Although the RTS realm is rapidly becoming a three-dimensional one, Warlords Battlecry proves that there’s still room for a 2D offering, so long as it’s fun, well-presented and replete with original ideas. These factors are certainly present in abundance, as a heavy RPG theme has been injected into a Warcraft II-type mold, leaving plenty of opportunities for strategic planning and character development. In this respect, the persistent Hero is a terrific addition, as it lends considerable individuality to each player’s solo and multiplayer campaigns. However, there are a few issues that keep this game from reaching its full potential, as the AI is rather simplistic, and the overall concept is firmly entrenched in the repetitive sameness that pervades the genre. Nevertheless, if you pine for the days of good, old-fashioned RTS orc-bashing, you owe it to yourself to give this title a chance.