Get ready for another round of war between humans and orcs as the epic struggle for control of Azeroth continues in WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, a real-time strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment. The same protagonists last seen in the original WarCraft: Orcs and Humans go at it again but with new and enhanced weapons, more creatures and an expanded fantasy game world encompassing land, sea and air.
Both orc and human perspectives are supported through an equal division of the game's 28 campaign scenarios. The game contains new features such as the "fog of war" option that elevates strategic planning to a higher level, much larger maps and combined-arms tactics. New units in the sequel include elven archers, gryphons, death knights, battleships, airships, dragons and more.
For fans craving even additional scenarios, both a sound and map editor have been included, ensuring longer life of the product. Multi-player action is supported via LAN (up to eight players), modem or direct link, with the latter two accommodating two players. The Macintosh version supports the AppleTalk network and TCP/IP connections.
WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness provides the player with two interface and preference choices for gameplay. The first configures keyboard and mouse commands to replicate functionality of the style used in WarCraft: Orcs and Humans that allowed automatic centering on the mini-map by clicking the right mouse button. The second configuration replaces that functional key press by giving the player the capability to induce automatic commands instead with the loss of auto-centering on the mini-map.
In addition to an in-depth background story regarding the warring factions, the manual contains complete information on legends, creatures and resources of Azeroth along with full disclosure of tendencies and attributes inherent to the Nations of the Alliance (human faction) and the Orcish Horde. These include data on units (air, ground and naval), spells, buildings and a "dependency" tree for tracking pre-requisites during development of each race's infrastructure.
For the kingdoms of Azeroth the real-time battle between Humans and Orcs continues with Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, the sequel to its highly succesful predecessor...
Warcraft II comes with many new features like fighting not only over land but also over sea and air; SVGA 640x480 resolution graphics with many new 3D-rendered buildings and units; multiplayer play support with up to 8 players, as well as a redbook audio soundtrack and a scenario editor that allows you to design and create your own scenarios.
Warcraft 2 takes place some time after Warcraft 1 story ends. The game is pretty much the same as Warcraft 1 is in the way you build up and fight against computer controlled forces. The campaign can take a while to complete but it offers hours of fun. I've played and beaten this game lots of times and I've never got tired of this game.
The units have change considerably from Warcraft 1. The controls are completely different from the first game, they made it a lot easier to play and it flows smoothly compared to the other game. The game takes some time to get used to it at first but once you get the hang of it, it becomes fun. The music is pretty good and the graphics are decent for that time in which it came out.
If you like RTS games, then you will enjoy this one. There really isn't much that is bad about the game. It is good all around for the most part. The game has a lot of skirmish maps for even more hours of fun. The game is the best when you don't use any of the codes. The game has the same two races: the Humans and the Orcs. Each race has its strengths and weaknesses. The back story to the game is that the Orcs from another world are sent to take over the world of the Humans.
The units for each race are similar and different at the same time. They are basically the same types with a few changes to the spells that some have and upgrades that can be researched.
This game is one of the best. Be careful when playing this game, it is really easy to get hooked on it, which in itself isn't really a bad thing as all that matters is to have fun while playing. I recommend this game to anyone who likes to play Real-time strategy games.
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