Blizzard’s most recent release, Warcraft 3: Reforged, now has the lowest user rating of any video game ever on the aggregate review site Metacritic .
The recent release of Warcraft 3: Reforged has been met with much disappointment from fans, so much so that the title is now reportedly the lowest user-rated video game of all time on Metacritic, with an average user score of 0.5. Warcraft 3: Reforged, which released less than a week ago, had already dropped to a user review score below 3 just twenty-four hours after release, but it’s beginning to look as if the more time people have with the game, the less enthusiastic about it they become.
Blizzard has had a hard time keeping their fans happy lately. The company seems to jump from one controversy to another, whether it’s suspending Hearthstone players for making political statements against the Chinese government or not delivering on gameplay fixes and graphical updates which were promised to those who were looking forward to Warcraft 3: Reforged‘s release. With the upcoming title Diablo 4 promising 4K HD gameplay and a return to the classic Diablo format, the state of Warcraft 3: Reforged may make some fans think twice before getting too excited.
As reported by VGC, Warcraft 3: Reforged is now the lowest user-rated video game of all time on Metacritic, with a current score of 0.5 out of 100. This is due to more than 8,300 negative reviews from around the world and in multiple languages, and while some of these user reviews give off the impression of people just trying to jump on a bandwagon, many others are detailed, well-explained reasons why Warcraft 3: Reforged disappointed fans so much.
Not only is the game missing features which were promised to players during marketing, but it also has made another, more insidious change to the way custom games in Warcraft 3: Reforged work. Previously, players were free to modify and share their created, customized Warcraft III games as much as they wanted to, but now Blizzard has added new rules which state any custom game modes created in the Warcraft 3: Reforged engine belong to them exclusively, and they also have the right to shut down any mod they deem inappropriate.
Blizzard’s latest release mirrors a problem which has plagued the video game industry more and more in the past decade, namely games coming out with missing or reduced features which they were marketed and sold on the basis of. Often, companies try to amend this issue by offering patches, free DLC, in-game currency, and other placations, but the main issue of truth in advertising has yet to be addressed by the industry at large. Warcraft 3: Reforged is simply the latest example of such practices, and the low user score it has received is proof fans are getting sick and tired of it.