Review by davyfields

Reviewed: 05/27/02 | Updated: 05/27/02

As Ports goes, the is one of the finest.

In this review, I'm not going to discuss the logistics of Starcraft. If you haven't played it yet, by some freakish thing of nature, do yourself a favor and download the demo, or even just buy the set for $10 at most stores. It's well worth the money, and it's one of the greatest strategy, and just plain overall, multiplayer games ever created. Battle.net is still covered with BroodWar players, and best off, it's between Mac's and PC's, so you can ''represen' yo clan'' by beating down on some hapless PC'ers. In this review, I'll just cover some of the niceties of Starcraft: Brood War.

Graphics: 256 colors have never shown so brightly. The game uses some advanced color shifting, so unless you knew it was 256, you'd never guess. The ships, weapons fire, and animations all are stellar. The whole game is silky smooth on even the slowest computer (barring internet lag), and it's a very rich graphical experience. Not much more can be said about this, but it has to be the best looking sprite game ever, and the FMV's aren't too shabby either. 9 out of 10

Sound: I think Starcraft: Brood War has some of the greatest in-game music ever. You get sick of liscensed tunes after you hear them enough, and many games with the generic tunes get really old. Starcraft: Brood War plays some of the simplest, yet easy to listen to and fun to hear. This is the only game that offers the ability to turn off background music that I've always left music on. You're not going to be humming these anytime soon, but they're good. That being said, the sounds in the game are stellar. The units sounds are distinctive and humorous, and the weapons fire sounds booming and crystal-clear. The Audio experience of a firefight cannot be matched in any other strategy game. 10 out of 10.

Controls: This is another game with easy controls, yet advanced ones that allow you to go to the next level. Skilled Starcraft players are using the mouse and keyboard near constantly, but newbies and lazy people can use the mouse and still be fine. Great controls: 10 out of 10.

Gameplay: For strategy, it's unparraleled. Too many games either play things dumb, or make things so complicated that it's impossible to understand. Starcraft skates the thin line in between with unbelievable grace. The three races are nowhere near carbon copies of one another, and the units all have great plusses and minuses. Simply put, the strategy is intense and rewarding.

But the games is meant to be played in multiplayer form. Lan Games are fun for trashtalking your friends, and the connections are always smooth. Don't have a LAN, or worse, don't have friends? Go to Battle.net, where at all hours of the day people are waiting to smoke you with Hydralisks and Wraiths. Knock yourself out in the Ladder games, the Free For All's, and the Use Map Settings game (which can be turned into a massive number of interactive games, from mini-rpg's to quiz games). Everything's here. 10 out of 10.

So, in conclusion, if you don't have this game, go out and get it. It's a must have, and Blizzard continually updates and supports it (Can you say OS X play? You can!), so you'll certainly be enjoying new things for a while to come. Three cheers to Blizzard, and may they keep supporting the platform that they originally released good ol' Warcraft 1 for. Overall: 10 out of 10.

Rating: 10

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