"A Great Game that Should Have Come Earlier"
The core gameplay in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm has not changed so much. Players will build their base, gather minerals, build their armies, and destroy each other in mortal combat. The new units are a nice touch, but time is needed to see how they interact with the current strategy. I must admit that I have not touched StarCraft II in a while, so I turned to tried and true build orders. For players expecting the gameplay to open up to new possibilities, they may find themselves still searching.
The quality of Heart of the Swarm is top-notch. There is no denying it. However, in the grand scale of things, the game feels like it should have had all these features built-in three years ago. The campaign is undoubtedly fit for an expansion, but the multiplayer aspect, which is the majority of where the gameplay will come, is not. These streamlined options for online play should have been there from the get go. The leveling system should have been there from the get go. If Blizzard released StarCraft II in this form in this time, it would undoubtedly be the greatest real time strategy game released. However, the fact is the game came a couple years back and this is the second of three expansions. I can marvel at the technical work Blizzard put into Heart of the Swarm, but I cannot help but feel that something was lost.
All in all, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is a great pick up for the StarCraft fan. For beginners, the online modes give them a solid foothold with the game. For the rest of the gaming population, it may be worth checking out Blizzard’s space opera starring Kerrigan. While the expansion does not feel an epic amount of change, the quality is still top-notch and worth checking out. I recommend StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm to PC gamers out there.
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