," "bitch," and "bastard" are used by non-playable game characters (NPCs). As this is an MMO, parents need to understand that there's lots of unmoderated commentary by other players.
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What's it about?
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: LEGION takes the heroes of Azeroth on new adventures in the Broken Isles. The Burning Legion has returned and the Horde and Alliance must strike a forbidden pact with the Feltwisted disciples of the dreaded Illidan the Betrayer known as the outcast Demon Hunters or the world could burn. This expansion introduces a new territory, a new class, and Artifact weapons, raises the level cap to 110, and offers World Quests and Class Halls.
Is it any good?
This large expansion pack that expands the scope of the long-running online game is what was needed to reinvigorate the World of Warcraft universe. Invading Demons throughout the lands have instilled a sense of desperation that have the masses flocking to save the world of Azeroth because it's worth saving. The introduction of the Demon Hunter, along with class overhauls and updated play styles, have breathed fresh air into how you can play the game. The graphics are simply stunning, though the environments can be overwhelmingly green. Lots of new systems and features offer a lot of freedom and ways to approach tasks by yourself or in groups. Both the Class Halls and Artifact Weapons systems are interesting additions that long-running players will either love or hate.
If you enjoy making your characters look just right, the Transmogrification system is the collector's dream finally realized. While technically added just before the expansion, it allows you to go forth and collect every look for outfits and weapons without affecting your bag space. If you've been gone from World of Warcraft for awhile, you're going to want to step back in and check out Legion for yourself. If you're new, there's a lot of history to catch up on, but you won't be sorry for making the journey.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as World of Warcraft: Legion. Do you need to use violence to resolve every quest? Should nonviolent solutions be available in the game, or would that not work in this combat-focused MMO?
Talk about internet safety. How can you protect personal and account information from strangers?
Discuss responsible time limits on games. Why is it important to take time for real-world activities instead of sitting at a screen all the time?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (The game price is for the Legion expansion; you will still need to purchase the base game and then pay a subscription fee that varies on the length of time subscribed to be able to play.)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Release date: August 30, 2016
- Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence.
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