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: 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.
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: Safar’ Wii claims to, “make the dream of getting close to wild animals a reality.” No doubt there are many Wii owners who would love a detailed virtual safari to explore at their leisure, free to gain the trust of the wildlife before photographing them at their natural routines. Well if any of those gamers do buy Safar’ Wii they are going to be disappointed.
Summary: If it's any indication of how I feel about this game, I wrote this review two days later than I theoretically could have just because I wanted to keep playing it. I also took three breaks while actually writing it to go play some more. Sure, it could have gone up Friday, but I decided to spend the entire weekend playing it, just to be safe. It's been almost twelve years since we got Brood War , and the original StarCraft still remains insanely popular.
Exceptional strategy sequel with some mature themes.
Common Sense Media
16 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that StarCraft II : Wings of Liberty is a real-time strategy game set in the future and involves combat between three different alien races. The game includes plenty of violence (with blood and gore), foul language, and scenes with drinking and smoking. Violence will likely be the big concern, as players are battling rival factions to the death -- with blood and limbs flying.