If you’re a fan of Warcraft and have been anywhere near a computer the last seven days, you’ve heard about the disaster that is Warcraft 3: Reforged. Fans are anything but happy with what Blizzard decided to ship out as a final product. Players are actually so disgruntled, they’ve managed to make Warcraft 3: Reforged the lowest-scoring game of all time on Metacritic.

Warcraft 3: Reforged Lowest Scoring Game of All Time on Metacritic

Metacritic is the most popular website for aggregate user reviews of video games, among other things like movies, TV shows, and music. When we say it got the lowest score of all time, we mean of ALL TIME. It beat out every other game ever created on any platform for the lowest user score in history, with a whopping 0.5 out of 10.

Screencap via Metacritic c. 2/8/2020

These are levels of dissatisfaction that have never been seen before. It seems we’ve reached a point where gamers have had enough, and it’s the last straw for a lot of people. Companies have been simply releasing subpar games because they have the pre-order numbers and lose the incentive to do what actually matters: make a good video game. It’s completely understandable why so many people are upset about it.

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What went wrong?

Personally, I bought the game for nostalgia purposes. I didn’t really care if the game wasn’t all that it was hyped up to be. I wanted to play a few ranked games with the squad and enjoy some custom games like Tower Defense and Footman Wars. This was my youth, and I just wanted to experience it again for a brief time. Then I booted up the game.

The models and cutscenes just don’t really look like what I expect from a Blizzard game. Arthas looks like a drunkard, Illidan has some weird things going on in the face, the cutscenes (Arthus vs. Illidan anyone?) are not what they were hyped up to be, and they just basically managed to make a 17-year-old game worse. I was left feeling like I just got scammed for $29.99.

To top it all off Blizzard handled things terribly, as they are becoming well known for these days. Here’s a great example of Blizzard responding to a guy who tried to refund the game because he literally could not play it on his computer.

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So the guy can’t play Reforged, and the Blizzard Game Master Team’s solution is to tell the guy to just upgrade his PC. One does not simply just buy a new PC.

It’s becoming all too common for companies to release unfinished games to the public if they know people will buy them. With how easy it is to push games through Twitch influencers and social media, it’s a cash cow for a lot of these companies. I almost can’t even blame them from a business standpoint.

As someone who’s been a PC gamer for more years than I’d like to admit, I can say one thing for certain: the amount of negative criticism towards new games has been rapidly increasing. There are so many more videos and posts from angry gamers now more than ever. Hopefully, the market will react by increasing the quality of games in the near future, but only time will tell.

Warcraft 3: Reforged Refunds

Blizzard has since decided to offer refunds to anyone who wants one, no questions asked. All you need to do is visit this link.