Warcraft II was a typical RTS comprising of base building, gathering of resources and amassing an army of different units (mêlée, ranged, navel, aerial and spellcaster) and destroying the A.I. or online enemy, but also to mix things up had other missions such as rescue troops and/or forts and one of the harder types escorting units through hostile territory. Gameplay itself is the tried, tested and easy to use point and click system. When it came out it scored extremely well with all reviews and helped push Blizzard into the juggernaut that we know of now. What set it apart from the other RTS games of the time was the personalities of characters who were continued all the way to WoW, the massive plot and storytelling which was cutting edge in 96, finally and to be honest my favourite thing was the humour, keep clicking on the units and you get funny responses, each one of them was different and the random animals or critters wandering the map would blow up!
I can honestly say I’ve missed Warcraft II; I haven’t played it in over 10 years and loved getting stuck back into it. Sadly, Blizzard no longer supports it on its battle net, but it can still be found, as of this morning I checked Amazon and saw several vendors selling it as low as £10, there are also old gaming websites where it can be played or downloaded. So go on all you gamers, get out there and relive this amazing game, or if you’ve never played, do yourself a favour and get it, yes the graphics might be dated, sound is rubbish by today’s standards but it is a part of video gaming history and needs to be played, even now after 20 years.
Written by Dan Harlond
Wow, a bit longer than our normal posts. Well as you can see we are now branching out into the gaming review market and what a way to do it by looking back at what was one of the biggest games of the 90’s. Let us know what you think, have I done it right? Have I missed out some detail? Feedback no matter how negative is welcome as I need to know and work on it.
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