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StarCraft II:Heart of the Swarm

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Review

PC Perspective
1 May 2013
  • Excerpt: The wait has been long and anxious for Heart of the Swarm, the expansion to 2010's StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Blizzard originally hinted at a very rapid release schedule which did not exactly come to fruition. The nearly three years of development time for Heart of the Swarm is longer than a single studio spends on a full Call of Duty title; although, one could make a very credible argument that a Blizzard expansion requires more effort to create than said complete...
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Overall 10
9.5

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

games xtreme
30 April 2013
  • Summary: Part two of the Starcraft 2 trilogy is here and this time it is the turn of the Zerg to conquer all
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Overall 8
8.0

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Auracore MediaWorks
29 April 2013
  • Summary: The Swarm invades the hearts of nostalgic gamers everywhere
  • Pros: High-quality campaign; captivating storyline; improved matchmaking balance; easier to play with friends.
  • Cons: Improvements too subtle for the casual gamer; too little focus on adding to the multiplayer gameplay.
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Gameplay 10
10
Graphics 10
10
Sound 10
10
Addiction 10
10

Getting To The Heart Of Greatness

GIN
22 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Back in the year 2010, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty easily won me over. As someone who wanted a true sequel to Starcraft, (and waiting ever so patiently while Blizzard centered their focus on World of Warcraft) I wanted a return to classic real time strategy, while at the same time being able to play it on my slightly aging laptop.
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Overall 9
8.6

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

ActionTrip
12 April 2013
  • Conclusion: We aren’t overjoyed at the sight of a new Blizzard game as much as we were in the past. As for the narrative, well Blizzard is leaving us in the middle of a story, which, realistically, could’ve been told properly years ago in a single release; preferably one that includes campaigns for all 3 three major StarCraft races – Terran, Zerg and Protoss. At this point though, this is wishful thinking.
  • Pros: Exciting and diverse single-player mission structure, a beautiful and overall engaging real-time strategy with that traditional Blizzard glimmer that gives it a terrific epic feel, the brilliant art, cool-looking graphics and awesome sound create a fine atmosphere;
  • Cons: Some character and story inconsistencies, relatively short story campaign, friendly AI not as alert as it should be
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Overall 9
9.0

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Review

maximum pc
4 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  That, or tentacles – because it’s certainly not Sarah Kerrigan ’s disposition that keeps cowboy-turned-space-marine Jim Raynor chasing after his queen in Blizzard ’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm . We’re not spoiling anything you haven’t already seen on any of the game’s trailers – or box art.
  • Pros: Excellent graphics; creative in-game mechanics; great re-playability
  • Cons: Lame plot; multiplayer additions feel a wee sparse
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Overall 9
9.0

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) Review

ztgd.com
26 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Kerrigan returns to lead the Zerg armies once again in the first proper expansion to StarCraft II. Our full review.
  • Pros: + Campaign is diverse, + New units are fun, + Streamlined interface, + Meaty expansion pack
  • Cons: Some frame rate dips, Story feels bleak in contrast
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Overall 9
9.0

(PC Review) Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

The Entertainment Depot
26 March 2013
  • Summary: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm has a less varied but a more personable campaign than Wings of Liberty , and its unit additions—a mix of tweaked upgrades of older units and entirely new  ones—do a good job mixing up multiplayer. The hero-centric campaign doesn’t entirely suit multiplayer, but the lessons learned do give players a leg up as they segue into online and skirmish play. Minor issues aside, Heart of the Swarm is a great game.
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Overall 9
8.6

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

ccgr.org
25 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Minimum System Requirements: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/Windows® 8 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c Processor: Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7600 GT or ATI™ Radeon™ X800 XT or better Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
  • Pros: Great RTS game, high level of polish, fun story, long-lasting multiplayer
  • Cons: Most of the new content is in single player, limited single player replayability, large price tag for those not interested in the single player campaign
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Overall 10
9.5

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Strategy Informer
22 March 2013
  • Conclusion: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm embodies an evolved RTS that shows Blizzard has taken on even more superior genes from other gaming greats, even when those greats coincidentally happen to be of their own creation. If this is what happened since Wings of Liberty, then we should be in for a real treat when Legacy of the Void drops out of hyperspace.
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