Friday, July 30, 2010

My Dream Date with Starcraft II


My dream date began this past Monday night...

Having given StarCraft the coveted number one spot on my all time favorite games list a while back, I think it's safe to say that I'm an unabashed fanboy. So it should come as no surprise that I found myself waiting in line at midnight this past Monday, eagerly awaiting my copy of the uber anticipated "StarCraft II: The Wings of Liberty."

Continue the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.
Featuring a single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II presents a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in a sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard offers online play through Battle.net with several enhancements and features to make StarCraft II even better.

If you played the original, then you will instantly feel comfortable with the new game. Blizzard is smart enough to know that when something isn't broken, there's no need to fix it. The play controls and general layout are familiar and work like a champ. What Blizzard has done is taken an already great game and made improvements throughout. For those not in the know, the original StarCraft was a 2D isometric game. The sequel has gorgeous, lush 3D graphics and a scalable camera. New units abound and advancements to original units make for one happy gamer. One nice addition is the ship that serves as your home between missions. You're able to purchase mercs, upgrade units and research new tech.

If I have one minor quibble with the game, it's with the Campaign missions. Too many missions require you to complete an objective in a set time or you fail. While fun and filled with tension, there's just too many of them. One other minor complaint is the need to log on to the battle.net servers just to play the single player side of the game.

Overall, the game brings back warm memories of StarCraft while giving the franchise legs for years to come. If you're a fan of RTS (real-time strategy) then this one is a no-brainer. Run out and buy it today.

As for me, I got to get back to killing Zerg. Have a great weekend! Oh, and don't forget to sign up for my contest HERE

And almost forgot! I'm a guest at Mithril Wisdom today!

33 comments:

Gail said...

I have steered clear of this game but if a die hard Diablo person reccommends it, I am there!

Mason Canyon said...

I haven't played a game like this in years. After reading your review it makes it want to take it up again. Sounds like fun.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Joanne Brothwell said...

I'll recommend it to the gamers in my life!

Matthew Rush said...

I used to love Warcraft (not World of) and Starcraft when I was a teenager. Now that I'm old and game in the living room on a big TV I can't stand RTS. I'm not sure why but I guess it doesn't feel as immersive.

Also I thought Blizzard was working on like a RPG adventure game where you played as a female ghost. What happened to that?

Anyway great review, thanks Alex.

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welcome to my world of poetry said...

Another great write up which I enjoyed. Hope your competition is going well.

Thanks for the visit and commet,
Your early morning can start anytime of the day as there's always beauty of some sort around you.

Yvonne.

Helen Ginger said...

What's a scalable camera?

I don't play online games, but am interested in them since my son is getting a degree in game design.

aspiring_x said...

i'm not coordinated enough for video games. i don't usually last more than 30 seconds. :(
glad you found one you love! :)

Mesmerix said...

I am so excited about SC2, but I can't bring myself to spend that much money on a game. I'll have to wait a couple months to purchase, but I definitely want it. Maybe I'll check Steam, not sure if they have Blizzard's stuff available there.

Thanks for the review!

DEZMOND said...

glad to see you're reliving your fantasies through a video game ;)

Falen (Sarah) said...

good to know.
we may have plans to purchase it this weekend

Stephen Tremp said...

I like to read about gam reviews, even though we don't have a player to play them on. Oh, my kids have a DS. But I guess that doesn't count. Still waiiting to buy that Wii though.

Stephen Tremp

Lydia Kang said...

I don't play video games very often, but I used to as a kid. I'm hearing so much about this one these days. They're really addictive, aren't they?

Ellie said...

Our house is a buzz with Blizzard. I can remember this journey began when we were in Hawaii. Blizzard brilliantly arrived under our Christmas tree and my son vaporized before my eyes. He later appeared as a clone walking around, doing his duties: school and chores, until he could return home to StarCraft. I remember I had to go to the ER; He was fine it with as long as he didn't have to leave. (nothing serious Flu related, dehydration)

I will ask him when he wakes up about killing Zerg and his review of the game. When I asked, I have heard incredible...

enJOY killing Zerg!

Bossy Betty said...

OH OH. I think Alex may be addicted here. Am I right? Do I need to end someone to help you?

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool game review. I don't get much time to play many games but I love these types.

CD

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And I am a diehard Diablo fan, Gail!

Matthew, Starcraft: Ghost was scrapped a few years back. It was originally designed only as a console game, too.

Helen, a scalable camera means you can zoom in and out of the action.

Mesmerix, I balk at most prices, but I wasn't waiting for this game.

Dezz, I am indeed!

Ellie, you may not see much of him for a while...

Betty, no intervention yet! I've Zerg to kill.

Jemi Fraser said...

No one in my house has ever really gotten involved with video games. When the kids were younger we played Crash Bandicoot a bit and my son played Madden Football for a couple of years, but that's about it.

Reading your post, seems like we're missing out a bit :)

Talli Roland said...

I have never heard of this but I'm glad you're enjoying it! And hot tamales?! :)

Cruella Collett said...

I think it is safe to say I did not understand a single word of what you just said.

I used to play "Monkey Island". It was fun, and in addition a great way for me to learn English (though for the longest time I only spoke English in rhymes...)

Carol Kilgore said...

I can't play computer games ... I become addicted immediately.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, you're just missing out on an addiction.

Yes, Talli - Hot Tamales!

Cruella, I can try Klingon if you like...

The Yard Bard said...

When it comes to this kind of game, "jlHtaHbogh naDev vlSovbe'". But you make it sound like fun!

BStearns said...

I'm really trying to like Starcraft II but there are just a few things that I can't get over. The first is the fact that most of the units are the same from the original. Having a few similar units is good, but when I pick up a sequel I expect a revamped techtree, but expect things to have the same feel. The other is the fact they only included one campaign in the game. When I get an RTS I expect to be able to play the campaign for all of the factions, not just one and have to fork out another 40 bucks twice over to play what in my mind should've been included in the original release. I may buy it when they release all 3 in a cheap package like they usually do, but not before.

I am glad your enjoying it though :)

-Bryan
www.sff-hub.com

Cassandra Jade said...

Sounds like an interesting game but I'm not a huge fan of RTS. I like to have more time to think about things.

Cheeseboy said...

Nice. Heading over to your guest post.

Mr. Stupid said...

The addiction is too much. I guess, the only way to end all of it is by getting rid of the enemy.
This sounds like a great game.

Powdered Toast Man said...

Never heard of the game, is that bad?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bryan - There are a slew of new units among the three factions. And the original units get cool, new upgrades as well. The techtree has some great upgrades (miniguns on bunkers, self extracting vespene factory). Yes, you only get to play the terran campaign (they want your money for years to come) but the campaign is 26-30 missions (I believe the original SC had 30 missions), so you get a complete game. Plus, you can play all 3 factions in the multiplayer portion.

Mr Stupid, it is a great game!

Powdered, it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

BStearns said...

Alex - I have heard all those things, and it does sound like it is a great game. And really, the terran are probably my favourite faction in the game, but for me its still principle. They could have 60 missions in the terran campaign, but whenever I pick up an RTS I expect all the 3 faction campaigns. EA did the same with Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath which ticked me off greatly. I think it's just a cheap cop-out to not release the full game. I'm very bitter about this. Maybe it's because my gaming computer is broke :(

-Bryan
www.sff-hub.com

Helen Ginger said...

Thanks Alex. I was thinking "scalable" had something to do with climbing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bryan, get that gaming computer fixed and you'll feel better!

RaShelle said...

Glad to know you enjoyed it. The hubby loves Evony, but that's about it for his online adventures.

Patricia Stoltey said...

As one who was once addicted to the old PC versions of Digger and then Minesweeper, I know I dare not get involved with any other games of any kind. These sound like so much fun (said longingly), but I must resist.