Review: Warcraft III: Reforged (Battle.Net/PC)

Warcraft III: Reforged is a stunning reimagining of the revolutionary real-time strategy game that laid the foundation for Azeroth’s most epic stories. It is a remake in the truest sense, featuring a thorough visual overhaul, a suite of contemporary social and matchmaking features, and more. Command the Night Elves, Undead, Orcs, and Humans as alliances shift and armies clash in this timeless real-time strategy game.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics and cutscenes.
  • 26.2gb download size.
  • Graphics-window mode, resolution, texture, particles, spells, shadows, lighting, foliage, AA and v-sync, Max FPS slider and max background FPS slider.
  • Can link a classic account.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Three modes of play-Campaign, VS and custom games.
  • Movie quality voice work.
  • RTS gameplay.
  • Heroes-these characters can earn EXP and use/buy/upgrade abilities.
  • Zoom in and out with the mouse wheel.
  • An opening tutorial mission with ongoing pop-ups.
  • End of campaign end of the level breakdown.
  • Excellent mix of strategy and story.
  • Nostalgic.
  • Play how you want.
  • Optional side quests pop up as you play.
  • Transitions between cutscenes and gameplay.
  • Satisfying to play.
  • The campaign has you playing many different factions and each one plays uniquely.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Not all levels play as a straight RTS and instead you can be doing set missions.
  • Fantastic landscapes to explore.
  • Maps feel alive with nature and ambient sounds.
  • Find loot items in-game.
  • Online matchmaking.
  • Clear Hud system.
  • A mix of old and new mechanics in terms of controls.
  • Save when you want.
  • Creator- You can make not only your own scenarios and maps but also create whole new genres or put different types of games into the world like MOBA.
  • Custom games-setup your own game with your own rules and maps.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Controls are a bit of a mixed bag with some mechanics not working well with others.
  • Loading times.
  • No benchmark test.
  • Repetitive lines from the heroes.
  • It creates a lot of saves.
  • Voice acting is wooden in places.
  • No Blizzard achievements.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Now I always enjoy a chance to relive and replay a game I haven’t thought about in many years. History has already decided that just because you remember the game well doesn’t mean a remake or reforge version would match up or otherwise surpass your expectations. For me personally, I found this game to look a hell of a lot better than it did in my memory, they did an amazing job upscaling the cutscenes and adding little details here and there to make a huge difference. The controls are fine but it has a weird thing where old and new mechanics are in the game, I was never in the know and always playing catch up with the controls. The main campaign whilst loading screen heavy, it did scratch the itch and made my trip back down memory lane a really good experience. I dabbled in the other modes but to be honest, I’m here for the story and I was not disappointed. For me, the game shows why Blizzard has the following it does as this RTS definitely cemented their legacy, yes the controls let me down somewhat but overall I came away well chuffed with the game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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