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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2002 PC Game of the Year] It has been nearly fifteen years since the war between the orcs and humans ended. An uneasy peace settled over the land while, for years, the drums of war were silent. Yet the kingdoms of men grew complacent in their victory - and slowly, the defeated orcish clans regrouped under the banner of a new visionary leader. Now a darker shadow has fallen over the world, threatening to extinguish all life - all hope. The drums of war play upon the winds once again - rising urgently towards the inevitable hour when the skies will rain fire - and the world will tremble before the coming of the Burning Legion. The Day of Judgment has come... [Blizzard] Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
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  1. 100
    This game is so much fun to play, and does everything so well that it is totally almost impossible to put it down... WarCraft III is the pinnacle of the recent Real Time Strategy Genre and sets the bar for how all RTS games should be developed.
  2. Completely reinvented in glorious 3-D, WCIII spruces up the age-old premise—organize armies and send them into battle against opposing forces—with much-improved graphics and a new pyrotechnic spell-casting system.
  3. The robust gameplay and detailed graphics of their latest creation make playing this game over and over again a sheer delight.
  4. As good of an offering in the genre as there's ever been, featuring a superb story, carefully refined gameplay, plenty of depth, the best online multiplayer mode in any real-time strategy game to date, and the excellent production values you'd expect from a Blizzard product.
  5. Prepare for many a sleepless night. Most importantly, it also has that most elusive quality, the fun factor, in spades.
  6. The gripping story, the inventive mission design, the perfect pacing, the interesting races and the redolent atmosphere. [PC Gamer UK]
  7. 79
    There doesn't seem to be a huge gap in play balancing, but the fact that there are so many different factions to play as doesn't seem to bring too much to the table.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 97
  2. Negative: 9 out of 97
  1. JimN.
    Jul 21, 2002
    All the haters for this game have no idea! They are too used to playing starcraft and have no room to broaden their horizons. Great game!!
  2. RyanI.
    Sep 6, 2008
    Although I picked up Warcraft 3 came out in 2002, It is still the game I play most, and it has a lot of competition. I play Call of Duty 4, World of Warcraft, Half Life 2 and its various mods, and many others. Even with all these games I have played Warcraft 3 the most, simply from its huge replay value and epic storyline. The game's single player it huge and varied. No two missions are alike. Even if you dislike standard Warcraft 3 combat, run on over to battle.net! The multiplayer has a huge amount of player made maps, things that range from games that are alterations of normal Warcraft 3 base building and fighting, to 3rd person shooters like Elimination Tournament. Some people dislike the game, thinking that the battles are to small, and your largest army is around 18 people. But trust me, with every unit being unique, and when maps can be up to 6 v 6, the battles are huge, and you have to manage many differant units making it a long, intense battle. One of the best games of all time. Expand
  3. BradJ.
    Apr 18, 2003
    This game is the shiznit.
  4. Aug 1, 2013
    One of the single greatest RTS games ever made. One of the single greatest PC games ever made.

    Colorful, vibrant art. Immersive gameplay. 4
    different races to choose from (And you can play as the Naga in the campaign of the Frozen Throne). Addictive multiplayer. Incredible map making tools that helped spawn DotA, giving birth to an entirely new genre.

    Heroes add a small RPG element that makes the game so damn fun. I miss them dearly in Starcraft 2, which is why I have reinstalled this game. It's pure nostalgia, and playing through the campaigns STILL feels fresh, 10 years later. A testament to what a quality PC game should be like. A pillar of the RTS genre.
  5. May 18, 2011
    One of the best multiplayer real-time strategies; almost perfectly balanced, including four different, but competitive races. Although the plot of the solo campaign is a little bit childish, we have to remember, that in fact it's just a guide, that's very helpful for beginners, that want to make their first steps on battle.net. Expand
  6. Uter
    May 23, 2003
    An excellent sequel to an excellent series. The only thing i wish is that you didn't have to go through blizzard in order to play online. I mean, if warcraft 4 comes out are they going to shut down the servers rendering the game unplayable online? Expand
  7. TedW.
    Jul 17, 2002
    This game is flat out bad. Multiplayer is the same rushing sh*t from StarCraft only with out the zerglings. The supposed 'balance' is simply a glorified version of rock, paper, scissors. The single player while having a decent story line is a drawn out, pain in the ass. Do not buy this game. Buying it tells Blizzard that they can make money by producing inferior games. Expand

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