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Friday, 12 August 2011

Warcraft 3- God of all RTS games.

     Today I'll be reviewing the strategy game Warcraft 3, made by Blizzard. Being an RTS, WC3 relies on strategic decisions and micro-management in battle, and it has a heavily contested online playerbase. Whilst not as popular as Starcraft (also made by Blizzard) WC3 is still the best out of the two for me as I find it alot more fun.

     In WC3, the story revolves around 4 races; Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and Undead. In the campaign for each race, you play through a number of scenarios where you battle other races to reach a goal- for example, as the Humans, you must first defeat orcs, then undead, and then find a fabled sword, which leads onto the protagonist becoming the antagonist as the sword corrupts him and starts the undead campaign. The story is excellent, and has many twists and turns, so I wont spoil it for anyone who wants to play it.


Instead, I'll spoil all these famous stories. Sorry.


     Gameplay is like any typical RTS- you build barracks to spawn troops, you build x houses/huts to get x food and so on. Like I said, battles are often won with superior micro management and troop usage rather than sheer numbers. However, what WC3 brought into the RTS genre was "Heroes". Each race has its own set of hero units than lead their army. They level up, which increases all of their stats, and can pick up items from various monsters around each map (which are there just for your hero). No RTS had combined RPG elements like this before, and whilst some people didnt like it, the majority thought it was brilliant (me included).

Typical hero screen, showing items, EXP bar and other stats.

     The real gem in WC3 though is its online mode. You can play ranked or unranked matches of the original WC3 game online for a challenge, or you can head over to the custom games list for a whole lot of fun. There are all kinds of games that modders made using the WC3 engine, from tower defence (which actually originated in WC3) to hero wars and DotA (also originated in WC3). This is what makes the game hugely popular, even now after 7 years, and is what I spent the most time on (next to endless custom matches against bots, which practically made up my childhood.)
 
 Also known as a popular Basshunter song.

     Overall Warcraft 3 is a great game. Along with Half-Life and Runescape (sigh), it definately defined my childhood gaming experience and made me love the RTS genre, which I think is woefully underplayed. You can probably grab Warcraft 3 and its expansions on Amazon now for as little as £5 ($8ish), which is a great price. As always, I hope this review made you consider buying the game and, if you like my stuff, dont forget to leave a comment and follow me to show your support!

21 comments:

  1. I used to play it like 9 years ago, i sucked soooo bad at it, but it was so much fun. The good ole times. I would recommend it, but i guess everyone knows this one

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  2. Warcraft 3 is a really epic game, where you can have much fun!

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  3. My brother just started replaying it the other day.

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  4. Spoiler alert, you spoiled everything :p

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  5. lol, nice spoilers you got going there. never was big into Wow, but who knows. Maybe. Followed+

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  6. Great post! I love these kind of games and love hearing about it! Can't wait for more!

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  7. man i miss playing DoTA and W3. might go play them now haha

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  8. Loved the spoiler poster. All of the ones I haven't seen, I'd never see anyway. Warcraft is great.

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  9. WC3 + Dota, best ever played!

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  10. You're crazy mate. Wc3 got stupid when they introduced those heroes. It was just a gateway game so that people playing strategy games would want to step over to WoW.

    The best strategy game to date is Starcraft 2. Try it out once and you'll see that resource managing is better, graphics is better, movement AI is waaay better, and you dont get a strategy/RPG hybrid.

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  11. Not a big RTS fan, but I did enjoy what I played of WC3.

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  12. Ahh I really love WC3, and I loved WoW until about a few months before I stopped playing it, but sadly I'm yet to really kick ass at WC3 without cheating :( feelsbadman.

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  13. C&C2 will always be my favorite RTS game. :P

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  14. WC3 is an oldie but a goodie ! Great game !

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  15. Aw jeez, that spoiler alert.

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  16. Title says it all - God of all RTS games.

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  17. My brother played it once, looked pretty fun.

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