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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a fantasy themed real-time strategy game with role playing elements set on the world of Azeroth. After the defeat of Orcish horde at the hand of the Alliance in the second war and the destruction of the Dark portal, the remaining orcs were rounded up and put in internment camps. The game starts with the Orcs being freed by a new warchief from their internment camps and leave for a new continent across the sea. The Humans are troubled by a mysterious disease that turns people into living dead. Meanwhile the undead are preparing for a way to let their Demon masters enter the world of Azeroth.

The game features five campaigns and four playable races: Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and Undead with unique units and buildings. Several heroes that can level up and learn new skills support your troops in battle. The game was followed by an expansion called The Frozen Throne.


WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows This is the first gameplay during the tutorial in 'WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos'.
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Orc Game
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Human Game
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows Terrain is fully 3D, which allows some use of neat functions, like leaving watermarks as you run over the stream.

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WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Concept Art
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Screenshot
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Concept Art
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos Wallpaper


Alternate Titles

  • "魔兽争霸3:混乱之治" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "WC3:RoC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "WC3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "WarCraft 3" -- Informal name
  • "Muoshou Zhengba: Hunluan zhi Zhi" -- Simplified 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. Windows Tibes80 (1567)
absolutely brilliant... everything a great game should be Windows Gothicgene (83)
A pretty good game (if you like micromanagement). Windows Dr. Elementary (297)
Best RTS single-player campaign since Dune 2 Windows Alex Man (32)
Blizzard's first 3D RTS, and an excellent game to boot! Windows Lucas Schippers (59)
[v2.1] Unworthy of living up to its predecessors. Windows Indra was here (20843)
You'll either love it or hate it... Windows Dr.Bedlam (56)
Not a bad game Windows Black Death (6)
Disappointing Windows kbmb (435)
Zug Zug! Windows Scott Monster (1009)

Critic Reviews

Game.EXE Windows Aug, 2002 5 out of 5 100
GamersMark Windows Sep 07, 2002 9.7 out of 10 97
IGN Macintosh Jul 17, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Jul 16, 2002 93 out of 100 93
PC Action (Germany) Windows Jun, 2002 93 out of 100 93
Atomic Gamer Windows Jul 03, 2002 92 out of 100 92
4Players.de Windows Jul 03, 2002 92 out of 100 92
GameZone Windows Jul 11, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows May 18, 2002 17 out of 20 85
Gry OnLine Windows Jul 19, 2002 85 out of 100 85


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1001 Video Games

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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.


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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 4Players
    • 2002– Best PC Game of the Year
    • 2002– Best PC Strategy Game of the Year
    • 2002– Best PC Game of the Year (Reader's Vote)
    • 2002– Best PC Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • 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)
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