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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition - PC/Mac

by Blizzard Entertainment
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Edition: Collector's Edition

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack and requires StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty to play.

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Edition: Collector's Edition
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0050SZ1JW
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 9.6 x 2.4 inches ; 8.8 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,262 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Edition: Collector's Edition

Product Description

Activision StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition 72856 PC Games

From the Manufacturer

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion to the 2010 release of the heralded Real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.* Heart of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of Sarah Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the Zerg Swarm and plots her revenge against the treacherous dictator of the Koprulu sector, Arcturus Mengsk. It also introduces several new multiplayer units and features that enhance the acclaimed StarCraft II online experience.

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Continue the Story Where Wings of Liberty Left Off

Heart of the Swarm picks up the story of StarCraft II where the 2010 release, Wings of Liberty, left off, focusing on Kerrigan's quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Over the course of 20 campaign missions, players will follow Kerrigan as she sweeps across the galaxy, incorporating a variety of distinctive zerg species into her brood. Kerrigan will grow in strength from mission to mission, and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies to suit their play style.

New Weapons, Units and Multiplayer Features

New weapons of war also debut in Heart of the Swarm's multiplayer, including new units such as Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests, while certain existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities. New features will enhance the game experience, including group and clan systems; unranked matchmaking; Global Play, enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world; additional stat tracking; user interface improvements; an enhanced physics system, for more visceral looking battles; multiplayer replays, to watch replays with friends; a leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles; and much more.

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An all-new, Zerg-based campaign, that focuses on Kerrigan.
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Classic StarCraft RTS gameplay.
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System Requirements

  PC Mac
OS Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7 / Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
CPU 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor Intel Processor
RAM 1 GB system RAM / 1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7 & 8 2 GB RAM
Disc Drive DVD-ROM drive DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive 12 GB available HD space 12 GB available HD space
Video Card 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon X1600 or better
Input Keyboard, mouse Keyboard, mouse
Connectivity Broadband connection - Battle.net account required Broadband connection - Battle.net account required

Collector's Edition

  • Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm PC/Mac Game
  • Exclusive Behind The Scenes Dvd & Blu-Ray 2-Disc Set
  • Collector's Edition Soundtrack & Heart Of The Swarm Art Book
  • Zerg Rush Mouse Pad
  • Exclusive In-Game Content
    • Starcraft II: Torrasque Ultralisk & Portraits
    • World of Warcraft: Pet Baneling
    • Diablo III: Blade Wings And Banner Sigil

Key Game Features

  • An all-new, Zerg-based campaign, that focuses on Kerrigan, the erstwhile 'Queen of Blades'
  • Access to approximately 20 new missions
  • The release of new StarCraft II units and new maps
  • Improvements to Battle.net, including StarCraft Marketplace, timed to coincide with the release of Heart of the Swarm
  • New multiplayer options, including group and clan systems, unranked matchmaking, global play enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world, multiplayer replays, additional stat tracking, and others
  • A leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles
  • PC and Mac system compatibility ensures that everyone can play
  • The item is a US version only

Additional Screenshots

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20 new missions.
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A new Swarm leveling system.
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Battle.net improvements.
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Customizable battle focus.
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* StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty required for play, and sold separately.


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars StarCraft II: Heart of the Micro March 13, 2013
Edition:Collector's Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This review will be spoiler free.

Anyone buying this expansion should know what they are getting into, seeing as it requires Wings of Liberty, and I'd hope you have it if you purchased this. It is, in its most basic form, just more StarCraft 2.

HotS includes a full new zerg-centric campaign of 20 levels, plus 7 short bonus levels that let you try out new toys. The expansion is as well-polished as Wings of Liberty and captures the feel of zerg very well. The story moves along at a frantic pace and doesn't do anything overly shocking or innovative. Nonetheless, it was entertaining. Entertaining in the way a summer action blockbuster is; fun for a while, but skin-deep and forgettable. My biggest gripe with the campaign was the focus on micro. When WoL was released, the intent was to make a continuation of the original StarCraft. With SC2 emerging as an esport, and micro-management becoming the factor that determined winners, it makes sense that Blizzard would adopt this approach for the single player. It's just the natural evolution of the game, like it or not. I often felt like I was playing a MOBA, instead of an RTS / RTT (SC is really a tactics game, not strategy). This was further reinforced by the fact that most missions have timed events forcing you to react before you have time to really strategize. I got my fill on action, but I'm looking forward to Uber Entertainment's Planetary Annihilation for true strategy.

When it comes to difficulty, any player with moderate micro skills can blaze through the campaign with ease, as I was able to do on brutal difficulty. It was much easier than WoL, and Blizzard said it would be "more challenging" prior to release.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Collector's Items March 12, 2013
By Tamlane
Edition:Collector's Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I enjoyed Starcraft (the first game), and I loved Warcraft (II and III) as well as Diablo II, however I do not play internet-only games such as Starcraft II or Diablo III (although Starcraft II can be played offline, but I believe you first have to connect and register). Regardless, I can not deny that Blizzard makes what I believe to be among the best collector's edition games. As noted in the title, this is a review of the "bonus items" or the "extra swag" you get in the collector's edition. I am NOT rating the game, only the extras. My goal is to help people decide whether or not they want to shell out for the extra items.

First off, if you just want to play the game, there's no point in purchasing this collector's edition, unless you want the exclusive in-game items (see below) which frankly I don't think are worth it, however I'll let you be the judge.

What does this set include:

*The Game: for PC or MAC on DVD. You MUST have the original Starcraft II installed in order to play this! However, I am not going to rate the game, but do keep in mind if you want to play you must have Starcraft II.

*Exclusive in-Game Content: you get three in-game items, HOWEVER only one of them is for Starcraft II. The others are for Diablo III and World of Warcraft. In order to play ANY of these games, you must be online at all times (which I personally think is asinine since Diablo and Starcraft have single-player campaigns). For Starcraft II your in-game item is a "Torrasque Ultralisk" and some portraits. Apparently the Torrasque Ultralisk is only a skin, and the portraits are portraits, so this won't exactly help you dominate the field. For World of Warcraft you get an exclusive pet, which I know a lot of people love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy expansion after three years of waiting March 13, 2013
Edition:Collector's Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I will write this review in two categories: game, and collector edition.

1. Game
-some new units on top of existing sc2.
sc2 WOL already has a great solid fundamental gaming mechanics set up and with more additional units comes more strategies to consider in mind. It's guaranteed to be fun for SC2 fans.
I do want to talk about the single player however. The game comes with 27 missions: 20 story and 7 evolution missions. It sounds like a lot of contents for $39 expansion, but I felt the missions are slightly shorter than expected. Each mission lasts about 10-25 minutes, and were cleared after 6-7 hours. Evolution missions are basically training missions lasting 5-10 minutes very straightforward, and as soon as you think you will start enjoying your new evolved units, the game ends, especially ultralisk evolution comes very late in the game. However, considering it's $39 expansion and are still packed with loads of cool Blizzard-quality CG scenes, I think it's a decent expansion.

2. Collector edition
-you know you can still buy digital deluxe from battle.net or just buy standard edition, but is collector edition worth it?
if you're a fan of sc2 like me, obviously. Reviewing,
-soundtrack: It's ok and good to have but not sure if you will be listening to it all day and be impressed by it since it's all background music especially it's zerg themed.
-Behind the scenes: comes on Bluray and DVD, so you get two. Considerate of Blizzard. You get to watch all the in-game scenes in lossless quality
and get to watch how SC2 was all crerated that were never shown anywhere on the internet again on bluray quality scene. The best part I enjoy is how the game I enjoyed was created.
-Artbook: very high quality 150pgish hardcover book.
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