Review by Sword Seraph
"A classic strategy game moves to a port in a galaxy near you."
StarCraft has been hailed as one of the best (if not THE best) strategy games ever made. And now, it's on your TV.
Sure, there's some slowdown, and of course an analog stick can't move like a mouse, but these can be overcome.
I LOVE the story of the mission mode. I find it interesting to see things from all different perspectives, especially what happens to Kerrigan as the game progresses. Oops...don't want to spoil...
Needless to say, the 3 races each have their own agendas and are willing to kill to achieve their goals.
The only annoying feature is the slow speed of the analog stick compared to a mouse. At any rate, the gameplay is enjoyable. Unlike the PC game, though, the units are really aggressive. If your units pass enemy ones, they open fire automatically, so if you're trying to sneak through enemy territory while avoiding a firefight, you really need to micromanage your moving forces and make sure they haven't started a losing battle.
The graphics are slightly muddy on the TV screen. When you have large numbers of units on the screen, you also experience slight lag and slowdown. For the most part, though, graphics are clear. You can obviously tell what race you are against what race your enemy is.
Most of the fields look similar, however. This is probably to be expected, especially in the parts of the game's story with massive fighting on Aiur and Char, and on some orbiting space stations.
One negative thing is that when playing multiplayer, you can see exactly what the other person is doing at all times. It makes it a little harder to launch surprise attacks.
The music of this game is appropriate: dark and brooding, often fading into the background. I love the sound effects also. The Protoss and their mechanical weapons have a very clear distinction from the primal screams of Zerg. With Rumble Pak support, you can feel the explosions of buildings.
Replay Value: 8
The multiplayer on N64 is NOTHING compared to the PC multiplayer. Also, the missions are fun, but nothing you want to sit through over and over, some of them take hours to beat, so it's not just a quick game you play on a lunch break.
It's a great game, but the PC version is better if you like multiplayer options. An engrossing storyline with memorable characters, on top of great sounds and graphics. A few flaws, but they can be overlooked.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/22/02, Updated 02/22/02
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