World of Warcraft: Legion

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Mature expansion pack breathes new life into popular MMO.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

This expansion shows enemies can set aside differences, work together. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Up to players to determine whether they want to act as positive, negative role models within game.

Ease of Play

Plenty of tutorials for new players, but as you progress, more complicated abilities come into play. 


Players use guns, bows, bladed weapons, explosives to kill fantasy creatures, human-like non-playable characters. Players can engage in player-versus-player combat, kill other players. Violence against NPCs is more graphic, resulting in dismemberment, blood splashing, creatures exploding into red chunks.


Suggestive dance moves. Players can flirt with others. Scant clothing; some players wear as little as possible when adventuring.  


Non-playable characters use colorful language including "ass," "bitch," "bastard." Suggestive language from other players, some which can be filtered.


Sixth expansion to popular World of Warcraft online game universe. In-game store lets players purchase items with real money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can drink mead, wine; consuming too much results in impairment of movement, slight blurriness of screen until effects wear off.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydesius March 27, 2019

Update for 2019: This is not the current version of the game

I just wanted to clarify for parents, that this version of World of Warcraft was the Legion expansion that was released in 2016. WoW in 2019 is a very differen... Continue reading
Adult Written byGrumar June 14, 2018

Fun for the family

When it comes to MMOs you can't go wrong with WoW, with age it's only gotten more casual friendly as well, less time needed to progress, certain chara... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIllidanfan39 July 28, 2017

I love WoW

It's a very fun game and I play it with my friend. The scenery is beautiful. The quests are fun. My only complaint about Legion is that once you reach lvl... Continue reading

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?

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