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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty


$60.00 Released July, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Vastly improved graphics over the original - brings Starcraft into the 21st century. Extremely well balanced - long beta process with many patches, long-term support. Maintains the original / well loved gameplay mechanics of the first game.

The Cons:No LAN multiplayer. Requires a copy of the game for each server you wish to play on (North America, Europe or Asia) - poor for international players / tournaments. CANNOT ZOOM OUT !!! We're stuck at 3 inches over the map. We all have better than 640x480 resolution now! Wake up!

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the first part of the StarCraft II trilogy. It contains full multiplayer capability and the Terran campaign. The Zerg and Protoss campaigns will be released as expansions, entitled Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, respectively.

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Product Shot 2 Each campaign has 27-30 missions, meaning that the entire StarCraft II trilogy will have almost three times the number of missions in Brood War.

The long awaited sequel comes over a decade since the release of the original StarCraft, a landmark game in the real-time strategy genre. Announced at a world wide invitational press conference on May 19, StarCraft II continues the legacy set down by its predecessor and continues the story of the war between the Protoss, Zerg and Terran races. Full 3D graphics, new units, and new abilities are all introduced for this second installment.

A several month long beta started in eary 2010, and a two-week final release candidate beta took place in early July 2010. The game was released on July 23rd, 2010. Digital downloads from Blizzard had been available since the previous week, however the game could not be installed until the release date.

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Controversy

The strict DRM that Blizzard uses to control cheating, piracy and unauthorized copying has come under much attack, ever since Blizzard announced that the game would not include LAN and the only way to legally play multiplayer was through their Battle.net service. An internet connection is required for install, and the game can only be played offline for a month until the user must log in again to reactivate the game. Each game is tied to a single Battle.net account, and is region locked. Rumor has it that much of the DRM was pushed onto Blizzard by Activision, although nothing has been confirmed.

User Reviews (21)

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Pros
  • 9

    vastly improved graphics over the original - brings Starcraft into the 21st century

  • 8

    extremely well balanced - long beta process with many patches, long-term support

  • 7

    maintains the original / well loved gameplay mechanics of the first game

  • 7

    the game of choice for the RTS enthusiast - huge community and 'professional gaming' backing

  • 5

    many original units for nostalgia factor, while others are replaced for players to enjoy / learn new strategies

  • 4

    the addition of mult-level terrain units such as reapers and colossus - adds to the strategy of harassment / using your terrain and sight to your benefit

  • 4

    huge Battlenet 2.0 improvements for an enhanced experience

  • 4

    runs well on older hardware

  • 4

    continues the popular StarCraft storyline

  • 3

    interesting micro / macro game dynamic

  • 3

    great replay watching system

  • 3

    millions of people playing so lots of people of all skill levels

  • 2

    well done single player campaign includes many units old and new not found on the balanced online play, adds research / technology upgrade aspects, mercenary hires

  • 1

    free beta key when pre-ordered

  • 1

    tons of built-in community features

  • -4

    starcraft has the best ai ever?!

Cons
  • 13

    no LAN multiplayer

  • 5

    requires a copy of the game for each server you wish to play on (North America, Europe or Asia) - poor for international players / tournaments

  • 4

    CANNOT ZOOM OUT !!! We're stuck at 3 inches over the map. We all have better than 640x480 resolution now! Wake up!

  • 1

    single player campaigns will be released individually as separate games

  • 1

    Blizzard is now owned by Activision who put profit before added value / customer satisfaction

  • 1

    Monthly online reactivation

  • 1

    Cannot add Mods without being banned from BattleNet (hence blocked from playing).

  • 0

    losing is an incredibly frustrating experience, difficult to play "just for fun"

  • -1

    Took forever to be released.

  • -2

    no additional gameplay mechanics

  • -2

    potentially rushed out the door - somewhat short beta of 4 months, a lot more work to be done on balancing and battle.net 2.0 before a perfect release

  • -4

    no additional races

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