The other benefits of 3D include the amazing lighting and particle effects in the game. Spells radiate out from their caster in spectacular fashion, and the more powerful units have auras around their weapons as they bring them to bear. Particle and transparency effects are also used for water, which laps at foggy shorelines and sprays violently against steep cliffs. Day and night transitions are smooth, lighting the scene much differently between the two.
The user interface elements of WarCraft III are all meant to get you easily and quickly into a game. Each screen features clean and quickly identifiable buttons which let you easily chat or create a game. Another cool feature is a matchmaker service which will automatically find a game for you based on parameters you choose such as the map and number of players.
ConclusionsBlizzard may have an unfair advantage over the competition, but it is really the gamers who benefit in this case. The company has put together an extremely compelling game which combines elements of role-playing and strategy into one fun package. As always with their titles, WarCraft III will churn through a long beta until they feel the gameplay is truly balanced between the races. Their excellent tradition of artistry continues, even as they venture into 3D for the first time.
As with every other Blizzard title, the Mac version is well underway already thanks to the excellent in-house Mac team. We also know that the Mac OS X client is up and running as well. While Mac users won't get to participate in the current beta test, there is every indication that WarCraft III will be a simultaneous release. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest as WarCraft III moves towards release later this year.