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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
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: Mists of Pandaria is an expansion to massively multiplayer online game of World of Warcraft. This expansion requires the full game to play and also requires a monthly subscription fee (of around $15 a month) to continue to play. The game is played in an open world with a lot of quests and other humans playing characters to adventure with and interact with. Violence is front and center, with players killing fantasy creatures and human-like non-playable characters in ways that include blood, dismemberment, and exploding body parts. There is some sexy flirting and use of alcohol.
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What's it about?
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA introduces a panda-like race and kung-fu into the world of Azeroth. The island that holds the Eastern-style villages of the pandarwns was essentially undiscovered until recently and the threat to the way of life of the gentle folk is at risk. This expansion not only introduces the new territory, a new race and new classes, but also raises the level cap to 90 and offers new group raid dungeons.
Is it any good?
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is a nice expansion that offers some visually pleasing environments. The pandas look cute and cuddly but can pack a pretty good punch. Blizzard does not release too many expansions for WoW, and this is a decent addition that does not reinvigorate the franchise but does add a bit of newness to a game that is showing its age.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the hazards of playing an online game and how to stay safe when using the Internet for gaming and other experiences.
Talk about video game violence and how to separate media-based violence from the real world.
Talk about how to put limits on gaming time and the importance of balancing time playing games with more physical activities.
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension
Social Studies: exploration, the economy
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, problem solving
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Release date: September 25, 2012
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- ESRB rating: T for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence
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