Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Late to the Party Ryview

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, by Blizzard Entertainment.

Comically, I purchased this game much closer to its original release date. But, for various reasons that are both confusing and boring, I didn't play it until now! Hooray!

So, it's time for another late to the party ryview!

Let's kill some space marines.

Heart of the Swarm is the continuation of the Starcraft II storyline from Wings of Liberty. This chapter follows Kerrigan, AKA The Queen of Blades, AKA Holy Shit, Are Those Wings !?!. As the Zerg, you play through a varied campaign full of 27 quite unique missions.

I'll keep this ryview spoiler free but I do want to express that I love the story in Starcraft. What drew me into the first game was the engrossing world that they built around their RTS, and both the original and Brood War had fantastic twists, turns, and thrills.

Wings of Liberty was no different, and Heart of the Swarm continued the trend. Good character development, fun story, and some pretty great moments.

Zeratul could have used more screen time though...[2]

Obviously, though, the game has to be more than just good story. I mean, at some point, you have to actually play the game.

Being someone who is pretty objectively bad at Starcraft, I'm very happy that the newest entries have a "casual" setting. It's a great way to enjoy the game without getting overwhelmed by your enemy. And it meant I was able to enjoy the game pretty fully.

The gameplay is very fun. I never liked the Zerg growing up, but now they definitely play easier than the Terrans for me. There's a few new units that are interspersed, but by in large this is definitely still just a "Starcraft II" expansion. Not that I mind it. But it does mean that the play the full game you have to pay a big chunk of change.

The campaign is very long, however. It definitely is the length of a full game (27 missions, compared to the original Starcraft that had 30), but playing as Zerg for that long is kind of trying. I enjoyed the variety in the missions, and it definitely kept me entertained the entire time, but towards the end I was itching to change races (which, I supposed I could do in the multiplayer).


I haven't engaged much in online play (mostly due to my self described terribleness), but I have toyed a bit with random maps. And like I said, it's very similar to Wings of Liberty. If you're just a multiplayer gamer that doesn't want the campaign, there's no (significant) reason for you buy more than one part of Starcraft II.

But if you're like me, and you grew up on the campaign of Starcraft, loving every minute of it, you won't be disappointed.

And I'm anxiously awaiting the day when I pull the trigger and play Legacy of the Void.

More on that later, I guess.

Let me know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

Until next time,


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