The phenomenal real-time strategy game "StarCraft" and its award-winning expansion pack "StarCraft: Brood War" are now available to download for free. Gamers from the late 90s will definitely get a kick out of this.
The vastly popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment is back in its original glory with a few tweaks made to improve the gaming experience. However, the look and feel of the original will still be the same to provide old-timers a chance to relive the game that was first released in 1998 and has since become an icon in the gaming industry.
The free downloadable "StarCraft" video game now includes new features such as a windowed full screen or windowed mode, Observer mode, a new cursor that clamps and unclamps, a Popular Maps feature to help search for games, an option to view actions per minute, UTF-8 support, access to opponent information, faster response times when engaged in multiplayer sessions, and an improved online game search engine.
To relive the excitement of both the original "StarCraft" and its expansion pack, download them for free from the official StarCraft website. There are Mac and Windows versions of the 1.18 patch for the download so everyone who wants to rediscover the iconic game or to see it for the first time can do so without shelling out any money. According to MacRumors, the new free "StarCraft" download is the first patch Blizzard has released in eight years.
CNET sees the move as a way to generate buzz for its upcoming "StarCraft: Remastered". The new version of the almost 20-year old classic will be given a makeover to make it look and sound better. The graphics, dialogue, and audio of the original sci-fi strategy game have all been re-mastered to be at par with today's advancements. In fact, the new game will have 4K graphics support and will have better online matchmaking so that multiplayer sessions will be a lot more exciting.
The new version will still have the classic campaigns of the original and the "same timeless gameplay" though they will be played with more detailed visuals. Players can look zoom in close enough to see the veins on Mutalisk's wings or zoom out to see the whole battlefield and survey the situation. "StarCraft: Remastered" will also have support for 13 languages, LAN, and modern online play.
The Remastered game will be available this summer. The original "StarCraft" and the "StarCraft: Brood War", meanwhile is already available to download for free.