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The game play is extremely worth the money. Not only has blizzard kept its word for awesome online play, but they have developed leagues such as Masters and Grandmasters. They also have allowed sub-games that can be played online. What I am saying is that there are so many other types of games you can play! There is a Starcraft DotA, they have Bejeweled (Starjeweled), Tower Defense, Marine Arena, and the list goes on and on. It is by far one of the best real time strats out there on the market. The campaign play is just as awesome. They have an extremely in-depth storyline that has hours and hours of intense and time consuming missions that won't allow you to beat it within three hours. When it comes to graphics, you can adjust the level. So if you want extremely high-def quality, you can raise the graphics (if your computer can handle it). Not only does Blizzard have a great game on their hands, but the support behind it is tremendous as well. When it comes to game play and the controls on how to work it, you must learn for yourself. However, you MUST have a mouse if you want to play online. There is no way around that. However, you can learn how to play by watching Youtube Starcraft channels. Youtube has so many famous channels that deal with Starcraft. Some examples are Day9, HuskyStarcraft, HD Starcraft, etc. This list is endless. Also, companies are starting to sponsor Starcraft a lot more. More and more tournaments are created everyday for average players. They even have created tournaments where you can play 2v2. Starcraft 2 is by far one of the timeless games out there in the market today.
If you are a star craft fan, then I know you will agree and understand when I say " ABOUT DARN TIME". How long did we wait for this game, years more than it was supposed to take... However, after the game came out, I forgave them. I love this game, it was awesome, granted there was some differences. Dislikes, first I did not realize when I bought it but you HAVE to have internet access to install the game. I did not know that, and when I first got the game I did not have internet for a few days, talk about a killer. So I had to wait until I could hook up to the net to install this. Minor inconvenience, but gamers know, new game, PLAY NOW, WHAT can't play. Drives you insane. Anyway, I liked the way the campaigns worked, chronological, not simultaneously like SC1. The graphics, AMAZING, definitely worth the wait. I love the graphics they gave the zerg, and the way they really do swarm now when you move them "en masse". Just like SC1 we have free online PVP, and of course thats the best part I feel. Hopefully they will update, and patch SC2 like they did for the first one for years. Up until this came out I was still playing SC1 online, so this will be great gamers. Need a better computer obviously to run it. But other than that, great game, 5 of 5. Single player mode is great, with customizable options throughout game, and choices on what missions to take. Its easy to learn the commands if you've never played before. All in all, if you are, or were thinking of trying this game out, I would recommend it.
Ok now that we have this lets see what this StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty CE contains :
176-page book with art work of the game
A 2GB USB drive identical to Jim Raynor's dog tag, which comes with the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion set installed
A behind the scenes DVD containing developer interviews, cinematics with director's commentary, and more than an hour of content
The StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty official soundtrack CD, containing 14 epic tracks from the game along with exclusive bonus tracks
StarCraft comic book number 0, a prequel to the comic series
A World of Warcraft mini Thor in-game pet that can be used to all World of Warcraft characters on account in Battle.net
Special Battle.net downloadable content, also cool portraits for your Battle.net profile, decals and vinyls to customize your units inside the game, and a visually unique version of the terran Thor unit
now lets talk a bit about the game...
First of all this is what a RTS Game should be If you have played this kind of games you´ll notice what I´m talking about (it happened the same when I played for the 1st time Starcraft, you start playing and from the very beginning (Menu´s and everything ) all is just perfect, detailing is incredible, of course this includes Gfx and CINEMATIC look ultra real, voice acting is awesome, music and soundtrack also is very original (keeping the same feeling like old Starcraft had). Once you get started there´s no turning back you´ll have to exploit all content of the game because is excellent and totally sucks you in
The Story basically develops a couple of years later after Queen (Kerrigan) was overwhelm the entire Zerg race, not gonna spoil much about this, lets talk about the gameplay and a bit of the types of game modes you´ll find in this amazing RTS.
Basically you follow the role of Character named: Raynor or basically you play the role for the Terran race, in this mode there are a lot of new elements you start unlocking units (unique units that won´t appear in the multiplayer mode) then is the upgrading of these units and also buildings, beside this you´ll be able to hire Mercenaries which are very useful through the campaign and certain missions, and then is this new DNA technology upgrade which grants you special things added to your units and/or buildings, also you´ll be able to play with some of the heroes but only in certain missions... too bad you can´t asign them randomly in any mission, that´d have been great... there´ll be also missions where you´ll be able to play with the Protoss Race, but no luck with playing Zerg (At least in this campaign), what else can I say ... there are like 20h-25h of gameplay + you can replay missions in different difficulty.
Custom games and Multiplayer
In this section I´m no expert I must admit but I enjoy alot playing against A.I which is really good, there´s alot of competitive action in multiplayer, in my case my Internet connection is not that fast so sometimes I feel I´m getting ripped off start getting Rushes while Im not even done building army, is kinda frustrating... anyway if you ever played Starcraft online you´ll know exactly what to do, you can create your own maps but must be uploaded to Bnet servers and they must approve it. Also you won´t find certain units like medic, Goliath and others that appeared in the campaign mode.
This is fun, these are specific missions that´ll teach you basically how to defend, attack and play with all the races, you´ll learn which units are stronger and weak against other enemy units, also, didn´t mention before but you will earn achievements all over the game playing in different difficulties and executing missions withouth mistakes and what not.
In conclusion you´ll enjoy to play this game but you´d wish it wasn't that short , I know 26 missions is not short but what the hell I wish it was 150 missions hehe, hope you go and buy your copy because you won´t regret hopefully next year will be released the next campaign Sequel of Starcraft: LotV or something like that where you´ll play with Protoss or Zerg I suppose... don´t know which one, but I´m sure I'll be ready to get it!
My score 9.0 (only because didn´t have LAN support and Campaign felt short)
for the rest everything is PERFECT and super detailed like no other RTSG ever.