Warcraft III is a classic favorite among PC gamers and this Blizzard experience has carried with memories that will last a lifetime. Now that Warcraft III: Reforged is out for all to enjoy, how does the reimagining of this real-time strategy game stack up? Was our love shaded with rose-colored lenses? Let's see what some of the reviews are saying with this Warcraft III: Reforged review round-up!
Warcraft III: Reforged Review Round-Up
Wccftech - 75 out of 100
Warcraft III: Reforged isn't the game that was promised, but is still a valuable reconstruction of one of the most influential titles in the history of video games. This release is, sadly, riddled with bugs as well as marred by the terrible decisions of Blizzard, particularly that of the false advertising that persists now even after launch. However, despite this, there's little doubting that Warcraft III: Reforged has a compelling story that, even eighteen years on, remains one of the most engaging in the genre. The gameplay holds strong to this day and with the tweaks and upgrades, this is an undeniable diamond in the rough.
GameSpace - 60 out of 100
The initial plans for Warcraft 3: Reforged would have brought the community an ambitious new game, steeped in the classic gameplay and story of TFT & RoC. However, little by little the team started scaling back, starting with the story. Unfortunately, the finished product ended up being not much of an upgrade over the classic version of the game.
Digital Trends - 60 out of 100
The highest praise I can give to Reforged is that it’s still Warcraft III. The stellar single-player campaign and strategic multiplayer action are all well preserved here. The updated graphics are a welcome addition, which replaces the original game’s out-of-date visuals with an expressive new look and feel. Unfortunately, the launch version of the game feels far from finished, with bugs and key missing features preventing the current build from being the definitive edition of Warcraft III. It will likely get there eventually, but it’s odd for a remaster to feel like it’s starting from scratch, not presenting an endpoint.
PCGamer - Unscored
I'm still waiting for that lightning bolt, that moment when I realise this is why Warcraft 3 was plucked from the past and brought to 2020—beyond the fact that Warcraft 3 is still a great RTS, something that's sorely been lacking lately. But maybe that's enough? Good thing I've still got a few days to come up with an answer. [Early impressions]
Ars Technica - Unscored
The more I look at this week's launch of WarCraft III: Reforged, the more I shake my head. I've grown up playing Blizzard games for a majority of my life, and while I can think of Blizzard game launches with technical issues or critical shoulder-shrugs, I can't recall a retail launch for a product that, quite simply, wasn't finished. WC3:R changes that.
And there you have it! Prima's review is still in progress but our general attitude is very mixed at this time. You can see for yourself because Warcraft III: Reforged is now available exclusively through Battle.net.
For more about the remaster itself:
“Warcraft III is monumentally important to us here at Blizzard, and its influence is evident in everything we’ve done since,” said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment to me during the BlizzCon immediately following Reforged's reveal. “A project like Warcraft III: Reforged isn’t something we undertake lightly, partly because of this legacy, but more importantly, because we know what it means to our players.”