If you were waiting for a positive Warcraft 3: Reforged review, then I am afraid to tell you that it’s a broken mess and Blizzard somehow managed to make their game a bigger mess than the launch of Google Stadia. Moreover, the things wrong with the latest Warcraft 3: Reforged aren’t just bugs and glitches, but fundamental.
Before we go any further, I am liable to tell you that up ahead we are talking about lies, deceit, anti-consumer practices, and straight-up stealing. Naturally, the entire internet, meaning the r/Warcraft subreddit, several Russian Warcraft 3 streamers and me are enraged.
Here’s everything wrong with Warcraft 3: Reforged:
Warcraft 3 Reforged Review: Worse Than Google Stadia
When Warcraft 3 Reforged was shown at Blizzcon, fans of the classic RTS, including me, were quite excited. The game showcased at that time showcased new animations, character models, four-plus hours of remastered cinematics and a lot more.
Now that Warcraft 3: Reforged is available, none of those features have made it to the actual game. Instead what we have is just a decade-old game with new character models.
Things shown during the Warcraft 3: Reforged preview included a brand new intro cinematic and new in-game cutscenes with interactive character models, none of which is present in the actual game.
Only the intro battle scene with the orc and the human is remastered while the following dream battle scene and every other cinematic is the same as the original classic.
What’s really aggravating is that Blizzard is still advertising the Reforged with the use of content that is no longer in the game itself.
As the Reddit user, u/orkfaeller pointed out “Blizzard is still advertising the reforged using the scrapped Blizzcon footage and promising 4+ hours of reforged cutscenes.”
Apart from these problems, the game is also suffering from glitches, bugs, and failing textures. The Multiplayer mode is also not working at the time of writing this article and the worst of all, according to the new user agreement.
Warcraft World Editor, a custom mad builder that gave birth to the likes of DOTA and League of Legends, has a new user agreement. According to the new policy, any new custom map made in the World Editor will be the sole property of Blizzard and not the creator.
Here I was excited to play custom games made with the new World Editor which have better models, assets, and graphics than the original one, but it seems like the executives at Blizzard were hell-bent on destroying a classic.
The whole situation related to Warcraft 3 Reforged was eloquently explained by Patrick brown from Inside Gaming. He said: “The remaster of the 2003 Classic RTS was supposed to be a slam dunk for Blizzard in a way to wash the bad taste of last year out of everyone’s mouths.”
“And by bad taste, we mean disregard of basic human rights being violated to make butt loads of cash.”
And frankly, I think it is partially our fault for expecting anything more than this from a company that silences chants of freedom and gives in to an oppressive regime for a quick buck.
Warcraft 3: Refunded
A Reddit user from Australia posted that his request for a refund for the game was denied due to “too much playtime.” This was a response from the automated bot which got in contact with the user u/chaosgeneral.
Under the Australian Consumer Law, all companies selling products in the country must comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
The Reddit user has now issued a legal notice based on the ACCC’s (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) recommendation.
Honestly, the independent modders that were making the Warcraft: Armies of Azeroth mods were doing a better job than Blizzard did with the Warcraft 3: Reforged.