Warcraft III: Reforged was met with a ton of excitement when it was announced during Blizzcon 2018. And why wouldn’t it? The original Warcraft III game is one of the pioneers of the real-time strategy genre.
Warcraft III paved the way for future games as it combined strategy with classic role-playing game elements through the use of the iconic hero units.
In a feature on the best RTS games by HP, it points outs how Warcraft III has a lingering influence on gaming as it served as the jumping-off point for various gaming masterpieces such as the original Defense of the Ancients game (DOTA) and other games under the multiplayer online battle arena genre. This is why it’s especially disappointing to hear that Blizzard’s remake – which was supposed to come with better graphics and updated gaming mechanics – has so far been a complete let down to fans and critics alike.
But are the criticisms warranted? Today, we’ll be going through the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the Warcraft III remake, all while being as objective as possible. We want to give you the whole picture, so you can decide for yourself whether you should get the game or not.
What We Liked
Let’s start this off with what the game did well. The first thing that you’ll notice is the improved character and structure models. The original game came out in 2002, and Blizzard did a good enough job in updating the game’s aesthetics. While leaving it mostly untouched, they also optimized the in-game user interface by giving it a sharper and modern look and adjusting the proportions to improve how they look on your screen.
Therefore, what we liked most would have to be the game’s story. But since this is a remake, the story hasn’t changed at all. This is indicative of the quality of this release. It’s a little worrisome that the best part of Warcraft III: Reforged is what they didn’t change, as the game retains its charm even though it’s been two decades since its initial release.
What Needs Improvement
To be fair, most of the complaints directed towards this game stems from the fact that Blizzard seems to have misled its audience regarding what they would be getting with Warcraft III: Reforged. Blizzard had promised new custom modes for multiplayer, along with other enhancements that would modernize this classic game.
However, what people got instead is a rehashed game that was literally unplayable at launch due to its long queues. What’s even more worrisome is the number of bugs and game-ending clashes that persist within the game. In fact, a bug that turns structures into green blocks was also present in the original version of the game. Quite frankly, the game feels like it shouldn’t have been released yet and needs to be patched to remedy all the persistent issues as soon as possible.
Overall, the game leaves a lot to be desired. While Warcraft III: Reforged has the nostalgia factor working for it, the many bugs and glitches ruin the entire experience. However, all is not lost as many games nowadays are released with problematic issues only to be patched and fixed down the line. Here’s to hoping that Blizzard does the same for Warcraft III: Reforged, as it would be a waste to let this remake tarnish the legacy of the original game.
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