Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It won't win any awards for originality, but it's good enough to shrink your nightly sleep to just a couple of hours.
  2. One of those rare games that is not overly complex, but provides a challenging and fun gaming experience. It never seems to get old or boring.
  3. 95
    The distinctive races, units, spell abilities, and bases are all unique and clever, so it's amazing that the game is as well balanced as it is. This is what gameplay is all about.
  4. Another glowing aspect of StarCraft is its absolutely brilliant Campaign Editor. This is the very best make-your-own game interface ever made.
  5. The cinematic animations are outstanding, dramatic and funny. Even the voice-over acting is really good.
  6. If real aliens turn up while you are playing this, they don’t stand a chance of getting your attention.
  7. The game has so much life in it - whether in the great, narrative-driven single-player campaign or the multitude of multiplayer options - you won't grow tired of it anytime soon.
  8. If you're looking for something new, if you're looking for groundbreaking gameplay, you won't find it here. What you will find is a very solid game engine, with fantastic multiplayer support, and nice units and technologies to choose from.
  9. 90
    By virtue of simple, solid gameplay, Starcraft has managed to rise above a predictable approach and been-there-done-that mechanics, and the final product (much like "Warcraft II" in 1995) seems fresh and new.
  10. You get a fun, instantly appealing, easy to play-hard to master real-time strategy, with character and an endless amount of playability.
  11. It truly revolutionizes and sets a new standard for real-time strategy games on the PC.
  12. Its well-developed plot, unique races, intuitive interface, and excellent campaign editor make it worth the price of admission, especially for those that liked "Warcraft II."
  13. While the game isn't necessarily revolutionary, it is refreshing in the gameplay it provides and the ability it gives players to create new challenges and prolong their gaming experience.
  14. All in all, if you buy StarCraft, you're buying it for the multi-player. The single-player is just too short and disappointing...The game just doesn't live up to the lofty goals of its predecessors, and for that, it suffers.
  15. Strong strategy, great graphics, and variety make this one of the year's best. [July 1998, p.114]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 631 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 122
  1. Sep 19, 2011
    9
    AMAZING!!! even better than WOW!!!
  2. RashM
    Mar 1, 2009
    4
    A very traditional RTS game that brought nothing new to the table. The interface was quite unwieldy and dated considering it came out in A very traditional RTS game that brought nothing new to the table. The interface was quite unwieldy and dated considering it came out in 1998. The actual strategy/tactics emphasis was quite low, and battles were mostly stats vs stats and numbers vs numbers. Full Review »
  3. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    This game is never getting old :) Now that SC2 is finally out I put my Starcraft cd-s onto my shelves.. One week before Starcraft 2 Beta I wasThis game is never getting old :) Now that SC2 is finally out I put my Starcraft cd-s onto my shelves.. One week before Starcraft 2 Beta I was still playing with the 1st sequel and i have been creating and scripting custom maps for that game for years!! Love the feeling, epic ending, characters, stories, races, music, cutscenes and everything about this game! Full Review »