Starcraft is known the world over as one of the greatest games ever made and yet after its release in 1998 there had been no talk of a sequel until now. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty has been released and is taking people by storm. We’ll take a look at how this game stacks up to its famous predecessor and what makes the new installment worth your time and money.
The plot in Starcraft II is better than what you would expect from most any RTS. In most, the plot is full of holes and has nothing to do with the battles, but in this game more of an effort has been made to link up the cut-scenes with the action. The game is covered with overly macho dialogue that comes off as amusing more than annoying. This is definitely a good thing for a game that most players will spend hours upon hours on.
In the game, you command units who are on alien planets looking for artifacts while taking care of alien scum RTS style (for those unfamiliar, Real Time Strategy means controlling units who move around the map strategically annihilating your foes in real time, as opposed to designated turns). Each mission consists of objectives such as mining special minerals and finding artifacts before your foes do.
The game includes a number of special “challenges” which are designed to teach players how to play the game better. For example, some focus on which units are best at destroying certain other units. As you go along, you get research points and money that you can combine to get new, stronger units, weapons, and other fun goodies.
What made the original Starcraft so amazingly popular was not really the normal gameplay, but the amazingly fun and addictive online play. Though Starcraft II is an amazing game, it remains to be seen if it will reach the level of popularity that its predecessor has. Blizzard has instituted the annoying but common technique of having CD keys for every Starcraft II game sold, meaning that only someone who has actually bought the game in a store can play online with his/her friends. This also means that the game can’t be sold used and played online by the new owner.
This set-back may make little difference in the end, however, after fans hear what a great game Starcraft II really is. The game has amazing graphics, almost limitless replayability, and the same addictive online play that made the original such a sensation. It is difficult for a company to design a sequel that manages to capture all the great things about a game while adding new great things on top. But Blizzard has accomplished this for Starcraft II. Reviewers have given it a 9 to 10/10.
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