Gamers everywhere in the world are openly anticipating July 27, 2010 as the biggest day in PC gaming history.[firstpara]
Nostalgic computer memories of the 90s will prosper once again with the release of the much anticipated sequel to 1998’s StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War.
Two expansion packs of the game will follow StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, namely Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.
Wings of Liberty takes place 4 years after the events of Brood War, where the Zerg forces have overpowered both the Terran Dominion and the Protoss home world of Aiur.
Players may still choose from all 3 races: Terran, Protoss, and Zerg. They can play PVP style or on multiplayer mode.
StarCraft 2 remains very much loyal to its predecessor – from the game’s heavy storyline to its easy-to-digest animation schemes and remarkable voice-over sequences.
Deceived by Arcturus Mengsk and now a mercenary, Jim Raynor will be the game’s central protagonist as he leads a militia group against the now-autocratic Terran Dominion, where his betrayer rules.
Zerg Commander Kerrigan, on the other hand, has been quiet and stagnant since the events that transpired in StarCraft: Brood War, generating a temporary yet tension-filled state of peace in the sector.
True highlights of the game are the updated legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types, now battling it out on a wider space terrain.
The game’s new Galaxy Editor is also a must-see, now with a more sophisticated user interface, allowing players to create better custom maps and mods.
But the most intriguing development in the game is its online play, where carefully-ranked gamers can now duke it out at the company’s gaming service, Battle.net.
The downside, however, is the initial absence of LAN support in StarCraft 2, prompting gamers to swing by Blizzard’s gaming service site before playing multiplayer locally.
The game also stirred displeasure among fans for having a lengthy development, though previews and demos indicate that the game is certainly worth the wait. If James Cameron did it with Avatar, then so can Blizzard, yes?
Other than these small hang-ups, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty has serious potential to be this year’s biggest game release. A highly regarded sequel 12 years in the making can do us no wrong.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
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