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  • Jul 29, 2010
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So I'm not a big fan of multiplayer games. No, I tend to go it alone as much as possible (the one exception being "World of Warcraft", but even then I tend to avoid PvP). I haven't tried any of the multiplayer aspects of this game yet, so this isn't a review of those. Instead it's a review of the solo story mode and the solo "fight against AI drones" modes.

First, the graphics. Oh, goodness me, they're lovely. Part of why I bought the computer I bought was for this game and it makes me very happy to see how lovely it looks. The detail is great within the game, though the cut-scenes look a little off somehow.

Then there's the story mode. I have this to say about the story mode: THIS IS NOT A WESTERN, BLIZZARD! It's a science-fiction game. If I want a Western, I'll put "Red Dead Redemption" onto my 360 and groove on that for a while. I don't know what it is about sci-fi that automatically makes certain people think of Westerns. From "Doctor Who" to "Star Trek" to "Red Dwarf" it seems like every sci-fi franchise has to do at least one Western episode. This isn't officially a Western, but it's build like one in just about every way, with music, characters and plots that really remind of Westerns during those rare times they aren't reminding me of bad 1980's sci-fi. The story is frankly crap. It's pretentious, cliche-ridden, unimaginative, implausible garbage.

This is, fortunately, more than compensated for by the very excellent game play! The missions in the story mode are fun and there's a good variety of them. I also like that you get to choose certain permanent upgrades to your units and that the missions you choose make a difference in what upgrades you get to pick. That's quite nifty!

And as for the "beat up the AI" missions, oh, deary me those are fun. What I love most about games like "Rise of Nations" and the Age of Empires series, as well as "Warcraft III", is sitting there taking on a series of AI opponents in big maps. There Blizzard does not disappoint and delivers a truly fun experience, even if you do have to spend a bit of time searching for the option. Well, I did anyhow.

Some further bits of minor nitpicking for me to do before I sign off on this completely.

I hate the fact that there's so much smoking in this game. Normally I ignore it in games, but it's really blatant and obvious here.

I could also really do without the sexism and the largely white characters. What, it would hurt Blizzard to have some of the marines you make pop up as black women? I'm sure creating a few extra character portraits and doing some extra VO work wouldn't have set them back that much financially.

Wow, the music in this game is irritating. Apparently in the future everyone listens to 1970's Southern rock.

There's a nifty "Galaxian"-style arcade game that's fun to play.

Lastly, I was a little surprised at this being the "human only" campaign. I'm actually not really bothered by that with the proviso that Blizzard not price the expanions for the game higher than, say, $30. Beyond that, it'll get touchy with me. As for the lack of LAN support, I don't really miss it and, let's face it, LAN parties are largely a thing of the past now.

So overall, a beautiful game with great gameplay and a horrible, terrible plot. Five stars normally, but the plot is so awful I'm knocking a star off.

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Continue the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II presents a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in a sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard offers online play through with several enhancements and features to make StarCraft II even better.


  • Single-player campaign or multiplayer available
  • Full map-making and scripting tools give players freedom in customizing and personalizing their gameplay experience
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Number of Players: Single-player, Multi-player
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Console: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Genre: Strategy
Release Date: July 27, 2010
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