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StarCraft Expansion Pack: Brood War

by Vivendi Universal - Blizzard Div
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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This add-on for Starcraft expands your playing world with new story lines, weapons, worlds, and music. The game begins as Terran Emperor Mengsk I, having achieved his goal of total power over the human colonies, must now turn his attention to both the rising power of the woman he betrayed--Kerrigan, the infamous Zerg Queen of Blades--and a conspiracy deep within his own ranks. You must have a complete version of Starcraft for this product to function.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great expansion of a great game April 21 2004
The expansion pack Brood War pushes the already great Starcraft game even further. A few new units have been added to the old spectacle. The Terrans have got a Medic, a helpful addition because their soldiers aren't particularly strong, and they also have the new Valkyrie plane, a quick assault plane. The Zerg have the Lurker, a nasty thing that can hide underground (like nearly all Zerg units) and releases its sharp spines as soon as the enemy comes too close. This unit is an excellent way to protect the Zerg bases, so that these become even more hard-to-capture strongholds. There's also the flying Devourer, a huge monster that makes the Zerg much stronger in the air than they were before (those Scourges aren't that strong, after all). But it is the Protoss who have received the most interesting additions: the great Dark Templar units that were available sometimes in the missions of the original, have now become standard units. This fast stealth attacker (he can only be seen by detector units) balances the lack of strong small infantry with the Protoss. And: just like with the familiar High Templars, two Dark Templars can fuse to a Dark Archon, a great unit that can mind-control enemies (probably, the Yuri units in Red Alert 2 have borrowed this idea). This can be an immensely powerful addition to the battle, though, as with so much in Starcraft, you have to use these units carefully. They cost a lot, after all! There are also new campaigns, with again some of the well-known great animation movies and a new, great story (And believe it or not, Sarah Kerrigan returns once again!). I find the campaigns generally harder than those in the original, but that's only good news. This add-on just has everything of the original, and then even better. Not to be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect expansion to the perfect game July 22 2004
Starcraft is by far the best strategy game created in Earth. Good graphics that can easily run in low-equipped PCs, an awesome sound and interface, Starcraft can proportionate hours and hours of diversion, mainly if you play in the battle.net.
The expansion added many interesting things like new types of terrain and new units, and sure it's worth the price, even because the game is very cheap.
The game is probally the best game to play via net or lan, and only Counter Strike can compete against Starcraft in the subject multiplayer interface (acess and entertaiment).
An awesome map editor (the best of any game ever created) does not let that you stop playing only because you won all the entire campaign and sure, you can easily obtain new maps by playing in new maps (that you don't have, of course), and sure, the map is all yours to play.
The only thing that I didn't liked very much was the addiction of the Dark Archon to the Protoss and one of his powers, Mind Control, that just let you have control over whatever unit in the map you want, and that is not fair in NET games, because one can take a SCV or drone of yours and build and have control over a second (or even over the three races) race, and that is not fair, I have the impression that the Protoss are "superior" (but that is because I am a Zerg player, although I play very well with all three races).
But this is the only annoying problem. If you have Starcraft, the expansion is worth the price. And if you don't have both, you don't know then what you are missing...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but unexciting expansion pack April 8 2004
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StarCraft was an epic real-time strategy game that combined good gameplay with a good storyline, all enhanced by good music and decent graphics. Set in a distant part of the galaxy, the game features humans (or terrans) fighting a civil war while caught in the crossfire of a battle between two other alien races: the psychic, contemplative protoss and the swarming, insect-like zerg. As in any other real time strategy game, the player controls various military units (foot soldiers, tanks (or their equivalent), aircraft, etc) and builds up a supply base while achieving a set military objective. Gameplay is continuous, so commands must be given while action occurs in the game.
This expansion pack continues the storyline of StarCraft, but it adds little to the gameplay. A few new types of units with limited abilities are added, but the units have limited capabilites (such as slow, weak air-to-air attacks or heal unit capabilities) that do not really add to the excitement. New scenery is added, but the scenery is not that exciting. The movies in the story mode are interesting, but the plot overall is not as exciting as in the original StarCraft.
For fans of the original StarCraft, this is a must-have expansion pack. For the casual game player (who must already own StarCraft to play this game), this expansion pack does not offer much more than what can already be found in StarCraft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best game ever!! Nov. 23 2003
Star craft brood war is a great game. I have been playing it for about 5 years. In star craft, you choose from the races: protoss, terran, or zerg. You choose your race, and then you start the game. In the game you build your own civilization and create units, then you go kill the other players. All the races have their own advantages and disadvantages against each other, which is one of the things that make this game great. The protoss are more advanced and are powerfull, but they are much more expensive, and they build slower. The terran race consists of humans. They are not as expensive as the protoss, but i find them a little more challenging to play with. Then there is the zerg, my favorite. I like the zerg because they build fast, and they are not so expensive. The main advantage of the zerg against both races, is that if you attack someone and all of your units die, you can very quickly build them back up again, and repeat your attack untill you kill that enemy (but i would always keep a few extra units at your base, just incase you get countered by your victims allies.) In Star craft brood war, there are also new units. The new units for the protoss are the Dark archons, which can do mind controll and a few other tricks, and corsairs, wich attack enemy air units. The new units for terran are the valkarie air frigit, and the medic. the valkarie is great against enemy air untis; it shoots rapid missiles at them. The medic is probably the best new unit. With a medic you can rapidly heal your marines and other ground units, and when you are on the net, you can heal your allies units as well. The zerg also have 2 new units: The devourer and the lurker. The devourer by far has the best air attack, but on the other hand, it cant attack ground units. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Game of All Time
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Published on April 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST GAME EVER!
I dont care what people say. Starcraft and Broodwar are by far the best games ever created! Blizzard is by far the best creator of games ever, period. Read more
Published on April 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game Ever
Starcraft is definetly the best game ever to come out for PC, Broodwar made starcraft even more popular by adding a few units to the game. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Yaro Kolomiyets
1.0 out of 5 stars i own it !!!
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Published on Feb. 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect expansion
This is one of the best expansions I have ever played and seeing how this expansion is for starcraft it the best. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Ozzy`s #1 Fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Few games have come close to this one!
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by D. Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Campaign/Bad Units/ Good buy
Contrary to my other review, I am not going to completely support Starcraft Brood War. I have played Starcraft and its expansion since their release and, despite being a loyal... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but dark
I found the game play addictive and fun. It's definitely up there and as good as any other game I've tried thus far in this category. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by J. Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and challenging
Great game--lots of fun. Much more challenging than most, at least in some levels!
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by J. Rosenberg
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