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      16.06.2012 17:01
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      an old, cheap game that everyone should play.

      Okay so this game probably hasn't been played in quite a while but it was a very iconic game which many other games have been subsequently based around. Some may argue that is it so old the graphics are painful to see now and that the game isn't very evolved and you can get bored of it. But in fact a lot of thought has gone into the game to make the races very evenly balanced indeed which leads to an exciting game that isn't too easy.

      Warcraft 2 is blizzards sequel to Warcraft: orca and Humans. Basically this sequel adds more depth and features to the game and brings the best aspects of many favourite strategy games together - dune II, Populus and SimCity to name a few. This real-time war game makes you have to manage resources, construct buildings, raise an army and research new technologies. In this instalment there are now also flying vessels, and seafaring crafts to improve upon the landlocked combat of warcraft. Resource management has been expanded, and now includes oil, in addition to gold and lumber, as a necessary ingredient for successful construction and destruction.
      In addition to noticeably improved artificial intelligence, the most obvious change to combat is the "fog of war," a shroud of semi-darkness which allows your minions to see only what is in their direct line of sight. This decimates any fool-proof strategies that were available in the original; for instance, you can no longer send a kamikaze scout into enemy territory, then watch the goings-on for the rest of the game. In this instalment you can now command up to nine units at once, which makes large battles easier and more enjoyable.

      One of the most noticeable changes though will be the added humour that you find out in mid gameplay. When you hear one of your minions say, in a faux Shakespearean tenor, "Why do you keep touching me?" in the heat of battle you have to credit the game designers for making such a game. You know that they have had fun making it and there is no way that you won't have fun playing it.


      Okay so nowadays there are better games out there, be it command and conquer, newer warcraft games, or a different strategy game altogether. However, although the graphics of this game aren't up to scratch the gameplay itself is very highly addictive. The main storyline isn't all that long but you can create many different games on different maps to suit the mood that you're in.

      Seeing as you can now grab this game really cheaply off eBay and it will easily run smoothly on your computer there is no reason why you shouldn't buy it and relive all those happy memories of it. Or try it if you have never had the joy of playing it. It is compatible with all versions of windows as I have played it on all versions without fault. Like StarCraft this game was iconic and lasted for much longer than other games that people soon moved on from. A great game that everyone should have played at some stage.

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        03.10.2009 00:15
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        A brilliant old game, but if you're looking for a new gaming experience, buy Starcraft instead.

        Released by Blizzard in 1995, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is a classic real time strategy game that has since spawned many sequels and spin-offs. Once again, you can choose to play as either Orcs or Humans in two 20 level campaigns in a bid to control the fantasy world in which the game takes place, the objective ultimately being to vanquish your opponent and destroy their base. The game relies heavily on building, unit, spell, upgrade and resource micromanagement, and with its highly intuitive gameplay, has a very familiar interface and is easy to get the hang of. Its a very old game and will run on pretty much any modern PC, no matter how modest the specifications.

        Warcraft II is sadly rather outdated now. The SVGA graphics are cartoony and stylish but will fail to impress contemporary gamers, and the long FMV cinematics are cool but obviously nothing flash. The player controls small armies of knights, footmen, elven archers, gryphon riders, dragons, juggernaughts, catapults, ogres and mages, depending on the race you choose to play. These units take place over land, air and sea. This is especially refreshing, since the game's predecessor, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans only took place on land. There are also a few differences in the original, and myriad new units too, (each unit has an identical counterpart on the other side, which still feels lazy,) in terms of weapon, armour, speed and spell upgrades. Enemy AI is pretty straightforward, but can be weak in terms of aggression, favouring building up base defenses over launching attacks can make for boring scenarios, and much of the difficulty comes from initial unit imbalance at the start of respective levels, which have three rather different, nostalgic and graphically stimulating terrain types - forest, winter and wasteland, each with unique looks and decals.

        Multiplayer functions are pretty damn impressive for the time, with up to 8 players at a time supported on LAN and Internet, and computer players can also be added to multiplayer skirmish maps. The game comes with a full-working map editor which has received much praise for its acessibility, simplicity and vast potential for customization. You can change weapon, unit, upgrade and spell quality, as well as editing the type of computer AI, such as Land/Aggressive, Sea/Defensive etc; depending on how you want your custom scenarios to flow. There's an awful lot to Warcraft II overall, its clearly been brilliantly beta tested to heck, as its completely bug-free and has a superb engine - Clearly a labour of love.

        Although it is still completely playable to this day, and highly enjoyable, it has since been very much overtaken by its 1999 spiritual successor Starcraft, which is so popular in Korea that playing it in tournaments has now become a televised and officially-sanctioned SPORT. Based on the Warcraft engine, it is definitely superior in every way, and if you're going to buy a real-time strategy in this franchise, I'd wholeheartedly recommend Starcraft, as Warcraft II is now very outdated and not worth paying more than a few pounds for, especially if you're not an experienced gamer. Still worth a re-buy if you've played it before, if only for a nice bit of nostalgic fun.

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          04.08.2009 12:10
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          Old and outdated but still good fun

          Released back in 1995, Blizzard's Warcraft 2 is a fantasy-themed real time strategy game that builds upon the foundations of its predecessor by adding SVGA graphics, new units and plenty of over the top voice acting to create a fun and simple gaming experience. As in the original, you can choose to play as either the humans or the orcs, and must send your peasants out to mine gold and cut down lumber to allow you to build new structures and units.

          As with the first game there is little difference between the two sides- although the two races' units look different they are largely identical in terms of abilities with each side having its equivalent unit type. For example the human's elvish archers are essentially the same as the orcs' troll axe throwers, as are orc grunts and human footmen, ogres and mounted knights, dragons and gryphon riders, human mages and orcish death knights, and so on. There are some small non-visual differences between the two sides in the form of magic spells, with mages able to bring down storms of ice-shards and death knights able to raise the dead to fight again as skeleton warriors, but overall it makes little difference which side you choose to play as, visuals aside.

          The game introduces new flying units and also sea units in the form of galleys and dreadnoughts, neither of which unit types were present in the original, adding extra depth, but the game feels overly simple in the shadow of its 1999 sci-fi successor Starcraft, and although it remains as accessable and fun to play as ever it all feels rather dated now, though the humorous voice-acted responses your units make when you click on them and issue orders still affords the game some endearing, cartoonish charm. The AI is basic but does the job, but the most fun is to be had playing in multiplayer mode over the internet, with upto 8 players allowed in each game. It feels like something of a retro-gaming novelty now though, and has been superceded both in terms of depth and visuals by both Starcraft and its 3d-based true sequel, Warcraft 3. Its still perfectly playable though, and whilst dated its graphics are still appealing, and it remains good for a quick nostalgic blast, with the bundled, easy to use map editor adding a little extra longevity.

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            07.03.2009 14:33
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            Although old still worth playing

            WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness is a real time strategy game for the PC was released in 1995 by Blizzard Entertainment and it is the second game in the Warcraft series. The game when released was only single player.

            The game is set in a fantasy medieval type world and you play as either the fictional orcs or as the humans. For people that have played the original game this one is set six years after the fall of Azeorth where the last game finished off.

            There is 28 original levels, each side has a campaign of 14 levels each and every level has a different objective be it to conquer an area, hold an area or repair an area.

            The main part of the game is building an army to destroy the opposition, you do this by collecting resources like oil, gold and lumber, improving building and technology to build more powerful and better units. You can also align yourself with minor races which help you during certain missions depending on which side you are, like the humans can ally with elves and the orcs can ally with goblins.

            Each side has units that are pretty similar in design and capability to each other, so each side is pretty much balanced by the similarity of units. A new addition to the game is the naval units which are also pretty balanced. As in the other game you can also have heroes on certain missions who have vastly improved skills and strengths, but when they are killed the mission is automatically failed.

            Controls/Graphics

            The controls are pretty easy to use most of it is controlled by the mouse, the graphics are basic and the fog of war is a good addition to the game.,


            Difficulty

            The AI is not really that good so you do not need to be a master tactician to complete this game, a bit of patience and practice and most players should be able to complete it fairly easily.

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            Value for Money

            A fun game to play that although is dated and pretty old if you do not mind perfect graphics you should be able to get lots of game play out it, the story is good and the game is pretty face paced. You should be able to buy the game for pretty cheap as well.

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            The original release of the game was only single player but a multiplayer was released soon afterwards allowing several players to play at once. The game also had a level editor added which has seen the game being heavily modified with new campaigns and maps being made by fans of the game.

            The ELSPA Minimum Age for this game is 11


            The game is currently for sale on Amazon for £9.99 although you can get it far cheaper of Ebay

            System Requirements

            Windows 95/98/MS-DOS 5.0+
            486 DX33 processor
            8Mb ram
            Soundcard
            2xCd rom
            Mouse

            You should be easily be able to set your current version of windows to make it compatible for this game if that does not work there is patches available to download so you can play it on the later versions of windows.


            Difficulty - 5 out of 10
            Game play - 8 out of 10
            Graphics - 3 out of 10
            Multiplayer - 8 out of 10
            Story - 8 out of 10
            Value - 9 out of 10
            Overall - 7 out of 10

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            08.10.2005 02:23
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            The most important version of Warcraft series in terms of storyline. A musthave without doubt.

            Warcraft 2 is the start of a legendary game series. Warcraft started with the version one but it was less playable. The version two contained the true 2D animations and its depth was quite large. It is a classic game. Eventually Blizzard published Warcraft 3 with much greater graphic details but many of the stories there are linked with the stories of this game. If a person playes both, s/he gets the feeling of reliving a lost experience while playing the later. The game is not a great option in comparison to the latest developments. But for those who love Warcraft, this game is a must. It was a dos based game and I found some difficulties in installing it from time to time, but once installed the game went superbly well. There are some flaws in the game that can be used for the advantage of the player while playing against computer. One such thing is polymorphing the dragons. However, they add to the excitement of the game. One thing that was better in Warcraft 2 in comparison to the later versions is the naval battle and neval upgrades. They were splendid. It is a must have for those who love ancient and mythological storilines more than action. I could probably go on and on about the many details of this game but it is better to explore these things in game. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who plays PC games, but that is because I am crazy about Warcraft, if you are not of Human, Orc, Troll, Elf type of game player, you may not like it that much; otherwise it should take away sleep from your eyes.

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              24.03.2005 16:12
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              ---Overview---

              Warcraft 2 is a militaristic real time strategy computer game (RTS) where extensive use of the mouse is needed, wherby you use the mouse pointer to construct buildings, control troops and destroy your enemy. For those of you who have never played Warcraft it is set in a medieval type era and the basic story is of two races, humans and orcs (with a little help from other creatures like elves and dwarfs) who are locked in a destructful battle for supermacy. Your aim is to play as one of these species and achieve domination. Where Warcraft 2 succeeds is in providing an interesting balance of resource collection, races that are disinct and seperate enough not to be deemed the same race with different faces and a sense of actually achieving a military tactic which you feel is your own.

              ---Single Player---

              In single player mode there is a comprehensive set of missions for both races and the difficulty and complexity of the game develops as you progress through the game. Missions vary from all out battles to more covert missions and gaining certain buildings through developing your base. I would consider the single player mode only worthy of one run through (but more avid fans of Warcraft 2 would probably manage many re-runs) as it only helps you to play the game effectively, if you enjoy the storyline it may provide more enjoyment.

              ---Multiplayer---

              Having played Warcraft 2 in a cyber cafe I can throughly advise playing it on multiplayer mode as I consider the main thrust of the game lies here. Higher troops numbers would be better and larger maps too, but for a short enjoyable play its worthwhile. For low spec machines and 56k internet connections its ideal.

              ---Graphics, Sound---

              Compared to any modern RTS game Warcraft 2 lacks any fantastic graphics, what it does do well is to interpretate your own commands onto the screen in the form of visual effects, so if you cause something the game will must likely show you a visual effect of your command. In short the graphics are nothing special (if somewhat cartoon like), but are there for increasing the playablity of the game. Likewise sound is basic and repetative, but does the job in hand (anyhow keep the sound effects and listen to a seperate song of your choice on a alternative sound devicce- CD's, Vinyl, MP3 etc)

              ---Conclusion---

              It must be mentioned that Warcraft 2 was released some time ago now, but this must not deter you from considering purchasing and for anybody who may not be able to afford a top of the range computer this is ideal if strategy's your thing. Pay no more than £5 pounds and youv'e got what was in its time the best RTS game and for playability perhaps still is.

              Availiability of this game is somewhat patchy, but I'm assured by a shop assistant in Game that it is either out on a budget range or will be coming out soon.

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                28.06.2001 21:00
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                It almost seems pointless writing a review on such an old game but WarCraft II really is a classic strategy game. It can be played on any PC with Windows 3.x (and higher), a 33MHz 486 processor, DOS 5.0 and 8MB of ram. There are two races that you can play as - humans or orcs, both having different strengths and weaknesses. As well as having single-player scenarios you can also play multiplayer using a modem, network or direct link with 2-8 players (human or computer-controlled). A map editor should also come bundled with the game so that you can battle with your friends on your own custom made levels. Although it's a little outdated now, it is still a classic game which you can buy cheaply from most game stores. If you like strategy games you should definitely consider getting this.

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                  17.05.2001 21:35
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                  If you are a straegy fan like me, you should like Warcraft2. Also if you liked the first one you should like this one. I spend hours playing Warcraft2. I made one map that is so hard you have to use cheat codes. Its humans versus orcs and each have different types of units and tactics to win. Warcraft will give you loads of fun. Make tons of your own maps and sounds. It even has multiplayer capabilities. The codes let you have and do lots of cool stuff. A new plantium version of Warcraft2 is coming out soon. I have a picture of the logo. It should be at the bottom of the screen. This si a great improvement on the original warcraft game as the graphics look cool and eahc unit has indidividual sounds. If you like this game then i recommend getting the sequals - the starcraft series of games.

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                    29.04.2001 07:25
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                    I bought this game because I thought Warcraft 1 was excellent and wanted to go further. I was not dissapointed. It is an excellent follow up with very good graphics and gameplay. You can choose to be either Humans or Orcs and both sides have an excellent variety of weapons and spells. This game will keep you occupied for hours and is very addictive. You can also play your mates in a network which is challenging as you need to think ahead and watch out for attacks! Anyone who has a few spare hours and feeling bored should buy this game as it is excellent value for money and you can also design your own battlegrounds and difficulties. Beware, you may become glued to your screen for hours on end!! 

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                      27.03.2001 23:03
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                      This game has to be without doubt one of the best strategy games to play on the internet online with other people. I have played this game online and i have had so much fun in it, except that i have lost every time as superior players to me are impossible for me to beat them. This game is a certain buy in my mind, if you like strategy games you will surely like this one! Below shows what the game is about:::: Warcraft 2 has 2 different types of warriors, the Humans and the Orcs. The humans and orcs having similar styles of attacks, but some minor differences which may make you prefer a certain type. NB: The following is referring the Human tribe, different names for the Orc! You have peons that you start off with, with these you have to build your buildings, and they collect gold and wood. Do this at the start as quickly as possible as you have to assume the enemy has also.Farms have to be made, to provide food for your army of men. Your mani building can be improved as you build other things. The best is the Town Building improved to the Fortress, this will alow you to build magicians, and other features not able to be used when you only have a Town Building. The men will upgrade too as you advance to further stages. The blacksmith will help you upgrade your mens Weapons attacks, and Shields against attacks. This costs money so you need to collect gold quickly. Dragons are available to the orcs and a bird for the humens (a big bird-cant remember name sorry) they both breathe fireout. Humans advantages of advanced buildings is the men can horse men can heal others, Orcs Orges can BloodLust another Orge, this makes them stronger. Obviously the object is to destroy the enemy!! I kill the opponents peons, as this kills of their supply of gold and wood. You can also use sea methods, collecting oil aswell, same basics as gold and wood, collect to build better water buildings and ships., guard towers can
                      be made to protect your buildings, and catapults are useful, they create great damage. The graphics are good, but warcraft 3 is better, (in a future opinion/review), Sounds is good, for example. "Yes, My Lord" and "Yes, Master" . These are the messages ssaid by the men on your computer screen when you select them - isnt that cool! This is a certain buy, in the UK it is relatively cheap as its been out for a while. Good buy, i rate this 8/10

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                        09.01.2001 05:34
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                        Many people might disagree with the statement made by me above. Lots of people might say ‘Red Alert’ or ‘Command & Conquer’ are by far better. I would agree myself. I’ve played ‘Red Alert’ a few times and thought to myself that it is fairly decent. What I find interesting is the way it is associated with real life wars between countries around the world. The bad thing I find out about ‘Red Alert’ is the fact you cannot upgrade buildings and war materials. ‘WarCraft’ makes a good job of that. For instance if your base were to be attacked by enemy armies, your buildings wouldn’t stand a chance. Your game will be over soooo quickly that you wouldn’t have even explored the whole map yet. The more buildings you have on that, the more men and heavy artillery you get, but still, all your men will be very weak, so will need to make large armies to tackle hard opponents like the Russians. In ‘WarCraft’ the more buildings you make the more men and heavy artillery you get and more upgrades for buildings, men, weapons and spells you can produce for an ultimate army. One of the best things about ‘WarCraft’ is that you can make buildings anywhere you want on the map, not just near your base all the time. What might be annoying to ‘Red Alert’ players is that there money resource is running out and they find another resource which is close by them but is being used by the enemy. You would have two choices then, either share the wealth or destroy their ore truck and let a massive army come to destroy your base. You can’t do anything unless your base is nearby to it. In ‘WarCraft’ you can surround your money resources with guard towers that shoot arrows or cannon towers that shoot cannon balls. And your base doesn’t have to be near your base. The only bad thing is that you have to send a worker called a ‘Peon’ if you&#
                        8217;re in the ‘Orc’ clan or a ‘peasant’ if you’re in the ‘Humans’ clan, so it might be killed off if there is an enemy nearby. ‘Peons’ and ‘Peasants’ can fight but are very weak (try to send a ‘peon’ or ‘peasant’ to fight each other, it’s very funny). Another good aspect of ‘WarCraft’ which is very funny for kids is that you can wind up character which can get them annoyed or make them do or say something funny. The ‘Ogre or Ogre Mages’ can fart and the ‘Grunts’ can do loud burps. For them to do this just keep clicking on them with the mouse. Play the game to test it on all the characters. ‘Red Alert’, you can have a number of types of soldiers from machine gunners to grenadiers and special people like ‘Tanya’. Or even a madman, which blows up stuff with dynamite. Even vehicles come in a variation of forms from a small shooting vehicle to a massive Mammoth to a HUGE battle ship with ridiculous shooting range. In ‘WarCraft 2’ you start off with weak men and vehicles and eventually when the game progresses and you have certain buildings you can make them stronger, faster with more defense as well as good offense. If you are having thoughts on buying strategy games, be sure to give ‘WarCraft’ a think about. Don’t just start off with the most common strategy game like ‘Red Alert’ or ‘Command & Conquer’ or even their sequels, just because their futuristic strategies doesn’t mean that it’ll be that interesting. ‘WarCraft’ is an olden type mythical game, which is very, very fun to play with. All the characters have special abilities in the game, especially when new abilities are researched. Also spells can be researched which makes this game even more interesting. You can use spells such as raising the
                        Dead or making characters invisible. ‘Red Alert’ has now made a sequel as have ‘Command & Conquer’ who have made two sequels. ‘WarCraft’ is one of the strategy games that have made a sequel in 3D, another strategy game is ‘Star Wars: Force Commander’. These two games will change the look of strategy games in the future. ‘WarCraft’ has stunning video footage, which shows some brutal wars between the two species. The quality of these scenes is good and shows some harsh violence. This game can also be played in multiplayer mode in where you can both be as ‘Orcs or humans’ but different colors to distinguish each player. Also you can download ‘.pud’ files from the Internet. These ‘.pud’ files are scenarios, which have been specifically made for multiplayer or single player. In this game there are two episodes to play from, ‘Tides of Darkness’ and ‘Beyond the Dark Portal’. In ‘Beyond the Dark Portal’ the first level introduces ‘Heroes’. These are like the different types of ‘Orcs and Humans’ but are stronger, faster and harder to kill than the normal types of ‘Orcs and Humans’. You can have more than one ‘Hero’ in one scenario but if just one gets killed, your mission is OVER! Use them in battles but don’t use them very often. This game is not suitable for very young children. Kids over the age of ten can play it as well as older people.

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                          30.12.2000 04:21
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                          In this game there are different ways of playing it. There are: 1) With a friend via modem or internet, 2) Creating your own level and playing it, and 3) Play all 14 levels being an ORC or a HUMAN. I think WARCRAFT 2 is great; the graphics are good, the sound is good and the theme is to kill. I give WarCraft 2 a very useful rating. WarCraft 2 is great, if you have a modem WarCraft 2 can be played over the internet and with friends via modem. I like games that I can keep on playing over and over again, and WarCraft 2 is this game. A great game - buy it NOW!

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                            Now quite an old game, Warcraft 2 is still a popular budget title - and rightly so. I'm really not a great fan of the genre of game from which the Warcraft series emerged, but having sampled a demo of an old floppy disk I was hooked. Visually, the game shows its age. While nothing is really ugly, it's pretty outdated - however the graphics can escape a lot of critiscism through their cartoony nature - the fire and explosions for example aren't really supposed to realistic. But what really shines from this title is gameplay. Warcraft 2 has a wider range of creatures, a wider range of buildings, vehicles etc, yet still retains the good old addictive nature of Warcraft 1. The idea is generally to vanquish enemy teams, be it through the normal methods of mining for gold, tree-felling, town-building and army-mustering - or occasionally through just navigating your way around the map with a big gang of soldiers. There is an enjoyable stategic element to this game - as each class of creature has a different skill it is important to use them according to that skill. For example, putting weak long-range archers at the front of your army is pointless. You can experiment with battle-formations, differing tactics from the hold-back-and-defend to the charge-right-in methods of play. It's not an easy game, and single-player levels can often be frustrating when you're so clearly outnumbered and outclassed by the computer opponents. However, it becomes a real test when you go head to head with another player. It has a direct connection option so you can battle your housemates as well as your cousin Hank in America. The age of the game means just about any PC can operate it without any problems - no 3D card needed! To summarise, it has trouble standing up to it's more recent competition, but it's longevity is a testament to the superb gameplay and addictive nature of this classic.

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                            19.10.2000 01:21
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                            Warcraft 2 is an excellent real time strategy game. It is a bit like Command & Conquer where you basically build up your own base and then seek and destroy your enemies base. The game is very well thought out. You build up your base using lumber that you have cut down from the tree’s, gold which you collect from mines and oil which you can collect from the sea using boats etc. This all transfers into a kind of money in which you can build buildings with and train new peasants and people to fight for you! Once you have built your buildings you get further buildings to choose from, i.e. the better buildings which gives you more power and bigger and badder people to fight for you. You can even get flying dragons and birds which will throw flames at the enemies base! It is a brilliant game which you can set up to play across the internet against other players. In other words, you seek and destroy the other persons base. This is much more satisfying than playing against the computer! You can also set it up on a network and play against someone else, or up to 3 other people (I think, might be more). This is even better as you can see your opponents face when you go and destroy his base! The games graphics are excellent, as is the sound. Gameplay is also excellent and its not a game you will put down easily, it is quite addictive and you’ll wonder how the time went so fast. You can buy it pretty cheap now and you don’t need a super computer to run it, infact a p120 with 16mb RAM will do you. If you like command and conquer and the likes then this is a game that you have to try out!

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                            11.10.2000 04:27

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                            Everyone, including me ofcuz, is awaiting for W3! It is supposed to be the resolution in the game history, soer, I ll buy it here when it is firstly available. I have not tryed the beta version yet, but I believe Blizzard anyway! Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, really classic names in the history, definitely! It will be conbined by RPG and RTG, so it ll be fun!!! For RPG games, you can imagine you are experiencing it yourself, and for RTG, you can do anything with freedom! That's the most creation in Warcraft III. Will you buy it? Why not? I cant understand you! Of cuz you will buy it! :)

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