Featuring its innovative gameplay, astounding graphic capabilities, and cutting-edge technology, the Starcraft2 left a lot of gamers wanting more. And, in true “back to the basics” fashion, the sequel did not disappoint. First, Starcraft 2 brought us the return of the three races that were actively a part of the original game but also brought new dimensions to the series by reintroducing the Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss into the mix. The sequel introduced us to a new multi-level campaign system that allowed players to complete each mission in brutal mode. Also, the sequel gave us the tools needed to make our own maps that could be shared with others and be played online.
But, sequels can only lift the franchise on one side and then leave. Fortunately, Starcraft 2 managed to do this in spades. The campaign system, the unit-terrain interaction, the supply and demand economy, the flying missions, and all the rest were improved significantly. Moreover, the sequel introduced us to new top-level multi-player options that allowed us to play not only against other players but against computer opponents as well.
Of course, this would be a nothing short of a disaster if Blizzard did not go out with some official Stranglethorn background. What better way to portray the fourth wall between the living room and everybody else? Well, fortuitously, Blizzard has released screenshots and videos to accompany this release and, although they are heavily pixeled, the game does at least bear resemblance to the game that will be released on June 2010. We can only hope that Blizzard has managed to retain the much-loved units, themes, abilities and such.
Of course, this is probably just wishful thinking on my part, but I couldn’t help feeling that the next installment is going to be as good if not better than Starcraft. And with just six years between the release of Starcraft and Starcraft 2, that seems like the best bet.
In addition to offering a multiplayer experience that is equal in quality to the original game, Blizzard is also promising a brand new single-player campaign exclusively for multiplayer. This means that the player will essentially get to live the story from the perspective of one of the three races in the game.
Starcraft 2 New Gameplay
Aside from the promised new storyline, Starcraft 2 will also offer its online players a lot of new gameplay features. Battle Net 2.0 features twelve different multiplayer “races” (each with their own unique units) with the game’s own unique game-meaning cycle. Players can also link all their missions together in what is called an ” brawl ” (which, for the competitive servers, will require a lot of time and patience to do). All of the units from the original game appear here, and a lot of them have been perfected for battle. However, there are some bigger changes coming to the game.
For starters, you will be able to choose to play as individual units or as part of a Combine Squad. Don’t be surprised though, as Blizzard has already trademarked the term ” Combine ” for all you Combine buffs, debuffs, and other Unit buffsoutlands.
You will see a lot more units for Battle Earned, (this is a new and improved Battle Family) and you will be able to send your units on specialized missions that will unlock victory or release units. The missions will vary, some will beimo compulsory quests, some will require a specific hero to succeed, and others will be optional quests, which you will be able to embark on by completing certain requirements.
Another big pro is the versatility of the game. Blizzard will continue to evolve the game based on contractors new ideas and requirements.
Now for the downsides…
Ease of Use: 7/10 – Some guides are hard to follow if you are new to the game
seams fairly complicated. Some interface elements are confusing or unresponsive.
thanx for the categories that I wrote in the Pros section, I’m sure there are some that you will throw out there.
A Battle Family allows up to six players to join together and play together. Battle Families are offered in both “uced” and “standard” forms. The ” Reduced ” format will let you play with up to three ” Common ” characters, and up to three ” Rare ” characters. The ” Standard ” format allows for up to six ” Common ” characters and three ” Rare ” characters.
Gold, Cash, and Gaming Dollars:
We have had our fill of gold, and we are taking our stockpile of World of Warcraft money that we accumulated over the years and spending it on ” BlizzCon ” and nothing else.
Now we will be spending our gaming dollars on ” BlizzCon ” and nothing else.
What’s our point of view really?