World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Violent expansion manages to reinvigorate popular MMO.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Stopping an uprising that endangers your land is noble, but working together to achieve goals is overshadowed by constant violence that's usually the solution to quests.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can create characters aligned to the Horde (which is characterized as evil) or the Alliance (good). But it's up to the player to decide how he or she plays the characters and how they interact with others. 

Ease of Play

For veterans, control scheme is the same. Blizzard allows players to advance one character to level 90, but characters without game experience will have limited skills in their ability bar to successfully handle game content.


Players use a variety of weaponry (guns, bows, magic, bludgeoning and cutting weapons, explosives, traps) to destroy creatures that inhabit the land. The non-playing characters (NPCs) can be dismembered or exploded into meaty chunks. Player-vs.-player combat can be massive, thanks to 100-against-100 team matches.


The language can be suggestive, as can dance moves. Players can flirt with others. Clothing can be scanty for female characters. Some players wear as little as possible when adventuring. 


Words such as "ass," "bitch," and "bastard" can pop up from characters in the game. The dialogue from other players, which can be filtered, can be much worse.


The fifth expansion to the popular World of Warcraft online game. An in-game store lets players purchase items and character levels for the game with real money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters can get drunk, which impairs movement and creates blurry graphics until the effect wears off. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is the fifth expansion for the massively multiplayer online game. As it's an expansion pack, players will need all the other games in the franchise to fully access all the content the world of Azeroth has to offer. The game also requires an Internet connection and a monthly subscription fee to participate. In addition, there's an online store in which players use real-world money to purchase everything from items for mounts to the ability to level up characters. Violence is a key part of the game and is usually how quests are resolved. Players use a variety of weapons and special abilities to destroy creatures across the land and can dismember or blow up enemies. Players also can fight other players in special areas. Characters can get drunk, causing visuals to get blurry until they "sober up." Parents also should be aware that some characters can flirt and behave in a suggestive manner, with some female characters being scantily clothed. Words such as "ass," "bitch," and "bastard" are used by game characters, but, as this is an MMO, parents should know that there's lots of unmoderated commentary other players can provide during the game.

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 Warlords of Draenor expansion that was released in 2014. WoW in 2019 is a... Continue reading
Adult Written byTodd R. January 15, 2018

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 imag... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byreveal June 15, 2016
Kid, 9 years old May 9, 2016

Good for all ages,but good for all families by 11.

I'm a 9 years old and my family and I play WoW all the time.It's dark and kind of violent.It doesn't teach much and it's a little sexist, bu... Continue reading

What's it about?

In WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WARLORDS OF DRAENOR, the Iron Horde, a union of great orc clans, is on the march through Draenor. They pull war machines along and decimate all that stands in their path. If Draenor falls, then the lands of Azeroth will be next. Gameplay takes place in Draenor, which is accessed through a portal. Since all monsters and creatures there are level 90 and up, Warlords of Draenor allows players to level a character up to level 90 automatically to begin the quest and story lines. New to the game are garrisons, player-created fortresses that are totally customizable. There are seven new zones to explore, classic heroes and villains to meet, and new graphics and animations for the character races. 

Is it any good?

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor could be considered one of the best game expansions. It totally reinvigorates the WoW universe, creates excitement and challenge, and merges the history of the game with the foundations of a bright future. For players who enjoy the WoW mythos, be prepared for cut scenes that bring the story alive and teeter on the edge of jaw-dropping. Player-vs.-player fans will love the option to take on new 100-on-100 battles, which bring a massive amount of chaos and fun to combat. But the garrisons are the gem in this crown, and it's easy to drop a lot of real-world money into creating and customizing them.

If there is a downside to the game, it's that the garrison innovation can isolate the single player more from the mainstream-player community. Remember the days when auction houses in major cities were so overcrowded that it felt like wading through quicksand would be faster? Garrisons allow for auction houses, banks, stables, and vendors to be part of the player's fortress, so you no longer have to interact with these large crowds. Garrisons also require constant upgrades, so players may become hermits who only tend to their keeps. But player interaction, thanks to dungeons, is still a very viable part of the game, drawing many people to fight alongside others with a redesigned drop rate for rare items with common quest enemies. Overall, Warlords of Draenor increases the fun in WoW immensely and hits on all cylinders. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as Warlords of Draenor. 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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