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StarCraft: Brood War

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Macintosh
83
3.8
Windows
88
4.1
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Description

StarCraft: Brood War is an add-on for StarCraft (requiring the full version of StarCraft) and a direct continuation of its story.

Brood War brings several changes to the game, altering some gameplay aspects of the game, the most important change being the addition of new units.

The Terrans receive the Valkyrie, a craft with air-to-air fighting capabilities. They also obtain the Medic, which can heal all non-mechanic units and, through upgrades, can use the Restore (remove all ailments on a unit) and Optical Flare (reduce the sight range of an enemy unit to 1) powers.

The Zergs receive the Lurker, obtained after mutating an Hydralisk, which can, and actually must, burrow to attack. They also gain the Devourer, after mutation of a Mutalisk, an air-to-air unit, whose acid shots have notably the specificity of temporarily lowering the enemy defense, allowing other units to do increased damage.

The Protoss receive the Corsair, an air-to-air unit, which has access to the Disruption Web power (which, once cast, prevents targeted enemy units from firing outside of the web). The Dark Templars, already seen in the original StarCraft are now a producable unit. Their main strength lies in their permanent cloaking, allowing them to deliver their strong close combat attacks unharmed. Additionally, in the same manner as two Templars can be merged as an Archon in StarCraft, two Dark Templars can now be merged to obtain a Dark Archon. A Dark Archon has access to several powerful powers: Mind Control (giving permanent control of the targeted unit), Maelstrom (temporarily rendering all non-mechanical units within the target area unable to do anything) and Feedback (removes from a target unit the amount of energy it has available for special powers and inflicts it this amount as physical damage).

Besides the new units, some units already featured in StarCraft can now be upgraded in certain areas. For instance, the Terran Goliath can have the range of its ground-to-air missiles be tremendously increased. Similarly, the Zerg Ultralisk can now receive speed and armor upgrades.

Other changes include a better AI and some alterations of the cost of certain units.

Three new campaigns are available. In order, a Protoss campaign featuring 8 missions, a Terran campaign also featuring 8 missions and a Zerg campaign comprising 10 missions (plus a bonus mission if some requirements are met in mission 9).

The add-on also comes with about 100 multiplayer maps.

Screenshots

StarCraft: Brood War Windows Terran Valkyries make short work of some Protoss Scouts
StarCraft: Brood War Windows Hidden Lurkers attack the Terran base from underground
StarCraft: Brood War Windows Attacking the Zerg hives with Protoss forces.
StarCraft: Brood War Windows Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "SC:BW" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

An amazing RTS expansion, way better than its Warcraft cousins. Windows Mattz1010 (17)
A Blizzard Hit! Windows Paul Brown (15)
GREAT! Windows Amirooo Aliooo (11)

The Press Says

GamesFirst! Windows 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpot Windows Dec 23, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1999 90 out of 100 90
Electric Games Windows 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide Windows 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamesmania Windows 1998 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Windows Feb, 1999 86 out of 100 86
IGN Macintosh Jun 07, 2002 8 out of 10 80
CD-Action Windows Mar, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Windows Jan 01, 1999 B- 67

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Trivia

Colour Palette

Blizzard had to change some player colors for two of the new tilesets included in this expansion set. For the Tundra tileset, they changed the white player to green, because the color did not show up well on the mini-map. They did the same for the Desert tileset for the brown player. The color of the text displayed in the Tundra tileset was also changed from white to light blue, for the same reason.

References

One of the game's heroes, Artanis, can be read backwards as singer Sinatra.

Secret Music Track

StarCraft: Brood War contains one secret music track. It is activated by typing radio free zerg anytime during the Zerg campaign.

Unit Responses

As in many Blizzard games, continually clicking on units will have them utter special comments. Clicking on Lieutenant Duran results in this dialogue: "My name is Duran" "I already told you my name it's Duran, DURAN!" "What's so funny?" "Please, please tell me now..." "... is there something I should know?" The last two comments are actually the first line of the chorus from the Duran Duran song Is There Something I Should Know?

One of Artanis' responses when clicking on him repeatedly is "Stop poking me!", which is what the Orc Peon would say in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. Another of his statements is "This is not Warcraft in space!", which is a reference to the repeated criticism on the initial alpha version of StarCraft, which looked like Orcs in space to many initial viewers.

Game Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Add-on of the Year
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #48 in Readers All-Time Top 50 Games Poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Add-On in 1999

Character Awards

  • Kerrigan was picked as the All-Time Greatest Game Villain by GameSpot users in 2010, defeating Darth Vader in the Final, with 60% of the votes. After being selected by the GameSpot staff as one of the 54 villains to make it directly into the First Round, her other "victims" were Gruntilda (with 77.9%) in the First Round, the Pac-Man Ghosts (57.8%) in the Second Round, Sweet Tooth (67.1%) in the Last Sixteen, Bowser (51.8%) in the Quarterfinals, and The Joker (55.2%) in the Semifinals.

  • Also in 2010, the IGN staff selected her as #17 in their Top 100 Videogame Villains classification.
Information also contributed by Ajan, CaptainCanuck, PCGamer77 and Rambutaan.

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