Warcraft 3: Reforged arrived last week – and it looks like players haven’t exactly been thrilled with it so far, if the user score on review aggregate site Metacritic is anything to go by. While the remastered RTS game’s metascore based on critics’ reviews is 64 out of 100 as of this story, the user score is sitting considerably lower – and is currently the lowest for any videogame across the site.
While the game had a minimal score of 0.8 out of 10 at the beginning of the weekend (as posted by user Gankeros on Reddit), it seems it’s dipped lower since, now sitting at just 0.5 at the time of writing. That score comes from a total of over 21,100 ratings, over 20,100 of which are classed as negative, 187 mixed, and 784 positive. It’s the lowest score for a videogame on the site, with the next being the 2013 game Day One: Garry’s Incident (0.7).
User reviews paint a similar picture, with over 9.5k negative reviews posted as compared to 83 mixed and 309 positive. Users cite various reasons for their negative write-ups, with variations on ‘disappointed’ being a recurring theme.
The game has been the subject of some controversy since its arrival on January 28, with some users raising questions about the merged Classic and Reforged clients, seemingly absent features like ladders, automated tournaments, and support for custom campaigns, as well as a change to user policy regarding custom games and user-created content. We’ve reached out to Blizzard to ask about some of the concerns raised by players.
If you’re keen to get an idea of the new remaster, check out our very own Rich Scott-Jones’ impressions of Warcraft 3: Reforged.
In it he says that: “Warcraft 3: Reforged only works if you missed the original”, concluding: “As a bright new coat of paint for the core experience, Reforged succeeds. As a fully featured, community-focused relaunch with a long-term plan to support multiplayer and user-generated content, it’s off to the worst possible start.”