Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft 3: Reforged has launched to an avalanche of criticism from both fans and critics alike, despite being a revival of a beloved classic.
At the time of writing, it currently holds an incredibly low user rating of 0.5 on Metacritic, a site which is used to aggregate review scores from a number of critics and publications. It now outstrips the previous winner – Day One: Garry’s Incident, which has been pushed into second place.
Over 17,000 players and counting have taken to the website to voice their grievances on Warcraft 3: Reforged, a remaster project which has evidently fallen far below expectations. Users are urging players to avoid purchasing it while others are crestfallen by how far their standing of Blizzard has changed over the past few years.
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Warcraft 3: Reforged is a remaster of the RTS classic from 2002 with revamped visuals, user interface and gameplay elements. However, it has been described by users as “an overpriced HD reskin which breaks the game and didn’t even deliver on their initial promises”.
Video comparisons emerging online also highlight the disparity between the full release and its original reveal. The quality of cutscenes is vastly scaled back while the gameplay is underwhelming, with the genre having moved on significantly in the past 18 years. There’s no denying the impact it had back in the day, though.
But right now, it feels more like an enhanced port than a fully-fledged remake, failing to iron out any potential flaws that arrive with a game of this age. Fans were expecting more elaborate cutscenes and improved gameplay elements that did the original justice. Sadly, this is far from the case right now.