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Warcraft 2
PUBLISHER: Blizzard

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 386DX/33, 4MB RAM, DOS 5
SIMILAR TO: Warcraft
CATEGORY: Real-Time Strategy

Review by: Brian Clair

Many of you have written me asking for information on Warcraft 2, well, here begins the first of what I hope will be many installments of Warcraft information. It took me awhile to get Warcraft 2 but I must admit that I certainly couldn't have expected anything this cool. In the future you can expect: more Warcraft info, custom Warcraft 2 maps and campaigns to download, and hopefully much more!

For those of you who haven't played Warcraft 2 yet, fear not, cause here we enter -- the review... :)

Warcraft 2 places you on the world of Argoth, a world of magic, mystery, and war. Years ago (in the first Warcraft game), the evil race of Orcs decided to invade the land of the humans and failed. Now, years later, the Orcs have returned for blood with new technology, magic, and allies. Realizing that the Orcs would surely return, the race of Humans also sought allies and found them. Now allied with powerful technology and magic from the Elves, Dwarfs, Gnomes, and others the humans and their allies stand ready to fight the ultimate battle of survival. To fail is not only to die, but to know that your race will be no more.

To facilitate all of the elements of the Warcraft world, Blizzard has made it possible for players to be either the evil Orcs or the Humans. In addition, you can play Warcraft 2 over modem, serial link, or via a LAN network with up to 8-players. You can also create your own Warcraft 2 maps and sounds by using the accompanied map editor -- which also comes in a handy Windows 95 version.

In the game, you are given certain missions to accomplish, whether this be building a town, attacking a target, etc. If you succeed in your mission you win and gain points. If you fail, you lose rank, and must begin the mission over again. Warcraft 2 uses numerous buildings, ships, units, and more. Peasants, which you can train from the town hall, build these structures for you so that you may wage war. Some of the structures include: farms - cause everyone needs to eat, town halls - to train peasants, store gold, and wood, barracks - to train archers and footmen to guard your town, and ship yards - to build ships to wage war, transport your warriors, and carry oil. Of course, there are many, many more buildings in the game but I won't list them all here cause I'll be typing forever. :)

In order to build all of these structures to help in the war effort, you must make use of natural resources. There are 3 natural resources in Warcraft 2: gold, wood, and oil. Gold is needed to train footmen, knights, etc; build buildings, and make upgrades to existing units. Wood is needed to build new structures and Oil is required to build powerful warships, refineries, and more.

Weather also comes into play in Warcraft 2 as the seasons change from spring to summer, fall and winter. While this doesn't seem to have a direct effect on your units, only a fool wouldn't take account of the weather in battle, as your units can walk on the ice that forms during the winter months. Warcraft 2 demands that you be not only resourceful and cunning, but that you be able to manage your resources as well. Gold mines and oil wells don't last forever so you must budget what you build and take into account your use of such things. So, let's get down to how Warcraft 2 measures up...

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