Excerpt: Right now in the top 5 there are 2 protoss 2 zerg and 1 terran (the unique races that you can play) Usually in games like this one race is dominant. Not in this game! You can win hundreds of dollars by playing in tournaments and such. All it takes is practice. Ive been playing this game since the release. Ive made about 1k dollars from it. I'm in masters league.
Excerpt: Blizzard scored a home run on the original StarCraft, creating a worldwide favorite and seems to have preserved the best elements of the original game while also updating it. StarCraft II continues the storyline from the original StarCraft, taking place four years after the end of the Brood War expansion.
Cons: No local LAN support, micromanagement still necessary
Excerpt: Starcraft: almost anyone who has ever touched a real-time strategy game knows exactly what series I’m talking about. Arguably Blizzard’s most successful title (if you exclude the millions World of Warcraft brings the devils monthly) amongst the widest audience globally. The three races: Terran, Protoss and Zerg, have become as commonplace as the king, queen, bishop, and rook in the minds of today’s competitive strategic players.
Excerpt: Prior to StarCraft II’s release, there was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over Blizzard’s decision to split StarCraft II across three games. “Why pay full price for a third of a game?” was the not-unreasonable question. Fortunately, after playing a lot of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, we can tell you that this is emphatically not a third of a game. In fact, it’s the most polished, full-featured single- and multiplayer RTS we’ve ever played.
Excerpt: When we left off, in 1998, the insectoid Zerg had just betrayed the technologically-advanced Protoss and Terran armies, wiping out all life on planet Char. The Protoss homeworld of Aiur had been thoroughly ravaged, an infant Overmind had been destroyed, and renegade Terran hero Jim Raynor was fleeing the might of the oppressive Dominion forces led by backstabbing sod Arcturus Mengsk. Also, I was 11. These days, Jim Raynor is a broken man.
Excerpt: The next installment of the Starcraft franchise has landed with the Heart of the Swarm , an expansion for the 2010 release of Starcraft II Wings of Liberty. After rescuing Sarah Kerrigan from the Zerg in the previous game and "separating" her link as the Zerg Queen (aka the Queen of Blades), Jim Raynor was hoping for a happy reunion with his one-time lover. This would not be the case.
Conclusion: Wings of Liberty ’s multiplayer proved to be a streamlined experience without any glitches. The single-player game was a different story. The loading screens froze up several times, forcing me to reboot the system and occasionally part of the sound or speech would go silent for a short while. In the grand scheme of things these are but minor issues in an otherwise polished game. Overall, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty , is a unique, if not entirely even, success.