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  StarCraft: Brood War Review @ GU

Expandibility: 7/10

The campain editor that comes with the game is excellent, it is very fucntional, and has everything that a map creator could ever wish for. The map editor is also a lot more thorough and more customizable than most editors I have seen. The maps are freely downloadable from anywhere off the net practicly, and even Blizzard hosts the "Maps of the Week" on their website free for download. But unlike Total Annihilation, you can't add any new units. I was hoping that Blizzard would allow you to create new units in Brood War, but I guess not. The CD also includes over 100 new multiplayer/single maps for you to play with. But in this area, Total Annihilation is the best, as you can get new units and maps for it.

AI: 16/20

The AI is very good in the game, but however Blizzard didn't seem to improve any of the faults in the original game into this expansion pack. Still the manuvering of the units can become troublesome, as some units will try to go one way, while the others will travel around. The computer AI works very well as the computer tries to attack and plan very carefully their attacks. But the only problem is, that all you have to do is send out about 50 attackers to any city and they can probably distroy it... all it takes usually is just mass numbers of attackers.

Multiplayer Ability: 10/10

I must say that this multiplayer is *INCREDIBLE*, there is no easier way to just fire up Brood War and connect to a game on Battle.Net. The connection is easy, and many different types of games are available to play.

Soundtrack: 9/10

The sound effects are good, and the music is very well done. There is new music, but I seem to prefer the original StarCraft music better. The new unit speach is done very well. The annoyance speach when you repeatedly click on a unit is also very hilarious.

Overall: 86%

Bottom line: Well done expansion pack, and worth getting for it's new features.


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Added:  Sunday, May 09, 1999
Reviewer:  Chris Kim
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