Warcraft II: The Dark Saga
PlayStationSo 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.
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SEGA SaturnThe console translation of Warcraft II is good even though it doesn't have the awesome multi-player capability that made it so popular in PC gaming circles. To make up for the loss, extra mission discs and a scenario creator has been added, making the game an exceptional value. Warcraft II's gameplay will satisfy any realtime strategy fan and (surprisingly enough), the Saturn controller isn't too hindering for a game that begs for a keyboard and mouse. Although the graphics aren't too impressive, they do the job. The audio, however, is top-notch. The high-quality medieval music is superb and sets the mood perfectly. For realtime strategy game fans, it doesn't get much better than this.
SEGA SaturnWas soll man noch schreiben? Der Titel hat eigentlich alles um als Hit auf dem Saturn bezeichnet zu werden. Wen die Fantasy-Thematik von WarCraft II mehr anspricht als die futuristische von Command & Conquer, sollte hier zugreifen. Fans der Genre's holen sich natürlich beide Titel :-)
PlayStationFans 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.
SEGA SaturnWarcraft II: The Dark Saga is the ideal game for the accountants, administrators, and restaurant managers of the world - and strangely enough, it works pretty well for the rest of us. The name of the game is resource management, cleverly disguised under the auspice of war. You choose sides over two different scenarios of orc vs. human conflict, adapted from the PC title Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and its expansion pack, The Dark Portal, and then throw down the gauntlet from an overhead perspective.
SEGA SaturnAfter seeing Westwood Studios do an almost identical port of Command & Conquer for the console systems (even improving some of the control), I was saddened at this apparent half-hearted attempt with WarCraft II: The Dark Saga. They have a saying where I come from, "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone." The poor gameplay and difficult control have successfully reduced one of the best games of all time to slightly above average. Regrettable, but still playable.
PlayStationAlthough 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.