This game has to be the best real time strategy game I have ever played (next to Age of Mythology and Rise of Nation series). There are two different races you can choose to play as: Orcs or Humans. This game doesn't really have a story per say. It has a little brief information of the story before each level for each race. There are about 15 levels for each race and the levels get harder as you proceed. It really doesn't matter if you haven't played Warcraft 1, I didn't and I still love this game. I should play Warcraft 1, now I heard that was a true classic. Overall, I like to play as the Orcs, they were my favorite race to play as! I would be surprised if you did not like game, you would make me cry....not really, heh! This game is a true classic, but I were you I would play Warcraft: Orcs and Humans first. That's what I should of done.