World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Game review by Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Violent expansion manages to reinvigorate popular MMO.

Mac, Windows 2014

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

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 Warlords of Draenor expansion that was released in 2014. WoW in 2019 is a very different game, and if you want current reviews... you should look under World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. I started playing WoW in 2007, and would currently NOT recommend it. See my review in Battle for Azeroth.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 18+

Not for children

WoW is great fun for adults 18+, assuming you can limit your time in the game fantasy world and not become addicted to it, as millions do; but I can't imagine letting my kids play it. It's simply far too violent; and graphically violent, at that. It's not a sociopath training game, like Grandtheft Auto or Call of Duty: it's more like Lord of the Rings or classic Dungeons and Dragons - a classic fantasy adventure centering upon quests and battling monsters. But the violence makes it unsuitable to kids under 18, in my view. Mind you, much of what kids are watching and playing now, I don't think they should be watching or playing - and I feel very strongly about it. Kids are exposed to far too much violence via TV, video games and movies. Assuming you are playing for The Alliance, which is the loosely-speaking good faction, and not role playing a goblin warlock for The Horde, for example, feeding off the souls of the hated humans and summoning demons as helpers and friends, which seems more than a little twisted to me, World of Warcraft is a great game, if you're an adult (with a life outside the game world) - but it's not for kids, I would say. The main issue with kids playing any video game, to my mind, is, as with TV, smart phones, tablets and computers, how much time they spend staring into a screen, largely disconnected from the real world of lived experience. A one hour a day, or seven hour a week time limit should be strictly kept, I would urge. Kids and adults should read books, interact face to face with others, get outside, and stay physically active. But content is a serious issue, too. There is a difference between Dora the Explorer and Kill Bill. Some games, TV shows and films are suitable for kids. WoW is not one of them.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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