Oh boy oh boy oh boy–that’s the sound of computer gamers everywhere who lived in the heyday of the 90’s who have no doubt heard about Blizzard’s little Starcraft Remastered project. The project updates the old original Starcraft and Brood War games with remastered HD artwork among other additions. However, they’re charging $15 for the remastered version
However, Blizzard also released the original untouched games for free download. Yes, free.
Come on, these are absolute classics of the real time strategy genre. I remember being hooked on the engrossing storylines, with decent voice acting adding that little extra to pull you in. The addicting, fast-paced gameplay is a real gem and the artwork was already fantastic for the time period. A true Blizzard quality game–the exemplar of the standard.
The Official Word
Read Blizzard’s official release statement for yourself:
StarCraft®: Remastered upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end. Welcome back to the original game and its award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War.
We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.
- Remastered Graphics
- Remastered Dialogue and Audio
- Blizzard Friends and Matchmaking
- Classic StarCraft Gameplay
HD Graphics Comparison
Check out the before and after HD graphics for yourself–it’s quite the sight:
And now the remastered version:
In case that’s a bit hard to see, here’s a closeup on that Hive:
More to Come
Blizzard isn’t done yet–looks like they still have a few more exciting developments coming on 4/27, 5/5, and 5/12. That’s three more updates of ludicrous fun (hopefully). I’ll be looking forward to whatever they have in store:
What are you waiting for? Hurry up and download a free copy of Starcraft and Brood War!