It’s a cold week for Blizzard Entertainment as the Warcraft 3: Reforged Metacritic score plunges to the lowest ever recorded on the game review website.
You would be forgiven for thinking that a remaster of arguably one of the greatest games ever made would be a good thing, and it almost was.
Warcraft 3: Reforged was released last week after a lot of hype from the game’s developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment.
Known for its excellent story campaigns and R.P.G game mechanics, Warcraft 3 was the stepping stone and precursor to the massive online game World of Warcraft.
The new remaster, Warcraft 3: Reforged has much of the original’s gameplay and polished graphics, but fans of the series are furious over annoying problems that are plaguing the game.
Because of the apparent issues, the game’s Metacritic score has plunged to an “overwhelmingly disliked” User Score of just 0.5, based on 21,189 ratings.
Most notably, gamers are being forced into downloading the new 30-gigabyte version over their older 2 gigabyte original game since Blizzard has reportedly disabled the original Warcraft 3.
Another gripe among fans of the game is that it doesn’t seem much different than the original in terms of polish and graphics, something that was promised by Blizzard.
The cut-scenes in the game were supposed to have been greatly improved, however Blizzard apparently didn’t do this because of some fans who wanted to retain the originals.
While the graphics are a little better, they aren’t current generation by any means.
It has also been reported that the game is currently suffering from awful connection issues, making online play extremely frustrating and almost impossible.
Reportedly, Blizzard has also updated the game’s End User License Agreement to state that they hold exclusive rights to any and all custom maps in the game, something that has upset many users.
What has angered fans the most however is that Blizzard hasn’t delivered on any of the promises they made when the remaster was announced at Blizzcon.
The background details are pretty much the same as the original, the voices aren’t as improved as promised and the game’s menus haven’t been as revamped as suggested.
Many, many bugs have also been reported such as visual glitches, absent subtitles and desktop crashes.
Basically, Blizzard seems to have well and truly dropped the ball and created a quickly churned out HD mod.
To call it a true remaster is insulting to fans and the fact that they are charging full price for it is quite frankly scandalous.
The original Warcraft 3 is one of the most enjoyable games ever made, and one that defined a genre.
Warcraft 3 has a devoted community of fans who love to create and play custom maps that have apparently been removed from the remaster.
Remasters are now a common thing among developers who wish to bring their beloved games into the modern gaming scene.
This not only brings an amazing sense of nostalgia to fans of a particular game but exposes younger gamers to classics that they may not have otherwise played.
Remasters such as Resident Evil 2 and The Last of Us have been highly praised because they offered some new things in terms of gameplay.
They were also clearly handled with love and care.
It is unbelievable that Blizzard would treat one of their flagship titles in this manner and spit in the face of their army of extremely devoted fans.
While this article is not a review, I would not recommend this game, and instead I would urge you to play the amazing original.
That’s if Blizzard will let you of course.
Warcraft 3: Reforged is out now so go and grab a copy if you want to see how it should not be done.
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