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  • 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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In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path. The time for war has come... Rating - ESRB = T Teen

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In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path. The time for war has come...


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  • ASIN: B00009ECD7
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 5, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Banyan on December 9, 2003
Starcraft is the ultimate real-time strategy game. In a world of games that lose their appeal within a year of release, Starcraft keeps bringing players back. Blizzard Entertainment is known for its excellent RTS-type games such as the Warcraft series, but the company's high water mark is Starcraft. The set-up is that a long lost space colony of humans finds itself in mortal conflict with two alien races, the Zerg (nasty reptiles) and Protoss (ancient psionic warriors). The game allows you to play all three races in turn, and revolves around the collection of resources to buy more units, buildings and technological improvements as you try to fulfill mission objectives.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zsolt Pardi on May 4, 2006
Hailed by critics as merely "Warcraft in Space" back when it was released, Blizzard Entertainment's gem is a standard by which all strategy games are now judged. There are 3 playable races to choose from, the xenomorphic alien Zergs, the highly evolved technological Protoss, and the resourceful Terrans. The races are meticulously balanced, and all of them are unique in every sense of the word. The strategies you must devise to win have to be drastically different based on the race you play with, there is no single formula for success, you have to utilize your races' strengths and cover up your weaknesses against your enemy.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Noelle on October 8, 2004
I'm generally not into Real-Time Strategy games, but I really enjoyed this one. It has a compelling story line, which is unusual in this style of game, and the single-player game has a shallow enough learning curve for even a first-time RTS player, but it doesn't ramp up the complexity so slowly that it's boring. The three races are fairly well balanced, yet significantly different in their strategies.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Conley on July 19, 2004
Starcraft is simply unmatched in the history of computer gaming. In my opinion, only the Civilization series comes close, so it's just a choice between real-time and turn-based games.
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!
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