Despite the fact that Warcraft III: Reforged was released only a few days ago on the 29th of January, 2020, it has already become the worst user-scored game on Metacritic. With a whopping 15,355 ratings at the time of writing, Warcraft III: Reforged has garnered “overwhelming dislike” and sits at an aggregate user score of 0.5.
The game was initially announced at Blizzcon in 2018, boasting a full-scale remaster of the beloved RTS classic, Warcraft III, including the expansions Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne. With phenomenally delivered remasters like Resident Evil 2, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy available, fans of the Warcraft series have been left wanting when it comes to Blizzard’s mediocre (to put it kindly) reissue. According to players, some of the major issues with the remaster is that it doesn’t actually feel remastered at all and has, in fact, become more unplayable than the original in some key areas. For example, while the graphics have certainly had a makeover (rather than the full reimagining that was promised) since 2004, the graphical improvements become somewhat redundant. Sadly, many players have reported being forced to lower the quality in order to load models and get the game to actually run. Other players have repeatedly lamented about a the clunky user interface, buggy gameplay, a severe lack of new and/or improved features and the removal of features from the original that have left Warcraft III feeling lifeless and cheap.
As of writing, Blizzard has not commented on the reaction to Warcraft III: Reforged but has, instead, been reportedly banning users who have been assisting others with requesting refunds for the game. This is an extremely sad and disappointing launch for a game that has been a fan-favourite for many, many years. Hopefully, Blizzard is in the process of coming up with an appropriate response for disillusioned fans of the game, the series and the company itself but at this point, we’ll have to wait and see.