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Zerging into the 76 position…
1998 brought one of the biggest and most popular RTS games ever with Starcraft. Blizzard quickly grew a massive and devoted fan base, one that stayed for over a decade. The Starcraft world takes place in the far future when humans left Earth to populate the stars. Of course they encountered opposition in the Zerg and the Protoss. Starcraft 2 begins about 4 years after the first game ended. The world seems to be safe with the fall of the Zerg and the Protoss fading from view.
A New Frontier
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty took some liberties to change the way players would get their Starcraft fix. Starcraft was a global phenomenon. Battle.net was revamped shortly before release and made it a seamless way to get into a game. Also, the ability to log in at any computer that has the game installed was a huge benefit as you could carry your own game over wherever you are.
The main campaign was very entertaining, bringing cinematic shots and gameplay together. The menu interface was made to intertwine between cinematics and the various different menus to give a fluid experience. Even the occasional change in a mission goal was done with precision that Blizzard is known for. This installation of Starcraft II is based on the Terran story, surrounding you into the plight of Jim Raynor and his fight against Emperor Mengsk and ultimately fight Sarah Kerrigan in protection of the universe.
Starcraft II’s balance is perfected, giving each race a slew of both aerial and terrestrial units and some that combine the best of both worlds. Where one force dominates another, there is always another that it is weak against; allowing a very intricate paper, rock, scissors scenario. This gameplay has secured its spot in the global professional gaming world starting with the Battle.net World Championship Series. The original Starcraft became the unofficial national past time of South Korea, a mantle that Starcraft II took up gladly.
Not a lot can be said negatively about Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. The gameplay is balanced, the cinematics are mesmerizing and the online matchmaking is superb. However, there developed a few problems that turned very nasty for some video cards. There was a problem with the way the game drew the screen during menu screens that could burn out video cards that weren’t cooled properly. Blizzard released a fix, but by this time numerous video cards went the way of the Dodo.
Not all of the failures of Starcraft II were hardware centered either. The game wasn’t very good for those players that were new to the eSports genre powerhouse and had a very steep learning curve. If you wanted to get help to learn how to play better Battle.net didn’t have a way for players to get help in becoming online Starcraft masters. On this same level the game has no LAN play ability. All games must go through Battle.net instead of just linking your PCs together to play. This is a big alienation of an entire group of players.
Is it the End?
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is just the beginning of a three part game. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty’s story is 100% centered on the Terran story where Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void are based on the Zerg and Protoss points of view, respectively. Is this just the beginning of a long line of Starcraft awesomeness? This gamer can hope so. Let’s just hope that the next installations don’t eat our video cards.
Whether you are a fan of Real Time Strategy games or not, you have to admit the publicity that the Starcraft franchise has brought to the world of gaming. It has brought an entire country into its glow and shown the world that video games are not just a kid’s play toy but a growing global market. Starcraft II was created with eSports in mind, something it hit its mark right on the head. Because of this The Ultimate Gamer gives Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty a 5 out of 5!