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Video Game of the Week – StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty


Last week saw the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning StarCraft, which helped define real-time strategy gaming when it first came out back in 1998.

Set in the 26th century, StarCraft II centers around three distinct species – the Terrans, the Zerg, and the Protoss as they battle for galactic survival. Players assume the role of Jim Raynor, a Terran marshal turned mercenary rebel, who carries out missions for cash. The game includes many familiar names from the original StarCraft, along with a host of new characters.

Although there are 29 total missions included in StarCraft II, each one manages to feel exciting and fresh. Strangers to RTS titles shouldn’t be daunted – the single-player campaign eases newcomers into the game gracefully but offers enough twists and degrees of difficulty to keep even RTS veterans locked-in.

For every minute you spend playing through the great missions in the campaign, you’ll want to spend at least two exploring the Hyperion. The giant battle cruiser is your home base and it’s chock-full of special areas that cry out for further exploration. Along the way, players can select additional units and earn upgrades that will help them in future missions.

Of course, if you really want to test your StarCraft skills then you will move on to the multiplayer format as soon as possible. The overwhelming popularity of StarCraft means that you will always be able to find a game at your skill level. Parents should be aware that this online component is an integral part of the game and kids will regularly be playing against complete strangers.

Some gamers have complained about the $60 price tag and, with two more expansion pack episodes of the StarCraft II trilogy still to be released, they have a point. But StarCraft II is a phenomenal game, which sets a new standard for all future RTS titles. For sci-fi gamers, it’s simply a must-have!

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is rated “Teen” for Everyone 13 and older by the ESRB. Check out their video game ratings and content descriptors at ESRB.org

Blizzard Entertainment

Platforms: PC, Mac

Genre: Sci-Fi Real-Time Strategy

RRP: $59.99

Release Date: July 27, 2010

ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen

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