Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – impressions

August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm 8 comments

“If the Zerg wipe everything out, it’s all been for nothin’… So I’m going back to Char to get the job done… Because the one thing I know is some things are just worth fighting for.”

Hydralisk HUNGRY OM NOM NOM

Okay, some people have requested me to write about SCII, so even though I haven’t got myself a copy yet (let alone have access to something that can play it) I’m going to try my best to give some impressions based on what I’ve heard, seen and read. Forgive me if I make a mistake here and there: I’m a SC n00b.

Everything looks so purrrrdy.... in ultra settings.

Definitely one of the biggest innovations that has been made to Wings of Liberty is its single player campaign, which is solely Terran. Heart of the Swarm will apparantly have RPG elements where you’ll need to level up Kerrigan the Queen of Blades, and Legacy of the Void will put the player in the shoes of Zeratul who will need to balance diplomatic relations among Protoss clans in order to further expand the unit and tech tree.

Forget the failed FPS, the CGI here is awesome!

From what I’ve seen, the campaign is very different to Brood War in the way it is played out. The player will spend quite a lot of time on Raynor’s flagship, the Hyperion, upgrading units and performing tech research. In addition, you’ll be able to interact with the Hyperion’s staff. Blizzard has taken a non-linear approach to the campaign, where at least initially, you will essentially choose missions to earn you money to fund your revolution against Mengsk’s Dominion.

Mission selection blah

For those who aren’t in the know, or simply want some practice, there are challenge missions which are great for honing in skills that are supposedly invaluable in online multiplayer. I think this is a great bonus for newcomers to the series, as the feeling of being left in the dark and/or being criticised for poor play online is often discouraging and off-putting. The new and improved Battlenet allows players to save replays of past matches (for heated discussion and review) and also features improved player matching.

Imma buildin' mah base~

It is clear that Blizzard has huge production values for this game. The vast majority of players tend to agree that the voicework has been fantastic. Up till this point in time, I haven’t heard anything negative regarding the actual soundtrack of Wings of Liberty, so that must be considered a plus! Of course few words need to be mentioned concerning the in-game cutscenes and CGI. The Blizzard team should be proud.

*Insert gameplay screenie here*

Casting that all aside, gameplay is where it’s at, and Blizzard has, in my opinion unsurprisingly, delivered a generally recogniseable formula, which is good. The gameplay of Brood War is tried and tested and what we receive in SCII is what I like to call refreshingly similar. Of course there are definitely new units (and missing ones) and new abilities, and while there will be some learning to do for fans of Brood War, Blizzard has played it safe compared to other RTSs in the market, and stuck with something solid.

Battlenet 2.0 RAWR

All that’s left for me to do is actually getting a copy of the game 😛 With Starcraft II being the fastest selling RTS in history, Blizzard must be doing something right. With a well thought-out campaign, combined with improved yet recogniseable gameplay, you’ll no doubt be spending hours and hours learning the ins and outs of each race with your friends.

How to train your dragon... well not quite...

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  • 1. Valence  |  August 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    No wonder my teacher seems to be in love with it. We’re still speculating that the reason why he’s so cheery in class lately was because his copy of Starcraft II had arrived ;D

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    • 2. ippius  |  August 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      bahaha that’s the funniest thing i’ve heard all day

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  • 3. Baka!  |  August 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    reminds me of the teacher in Lucky star….

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  • 4. kashim40  |  August 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    nice.. been waiting for this one.. great graphics.. can’t wait to play this one 😀 time to rest warcraft for a while ahha

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  • 5. Canne  |  August 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’m excited too!
    Though I recently heard some complaints regarding Battle.net system/rule limitation.

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  • 6. Reltair  |  August 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

    The campaign and multiplayer are good and all, but their UMS map system is pretty fail.

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  • 7. Baka!  |  August 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    All and all, does it live up to its hype and is it as good as SC1?

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  • 8. doguadreen  |  December 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    this game is so goooooddd i have been playing very hard

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