There was a time many years ago where Blizzard wasn’t That Big Game Company With That Big MMO. Instead, they were That Weird Company Who Randomly Makes Really Good RTS Games And Thus Has a Cult Following.
Heck, one of the earlier online communities I was really a part of was a forum dedicated to Blizzard games. This was around, oh, 2002 or so, and it consisted of a bunch of us weirdos who wouldn’t shut up about Warcraft and Starcraft. So we had a forum where we could blather about these games to each other. That forum seems to have given up the ghost (finally, since I think they were still around just a couple years ago) so now I’m here to blather about these games to you.
I really, really like my strategy games, and Warcraft III is one of the finest RTS games ever made. It’s up there with Age of Empires II, Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, and, well… a bunch of other Blizzard games (Hi, Starcraft Brood War and Warcraft II)
Real time strategy is a genre that Blizzard has distilled down to both a science and an art. Want an RTS with races and factions that play very differently to each other but still somehow manage to balance each other out? Want an RTS that’s easy to learn but difficult to master? Want an RTS that’s absurdly fun and addictive? Have I got some games for you!
The other thing that Blizzard does, of course, is place a big ol’ emphasis on story and characters. Most of the time when I play an RTS game I couldn’t care less about any story that was tacked on; I just want to, you know, make my units kill other units.
But Warcraft III has got… an interesting story? What? I actually enjoy playing through the campaign? In an RTS? That can’t possibly be right!
But it is, because this is Warcraft Feckin’ Three that we’re talking about, and it’s just that good.
Really, I could spend all day telling you how great this game is, but that would put a dent in my current replay of it, now, wouldn’t it? Basically, if you haven’t played it, you should. If you’re a die-hard RTS fan then WCIII is for you because the gameplay is solid, and even if you’re not then WCIII is still for you because it’s not terribly difficult to play through the campaign.
Also, Arthas calls murlocs betrayers of the light. Tell me that’s not awesome.