Review of Warcraft III: Reforged. Why the Game Stirred such an Outcry?11 February 2020
The iconic real-time strategy by Blizzard has received new life and strict critics of fans. Are the negative feedbacks on Warcraft III: Reforged (released on January 29) fair? What has changed in the game loved by many people?
What developers promised
The first big announcement of the remake with the demonstration of updates took place at BlizzCon 2018. Developers showed the upgraded graphics of the in-game videos through the example of Stratholme's slaughter. Besides, they had to update the interface and improve game balance.
Furthermore, developers announced the improvements in the map editor, good quality dubbing, rearranged game maps, and new missions. Overall, the list of future updates was quite big and representatives of Blizzard repeatedly stated that the product would have cool quality. What do we have in the result?
Changes in graphics
Pros. The game world was updated, but not in the way that the fans expected. The game contains new models and arts, hero animations, and unique appearance of creatures. However, this relates not to all characters and the promised changes in the menu turned out to be minimal.
All models obtained additional detailing and animations. Now characters can move their lips when they talk not only in the menu window but also in the game itself (although, users can see it only when the camera approaches). Standalone users positively assess the graphics, cheering about the possibility to play the old good Warcraft with an updated picture. Still, most of the users took the changes quite ambiguously.
Cons. Models of heroes are really well detailed and good-looking, but users massively complain about static scenes. Especially taking into account that modern technologies can do wonders. For example, during the beta version stage, fans developed their own version of Warcraft 3 Reforged: Tragic Confrontation (Fan-Made). It greatly differs from what developers have to offer.
In-game scenes do not correspond to announcements – the quality and number of remade videos tend to zero. Most of the resentment was about the fact that the result did not look like the videos that the developer showed in 2018. Nevertheless, cinematics was adapted for 4K monitors.
Content of Warcraft III: Reforged
Pros. Three missions experienced global updates in the game: Burning of Stratholme, Fall of Silvermoon and Siege of Dalaran. They have a completely changed visual component and different gameplay. As compared to the originals, they turned out to be more interesting and engaging. To say the truth, it is not understandable why the developer has chosen these missions.
The game has the dubbed Thrall's campaign and the Darkspear tribe, which consists of three tasks (earlier it was available only in English). Besides, Warcraft III: Reforged has a new difficulty mode – for beginners.
Cons. It is still not clear why only three missions were revamped. Overall, they turned out to be cool, but these updates are insufficient for such a big game. Many gamers share their impression of incompleteness and complain about the lack of new content for a full-fledged remake.
Pros. Dubbing was changed completely, but gamers can hear familiar voices, including the speech of Thrall, Illidan, Tyrande, and others. Voices of characters are not always customary for old fans of the game but sound quite decently.
Cons. Gamers complain that not all dubbing actors were chosen in the correspondence with the characters of heroes. For example, players think that the voice of Anetheron does not match this hero with his imposing body constitution. Besides, players were disappointed with Arthas who was dubbed not by Artem Kretov (WoW).
Pros. Multiplayer moved to Blizzard servers, which positively influenced the quality and speed of the connection. Besides, the balance was changed in multiplayer battles: characteristics of standalone units and colors of players.
Cons. The game has no ranking or clans yet. Connection failures and crashes happen during battles due to technical problems. Besides, the game is available in the multiplayer mode only: customized matches and battles with bots take place solely online.
Pros. Just as developers promised, they changed the map editor in the game. They added new colors of teams, updated graphical assets, and added a new programming language.
Cons. Together with the map editor, they changed the consent policy. Now Blizzard can freely delete user maps and keeps the copyright to products created by users. These introductions stirred a lot of resentment among map builders.
Other changes: immortal children and pink boars
For some reason, children became immortal in this highly rated and savage game.
Images of boars turned into pink pigs that look rather strangely in prairies.
Some units produce additional sounds at the time of death. Players should get ready for long sighing.
Fewer interactive elements: no tournaments, no lists of champions, no clans. Besides, there are no player profiles.
What is happening?
It seems that the game turned out to be mediocre but not terrible. What has resented gamers so much? One of the likeliest reasons is Blizzard’s unfulfilled promises. In the end, it appeared that the developer promised one thing, but presented something different. Users waited for a very cool remake but received a remaster of satisfactory quality. The promised scene, shown at Blizzcon 2018, is completely different in the game, and there are no new videos – it is the brightest example of dishonesty. For this reason, Warcraft III: Reforged has such a big quantity of negative feedback, which the game does not deserve in fact.
At first, Blizzard responded to the critics negatively but later apologized to game fans. Company reps explain the relatively small number of updates with the fact they did not want to spoil the original atmosphere. This also relates to the previously promised cinematics. The company offered the possibility to return funds to unsatisfied buyers.
Warcraft III: Reforged turned out to be not as gamers expected it to be and not as the developer had announced it. However, it is a remaster of an iconic RTS. Many players were glad to use the chance to return to the game and surrender to nostalgia, and some played the legendary strategy for the first time. You should not pigeonhole Warcraft III: Reforged, especially that most of the bugs are recoverable.