Review by SSJ10Gohan
"Starcraft, a just like the PC, but worse."
I believe that starcraft is a rare game right now for the Nintendo 64. It is a strategy and war game, which makes it truly an amazing game. However, Starcraft is somewhat horrible in the concepts of graphics, sounds, and other things as well. Therefore, I will go over these things and explain every little detail that effects this game greatly.
The gameplay in Starcraft is pretty much great, since there are several maps to choose from, as well as missions. Also, there is an encyclopedia, which tells about the units, buildings, and a brief description about them. They had one and two player mode, which is somewhat good. Some of the drawbacks are that there are only three races to choose from, not as many cheats to get compared to the PC version, and changes in the amount of minerals, hit points, etc. on some of the units and buildings. That about covers the gameplay in Starcraft, so it deserves a 8/10 rating.
One player mode: 8/10
The one player mode in Starcraft is very easy at first, but then gradually gets more difficult. There are 63 missions in the whole game, which takes a long time to complete all the levels. There is a story line also, which makes one player mode more interesting. There are also cheats that you can find in some of the levels, but I will not tell you. You also could use heroes, have objectives to complete the mission, and makes a huge contrast to a regular battle between you and computers. With all this information provided, it receives an 8/10 rating.
Two player mode: 7/10
The two player mode in Starcraft is like one player mode, but has special scenarios instead of campaign. In two player mode, you can choose form a variety of maps, along with a few scenarios, and set a few computers depending on the map chosen. A big mistake in two player mode is that if free for all is the scenario, it would be kind of unfair since you can see your opponents screen, and he/she can see your screen as well. This makes it sorta cheating. Another drawback is that some of the cheats you have are not usable in two player mode. This makes me and a lot of other people disappointed. Also, another letdown is the fact that only you and your friend can play a special scenario. The computers can't play in it. I really didn't like that at all. All those bad parts in two player mode deserves a 7/10 rating.
There are only three races in the whole entire game. I was hoping for four or five races, but too bad, there are only three. The Terran race is basically human and some mechanical units, along with zerg being completely biological, and protoss being mostly mechanical and some biological units. Everything is just about the same as the PC version of Starcraft. Nothing new, just same old units, buildings, and whatever else you can think of. The races Terran, Zerg, and Protoss, make this game absolutely nothing new.
The graphics are horrible in Starcraft. In fact, the unit's portrait is only a picture. No animation, no nothing. This is just horrible. Also, the units, buildings, etc., are all smaller than the PC version. This makes Starcraft on the N64 even worse. Besides those downsides, there isn't much left to say except that the graphics just are just plain horrible.
The sounds and musics in Starcraft are just as bad as the graphics. When you click on a unit, you can hardly tell what they are saying. Another thing is that when the heroes are speaking, there is no sound. This makes it really horrible. The music was alright, but there wasn't really a lot of music to listen too. Compared to the PC version of Starcraft, the N64 version deserves a 6/10 rating.
The controls were alright, with nothing complicated, except for setting groups and setting locations. Other than that, the controls were good. They were easier to understand and learn than the PC version, which made the Starcraft on the N64 a little better. Therefore, the controls on starcraft 64 receives a standard 8/10 rating.
This game can take a month or two to beat, which is pretty much a good amount of time. Even beating the game, it will still be fun to replay the whole game again. You might have missed a couple of secrets, so it is a good reason to replay the game again. There is a lot to uncover in this game, so the time/replayability gets a 8/10 rating.
Overall Rating: 7/10
Well, saying that this game is pretty long, you would need to buy it in order to beat the game. But, you should rent it to test it out and see if you like it, or even better, buy the PC version if you have not bought that yet. Well, anyways, this game overall has gotten itself a 7/10 rating. Hopefully they do better luck next time.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 07/19/04
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