Warcraft 3 Reforged Has The Worst User Score On Metacritic
Blizzard is not exactly a developer looking for any more bad news after the last couple of underwhelming years, and yet they have blundered into what could be one of their biggest controversies yet, the rather horrendous release of Warcraft 3: Reforged. Fans were previously looking forward to a remastered, upgraded version of Warcraft 3 back when the idea was announced. WoW Classic went pretty well, and everyone thought that WC3 with some improvements to bring it into the modern era sounded like a slam dunk.
First announced at Blizzcon 2018, Reforged was touted as a full-scale remaster of the classic RTS Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne expansion. Featuring seven single-player campaigns to work your way through over 60 missions, the remaster also includes updated matchmaking features using Battle.net’s online service.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reforged user review score on Metacritic is so low, it end up becoming the lowest user-rated game of all time on the review aggregate website. For those unfamiliar with our prior coverage, Warcraft III: Reforged‘s launch was nothing short of a disaster, with complaints arising within 24 hours of the game’s launch.
Those problems included (but are not limited to), poor graphics, the promise of cinematic cut-scenes being broken (despite being shown in earlier gameplay footage), and an update to the original Warcraft 3 stripping away many online elements.
Now, obviously this is (justified) a bombing campaign where as many people as humanly possible are giving Reforged a zero in order to make their voices heard about the state of the game. For as many problems as it has, it is not literally the worst game in history. And yet it says something that this many fans are this riled to deliver the game an all-time low user score like this. And this isn’t your usual “X game gets bombed because of some political drama” thing, it’s “this game is so broken and bad and should never have been released that everyone wants refunds.” That’s…a whole new level.
On top of the complaints about the quality of the remaster, players are currently plagued with technical woes too, with users complaining of connectivity issues, as well as bugs and glitches.
“Apparently the Blizzard logo is no longer an indicator of quality. Congratulations,”
lamented one player, whilst another said:
“I have never reviewed a game before but the fact that I can no longer play the game I’ve had for so long is insufferable. What were you thinking! Especially since now any custom maps or game modes I pour my work into don’t belong to me this is ridiculous. On top of that I have yet to be able to get into a campaign since the update no matter how much I google I can’t find any help.”
It’s not all universally bad, though.
“On the third missions [sic] in the campaign and already addicted just as I was when the game originally released,” said one of the 200+ positive reviews. “You know you have another gem when you can’t turn off the game even after mythic/LFR Ny’alotha come out on the same day! Way to go Blizz!!!”
Warcraft 3 follows in the footsteps of other Blizzard titles such as Starcraft that have recently received a modernizing lick of paint. As a recreation of the original 2002 strategy game, “Reforged takes you back to a tumultuous time in Azeroth’s history, when a dark shadow eclipsed a peaceful land, the world trembled before the coming Burning Legion, and heroes risked it all to prevent the death of their world”.
So even if you didn’t buy the remaster and just want to play your old game, you’ll still face some of the same problems with the new launcher, connecting to servers and so forth.