Warcraft III - Reign of Chaos is developed by Blizzard Entertainment on July the 5th 2002. It is seen as a RTS also known as a ''Real Time Strategy'' game. This is basically moving units from an overviewing point of view. The game has, in my opinion, one of the largest online community in their so called ''custom game'' section, in the multiplayer. Even a new game in the making is actually based on one of the custom maps which have been produced in the custom games throughout all these years: Dota 2. Warcraft 3 is one of the best RTS in its kind!
The game has a well-structured, compelling story. When I started to play this game, I couldn't stop playing the campaign. Out of the 4 races there are in the game you will have to play all of them throughout the whole campaign. I really love the way they created the four different races. Each one of them has its own style and therefore different ways of playing them. Of course they have their own units and buildings but besides to that there is a real difference in gameplay. This will result in you finding yourself more attracted to one race than the other, and I think Blizzard did a lovely job by doing that. It basically depends on how you want to play the game and those different races give you the opportunity to choose. So to get back to the campaign, you basically start out with the Humans. This sets the scene a bit and gives you an idea of what the the game is like. Now you will notice that the story slowly includes the race of the Undead and so you go over to the Undead part of the campaign. After playing missions with the undead the campaign continues with the Orc's and finally the Night Elves. I think the campaign is definitely an interesting gameplay and it makes you play it even another time after you first completed it. It was a decent campaign which isn't too short or too long, all by all a balanced campaign.
The controls are like any other RTS, which is point and click from an overview. You click the units you want to select and then you click with the right mouse button where you want them to go. The controls work fine and I didn't notice any difficulties or bugs relating the movement of the units. I mostly use the arrows or WASD to move the camera and then in combination with the mouse to play, though this all depends on how you prefer to play this game. Warcraft III is pretty much user friendly and it doesn't require a lot of tutorials or anything to get used to playing RTS games when you are new to the genre.
The gameplay is very enjoyable. In the normal game type you basically start out with your home building and some workers. You have to get some resources which are wood and gold to produce units and to build structures. The buildings you build depend on the race you have chosen but they all have a similar purpose, though they are projected a little different. One of the most important aspects of the game is the Hero unit. These are gained by building a special sort of altar. Using this altar you can choose one of the three heroes from the race you are playing. Training and leveling this hero will give you a major advantage during the game and since the opponents always use one, I suggest you do it too! Basically the further you are in a match, usually the stronger the hero. So if you wouldn't have one and the enemy has a level 10 hero, which is the maximum level, you would get a tough time beating them. Of course you also have different buildings for other units and buildings which will allow you to upgrade their weapons and armor. Warcraft III doesn't allow you to create an unlimited amount of units. There
There are of course different maps to play, the standard maps which Blizzard made include groups of monsters spread over the map. You can level up your hero pretty good by killing those monsters and they sometimes drop loot. This loot varies from weapons to potions which can be utilized by your hero. Also there are more gold mines which are used for mining gold. There are more of those because they will eventually run out of gold. Each map has a different limit of players who can play on the map. Mostly ranging from 2 - 8.
**LAN and Multiplayer**
First of all, it is always a great experience to play a game with your friends. In Warcraft III is one of those games you really want to play with more people, the LAN function allows you to play the normal game type together which is really enjoyable. You can team up or fight against each other, your call.
But one of the biggest aspects of Warcraft III must be the multiplayer. After so many years that the game released there has been an immense community created. The most popular section in multiplayer is the Custom Game lobby. Here you are able to play other people's created maps or your own. Although I think it could be quite difficult to host a game yourself, sometimes you do need to get into port forwarding and opening ports in your firewall. This is one the downsides of the game, hosting your own game. Though joining others is easy and mostly fun enough. The Custom Game section is incredibly fun because there are tons of custom games waiting for you. From Roleplaying maps to tower defense, basically everything you can imagine. Because of this Warcraft III can be so much more than it already is, unlimited ideas and possibilities allows the game to be great for almost any type of gamer. Every second there appear new games in the lobby you can join. Just wait a minute or two and probably your favorite map will show in the list, though be quick because a lot of people might think the same! All by all one of the best experiences I have had so far with multiplayer function of a game. To be honest, I spend most of my time playing this game in the Custom Games section, simply because there is almost unlimited fun.
If you have an original idea yourself you can get into the hang of creating maps using the map editor which is included in the installation. The community is so large that there are even different models and effects created which you can import into your map. You do have to follow some tutorials or lessons when you are going further into the mechanics of scripting and coding. You can basically create anything, but it does require some knowledge about it. I must admit it can be quite difficult if you want a more complicated map, but after all it is worth it.
At first, I love the style of the game. Warcraft III really has its own style of graphics and Blizzard did a very good job with it. The game looks still well on the eye, because it was made in 2002. Blizzard does always a great job graphically and you can very much see that in their newer developed games such as Diablo 3 and Star Craft 2. If you have a computer from today, you will not have to worry. The animations are clean and smooth, actually how they should be in a game. The characters are modeled all in the same style, which is absolutely brilliant. No other game looks like Warcraft III and that makes this game so unique, I would recognize this game easily. I think that's one of the key points when it's about games, they should be unique in its kind, and Warcraft definitely is!
So to conclude it is a great game in its genre and because of the community and multiplayer even more enjoyable for other types of gamers. The game doesn't cost a lot anymore as for today (11th of June 2012) only 10 pounds on amazon.co.uk. I still play this game every now and then; this game will simply stay great forever.
Minimum required specifications:
Processor: 400 MHz Pentium II or equivalent
RAM: 128 MB of RAM
Graphics: 8 MB 3D video card (TNT, i810, Voodoo 3, Rage 128 equivalent or better) with DirectX® 8.1 support
HDD: 700 MB HD space