Retro Gaming 90’s- WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness: (1995)

Its no secret that the WarCraft series has been around for a very long time now. In fact, its hard to believe that the series started back in ’94 with WarCraft Orcs & Humans which appeared on MS-DOS along with PC. While the first ever WarCraft game was ahead of its time and felt like a pioneer within the real-time strategy genre the sequel that came out in ’95 known as WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness was a game that many people were fond of following its initial release. Some might argue that WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness was more popular than its predecessor because it gained more exposure on variety of different game systems including the PlayStation and Sega Saturn along with being available on Linux and MS-DOS. The plot for WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness was pretty basic and it revolved around the human race trying to fight to save their country from evil orcs that emerge from the Dark Portal.

The setting of the game takes place in a fictional land known as Azeroth where players could in engage in a variety of activities from battling AI controlled enemies to constructing buildings. Their were also game modes players could edit maps along with having the option to partake in multiplayer gameplay. The popularity of WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness also managed to spawn an expansion packs which were released between ’96-’97 known as Beyond the Dark Portal and Dark Saga. WarCraft II had a ton of commercial success was one of the most popular real-time strategy games of the 90’s decade before the original StarCraft came out back in 1998. Despite, how cool WarCraft II was back in the day it does not get talked about as much as the World of WarCraft game from 2004 a game that has been receiving expansion packs for over fifteen years now.

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