WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos

WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos
Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Genres: Strategy / Real-Time Strategy
Release Date: July 2, 2002
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

As always, Blizzard reigns supreme over RTS gaming.

With Azeroth completely bound to the realm of online massive multiplayer gaming for the past decade, it’s sometimes easy to forget that WarCraft traces its lineage back to the top-down mayhem of real-time strategy. Reign of Chaos, otherwise noted for being Blizzard’s first foray into 3D graphics, was meant to revolutionize the genre with innovation, story and impeccable balance.

Expectations were rightfully high, as the heavily publicized production of the game fueled the hype as the years went by. Four balanced races were promised, with a riveting story that would seamlessly tie their collective plight into a single memorable narrative. Clever gameplay design would inhibit rushing tactics that so often ruined multiplayer games. Role-playing elements would be integrated. Special hero units would lead armies and their tactical usage dictated the tide of battle. It would be rendered in beautiful 3D. In short, a lot was promised, and it’s all the more impressive how many of those promises were kept.

Enter The Reign of Chaos


Instead of going for full photorealism, the 3D visuals employ a charming cartoony style.

As with previous RTS games, the four races are superbly balanced and employ very specific playing styles. Whether you’re leading the marauding orcs, vile and expansionist undead, secretive elves or pragmatic humans, the playing field always seems equal and the strategies fresh. Four excellent campaigns tie the main story together, and what an intriguing story it is! The guys at Blizzard skilfully kept everything that was fun in their old RTS games, employing a similarly structured narrative (one campaign for each race) while carefully improving the storyline. For instance, missions here drive the plot flawlessly – every cutscene, line of dialogue or objective feels earned, and everything fits in perfectly.

There’s a great amount of variety as well, shifting between traditional production missions, defense, stealth or squad-based dungeon crawls. Creativity is paramount to keeping things interesting. In one gruesome mission, for instance, you’re tasked with murdering more citizens than the undead can claim. Later you’re trying to sneak a night elf (who can turn invisible) through enemy patrols. In one memorable encounter you’re subjected to a devastating onslaught from an enraged Elven demigod, and must form a pact with demons just to even the odds. What’s surprising is that all of these missions, even the non-production ones, are great fun and well worth going through. Part of this might have to do with the difficulty – the AI is such a pushover on ‘Normal’ that you’ll rarely find yourself overwhelmed, but the spectacle of real-time combat will keep your brain happy regardless. Fortunately, you can change the difficulty between missions if you’re up to the brutal challenge.

Bring In The Heroes

Lots of fundamental improvements characterize WarCraft III, and none lend a greater influence on gameplay than the heroes. They gain experience, level up, cast powerful spells and provide crucial buffs to their units. As you roam around the lands killing enemy troops, you’ll inevitably encounter factionless ‘creeps’, a fancy word describing random monsters populating each map who guard important items or resources. These valuable items, which range from potions to stat-boosting artifacts or magical scrolls, can be carried by your heroes and they pass over from mission to mission. What’s more, it makes you consider what sort of character you’re looking to build as items stack up and you have to decide which are worth dropping and which you should keep. Do you hold on to the +6 Claws of Attack or trade it for a Mana Stone? Such basic but effective role-playing elements give the game new life, and make all of its non-production missions, otherwise dreary affairs in other RTS games, a real pleasure to play. With party-sized tactics reminiscent of Dungeon Siege, these missions serve as surprisingly welcoming distractions. And also unlike other games, WarCraft III makes perfect use of its hero units.

18_1Older titles like StarCraft had special hero units aplenty, but players too often didn’t use them in battle because the risk of them dying was too great, so they stuck them in the back end of town. Akin to Sacrifice, your heroes in WarCraft III can’t die, or at least not as long as your town is standing. When heroes get slain in battle, their souls float up and inhabit the ethereal plains until you revive them at an Altar. It’s a clever idea that works wonders in both solo and multiplayer games, giving players incentive to throw them back into the thick of it without the risk of losing the entire mission should battles end in defeat.

Of slight annoyance is the difficulty balancing, which seems somewhat off. As before, ‘Normal’ barely presents a challenge for anyone that mastered StarCraft, and ‘Hard’ can damn well get too hard at times. For a great while, I couldn’t find my middle ground; skirmish maps, surprisingly, lack a difficulty setting of their own (at least on the unpatched version), and the AI in these games get real brutal. The Frozen Throne expansion and subsequent patching have long mopped up these inconsistencies.

Play It Online!

Past the gigantic solo campaigns and skirmishes you’ll find the multiplayer, and it’s no trite matter. There’s a mind-boggling amount of third-party mods and maps floating around. We’ve all heard of Defense Of The Ancients (DOTA), a mod that spawned its own sequel and served as inspiration for League of Legends, another popular online game that needs no introduction. But we’re purely focusing on normal, out-of-the-box WarCraft III gaming, and for that we have BattleNET and GameRanger for fast and fun online play. All of these make WarCraft III a must-have if you’re a fan of RTS games, or are just looking for plain good fun. The cinematic quality is excellent, the story is great and the experience is memorable.

System Requirements: 400 Mhz CPU, 128 MB RAM, 700 MB HDD, 8 MB Video, Win98

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  1. Sabri Muzaki says:

    Hi,i want to ask about the warcarft 3 reign of chaos. Is the data all that i need ? And does it need the CD ROM to install it ?

  2. Anonymous User says:

    I mounted the drive, I copied the crack, I run with administrative permissions, I tried compability mode, The normal warcraft 3.exe asks where the **** is the cd, the War3.exe (Crack) says it can’t open game.dll.
    Help me? : (

  3. Where are you trying to run the crack?

    Copy it INTO the game folder where you installed WC3. Game works in Win7.
    By that description it sounds like you didn’t copy the crack into the right place. you gotta replace the original exe

  4. Anonymous User says:

    Thank the mother of god! It works fine now. Thank You.
    There should be detailed instructions instead.

  5. Nuttawet says:

    I can not play this game online multiplayer, how to fix this problem?

  6. Nuttawet says:

    Is there other way to play this game online multiplayer? For example battlenet.

  7. ligex says:

    I followed the step of the hack but it’s not working i even put the hack into the game folder but when I try to launch the game it’s say: “The ordinal 744 could not be located in they dynamic link library c:\warcraft iii\Game.dll.”
    Could you help me with this issue?

  8. J-Man says:

    Is it possible to run this pc cd version of Warcraft 3 on Mac with Wine?

  9. Dammofreak says:

    Hey! I’m having problems with the game and I do not know what mounting things are but I put those crack files into my game folder and I do not know how to replace the original .exe file. The world editor works fine but the actual game does not. When i start up thegame it runs the game for about 2-5 seconds then closes automatically and I don’t know what to do…. help!

  10. A ticketty says:

    Final of this game is not working (critical error nightElf007.w… map is corrupted file….). But game is very intresting . Thank you.

  11. Yeah i know, I couldn’t play the final map either 🙁

  12. Bob says:

    The game says corrupted narrator file

  13. Bob says:

    i cant even get past the tutorial

  14. Probably a Windows issue, Game works on 7 though.

  15. Bob says:

    how do i fix it then

  16. dw bout it says:

    so i’m assuming i have to click on the war3.exe crack to run warcraft 3 but nothing happens

  17. Copy it in the game folder and replace original war3.exe, then run

  18. dw bout it says:

    ahhhh thank you its working now

  19. I just wanna play warcraft 3 says:

    i’ve already put d crack files in d game folder butt its not working. When u meant game folder does dat mean i have 2 find a file called “game folder” or d otherwise. Sry if dis question maybe already have an obvious answer dat i didnt see

  20. copy it into the new Warcraft 3 folder on your hard drive

  21. NimbusVine says:

    Hello, thanks for the download
    Unfortunately, when I run War3.exe I am missing the Storm.dll file from my computer.
    Any tips?

  22. Sal Phoenix says:

    Hi. I installed W3RoC and everything seems to work fine (except the intro cinematic being completely green), but when I tried to install TFT it just said that I need to have W3 installed (which I already do) and it won’t let me even select the option to install it. Any ideas on what to do?

  23. RANDOM GUY says:

    hey i just download warcraft 3 reign of chaos after i installed it. it just say that cd rom drive error
    what should i do??

  24. Nyktouros says:

    Warlords Battlecry series is a healthy man’s Warcraft 3.

  25. maroun says:

    i cant play the last chapter of the game every time i enter the game crashes

  26. James G says:

    So Im having the same problem that Dammofreak is having. I mounted the ISO files, put the serial codes in and copied the crack file to the WC3 folder. The game acts like it wants to start up, screen goes black then back out to change the computer resolution to run WC3 and back to black again, then 5 seconds later I hear an error sound with no pop up explanation and everything shuts down and exits out. However, a new “error” folder is created in the WC3 folder with the following file which reads:

    This application has encountered a critical error:


    Program: c:\program files (x86)\warcraft iii\war3.exe
    Exception: 0xC0000005 (ACCESS_VIOLATION) at 0023:6F0CCF75

    The instruction at ‘0x6F0CCF75’ referenced memory at ‘0x00000000’.
    The memory could not be ‘read’.

    Any ideas on what to do?

  27. Ancrath says:

    what´s the cd key?

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