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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay wins!
In a world where computer games are judged almost primarily on their looks, it is refreshing that Warcraft 3 is such a gem. Don't get me wrong, the graphics for Warcraft 3 are very nice indeed and the animations are also equally pleasurable; but this is no graphics fest and I am glad.
I have a Pentium 3 866 with a Geforce 2mx 32mb graphics card and I am running...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good game, but not exactly epic
With all the 3D power available on today's PCs, it's not surprising that the stragegy game developers decided to use some of it and switch from the traditional 2D top down view. So now, Warcraft III is 3D, but to be honest, most of the time you wouldn't really notice it. The view stays pretty much fixed; there is a limited ability to zoom in, but you are unlikely to use...
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay wins!, 29 July 2002
This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
In a world where computer games are judged almost primarily on their looks, it is refreshing that Warcraft 3 is such a gem. Don't get me wrong, the graphics for Warcraft 3 are very nice indeed and the animations are also equally pleasurable; but this is no graphics fest and I am glad.
I have a Pentium 3 866 with a Geforce 2mx 32mb graphics card and I am running Windows 2000 and I have no problems jacking the graphics levels up to max.
The Gameplay is what makes this game so enjoyable. The 4 races (Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and Undead) are all quite different from each other in quite anumber of aspects, from how they gather resources to combat units and abilities. For instance, whilst 3 of the races hack down trees to gather lumber, the Night Elves accumulate wood without destroying the trees (though be it at a slower rate).
The Micromanagement has been kept to a minimum, gather Gold and Wood, build a force, go kill. But there are differences to most RTS games. The use of heroes is especially a good move as is adding 'creeps' (Neutral monsters) which defend gold mines and other neutral buildings and provide potential experience and magic items for your heroes.
An upkeep has also been itroduced so that a player with a large force of troops receives less gold from mining than the others to help stop the larger force from growing to the point where you will face wave upon wave of forces. This does however make players more aggressive in their playing nature, as you can no longer churn out masses of troops at a quick t'rate and in order to receive more money again, it is wise to harrass the enemy and lose a few troops in the process in order to reduce the upkeep.
The story is also a highlight to this game, but the real star is perhaps the Movie sequences which look almost equally impressive as the film Final Fantasy. The detail is just awsome.
In short this game is about fun, the humour element has been kept (keep clicking on your units to hear some humorous comments, just like in Warcraft 2). The online multiplayer system is very fair and allows you to be matched up with players of similar ability via levels of experienc, depending on your wins/losses ratio.
This game keeps you entertained and is not just eye candy, I whole heartedly reccomend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all-round game with endless replayability, 10 April 2005
This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
I originally bought this game on the recommendation of a friend of mine, having never played any of the previous games in the Warcraft series or indeed heard of it, but I was pleasantly surprised with the end product.
Warcraft 3 is a real-time strategy game set in a universe of both technology and magic, where you order an army in an attempt to eliminate your opponent from the game by destroying all their buildings, or in single-player mode possibly achieve some other goal such as holding a strategical point on the map for half an hour. While many other games of this genre are very shallow and offer a few hours' worth of gameplay, Warcraft 3 has an involving and rich storyline, coupled with both in-game conversations between characters that may tell you what to do and out-of-game movies that further the storyline and look so realistic they may well have just come out of a film.
While the single-player campaign may be difficult, you can reduce the difficulty at the end of a mission you have just lost if you are finding it hard.
The 3rd edition in the Warcraft series also adds 'heroes', units that are both powerful warriors and can cast varying spells. They can also be levelled up in an RPG-style fashion, adding another strategic element to the game which works very well.
In the Warcraft 3 storyline, there are four races, each tailored to suit different styles of gameplay, and everyone can find one race that they enjoy playing as and tend to get the best results out of. The four races are as follows;
Humans: A well balanced force, consisting of cheap original ground units and solid air units and spellcasters.
Orcs: Especially strong ground units but somewhat lacking when it comes to spellcasting capabilities.
Undead: The most numerous army in Warcraft, the undead have the ability to raise the corpses of foes and friends alike into an army of walking dead! (Eek!) Weak ground units at first but once they get into their stride are very powerful.
Night-Elves: The last race, the Night-Elves, live in the forests of a distant land and are very reclusive. When it comes to their army, ranged units and spellcasters are their speciality but they lack in melee capabilities.
The soundtrack is very good and provides different music for each race, it never seems to get tiring - there is however little music on any options or title screen, apart from a sort of humming in the background which is slightly eerie and could be improved.
The real gem in the crown is Warcraft 3's Internet play capacities. While the online community is very unforgiving and requires a certain style of play, you will get used to it with practice and eventually will be using your technical terms like you've owned the game for years! There is also clan support so you can create a group with any friends you may meet, plus a world editor so you can design your own maps and host them online! Broadband is, however, recommended.
All-in-all, a wonderful game which should provide you with hours of fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a sequel should be....., 6 Jan 2003
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Mark Gadsby "darkreaper_1" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
Warcraft 3 is what a sequel should be; it improves on the previous game in every way and isn’t a trashy recycled game turned out to make the company a bit of money. The first thing you will notice is that Warcraft has now gone 3D and has benefited from it. Not only are the models and the textures easy on the eye, they allow the game to run smoothly by having in game sequences without the need to cut to a film. Also it is possible to zoom in and view the world up close. The sound effects and speech is also top notch and very well done. The voice actors really bring the game to life.
There are also two new armies, the Undead Scourge and the Night Elves. This means there are now 4 races to choose from with very different styles of play. The Human and Orc armies have also changed quite a bit since the last game and can be counted as completely new armies only one or two units remain from the previous game. Each race is also different from the units they have; the buildings and how they are built and even the way each race gather resources. Humans have a varied mixed of units most of, which are quite cheap when, compared to the Orcs. But Orcs have some of the strongest melee units in the game. Only one air unit and very basic magic however compensates for these differences. The undead have either very strong units or very weak units. The magic is often limited to raising the dead and cold magic but it is still strong magic. The Undead can only build on blighted ground that is generated by buildings that limits the areas they can build in. The Night elf have very weak units and most of them are long ranged with little melee units but they have some very strong magic spells and more magic units than the other races. Also their buildings can uproot and defend themselves! A different style of play is required to succeed with each race and players will soon find a favourite.
New additions to the game are neutral buildings and creeps. Buildings often include Goblins who have everything for sale if the price is right. From items for your heroes to giant robot shredders to help you gather wood. Creeps represent the local creatures that inhabit the land, often found guarding certain buildings or part of a mini-quest. Creeps range from Ogres to Dragons and Trolls to Giant Lizards! Killing them grant’s experience for you hero, gold and often items.
The game itself is a mixture of a RTS and an RPG (the game was originally going to be a RPG) . With the addition of Hero units to the game that gain experience with every enemy slain, obtaining items that grant special abilities and gaining abilities themselves with each level of experience gained. Hero’s in multiplayer add a powerful unit to your army and make conflicts with other people more interesting. Heros in single player mode act as the main focal point of the plot and help the game move along. Weak to start off with they soon grow tougher in conjunction with the difficulty of the levels the further you get into the campaign and the last few levels are often very hard and take hours to compete.
The tutorial is laid out as part of the plot line and helps you get familiar with the controls as well as get to grips with the story. Once this is done the game is set out as a number of missions for each army, after they are complete you move onto another race. With four races and roughly 10 missions per race it takes a while to complete the game.
Warcraft 3 is a well-planned and well-executed game. Improving on every aspect of the previous game, Blizzard never cease to amaze me. Both single player and multiplayer aspects are addictive and will be played over and over again. The only downside is that you will need a pretty decent PC to play the game without any jerkiness in the flow of the game. Also the difficulty Normal is too easy and when the game is purchased it should be played on Hard but apart from that it is Easily THE best RTS I’ve played.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative & Excellent, 25 Mar 2004
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S. Naqvi (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
After reading various reviews, positive and negative, I had to give this game a try myself to find out the true perspective and what all the hype was about.
The game is based in a fantasy world, where humans and orcs have been fighting for generations. Now, a new threat has emerged in the form of demons, and each race (Humans, Orcs, Undead and Night Elves) must fight for their own survival as they stand up against unlikely foes.
Warcraft III boasts compelling graphics that are of extremely high standards. One of the existing reviews states that the characters were blocky - this is untrue. Obviously, you are not using a good enough graphics card. On a decent PC these days, the game looks fabulous, with great sceneries and well-animated characters. To run the game at its optimum level, I recommend a 1.5 GHz with 256MB RAM with a decent graphics card of 32MB, these being the minimum settings.
The same review mentioned also announces that 12 units are selectable at a time. This is true, but it's not true that this game is just about rushing your enemy with as many units as possible. It's clear that the author of that review has not played the legendary Starcraft, the base of Warcraft III. The system is smooth and the game is easy to pick up with useful tutorials as well as hints and tips.
Warcraft III has two main types of gameplay. One is the Campaign mode, where the main action of the game takes place through story. Second is the awesome multiplayer options, online or through network. I haven't tried the online game yet, but it uses Battle.net, the same success I experienced in Starcraft. The network option is completely flawless, unlike Starcraft, and I found it easy playing on a Mac to PC network.
On the whole, Warcraft III is an awesome real time strategy game that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys thinking games. Other recommendations would be Starcraft, Age of Empires or the Command & Conquer series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warcraft 3-Excellent Value, 27 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
Where do i start. This game has an excellent lifespan to it.
There are four campaigns-human, undead, orc and night elves that have excellent stories that link together very well.
The graphics are not great but good enough and suit the gameplay style very well.
The gameplay is very good in that you can train a Hero to get better and better and act as a 1 man army in some cases which is very stylish.
The computer AI on the skirmish mode is very difficult if you like a challenge, they build units quick and level up their Hero fast.
If i was to pick out the best things in the game it would be the Gameplay and the depth of the story that makes you care about the missions you are attempting.
Multiplayer is great fun with all the maps that are available which come with 'Wild Beasts' such as dragons to kill and level up your hero.
As i mentioned earlier though is you are playing against the AI it is very challenging as they are too quick.
I would reccomend this game to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings style storylines in a game because it feels like that throughout for me anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 17 Aug 2003
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B. Wigmore (Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
This is a review only of the single-player campaign, since I've never played it multiplayer, but I think the single-player campaign is good enough in its own right to buy the game, giving about 40 hours (more if you're very cautious like me) of play. The storyline is interesting enough to keep you going, and the developers have worked hard to make the missions varied. Most have the usual RTS base-building, but there are even a few dungeon crawls.
Where the game works best are where it challenges you, such as with limiting the units available, so you have to keep as many alive as possible, or setting a stress-making time-limit. Otherwise, the missions do tend to follow a set pattern: work out where the enemy attacks are going to come from, build lots of guard towers (or racial equivalent) to protect your base, build up a massive strike force and head out to crush the enemy. One criticism is that the AI acts very predictably (but since it often has several base camps to your one, if it acted with great intelligence it would be almost impossible to defeat). But within this sameness there is enough variety to avoid it getting stale - the four races each have their own campaign, and have very different units and tactics - and there is always excitement when you go all out for a massive hysteria-inducing final battle which leaves only a couple of units alive at the end. By the way, what I've played of the expansion, Frozen Throne, so far, seems to have made the missions even more varied and tense.
The graphics are not state-of-the-art, but still do a great job; the voice acting is fine - there's a lot of comedy in the various reactions of the units when you click on them. Everything feels very polished and well thought-out. I enjoyed every minute of it. 9/10.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D strategy and role play at its best, 14 Feb 2003
This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
Warcraft 3 is great.
It is a game that I recently bought, and can't stop playing. It has many new developments that are not present in previous games of its type.
There are four different races to control and master, 3D environments that are brilliantly created with stunning effects.

The storyline, thats right, there is a storyline- is a good one. The way the plot unfolds is similar to StarCraft in the sense that you start as humans, complete their campaign and then the story continues but you must master the undead in their campaign and so on. The story is interesting enough to keep you playing for hours on end... You gain experience and reputation and grow in levels and rank.
This game has alot to offer, for experienced strategy players and also for newbies to the format. Fun, addictive, entertaining and attractive to the eye... a great game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War at its best, 2 Sep 2005
This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
Warcraft 3, is a game that you must make sure that you have the next three months spare for before buying it.
Its just that addictive!
The game follows on from Warcrft 2, by continuing the battles between the Orcs and Humans.
But it goes much furth than that, by introducing 2 new races. The Night Elves and the Undead Scourge.
With this it brings a indept storyline and challengeing levels, which will at times will drive you mad and at others make you forget about things like, food, work and sleep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game EVER!!!!, 1 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
Warcraft 3 is an amzing RTS which is the kind of thing that would be made in the year 20000 by companys such as Sierra and Ensemble Studios. But, Blizzard have captured the Warcraft World perfectly, in a flawless showdown of the four UNIQUE races. And, when I say unique, I don't mean the 'different' races in Empires Dawn of the Modern World. No, these are each unique with different units that need to be controlled in different styles. This game is the perfect sequal to the Warcraft series. If you're looking for a RTS with heroes who all have unique spells, then get this great game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good game, but not exactly epic, 26 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD) (Video Game)
With all the 3D power available on today's PCs, it's not surprising that the stragegy game developers decided to use some of it and switch from the traditional 2D top down view. So now, Warcraft III is 3D, but to be honest, most of the time you wouldn't really notice it. The view stays pretty much fixed; there is a limited ability to zoom in, but you are unlikely to use it much. You can't swing the camera around to see a different angle, and you can't zoom right out to get a wide angle view. Even if you could though, the game limits you to around 40 units, so the view is going to be less than epic.
So what remains is a pretty traditional RTS game with a decent story line, but rather limited horizons (literally!). The fact that you have fewer units to control than many games does make it easier to handle all of the micro-management that is still necessary, but even so, melees still tend to end up as a bit of a mess.
There are 'Hero' units that add a little bit to the game (well, you tend to look after then more), but also make it feel a bit like a cross between a role playing game and an RTS.
A worthwhile game, but if you like things on a grand scale, this isn't for you.
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