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It's a classic game now, and many would call it 'retro'. The truth is, every time I log onto battlenet, Warcraft 3's in-game multiplayer service, I'm discovering a variety of new and fun games.
Let's start with the singleplayer... personally, I found this fun for a while but kind of what I expected. Most levels involve building some kind of base responsible of producing units to go and destroy an enemy base, or achieve some given objective. These tend to vary quite considerably but the formula remains pretty much the same, but it keeps it interesting. I've not completed the singleplayer, and that's because I discovered online play!
Wow... to describe this better, I must first explain that Warcraft 3 ships with a program called the 'World Editor' which allows you to make your own map that you can play on battlenet with other people. The level of customisation is huge and it has turned the whole 'base building' idea on its head.
There are games of Chess, Battleships, Dragon Ball Z, Resident Evil, and many others. There are a lot of themed games that have become popular such as Tower Defences where you and possibly a team build towers to try and kill waves of monsters that follow some given path through the map, or sheep tag where the majority of people play as a sheep and try to avoid enemy wolves who attempt to hunt them. There really is an un-ending variety of games to try.
One huge custom map in terms of its following is a game called 'Defence Of The Ancients' or 'DotA' for short. It's the most played game on battlenet and even more than those that play the official Warcraft maps. The aim of DotA is to destroy the opposing team's 'ancient' which is deep at the heart of the enemy base. This is achieved by each player on the team choosing a 'hero' which has a unique set of skills and attributes. You earn experience and gold by killing waves of enemy 'creeps' that wander from one side of the map to the other. Experience allows you to level up giving you more skill points and attributes. Gold can be used to buy items from a huge variety that can be key to your team's success. It's replayability is fantastic as choosing five heroes from over eighty for your team provides a huge amount of possible games, not forgetting different item combinations to try out.
If you're into strategy based games, or just a general breath of fresh air from some of the heavier games and are left wondering where those classic simplistic but fun games went then Warcraft 3: TFT is the way to go. The online play is great fun and will keep you occupied for hours. It's an old game now, so the graphics do suffer but it does mean you'll be able to play it on whatever machine you have about the place. The soundtrack is very good, containing a large variety of tension building and dramatic classical music.
Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone interested in having some fun who isn't too worried about cutting edge graphics.