on May 26, 2003
I have played hundreds of video games in my life, and I have to admit, they don't come much better than this game right here. In just about every way, this game gets 5 stars. Graphics, gameplay, story, multiplayer, special features, etc...
Here's what I thought of Star Craft/Star Craft Brood War, part of the BattleChest collection for the PC.
1) Gameplay: Perhaps the best I have EVER played. In this world of the future, humans (Terran) have changed, and become one large army: the Confederacy. They are able to explore space, have an incredible array of weapons, and have explored much of the universe. But on these trips to different planets and such, they discover they are not alone in this universe. 2 other dominant races exist out in space, and both of them threaten the Terran world as we know it. It's time for war, and thats where the game begins.
The story has 30 missions in all, and lets you control each race (3: Zerg, Terran, and Protoss) for 8-12 mission per race. Each race has strengths, weaknesses, etc... And dozens of things to build. But first, before u can build anything, u have to mine minerals and gas. To do this, u must build Probes/SCV's/Drones. At the beginning of missions, u will get a Nexus(Command Center/Hatchery) (basicly what holds your minerals and gas and makes new gatherers). With the Nexus(Command Center/Hatchery), u make Probes (SCV's/Drones) to gather minerals and gas. Once u have enough minerals and gas, u can build more complex structures. Soldiers, Air Units, Anti-Aircraft guns, etc... As the game goes on, u r faced with how to use your minerals/gas, etc... With your soldiers and air units, u carry out missions. For example, destroying a base, or defending a leader, surviving for 30 minutes, etc.... The thing about Star Craft is, you need to out think your opponant. If the person has anti-aircraft guns and more soldiers than you, you need to get them into a Drop Ship, and perhaps go to the side of their base, drop them off, and proceed. There are so many ways of doing things, and so many things to build, the game really is EXTREMELY fun, and you can find new ways to do things every time. The more you play, the more you will enjoy it. It truly is a never-ending game. And once you beat the game, it's time to take your talent online. Get to that later...
2) Graphics: EXCELLENT! I have never seen such excellent graphics for this type of game. Everything fits perfectly. There is blood after a soldier is killed, explosions are very dramatic, u can see the sparks as minerals are mined up by cutting SCV's. When hurt, Zerg buildings bleed, etc (don't get the idea this is gory, its really not, just little red sparks on the screen when something is injured or killed)... Everything casts a shadow, things can turn invisible, etc... It's excellent! The world's you play in our top notch as well. Shadows, mountains, trees, animals wandering around, etc.... It truly works well for this type of game. Graphics are top notch here (especially for when it was made).
3) Multiplayer: The main reason this game stands out. It is absolutely incredible! You can play against the computer, system link, and of course, go ONLINE. When you play online, your record is kept, so you can try to earn some respect out there! There are clans, literally THOUSANDS of StarCraft players waiting to play 24-7. And it really is neat to see some of the strategies people have made, the beauty and creativity of a well constructed base, etc... You can play with your friends as "allies", Melee, Capture the Flag, etc... The possibilities are endless! Some people master either the Protoss, Zerg, or Terran, while others use a different race every time. Each one has strengths and weaknesses, and things you might be able to do better with them then you could with other races. It really is great, and for the price, I don't think you can find better online entertainment, as Battle-Net is FREE, and the SC BattleChest is just 20 bucks.
4) Lasting Appeal: Proof that this game IS incredible, and one of the top 10 games of all time? It literally was made 5 years ago, and still has 30,000+ people playing online at any given moment. It is still a Best-Seller, and is just a classic in the world of RTS (Real Time Strategy), and just Video Games period. I bought this game 4 months ago, and literally play it for hours every day.
Overall, this is a great game. Online, the INCREDIBLE story (very creative and well put together), the races, the graphics, the price($$$), etc... If you have a PC and are low on $$$, and are looking for not a good, but a GREAT game that will last you for many years (for all ages 9+), StarCraft is for you!
*Note though, if going online, I'd recommend having a Cable or DSL modem. 56K is good, but High Speed internet is just so much better in my opinion! ...
on May 22, 2003
I have been playing this game for over 5 years, and unlike most games, it hasn't gotten old yet. The online games, that you can create (host), join, and chat in, keep this game everchanging. No game is ever the same, and when the computer gets too easy, or old, a trip online will open up an entire new game experience. You can create your own map to be used by all, or just by you and your friends. There is always something new to do, new people to play, and an everchanging variety of maps. If you ever get online, just try and find me, and I will take you up in a game... allied or 1vs1. Just look for "MongooseMan" on the U.S. East server.