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3 classics in one
Blizzard Triple Pack (PC)
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Blizzard Triple Pack (PC)
Date: 04/10/11, updated on 04/10/11 (25 review reads)
Advantages: classic games with huge longevity, full of retro charm, great value
Disadvantages: there are more modern, polished successors available
Warcraft 2 is the oldest of the three, and is a fanasy-themed realtime strategy game that improved considerably on its predecessor in terms of both visuals and gameplay. It has sharp , still rather nice-looking SVGA graphics, and straightforward yet well-implemented game mechanics, requiring you to build the usual buildings (barracks, farms, town centre, siege workshop, blacksmiths, etc) and gather two resources (wood and gold) in order to pay for the usual array of archers, knights, catapults, sorcerors, footmen and so on. You can play as either humans or orcs, but though the visuals and sounds are different, the sides are otherwise identical, with units with exacttly the same attributes (spell abilities notwithstanding). It's a perfectly fun and playable game thats easy to get into, but its been largely superceded by Warcraft 3, which has much nicer 3d-accelerated visuals and slightly improved (but still, essentially the same) gameplay.
Starcraft has fared better, and still feels like a fairly modern game. Essentially a spin off/sci fi sequel to the warcraft games, it has 3 playable races in it, (zerg, protoss and humans, bascially a thinly disguised homage to the Aliens Vs Predator/Warhammer 40k universes), and affords a much richer gaming experience with far more stratiges available- all sides have very different (but still very well balanced) units, ranging from siege tanks to masses of zergling drones to huge alien battlecruisers. It affords endless opportunities for strategy, has excellent music, and a great story and cinematics to boot. It's neck and neck with the original c and c game for best RTS ever made, and in North Korea its a national sport (im not making this up- they have televised Starcraft matches and everything. Beats the hell out of football). Again, theres a visually souped up 3d sequel, but the gameplay is essentially the same, and the original game remains my favourite.
Finally theres Diablo, a fairly straightforward point and click (and click and click and click) dungeon hack-em up with some role playing elements, requiring you to kill monsters for gold and experience points to allow you to upgrade your chosen character. It's fun, with loud and colourful, if rather dated visuals, but, again, it is largely superceded by Diablo 2 (but still worth playing nevertheless).
All in all, the blizzard pack is definitely good value, and well worth a look if you're looking for some classic retro strategy (and RPG) gaming. Personally I would prefer to have the original individual packaging (even the reissue packaging),but if that doesnt bother you, then this is a great chance to grab 3 classics in one go. Even if youve played the games' successors, these games remain timeless and are worth checking out to see where it all began, back before Blizzard's dabbling in MMORPGs led to the creation of the sprawling, populist cash-cow that is World of Warcraft.
Summary: classic games, not to be missed