A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
If players choose to play a Death Knight, some quests require that they murder innocent unarmed civilians. As with all online games, social interaction between players is a mixed bag.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage in combat against human and computer-controlled opponents with traditional weaponry and magic. Blood appears during some combat animations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can strip their characters down to their underwear.
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Occasional swearing of the "damn" variety, but online chat between players can be worse. A profanity filter is in place, but it can be turned off.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can purchase and imbibe alcohol. Drinking too much slurs speech, blurs the screen, and makes it difficult to walk in a straight line.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wrath of the Lich King is an expansion to World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG); and that players must own both the original World of Warcraft game and the Burning Crusade expansion to play. Parents need to know that Wrath of the Lich King has dark themes. Players can choose to play the Death Knight, a character raised from the dead into the service of the evil lich king Arthas. Some Death Knight quests require the murder of unarmed innocent civilians. Parents should also be aware that since Wrath of the Lich King is an online game, social interactions can be unpredictable and players should be wary of giving out personal information to anyone they meet online. Wrath of the Lich King does not cost any additional online fees beyond World of Warcraft's standard monthly fee of $14.99.
Is It Any Good?
Although Wrath of the Lich King is feature-rich, most of it is aimed at high-level characters. The Death Knight character class, for example, is only available to players with characters at level 55 or above. The new content on Northrend is aimed at level 68 and higher, and the overall level cap has been raised from 70 to 80. This makes Wrath of the Lich King a must-have for long-time World of Warcraft players, but is non-essential for those just starting their journeys in Azeroth.
Those with the appropriate level of experience, however, are in for more of the same great gameplay that has made World of Warcraft such a huge success. The new Death Knight class is well-conceived and fun to play, and the villainous spin on the Death Knight character will likely appeal to older players who've tired of the standard do-gooder heroic mentality. The new playable areas are exciting to explore and terrific-looking. Other features, such as a system for tracking player achievements and a new Inscription profession, only enhance an already value-packed expansion.
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