It's Only January, but WARCRAFT III: REFORGED May Be One of the Most Controversial Games of 2020
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Strategy Games
Many players seem to believe that Blizzard has been a shadow of its former self ever since the announcement of Diablo: Immortal — and it looks like the recently released WarCraft III: Reforged won't change their mind on the American developer.
WarCraft III: 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 rather mixed (or straight negative) reviews.
While the jury is still out on the quality of WarCraft III: Reforged, players who have checked out the remastered version of the RTS classic are not wasting their time — as plenty of negative user reviews can be found on Metacritic already.
Currently sitting at a terrible 20/100 user score on the review aggregator — with nearly 650 reviews posted on the website so far — WarCraft III: Reforged is clearly not the total reimagination of the beloved title fans had been hoping for.
According to disappointed players, Reforged is not the full-blown remake the company announced at BlizzCon 2018, but rather a simple remaster running in full screen mode with some hi-res textures and better shaders.
What's even more saddening, Blizzard has seemingly decided to erase some of the improvements showed at the 2018 expo, including the reworked cutscenes, that are now far less cinematic and dynamic compared to the build showcased two years ago.
Furthermore, if you own the Battlenet version of WarCraft III and purchased Reforged, you can no longer play the original — which also means that all the things that are missing from Reforged (including community features like clans, ranked matchmaking and custom campaigns) are no longer available in the old edition for no apparent reason or word of explanation.
As a reminder, WarCraft III: Reforged doesn't have any new cinematics (except for the prologue), and yes, the final fight between llidan Stormrage and Arthas Menethil still leaves much to be desired, 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 are still some of the best real-time strategies 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.