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WarCraft 2 Battle.net Edition

Platform : Mac, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
Rated: Teen
60 customer reviews

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  • Disc contains: Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Battle.net Edition and
  • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Battle.net Edition
  • Intense Internet competition for up to eight players from around the world - for free!
  • Over 100 new and updated multiplayer maps
  • Enhanced Combat Controls: Hot-key Unit Grouping, Improved Auto-Commands, Instant Event-Alert Centering, Shared Vision
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From the initial, unexpected invasion of the Orcish Horde to the quest of the Great Alliance to forever seal the Dark Portal that links their two worlds, you will experience the epic saga of the mighty battle to gain dominance over the kingdom of Azeroth.

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This definitive version of the classic real-time strategy game combines the original WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness and the WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal expansion set with free Internet play over Battle.net, allowing competition with up to eight opponents from around the world.

WarCraft II Battle.net Edition is the continuation of the ruthless clash between the armies of the noble humans and the brutish orcs. From the initial, unexpected invasion of the Orcish Horde to the Great Alliance's quest to forever seal the Dark Portal that links their two worlds, you will experience the epic saga of the mighty battle to gain dominance over the kingdom of Azeroth. Along the way, you'll need to carefully manage your limited resources to successfully construct and rule your medieval empire while engaging in real-time tactical warfare over land, sea, and air.


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  • ASIN: B00001SHNG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 5.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,114 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Gamers, including myself, have marveled at the old game Warcraft II for a long time. When I heard that Blizzard Entertainment was developing a new version for that classic, I was overjoyed. The old Real-Time Strategy (RTS) has left its mark as the best Game of the Year 1995, Best Online Game, and Best Multiplayer Game. Although the gameplay graphics and cutscenes art are somewhat lacking, it has pretty good graphics, funny sounds, and appropriate background music. The game's online gameplay of this game is fantastic since it takes Blizzard's free online gaming server, Battle.net, and uses it in this classic's upgrade. Warcraft II Battle.net Edition's AI is much in need of improvement compared to the other new games, though. But this game was not supposed to be completely new, so Blizzard decided not to improve some of the features, but to fix old bugs, add small improvements, and add a super multiplayer option.
The story of Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition takes place after their first big hit, Warcraft I: Orcs and Humans. After the death of the Orcish Warchief Blackhand, Ogrim Doomhammer quickly took his place as the new Warchief. Meanwhile, the tattered humans from the destroyed land of Azeroth seek refuge in Lordaeron, the other power in the Alliance, a group of humans, elves, and dwarves allying up against the fearsome Orcs. The humans have won the second war against the Orcs and have destroyed their only way into human lands, the Dark Portal. As they find out, though, the rift allowing passage to their lands still exists. They Alliance must travel the rift to Orcish Lands to stop the Orcish threat.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
This is a good game, engaging, nice mix of thinking and moving. There is a shallow learning curve, yet it retains enough variety to make it worth it to strategize, even plan. Two years ago it was a five. It works pretty well over the web too, about as well as it used to on my two year old power pc. We used to be able to play over a network then. A decent game for preteens as far as violence goes. There's some blood, but it's not gratuitous, and adds to the realtime sense of battle.
Graphics are primitive. With all of the digital algorithm stuff out there, like soul caliber etc, you'd think they could risk a bit of processing efficiency to make the game look cleaner. Units aren't proportional, and the movement logic system doesn't take terrain into account.
Sounds entertaining but mostly distracting, same for music.
Player authoring limited. You can change some basic values, but not really customize the games the way wonky gamers do at higher levels.
Overall, a good game for anybody old enough to handle dialup, but I wished they had spent some more time on upgrading instead of just expanding access.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "rogue_7" on April 27, 2000
It is really amazing, that after all these years of owning Warcraft II, I still enjoy playing it. Most games tire after a few months, but Warcraft, especially in multiplayer, has remained fresh and fun. The new Platinum Battle.net edition is just icing on the cake. Now we can all duke it out with people all over the world, using a FREE service, can it get any better? Of course there have been many many new games in the RTS genre, from Blizzards StarCraft, to the brand new 3D Force Commander. It amazes me that even with this competition, I like to play WarCraft. The stratagy is fun, and the sense of humor of the Blizzard designers is top-notch. This is one of the greatest games ever made, one that everybody should own. It may not have the latest technical gimmicks, but it has everything a gamer needs, fun and addictive gameplay. 5/5
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "speedbacon" on January 2, 2000
This game rocks and it was developed almost 7 years ago! At only $20, I gladly replaced my old scratched up copy, even thought it still works. Don't look for any current-technology eye-candy, but expect top-notch game-play. Time flies when playing single player and the adrenaline pumps when playing online. Heck, even the redbook audio on the CD will get my heart pumpin -- must... build...
Still, the main reason to buy this is for us NT users. We could sorta play it before, but without sound. Now we get all the goodies, plus battle.net... yipee!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Smithy1185 on April 28, 2005
Although Warcraft 3 and its expansion have come out within the last few years, I still prefer Warcraft 2 a bit more. Yes the game looks kinda dated now, but it is still a blast to play. The game was fun in that it never got too complicated or anything so that newcomers could always have a good time. The map editor was easy to use and the online play in the Battle.net edition will keep you busy for a while. Anyways, if you've only played Warcraft 3 then it might be difficult for you to enjoy this game since it is so old, but if your willing to look past the graphics then you'll find a real gem.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolltide on December 19, 2001
Pros-
Priced right at just $15 for jewel case.
Still very popular with hundreds of potential opponents online.
Balanced weaponry, no one unit or structure rules.
Huge variety of maps and missions.
Easy to use map editor.
Additional games online such as capture the flag.
Game rarely lags or runs choppy even with 2v2 and 3v3 games.
Doesn't require much computer or a top video card.
Everything is on just one disc.
Cons-
Cartoonish graphics are a bit dated.
Gameplay, while easy to learn can be tiring and out dated.
Over all warcraft 2 is still a great game and loads of fun. I had known about this game for a long time and finally decided to pick up the $20 version which also provides you with a strategy guide. An exellent value! I heartily recommend this game because you know what you're getting. The concept is ok with the humans v the orcs but almost all my time with this game is one on one multiplayer. You don't have to go to battlenet.com you can also play a buddy modem to modem. How you begin the game depends on the map but usually you start with one peon or builder and a certain amount of resources. You will always need a certain number of farms to feed your people as well as a steady supply of gold and wood. Wood is everywhere but there are a limited number of gold mines and it is around these that you will build your camps. Most of your military will come from a barricks and you make more peons from a town hall. You'll need a blacksmith and lumber mill to upgrade your troops(swordsman,archers,catapults ect.) and from that point you can add specialty forces such as gnomes, mages and flying birds that crap explosive eggs. Note that i'm referring to the human race because i play that all the time.
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