Best Seller Series: Starcraft - PC/Mac
- As the military leader for your species, you must gather the resources you need to train and expand your forces and lead them to victory. 30 unique missions will challenge you across three different campaigns as you control the fate of the galaxy
- Control any of three different species, each with unique units, technologies, attributes, and abilities
- Multiplayer games for up to 8 players over IPX Networks and Battle.net, 4 players with Direct Cable Connection, and 2 players with Modem Connection
- Included Campaign Editor allows players to edit units and create their own campaigns
- Advanced weapons, graphics and more features
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As we've come to expect from Blizzard, the gameplay itself is superb - intuitive interface, interesting units that complement each other in interesting ways, and graphics that are adequate even if they are showing their age. In my opinion, the balance between the three races is as close to perfection of any game I've played. Each race is utterly distinct and requires completely different strategies to play, but none has an obvious advantage over the others. But where the game really goes over the top is in the storyline. Blizzard is NOT known for great plots. For example, the Warcraft III storyline has some unbelievable plot twists that have to be overlooked to keep playing. In contrast, Starcraft has an absorbing plotline that flows seamlessly throughout the single player campaign and actually made me gasp in astonishment a few times, which has never happened since in an RTS.
I assume that any fan of real-time strategy computer games already has this one. If you have any interest at all in RTS, get this game. If you passionately hate RTS, Starcraft is the best bet to change your mind.
The story of the campaign is intriguing and keeps you glued to the screen. There are campaigns for all 3 races, with each campaign consisting of 12+ missions, varying in difficulty. Starting off with the Terrans (futuristic humans), you have to repel the Zerg invasion of the newly colonized system that the human race now calls home. The briefings before every mission are a joy to sit through, the dialogue and voice acting is superb, and it really draws you into the world and gets you pumped up for the upcoming mission. The plot is complex, with plenty of twists and turns, which is surprising for a strategy game, and there are scripted events thrown in here and there that make the missions very fun to play. In a neat twist, the second campaign lets you play as the Zerg, as you devastate the galaxy with your insectoid troops. My favorite campaign, the third, lets you play as the Protoss, and the mission design is absolutely fantastic in this campaign, with plenty of variety thrown in. You will fight indoors and outdoors, on a couple of very cool planets. Overall, the game offers well over 30 hours of single player entertainment.Read more ›
I definitely recommend buying the Starcraft: Brood Wars expansion with this, or just buying the Starcraft Battle Chest set that includes both, because Brood Wars adds so much to the Starcraft game. It continues the story, adds some interesting new units to each side, and re-balances the old units.
With the included editor, you can make your own maps or even whole campaigns. One of the reasons this game is still popular after so many years is that so many people have done just that, and made their contributions available for download. More importantly, online-multiplayer support keeps this old game alive by providing an endless supply of new opponents with an endless variety of strategies. The graphics, of course, are getting progressively more outdated, but in this kind of game, that really isn't a big deal.
Here's why Starcraft rules real-time strategy:
Great story. You spend time playing each of the three races, fighting against every combination of enemies, and yet it always makes sense. You won't always see it coming -- there are a few surprises -- but the fantastic storyline keeps you believing. The high quality cinematic cut scenes don't hurt, either.
Perfect balance. The three races in the game aren't just different graphics over the same units. And yet they are fairly matched.
Good learning curve. You'll generally have to work to beat the scenarios, but they don't hand you an entire task force in your first mission.
Superb replay value. Name another game from the last decade that you still play. Did you actually come up with one? I'll bet it's your favorite, right? OK, well Starcraft will be your other favorite. You can replay the original campaigns (yes, they actually work more than once!), download more from Blizzard for free, or play your friends on the internet. This game was built to last.
I give Starcraft five stars because Amazon doesn't allow six stars even for the truly exceptional. Buy one. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my nephew. He loved it!Published 16 months ago by Shell Burger
it came exactly how is, it was fun to relive the old days of my childhood. it was a great way to kill time and i would buy againPublished on September 9, 2013 by Robert
This game is a Blizzard classic, from when Blizzard games focused more on good story and challenging gameplay; Than they did attracted children to make money. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by defektes
Same type of game as Command and Conquer except in space and with 3 different races with unique units/buildings/strengths/weaknesses. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Corwin
This is by far one of the greatest games ever made! When this game came out, the engine they used for the map ran so smooth. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Mark C.
This game is AWESOME. If you get this then if you go make a battle net account you can get the expansion for free. It's greatPublished on February 2, 2010 by D. Schneider
Starcraft is one of the best RTSs ever. Still one of the highest played online games, even though it has been out for more than a decade. Well worth it.Published on September 18, 2008 by J. Ramsey