I had owned and played most of the RTS games that you see listed in the top 10 lists. All the command and conquer games. All the Age of empires games, Warhammer, Company of heroes, Warcraft2 and 3. Played the hell out of COH the last 5 years. I wanted to go back in time and play a game i had missed. I considered Homeworld a game with a fanatical reputation and a newer HD version. I decided to go with Starcraft. I wanted the original first then i would go for Starcraft 2 so in December i treated myself to the Starcraft battlechest which was the original game, the Brood war ad on and a prima strategy guide. It was the best $18 i could have spent! The game was a work of art, looked amazing for a 1998 release. It was also very easy to play. Any RTS vet can get right in there and play easy especially with the Terran race. The units, the maps, the strategies are incredible. You have a nice variety of tech upgrades and a variety of styles you can play. While it is a very easy game to start playing it is incredibly deep. You can play for a lifetime and never master it. I was amazed that a 17 year old game still had thousands on battlenet playing in north America alone every time i logged in. In short this may have been the best game i had ever played. The best strategy game anyway. Did the game have some issues with age? Yes there was no way to adjust the difficulty of an AI opponent or team mate. Path finding can be a problem as larger units might turn and go a different route. Also you could only take control of 12 units at a time. All of these problems remedied by Starcraft 2.