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..and I don't hand out 5 stars lightly.,
This review is from: StarCraft Battle Chest (CD-ROM)
If, by chance, you're reading this and you've never played Starcraft before, just go ahead and skip reading this and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
If you're thinking about buying it for someone else, go ahead and buy it: I've given three Battle Chests as gifts and it was a hit every time for both kids and adults, even to those who hadn't played this kind of game before.
The Battle Chest is definitely the way to go, as you'll save money over buying it and Brood War separately and get the strat guides for free (and, to be honest, I don't think the guides are worth having unless you're completely clueless about how to beat the game, and there is information in the strat guides that is blatantly wrong as well).
I've been playing RTS games since 1997, and in my opinion, this is the best one ever made. No one has made one that's as fun, has as gripping a storyline and artwork, or depth and replayability of gameplay. It's a work of genius. I've had it for two years and I still play it at least a couple of times a week. There's even one mission left that I haven't managed to conquer without cheating, so the challenge is definitely there.
What you have to understand about Starcraft is that it's not meant to be a cutting-edge feature-heavy supergame where you can customize the behavior of your units and give them complex orders. It's meant to be more of a strategy game like real-time chess, and in this it succeeds brilliantly. It shares the quality of chess in that there are a limited number of units with straightforward abilities, but there are an infinite number of things and strategies that you can do with them. To this day players are still inventing new strategies for these units and races.
The artificial intelligence and pathfinding of the game is the best I've ever seen. No RTS game has perfect AI or pathfinding (units getting lost or tangled up on each other or the terrain), but Starcraft's is by far better than any others out there. The computer will flatten you time and again unless you're playing competently.
Multiplayer is a complete blast, and more options are offered than any other RTS game. You can play team games where you and your allies are actually controlling the same units against the computer or others, in addition to a wide range of variations like Capture the Flag, etc.
Blizzard's Battle.net service is free and at any time of day there are literally thousands of people playing. Internet play is smooth. I've played friends both nationally and internationally with bad connections and low-end computers, and it runs solidly even with the additional traffic of voice chat like Roger Wilco over 56k!
Blizzard's continuing support for the game is also excellent. They release a new map for the game every Friday like clockwork, so there are over a hundred new, well-designed maps available for download and replay.
In summary, just a solid, solid, completely fun game. You can't possibly go wrong by picking up a copy.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2009 10:27:41 AM PST
B. Howell says:
Is it vista compatible or no?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2009 10:12:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2009 10:13:30 PM PST
you bet it is. you just have to modify the compatibilty a bit, like check the unable desktop composition.
Posted on Apr 1, 2010 8:04:43 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2010 8:52:11 AM PDT
E. Peters says:
Google Earth. Its free and theres an option to enter flight simulation. Best of all, you can fly anywhere on Earth!
Posted on Mar 18, 2012 12:41:16 PM PDT
is it windows 7 compatible, too?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2012 9:29:40 AM PDT
J. Smith says:
Kinda. It will work, but on some systems you have to do a few tweaks (simple stuff for even the slightly tech savy among us, but can harder for a total novice to computers) Things like running in compatibility mode, running as admin, changing graphics settings, etc. Google "starcraft on windows 7" and you will find most the tricks are very easy to do. There is not a better more balanced game out there for the system requirements. Even 15 years after it came out it is still one of the greatest all time games.
Posted on Oct 29, 2012 8:51:22 AM PDT
On Windows 7, the explorer.exe process (The base Windows shell process, start menu, desktop, panel, etc.. NOT Internet Explorer) breaks the 256 color exclusive mode for Starcraft, so a ton of people will find it start in a psychedelia color pallet :)
You can fix it by making a batch file, basically, a text file with a ".bat" extension instead of ".txt", and pasting this:
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Starcraft\StarCraft.exe"
Remedy the file path as necessary (You may not need the x86). Then just run the file like any normal program. That will kill your start panel and whatnot while the game is running, but it will look normal.
But yeah, great game. Although the pathfinding can be incredibly wonky on the space platforms ;)
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