Starcraft: Brood War
Little names in the gaming industry ring as many bells as Starcraft does, especially in the sci-fi part of the industry. Starcraft Brood Wars is one of the expansion extra content for the game, and it's a pretty interesting one. Released in 1999, it's one of the first expansions for Starcraft ever made, and it's still pretty popular even now. So let's see what Blizzard did right when they made Starcraft Brood Wars.
About the game
After the destruction of the Overmind, the supreme leader of all the Zerg, all of their hordes were left out of control across a ton of planets. Some renegade Zergs attempt to form a new Overmind and overthrow the leadership of Kerrigan, the Zerg Queen, All of this while the Protoss try to survive on what's left of their planet and the Earth Confederation has decided to take actions against the dictator Mengsk.
All kinds of unexpected alliances and surprises are waiting for you here. Who knows, maybe an old enemy will become an ally, or a long time friend ally may become a foe. Things may go wild in the violent age of the Brood Wars.
A quality expansion
By that time, it was pretty common to get expansions in separate CDs after you bought the original game. But in many of the cases, they were so filled with problems and things that, instead of expanding the game, made the title more laggy and unstable.
In games like Doom 3D, these expansion packs were also mostly limited to just adding new weapons and such. But Blizzard made things pretty different there. In games like Warcraft 2 and Diablo, they added incredible amounts of content into the original game through these expansions.
This is what expansions should be like. In the modern era of gaming, it is pretty normal to see small DLCs here and there, even to the point where it's painfully common to see aesthetic DLCs. But in the times of Starcraft, it was completely different.
Starcraft Brood Wars included so many great things to the original game that it became a must-have for the fans. They added amazing introductions to the missions that had a cinematic quality. New themes, units, levels, missions, and much more. All of this while having an amazing plot and expanding the lore of Starcraft.
Graphics and visuals: It maintains the very same visuals of the base game here. They added new introductions to the missions that were incredibly better than those of the base game. It really leveled up the visual quality of the game in that aspect, and that wasn't an easy thing to do.
Gameplay: The game plays just as great as the original base game, as it should. It didn't miss any of the base game mechanics, and it actually introduced new units. The new balances and the cool new combinations are excellent in Brood Wars.
Sound: The music in this game is incredible. They added new themes to go according to all the new content, and it's just perfect. Adding sounds and music is one of the best, and most simple ways of improving a game through an expansion, and Brood Wars did it just perfectly.
Download Starcraft: Brood War
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
After a long wait (not to mention some vocal dissent on the Internet), Blizzard have finally released their StarCraft add-on, Brood War. And it has definitely been worth the wait: three more campaigns, seven additional units and some sensible faction-balancing has turned Starcraft from an okay game into something akin to the mutt's nuts.
The new units are generally excellent, and make a real difference to the way you play. The restoration abilities of the Terran Medic units prove highly valuable in combat, as does the corrosive venom of the ominously titled Devourer if you're playing as the Zerg. The three new campaigns follow on quite nicely from the previous game, and this time the FMV actually feels like part of the story rather than an afterthought. On top of this there are absolutely loads of new multiplayer maps to add to your collection. For any discerning StarCraft fan, Brood War is a must.