Parents' Guide to

World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

New expansion enhances story, adds fun high-level gameplay.

Game Mac, Windows 2019
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

This is part of the BfA expansion, and is not recommended

First off, you should be aware that World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance is a PATCH and not an EXPANSION of the game. The current expansion is Battle for Azeroth (BfA), and you must buy BfA and pay a monthly subscription. BfA is the worst expansion in the 15 year history of WoW. I have played the game since 2007. As a parent, I would not let a child that is in school, play this game. Not because it has bad content, but rather the sheer volume of time required. WoW has destroyed many young careers due to endless grinds that eat up a lot of precious time. In my opinion, this game is for adults that can manage their time. Not for children, even though they could easily play it. There are better games out there for kids, in my opinion.

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Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an impactful update, with a new Warfront and two new Raids that really adds a lot of content for veteran gamers of this long running franchise. In World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance, a new darkness covers Azeroth as the Alliance and Horde battle for control of the former Night Elf region called Darkshore and the Zandalari city of Zuldazar. Former frenemies once again are all-out foes in a story-rich update that offers experienced players some serious fun. The new Warfront, Battle for Darkshore, is a nod to real-time strategy games and lets you try to capture (or hold) Darkshore by fighting and collecting and managing resources. It's chaotic cooperative fun and mostly free of player-to-player drama. If drama's OK with you though, the new 20-player raid, Battle of Dazar'alor, has your name all over it. This epic three-act dungeon's set in the Zandalari troll city of Zuldazar, pits players against some varied -- and seriously staggering -- bosses. The raid boasts some shocking reveals among its heroes and sets the stage for what promises to be an epic showdown between Alliance and Horde. As they say in the movies: “Now it's personal.”

While the new raids and new Warfront are the centerpiece of the update, Blizzard hasn't neglected the other areas of the game. Countless changes have been made to to skills, classes, rewards, and more, and battle pet fans will squeal with delight at the new Gnomeregan Battle Pet Dungeon. But there's a downside. To enjoy Tides of Vengeance (or in fact, even access it), your characters have to be very high level, so new players have a lot to learn and do before they can experience it for themselves. Fortunately, Blizzard's commitment to helping new players progress with the free base game download, free play to level 20, and the newly-implemented leveling speed increase should help them along. The downside for experienced players is the release schedule. Blizzard's decision to release the update piecemeal over a couple of months instead of all at once hasn't been popular; even so, time (and levels) pass quickly, so no matter what level you are now, World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance has quality gameplay in store for you.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Pricing structure: Free (Requires free base game World of Warcraft, but also requires purchase of paid expansion, The Battle for Azeroth @ $49.99.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Release date: January 22, 2019
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Alcohol, Mildly Suggestive Content
  • Last updated: December 15, 2020

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