Warcraft 2 official box artwork

In a bit of a surprise announcement, Blizzard has now revealed that DRM-free versions of Warcraft 1 and 2 have just become available on GOG. The original Warcraft: Orcs & Humans will set you back $6, while Warcraft 2 costs a little bit more at $10. On the other hand, if you decide to purchase both of them at once, you will be able to grab the whole bundle for $15. Not exactly a massive discount, but it's certainly nothing to scoff at either.

Much like the recent Diablo re-release, you will have two options when launching Warcraft 1 and 2. The first one will offer a variety of improvements that make playing on modern operating systems and resolutions a non-issue, while the second option will give you an entirely authentic experience, including online multiplayer through Blizzard's very own Battle.net service.

Personally, I'd recommend going with the first one, because the feeling of authenticity is not worth the time you'll have to spend debugging any potential issues that might appear on modern operating systems. You'll still get to play through Warcraft 1 and 2 in their entirety on either mode, so unless you really want a glimpse into the past, the compatibility mode should be a no-brainer.

As for whether it's actually worth playing Warcraft 1 and 2 at this point, I would say the answer is a tentative yes. Warcraft 1 and 2 went with style over sheer graphical fidelity, so even though they may be ancient, they are still quite pleasing on the eyes. So if you don't mind some clunky controls, and missions that are mostly about destroying the enemy base, Warcraft 1 and 2 might just be worth a closer look.

You can learn more about them, as well as grab yourself a copy, over at GOG. Enjoy!

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