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Flashback Friday: Warcraft III

May 14, 2010

By Tom Price

It’s Friday again, and that means were looking into the fuzzy memories of video gaming past. This week we have the game that’s partly responsible for World of Warcraft, which is responsible for an immense amount of time wasted by millions of people (Being a WoW player myself, I know this to be true, if it is a little harsh). This week we have Warcraft III.

Warcraft III is a game that mixes up genres in a way I haven’t really seen since. A strategy game mixed with a role-playing-game. You still have the traditional creating units and buildings, but the Hero Units are what set Warcraft III apart from other strategy games. Across the different missions your main story characters level up, get different abilities and can equip different weapons. It’s a great mechanic that makes your units much more important to you, something that you’re not willing to just throw away in attacks against your opponent.

This is one of the only Flashbacks I’ve done where I don’t have any fuzzy memories to draw on. The first time I picked up Warcraft III was only a little over a year ago. But despite being 7 years old (8 years old now), the game is still pretty unique. There isn’t a more recent game I can think of that has put this particular spin on the RTS genre. Some games like Demigod and League of Legends are somewhat similar to Warcraft III, but those games are solely multiplayer. And in reality, those two games are really more like the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients.

With a long campaign, a bunch of different races to play as and a story that isn’t to shabby either, Warcraft III is absolutely worth picking up today. Even a person without much practice in the RTS genre will be able to enjoy it. Combat is relatively small-scale, and the Hero Units normally always give you an advantage.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2010 5:13 am

    Excellent game! Highly recommend it even despite it’s age!

  2. May 18, 2010 8:28 am

    hi wats your myspace page

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