Geoff Keighley
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

If you’re looking for this summer’s blockbuster PC game, look no further than this real-time strategy war game that shipped an astonishing 4.5 million copies on day one — and understandably so. Unlike the two-sided war waged between Orcs and Humans in the previous installments, two other factions have been added to the fray: the Undead Scourge and Night Elves. In the single-player experience, you gather gold and lumber to use in building up an army to protect your base and attack rival strongholds. While commanding a legion of troops may sound like a tedious endeavor, a powerful yet simple game interface removes much of the micromanagement. THE ASSIST Make sure to use ”Hero” characters in combat, so that they may gain experience and become more powerful over time. THE LAST SHOT With Hollywood-level grandeur and an epic story line involving four races, the single-player game alone would earn a high grade. Add in a truly addictive multiplayer mode and this becomes a summer sequel that definitely doesn’t disappoint.

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