Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Game Review
If you know anything about RTS (Real-time Strategy) games in general, there is a good chance that you either own a copy of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty or are considering purchasing it as since its release in August, it has quickly become the fastest selling strategy game of all time with over two million sales in just under 4 days…but is it worth the acclaim?
StarCraft 2 Review
StarCraft II is Blizzard Entertainment’s newest release and comes after almost 12 years of agonizing wait time since the original StarCraft was released in 1998 to critical acclaim. Although frequent delays in development occurred in order to manage the popularity and development of the WarCraft series, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is finally upon us and presents us with a hard drinking, alcoholic Jim Raynor that is set on toppling the powerful Terran Dominion led by Emperor Arcturus Mengsk while restoring his good name.
The game takes place four years after the original StarCraft and over the course of 29 missions, Jim Raynor and his Raynor’s Raiders collect Xel’Naga artifacts for the Moebius Foundation in an effort to sell the artifacts and fund their rebellion uprising against the Terran Dominion. StarCraft II brings back many old characters while introducing a few new ones as well and is designed more towards multi-player game play although the single player version offers ample amounts of excitement and interesting game play.
As for new developments and cool features of StarCraft II, Blizzard did an impressive job incorporating new features as well as the ability to customize game play dramatically. Blizzard has introduced a new and improved replay feature that allows users to record, replay and review past games which is a definite plus. Furthermore, great emphasis has been given to the development of Battle.net, which is a ladder system that is designed to match players of equal skill levels in regards to multi-player play. Another improvement that will undoubtedly excite fans is the vastly improved graphics of the game with the alien worlds and terrain getting a complete overhaul.
In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard has masterfully created a great visually and interactively engaging Real-time Strategy that allows for seasoned veterans to instantly re-immerse themselves into the world of the Terran seamlessly while allowing newcomers the chance to learn the back story of StarCraft and engage in exciting single player or multi-player action. StarCraft II offers players a wide variety of missions as well as three choice missions that can alter the story line although all three have the same end result. Developers put much effort into the cut scenes and have succeeded in creating seemingly cinematic scenes that not only visually impress but also fit into game play without feeling obtrusive or hindering the overall experience.
Although the decision to offer only the Terran perspective in the initial campaign may disappoint, developers have noted that extensions for both the Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the Zerg and Protoss so that players can be offered the total package and experience. All in all, StarCraft II falls short of being the epitome of RTS games but succeeds in offering an enticing game that is bound to entertain both veterans and newcomers alike with countless hours of intense game play and intriguing story lines.