Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (PlayStation)

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Absolute Playstation
So is Warcraft II better than Command & Conquer? Let's just say it is different, in as much as Soul Edge was to Tekken 2. Instead of bombs and bullets you have hand to hand combat and flying arrows, although later in the game you may cast the odd fireball spell.It is a much easier game to pick up and play with it's intuitive control system and gentle learning curve. All in all a very good strategy game that stands up tall in it's own right.
Video Games
Absolut genial! So positiv überrascht hat mich eine PC-Umsetzung schon lange nicht mehr. Warcraft 2 - The Dark Saga ist eines der wenigen Spiele, das nahezu ohne schwerwiegende Einsparungen und Verschlimmbesserungen auskommt - zumindest in den Bereichen, die auch auf ein Konsolensystem ohne Mühe umgesetzt werden können: Alle 52 Original-Missionen aus Tides of Darkness und Beyond the Dark Portal, Mausunterstützung, Speicheroption, Paßwort zwischen den Missionen und - am wichtigsten - ein schnelles flüssiges Gameplay ohne lästige Nachladezeiten während des Spiels. Daher unverständlich, wieso der Gesamtmap und der Infoleiste ein neues Design verpaßt wurde. Diese beiden Elemente, die ursprünglich für einen besseren Überblick gedacht waren, verdecken beim Hinzuschalten einen Teil des Bildschirms, wodurch der Überblick im Nahbereich beeinträchtigt wird.
Fans of the PC titles will be disappointed to learn that nothing new has been added to the game even though several changes have occurred, such as the ability to auto-upgrade buildings, auto-build soldiers, and select more troops at once. These new touches are nice, but they're relatively minor, so PC gamers are well advised to avoid the console ports (though hats off to Electronic Arts for creating practically identical versions for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, unlike Virgin's handling of Command & Conquer). But if you haven't played it before, Warcraft II is an excellent game well worth the time and effort necessary to beat it. In all, it provides about several hundred hours of gameplay throughout its hoards of selectable and configurable missions. Whether this should be considered as an excellent value to the buyer or a blatant robbing of his youth, is really up to you, though. Expect to kill a few weekends with it and perhaps even a few work or school days, as well.
The Video Game Critic
Although Blizzard attempted to streamline the control scheme, it's still very awkward. Last but not least, the load times are horrendous. If you can look beyond those huge flaws, the game is playable, but if you have a PC, by all means stick with that version.