Warcraft 2

  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: Strategy/Wargame
  • Originally on: Saturn (1995)
  • Also known as: Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.8/10 - 5 votes
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Game Overview

It is kind of crazy to think that the first time I played Warcraft 2 was on the Sega Saturn at a buddy’s house. Well, that was great and all, but it was not as amazing as it was on the PC. Before we had World of Warcraft, we had this and it is a game that many people have a lot of fond memories of.

Two Sides Of A War

Warcraft 2 actually has a pretty neat story. It is basically humans and orcs at war and the game has a fun campaign that showcases this really well. You get to play the game from two points of view which is kind of interesting. The campaign missions on both sides (while the story is different) do follow the same kind of formula no matter if you are playing as the humans or orcs.

Scenarios!

One of the things that Warcraft 2 is most well known for is its scenarios. You have plenty that you can play, but you can also make your own. For a game that is as old as Warcraft 2 is, I feel that this feature here is way ahead of its time. You can pretty much create a whole new campaign for yourself and friends to play.

This is really well done and you would be surprised at how easy it is to make a new scenario. You can play your scenarios against the AI or you can get a friend involved and play them.

Easy To Play Hard To Master

The gameplay of Warcraft 2 is what has kept so many people playing it for all these years. They really did streamline things here and while this is a real time strategy game and there is a lot of thought behind it. You have to play at a quick pace as the AI (and of course any human you play against) can be very relentless and will not wait for you to think of what to do next.

There are tons of units that you can use in this game. It still has the same two resources to gather as in the first game, but Warcraft 2 introduces air and sea units that require oil, so you now have a third resource to battle over. The different units are a lot of fun and what the humans have there will be an alternative on the Orc side. This is something that other RTS games have so it is not really a negative.

Pixel Perfection While it may seem a little bit “dated” the leap in presentation from the first Warcraft is pretty incredible. I still like the way the game looks and think that the Orcs and the more fantasy-based creatures look fantastic, many of which have kept their place in the Warcraft universe to this day.

If you love RTS games, you will love Warcraft 2. It is a truly fantastic game and one that is just as much fun to play today as it was when it was first released. I love the storyline and the whole lore behind the game. But it is really the gameplay that has kept me hooked for so many years. It is even more addictive if you can sink your teeth into creating your own content for the game.

9/10

Pros:

  • I love the lore of the game
  • Plenty of units to make use of
  • New units are a lot of fun
  • It is easy to get into and play
  • You can make your own scenarios

Cons:

  • The visuals are a tad dated
  • Could be more story in the campaign

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Warcraft 2 supports single modeSingle game mode

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