Review by striker64
"It's Starcraft, and it's brilliant, but..."
Sometimes, games make an excellent transition from the PC to a home console. Sometimes, they don't. Starcraft for the Nintendo 64 is one example of a middle-of-the-road transition. Starcraft is a beautiful game, and the gameplay was kept alive, but that's about it.
The basic idea of Starcraft is this: There are three races: Terran, Protoss, and Zerg, and each one wants to have control over the other two. You choose the first race in the one player mode, which I believe is the Terran, and follow the incredible in-depth storyline. The multiplayer mode, much like the PC version, is where this game shines. You can beat the one-player mode over and over again, but your friends (and enemies) can develop new and better strategies for you to have to beat, leaving you up to your best judgement for how to do each with each race.
Each of the races has their own distinctive qualities, of course. Terran is mostly human, containing such units as Marines, Tanks, battleships, and so on and so forth. Protoss is mostly robots and is also -very- expensive to manage, and the Zerg is an alien race which builds fairly quickly and can heal itself since all structures, be it worker, fighter, or building, are organic.
Everything will cost minerals, Vespane Gas, or a combination thereof to build and manage. At the beginning, you are giving your central control station and four workers for you to gather minerals and gas and to build up your base to keep it from upcoming enemy invasion.
This game is Starcraft, and Starcraft is a fun, fun game. Gameplay and story-wise this game does not falter. It stays true to its original form in those aspects. However, it falters in other categories...
Graphics are where this game took the biggest plunge. Nothing runs smoothly; in fact, everything runs fairly slow. Because of these slow, not-smooth graphics, the overall score takes a big plunge.
The developers tried to keep the original music when this game was made, but they didn't really succeed in my opinion. Something about the music of this game is just not the same as the PC version, and it gets more tedious after a while.
In spite of all this, multiplayer is still fun, but suffers from one severe flaw: you can watch your opponent build up their base on a split-screen multiplayer mode! This takes away almost every strategy aspect of the game in multiplayer mode and makes it much more difficult to plan without having your opponent develop an immediate counter.
I just couldn't bring myself to give this a 6 since I love Starcraft so much, but the multiplayer split-screen really screws stuff up. If you're looking for a great strategy game and you don't have a PC, pick this one up. If you have the PC version or you have a PC, get the PC version, and stay away from this.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 10/17/02, Updated 10/17/02
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