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Starcraft

I must say, you guys were right. Starcraft is a great game, very much so. As I play it, I experience a bit of nostalgia from my early days w/ Civ2.

I had been pretty critical of the graphics I saw in screenshots. And, I've not been a fan of WC3's graphics. But, in-game, Starcraft's graphics work. There is a real steampunk feel, which sets the stage for the storyline, IMHO.

So far, I'm on Terran Mission 8. Mission 7 had me gripped, as I plowed into the Confederate base, then flew in my dropship w/ Kerrigan and the Psi Emitter. The dropship took a hit as I was unloading the precious cargo = victory! I have learned not to go off half-cocked. Several times I've had forces decimated w/ very little to show for it, except no need to build more supply depots and fewer minerals & vespene gas.

Some of the unit special abilities I don't always remember to use, or don't actually know yet when to use them. For example, the action seems to be too fast to try and click on a marine to activate a stim pack.

There are some negatives, like path-finding. Numerous times I have to redirect units that try to do an end-around when their orders are blocked. But, the game was made in 1998. Also, I'd love a higher screen resolution. I wonder why Blizzard hasn't offered this? Would it entail that much more coding? I also find the battles/advancement tedious at times. Of course, playing through the first time and learning the intricacies lessen this to a great degree. But, there doesn't seem to be a combination to exploit the enemy. I know everyone hails the balance in Starcraft. I wonder if it's a result of the balance, or I've not yet stumbled upon the right combinations for specific situations.

For me, I believe the secret to Starcraft's enjoyment is the missions. I don't know if I'd like it as much if I had to settle a spot, collect resources, yada yada yada. Advancing along the storyline is fun.

And, this purchase was made at the right time, for 2 reasons: (1) To get me jones'n for Starcraft II and (2) I've graded all my exams and submitted semester grades for the year. :D

Posted on June 3, 2007 at 3:01 pm
 
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