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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Windows)

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Description

Fifteen years have passed since the battle beyond the dark portal, and orcish hordes were scattered around the lands, what left of once might powerful force. But victory over and beyond the portal was just not enough to defeat their wild spirit, as their clans regrouped and are now raging for blood, and in all new 3D engine. But that's not the only threat... now, there are more creatures and races human race ever expected. The new war is imminent, and your only need is to rally troops and seize the victory before it'll be too late.

Screenshots

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Undeads
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Main Menu
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Night Elf Campaign
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Orc Game

Alternate Titles

  • "魔兽争霸3:混乱之治" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "WC3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "WarCraft 3" -- Informal name
  • "Muoshou Zhengba: Hunluan zhi Zhi" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

A quality game which comes close to being classic, but doesn't quite go all the way. Tibes80 (1495) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
absolutely brilliant... everything a great game should be Gothicgene (83) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
A pretty good game (if you like micromanagement). Dr. Elementary (271) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Best RTS single-player campaign since Dune 2 Alex Man (32) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Blizzard's first 3D RTS, and an excellent game to boot! Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
[v2.1] Unworthy of living up to its predecessors. Indra was here (19160) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
You'll either love it or hate it... Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated
Not a bad game Black Death (6) unrated
Disappointing kbmb (399) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
A wonderful chunk of RTS goodness :D Lord Dayin (11) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars

The Press Says

Just RPG 2002 A+ 100
Game.EXE Aug, 2002 5 out of 5 100
Armchair Empire, The Aug 08, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Play.tm Jul 27, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Worth Playing Aug 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone Aug 02, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Game Generation May 02, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Frictionless Insight Jul 14, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Netjak Jul 27, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79

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Trivia

Cut races

The game was originally to have six fully playable races. The sixth race was never revealed, and the first to be dropped. The Burning Legion was originally to be a playable race as well, but due to the effect it would have on their appearance in the game (the idea of having to give them peon units and balancing them out with the other races would diminish their "all-powerful" image), they were dropped down to being non-playable.

Development

WarCraft III originally debuted at ECTS 1999 as a much different game than the final product. The original idea was to make it a RPS, Role Playing Strategy game, incorporating both RTS and RPG elements together. Although some RPG elements are still present, many were cut. Originally you exclusively controlled heroes, with your extra units being "attached" to them. The game was in more of a 3rd-person perspective (which you can see if you zoom the camera in all the way), and you would explore with your hero (camera fixed on him), completing quests and defeating your opponents. However, due to various reasons (one being that the game was turning out to be very similar to their MMORPG, World of WarCraft which was being worked on as well), the camera angle was scaled back and the game was turned into more of a traditional RTS with some RPG elements.

Pre-order version

For those who ordered this game from EBWorld.com (now EBGames.com), they got an extra WarCraft III DVD that contained all three trailers for this game, plus the cinematic trailer for World of WarCraft.

References

  • Blizzard put three Starcraft units into the game. These units are Zerg Zergling and Hydralisk and Terran Marine.They can be accessed from included map editor or at the end of the last campaign.
  • In chapter 7 of the Orc Campaign, your tauren units will eventually encounter a lizard named Hungry Hungry Lizard, a pun on the old board game Hungry Hungry Hippos.

References: Full Metal Jacket

The game features at least three references to Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam war film Full Metal Jacket:
  • The Tauren Chieftan in the game claims that "Only two things come from Texas, and I've got horns". This refers to a line in which drill sergeant Hartman tells a Texan recruit that "Only steers and queers come from Texas. And I don't see your horns"
  • "This is my owl, there are many like it, but this one's mine", spoken by a Night Elf Huntress, is based on a mantra used by recruits to refer to their guns.
  • The Orc Grunt says "Me so horned. Me hurt you long time", based on a line I can't repeat in the potential presence of children.

Thrall

The character Thrall has origins in the cancelled Warcraft Adventures game, which was to explain how he escaped from captivity, freed many captive orcs and helped rid them of demonic corruption.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Best Cinematics of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – PC Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • 2002 – PC Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • 2011 – #18 Top PC Game of the 2000s
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 01, 2003 - Best Strategy Game in 2002 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Ace of Sevens, Aian, Itay Shahar, Martin Smith, MAT and Warlock

Related Web Sites

  • Epic Story Meets Real-Time Strategy in Mac OS X (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Reign of Chaos, with commentary being provided by a Vice-President of Blizzard North, Bill Roper (June, 2002).)
  • Warcraft 3 Walkthrough (A complete walkthrough for Warcraft 3 on normal difficulty. Includes how-tos and reward information on all optional quests.)
  • WarCraft III (Official Site - Blizzard)
MAT (66286) added Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Windows) on Jul 03, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Xoleras (66269)