FIRAXIS One of the best games I’ve played is StarCraft:
Brood War, especially the Skirmish mode. There are tons of individual parts in that game that come together into something really special. StarCraft has good progression, introducing new problems to the player and having then overcome them, moving onto the next part of the game, starting with, “Where are my resources?” and moving up to, “How am I going to win with my units?” The asymmetry of the forces is excellent, too. Each side feels distinct and has a distinct way to play, but they’re all balanced against each other. Then the whole thing is wrapped up with great art and audio. Brood War builds on StarCraft in really smart ways, and it’s one of the games I like best.
StarCraft: Brood War (left) was the game’s third expansion, but the first by Blizzard. Starsiege: Tribes (above) hit early highs for the squad-based shooter genre