Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (PC) Review

By Athanasios 04.07.2017 2

Review for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne on PC

Blizzard's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos became one of the developer's bestselling products, and, as expected, that gave birth to an expansion. Luckily for those who loved the original, besides, well… expanding upon it with new stuff gameplay-wise, The Frozen Throne wasn't just an addon, as it was actually so good, that it became a must-have title. Following Cubed3's 15th anniversary review, it's now time to enter the corpse and demon-ridden world of Azeroth once more.

Warcraft III was one of the few real-time strategies that had a campaign worth investing lots of time in, as its magnificent presentation, well fleshed out characters, and great writing, managed to elevate what was a simple mortals-versus-demon invaders tale much higher than expected. Thankfully, The Frozen Throne is not a minor continuation of that storyline, as it's similarly epic, long, and enjoyable as the original one.

Taking time after the defeat of the demonic Burning Legion, it follows three separate plot threads: the reconstruction of the night elf kingdom and the pursuit of Illidan Stormrage, Illidan's attempts to destroy the ruler of the undead, the trapped in ice, Lich King, and the struggle of Arthas, the Lich King's first Death Knight, of saving his lord, thus ensuring the survival of the Undead scourge.

The expansion's campaign is almost as good as the one in Reign of Chaos - almost. While it might seem silly to judge a generic fantasy world so seriously, the characters and the dialogue sequences they take part into sometimes feel more… forced than before - more… soap opera-ish. It's indeed a minor nit-pick that most won't care but it should better be addressed.

Screenshot for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne on PC

Of course, the biggest additions revolve more around the gameplay elements of the title. Starting with the campaign, the vast majority of its levels try to offer something far better than simple base-building, with missions that include escorting supplies, handling two teams at once, capture-the-flag-like quests, and many more. Like with the original, of course, the vast majority of the levels will introduce the new units and mechanics that The Frozen Throne brings forth.

There are no new races added, but we have new heroes, new units, new structures, and so on, and they all make things a little bit more - pleasantly - complex, although the new heroes are an inch less balanced from the Reign of Chaos ones. By the way, if you hated the micromanagement required in playing Warcraft III, get ready for even more of that, as the new units are far more specialized than the "simple" ones, with the magic-fiddling Blood Elves of the Humans.

The, already great level editor has also received a surprisingly good update, enabling the creation of far more complex scenarios, and, for the first time, actual campaigns! In order to show an example of its capabilities, Blizzard has included a bonus chapter (the only one that deals with the Orcs), which actually plays like Diablo, as there are no separate maps to complete, and instead it's all about quests/side-quests and fighting - in all honesty, a pretty boring mini-campaign, but a nice example of what can be done with the editor. In conclusion, a fantastic expansion, despite its few, minor flaws.

…Oh, and spare me with your "cold toilet seat" jokes with regards to the title.

Screenshot for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne on PC

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Thankfully, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne got released back in that time when expansions really meant something. The result was that, for all its flaws, this instantly became a must-have for those who already had Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, as it took the original and made it even better.

Developer

Blizzard

Publisher

Blizzard

Genre

Strategy

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (1 Votes)

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Comments

Oddly I was never a fan of the Warcraft titles. I think it felt a bit too micro-managemnt heavy and I was far more inclined towards AoE by that point.

I didn't like wc3 at all, I really hated the hero+army concept. But...I did buy wc3 ONLY for dota. Man those were the days, NEVER have seen a more vile community than wc3 dota. Good times (no sarc)

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