It's Only January, but WARCRAFT III: REFORGED May Be One of the Most Controversial Games of 2020
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Real-Time Strategy Games
Many players seem to believe that Blizzard has been a shadow of its former self ever since the reveal of Diablo: Immortal — and it looks like the recently released WarCraft III: Reforged won't change their opinions on the American developer.
Reforged launched on PC a day ago, but we're still waiting for any critic reviews of the title to be released online — which is pretty alarming on its own. Under normal conditions, publishers make sure that review copies are sent out in time for full reviews on release day (or even a few days in advance), but sometimes they choose not to do that if they're certain that their games will receive mixed (or even negative) reviews.
While the jury is still out on the quality of Reforged, players who have already checked out the remastered version of the RTS classic are not wasting their time — as the brand-new title just got "review bombed."
Currently sitting at a terrible 20/100 user score on the review aggregator — with nearly 650 reviews posted thus far — Reforged is clearly not the total reimagining of the beloved title fans had been hoping for.
According to angry players, Reforged is not the remake the company announced at BlizzCon 2018, but rather a simple remaster of the old game, running in full screen mode with some hi-res textures and shaders.
What's even more bizarre, Blizzard has seemingly decided to erase some of the improvements shown at the expo, including the reworked cutscenes, which are now far less cinematic compared to the 2018 build.
Furthermore, if you own the Battlenet version of WarCraft III and purchased Reforged, you can no longer play the original for some reason — which also means that all the things that are missing from Reforged (including community features like clans, ranked matchmaking, and even custom campaigns) are no longer available in the old edition (at least legally).
On top of that, Reforged doesn't include any new cinematics (except for the prologue), and yes, the big fight between llidan and Arthas still is a bit of a joke, especially if it let you down for the first time in 2003.
Although fans' initial reactions to WarCraft III: Reforged are pretty heated, remember that it happens almost every time a new entry in a popular game series hits stores — and the fact that 2002's WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and 2003's WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne still are some of the best real-time strategy game out there set the bar high — maybe a little bit too high, all things considered.
Warcraft III: Reforged is a stunning reimagining of the revolutionary real-time strategy game that laid the foundation for Azeroth’s most epic stories. It is a remake in the truest sense, featuring a thorough visual overhaul, a suite of contemporary social and matchmaking features, and more. Command the Night Elves, Undead, Orcs, and Humans as alliances shift and armies clash in this timeless real-time strategy game.
WarCraft III: Reforged is currently available on PC.