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delicieuxz: Oh, I don't mean to say that the whole GoG release sucks. I don't have it. But, I know what the Battle.net version is missing from the original release, and I have verified that the soundtrack is the cut version by watching YouTube videos of the GoG version being played.
Ok, so the only thing you verified is that youtube works properly. Thats cool to know. But what you fail to verify is what actually comes with the release. It comes with both the BNE version AND the original Tides of Darkness + Beyond the Dark Portal Expansion and if you get the bundle you also get Warcraft 1. Like I said, what they released was an identical version of the original that has all the sound tracks, voice overs, etc. It even has the pre-release voices from the shareware version.
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delicieuxz: Oh, I don't mean to say that the whole GoG release sucks. I don't have it. But, I know what the Battle.net version is missing from the original release, and I have verified that the soundtrack is the cut version by watching YouTube videos of the GoG version being played.
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Lancelight: Ok, so the only thing you verified is that youtube works properly. Thats cool to know. But what you fail to verify is what actually comes with the release. It comes with both the BNE version AND the original Tides of Darkness + Beyond the Dark Portal Expansion and if you get the bundle you also get Warcraft 1. Like I said, what they released was an identical version of the original that has all the sound tracks, voice overs, etc. It even has the pre-release voices from the shareware version.
You're saying that the GoG sale comes with the DOS version of the game running in DOSBox?

There's no mention of anything on the store page other than the Battle.net edition. And the listing says Warcraft II Battle.net Edition (as painful as that is).

From what I can verify, the Warcraft II launcher offers two versions:: Classic, which is the original Battle.net version, and Enhanced, which is a GoG-modified version of the Battle.net version. Neither of those are the non-Battle.net version.

Are you saying there's another download available that isn't included in the new launcher?
Post edited April 01, 2019 by delicieuxz
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OMG, so much salt because of some dumb soundtrack.

Be happy that it's available here.

Why do GoG users seem to live in an old tin can?
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BerliozA: OMG, so much salt because of some dumb soundtrack.

Be happy that it's available here.

Why do GoG users seem to live in an old tin can?
Consumers like you are why we can't have proper product releases anymore
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BerliozA: OMG, so much salt because of some dumb soundtrack.

Be happy that it's available here.

Why do GoG users seem to live in an old tin can?
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chen182: Consumers like you are why we can't have proper product releases anymore
Customers like me is why we have releases at all...
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chen182: Consumers like you are why we can't have proper product releases anymore
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BerliozA: Customers like me is why we have releases at all...
The Warcraft 1 release is pretty much fine.

The Warcraft 2 release was a 0 effort tack-on with no extras, apparently buggy graphics options, and brings nothing new or compelling to the table that makes it better than the Battle.net CD version I bought 15 years ago for $9.99 at Best Buy.

It still runs fine on Windows 10 btw, so that excuse is out the window.
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It still runs but it's out of print and has never been released digitally.
I messaged GoG support about the missing music and it sounds like changes to the GoG release of Warcraft II are not possible right now, and that the current release might be stuck with the gutted and sloppily-edited soundtrack:

"The Product Team informed me that currently we can only distribute Warcraft II Battle.net Edition, we are not able to add the DOS versions of the game and expansion or the soundtrack that came with them. I'm unable to tell if or when this could change.
Sorry for the inconvenience."


That's very disappointing and means this release is a missed opportunity. That makes the GoG release of Warcraft II a hard-pass for me. I'll keep playing my copy that has all the music in it.
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delicieuxz: I messaged GoG support about the missing music and it sounds like changes to the GoG release of Warcraft II are not possible right now, and that the current release might be stuck with the gutted and sloppily-edited soundtrack:

"The Product Team informed me that currently we can only distribute Warcraft II Battle.net Edition, we are not able to add the DOS versions of the game and expansion or the soundtrack that came with them. I'm unable to tell if or when this could change.
Sorry for the inconvenience."

That's very disappointing and means this release is a missed opportunity. That makes the GoG release of Warcraft II a hard-pass for me. I'll keep playing my copy that has all the music in it.
Ya you do that. Dont forget to mention you'll also be playing without the common sense improvements that come with the BNE version. Oh, thats right, I forgot, you dont have the skill to play online so you wont miss them. Or, you could just use the War2Combat version and put in the soundtracks yourself and call it a day (it's not that difficult). Or if you want to get REALLY retro, you can add the midi version (also available on the War2Combat site). I mean, if we're going all out "original" here, the midi files would certainly make the game feel WAY older lol. And they were an "official" soundtrack release to boot.
Post edited April 02, 2019 by Lancelight
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delicieuxz: I messaged GoG support about the missing music and it sounds like changes to the GoG release of Warcraft II are not possible right now, and that the current release might be stuck with the gutted and sloppily-edited soundtrack:

"The Product Team informed me that currently we can only distribute Warcraft II Battle.net Edition, we are not able to add the DOS versions of the game and expansion or the soundtrack that came with them. I'm unable to tell if or when this could change.
Sorry for the inconvenience."

That's very disappointing and means this release is a missed opportunity. That makes the GoG release of Warcraft II a hard-pass for me. I'll keep playing my copy that has all the music in it.
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Lancelight: Ya you do that. Dont forget to mention you'll also be playing without the common sense improvements that come with the BNE version. Oh, thats right, I forgot, you dont have the skill to play online so you wont miss them. Or, you could just use the War2Combat version and put in the soundtracks yourself and call it a day (it's not that difficult). Or if you want to get REALLY retro, you can add the midi version (also available on the War2Combat site). I mean, if we're going all out "original" here, the midi files would certainly make the game feel WAY older lol. And they were an "official" soundtrack release to boot.
Why are you bothering to fanboy against a comment that has nothing to do with you? The topic is not about making the game feel older, but having the complete CD music soundtrack. The Bnet version of the game doesn't have the complete CD music soundtrack, but has around just half of it, and does a poor job of editing out the parts that it doesn't have.

Warcraft II's soundtrack is iconic and a huge part of what makes Warcraft II something great. Without the soundtrack, the release isn't that impressive.

No, there wasn't an official soundtrack release. That's 3 for 3 of claims you've made that are incorrect. It has to be wondered what pushes you to so aggressively argue incorrect things concerning Warcraft II.
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lightmaguz: It still runs but it's out of print and has never been released digitally.
Seems like you are right. I remember i bought the Bnet Edition like 6-8 years ago on Amazon because i couldnt find my original. I payed 60 €cent for it and 2€ packaging. So a total of 2,60€.
Now its 60€ on Amazon.
The same with Knights and Merchants btw. I loved that game as much and i never had the Addon, so i bought the complete for 80 cents on Amazon 8 years ago.
Some old games seem to go for nearly nothing but then somehow end up being worth a lot.
Just as a hint, KaM still goes for like 0,05€ on Amazon in some editions. xD

Weird.
But honest question. If i own the Bnet edition already on disc, is it worth getting this gog version because of the upscaling and widescreen support? Its the only thing that bothers me each time i play the Bnet edition.
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NemesisZidar: But honest question. If i own the Bnet edition already on disc, is it worth getting this gog version because of the upscaling and widescreen support? Its the only thing that bothers me each time i play the Bnet edition.
For me, it was. One minor convenience is not having to mount an image file. With the resolution options, the game looks crispier while running in native too. There is no widescreen support though (the game is still 4:3). Then of course there are cloud saves and just having the game on GOG seems like a plus for me.
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lightmaguz: It still runs but it's out of print and has never been released digitally.
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NemesisZidar: Seems like you are right. I remember i bought the Bnet Edition like 6-8 years ago on Amazon because i couldnt find my original. I payed 60 €cent for it and 2€ packaging. So a total of 2,60€.
Now its 60€ on Amazon.
The same with Knights and Merchants btw. I loved that game as much and i never had the Addon, so i bought the complete for 80 cents on Amazon 8 years ago.
Some old games seem to go for nearly nothing but then somehow end up being worth a lot.
Just as a hint, KaM still goes for like 0,05€ on Amazon in some editions. xD

Weird.
But honest question. If i own the Bnet edition already on disc, is it worth getting this gog version because of the upscaling and widescreen support? Its the only thing that bothers me each time i play the Bnet edition.
If you use the alternate ddraw renderer, you can make it look even crispier :)

Mine looks like a fairly modern game right now.
And when you say modern, you mean it looks like a game from the mid 1990s with a filter on it.
I FACEPALM GOG for putting none DRM FREE games on GOG. Not here so i can buy anti DRM games. Plus the fact these are prehistoric games wtf still need damn battlenet fuck that.