starcraft-2
Metacritic: 93/100
Release: Jul 2010
Reviewed on: PC

StarCraft 2

Site Score
8.0
Good: Great single player campaign - Active multiplayer scene
Bad: Requires several purchases to access the entire campaign
User Score
8.2
(22 votes)
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StarCraft 2 is one of the best real time strategy games available and takes place in the distant future. The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment.

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The game world continues on from the first instalment in the series and features the same three races; the Terran, Zerg and Protoss. Starcraft 2 is split over three games, the core game (Wings of Liberty) features the Terran campaign while the two expansion packs (Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void) allow players to play the Zerg and Protoss campaigns.

StarCraft 2 has been praised by critics and fans for its single player campaign, multiplayer features and unique storytelling methods that create a more engaging real time strategy experience. StarCraft 2 is also the proud holder of the fastest selling real time strategy game, reviving a genre that doesn’t see as much love as it used to.

StarCraft 2 is easy to learn but definitely hard to master with its massive amount of strategic depth (making it a popular competitive RTS). A lot of this depth comes from the finely tuned strengths and weaknesses of each faction that allows every possible option to have a counter.

Each race specific campaign is a unique experience each with their own different focus. The Terran campaign for example is heavily reliant on mercenary style missions for players to unlock new units, while the Zerg campaign has a focus on improving a core unit (the Queen of Blades) through RPG style missions, with the Protoss campaign having a diplomatic feel to it.

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A strong and varied single player campaign isn’t the only thing on offer from StarCraft 2 though, the game also has a vibrant multiplayer community and is packed with features including ladders, replays and even custom game modes.

With the endless options and countless features available in both the single player and multiplayer game modes StarCraft 2 will appeal to both casual and hardcore real time strategy fans.

Summary:

  • Highly rated single player campaign with great variety and strong story.
  • Huge multiplayer community and features.
  • Strong community for competitive RTS fans.
  • Plenty of achievements to unlock.
  • 3 very unique races to experience with their own strategies to master.

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StarCraft 2, 8.2 out of 10 based on 22 ratings

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