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Dated but challenging
on 28 September 2005
Warcraft is one of the forerunners of the large real time strategy genre and is certainly one of the better offerings in terms of playability and longevity. As one of the oldest it appears dated in terms of graphics, but this doesn't detract from the game play. The main aim is to play as orc or human and destroy the opposing side in a series of scenarios, gathering resources in order to build bigger, better and faster. Its major failing as far as I am concerned is that it gets too hard and therefore dull. If you don't act quickly enough at the start of a level you can be overwhelmed and even if you are quick the struggle can be extremely long and tedious, particularly when you have to destroy every enemy unit and building.
The other alternative is to use the available cheats, which leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth once you are over 8 years old.
I would recommend Age of Empires II as the better game, being more balanced, easier to multiplay and has more variety. But at the end of the day Warcraft will always be a fiver well spent.