993 of 1,032 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starcraft 2: A Fan's Lament
I've watched the Starcraft 2 Amazon reviews come in with great sadness. Sadness because this game deserves so much more than 3 stars, but also sadness because most of the points the negative reviews make are completely legitimate.
Starcraft 2 is a great game. I got it the day it came out and haven't touched another game since. Like the original Starcraft, it's...
Published on August 1, 2010 by Aguagon
2,430 of 2,822 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY, KERRIGAN?
One can only respect BLIZZARD for not setting a release date before they knew they could meet it. No matter that this was the most awaited game for over a decade, they would release it "whenever it would be ready". Well, it is ready, it is here and it rocks. Too bad they kicked the respect bucket in the end. But first things first.
THE GOOD OLD GAMEPLAY GETS...
Published on July 27, 2010 by NeuroSplicer
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2.0 out of 5 stars StarCraft 2,
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)The original StarCraft arguably the greatest real-time strategy game ever made. Sure it had a couple of quirks, like the Guardian's pathfinding bug which made them move into close to turrets when they didn't have to, but overall you had a perfect balance between the three races and an extraordinary campaign. Realistically, you're never going to make everybody happy with a sequel because it can never live up to the perfect game that people will be imagining it will be. So when I say that this game is very similar to the original StarCraft a lot of ways, it's not a bad thing.
I was extremely into StarCraft a year or so after Broodwars came out. I got it in that big battle chest thing with the two strategy guides include. I spent countless hours playing the game with friends, on my own, and played the campaign two times through completely. The original had this on mode where you could get other people to try out the game by joining your games and it was a lot of fun. It also lacked copy protection and was pirated mercilessly. As a consequence, blizzard has gone 100% in the wrong direction. The copy protection StarCraft two is stifling. It give you an idea, let me tell you, install process went. Remember this is using the disc and not the digital download.
I put in the disc and let the program install the whole 12 gigs. A nice touch, they've put a bit of back story in the installer so you hear a little bit about that previous game to get you started while it's installing. They're still waiting for quite a while, but it's a large game who can fault that? It also asked to activate on battle.net. So I log into my web browser and try to go there,and naturally all my old StarCraft accounts are now invalid. Hooray. So I set up a new account and then go to play my game. But wait, the installer has to run and optimization will take between 15 to 60 min. this is after the entire install from the disc. So fine, I wait for it to do its little thing and then it starts downloading patches conveniently telling me that it has a certain amount time to go before the game is playable, but I can play before it's fully patched. So apparently to aid in copy protection prevention they don't include the whole game on the disc. So now I'm waiting even longer until it can download the freaking installer. Fortunately you can play before the entire patch has downloaded, but still expected to spend more time waiting.
If you're on an AT&T internet account or anybody else with bandwith caps you need to know this. By default the installer downloads some data via P2P. So not only are you downloading the patches (as of this writing about 1.57 GB) you're also losing bandwith as it UPLOADS on your own connection without informing you first. To Blizzard's credit you can disable that feature from the installer's options at the top, but I personally felt stolen from because it was done without my consent. Ask me first Blizzard if you're going to be too cheap to use the bandwith from your own servers! Maybe I'll be cool with it for speed, but not asking isn't right.
So I finally get the whole thing downloaded and happy and I'm prompted to enter my battle.net password and username. It seems I have to enter this every single time I log in. There's no remembering my password so I have to type it every freaking time. Not only that, the game requires a constant Internet connection unless you want a play as a guest. Even then, you're only allowed to play your own game for 30 days between activations. This level of copy protection is freaking ridiculous. Oh, and per their terms they make it very clear that you don't own anything they're only licensing it to you. Again, to their credit they have very prominently how you can return the game for a full refund if you do not agree.
The game includes only the Terran campaign. Personally that's my favorite race anyway, but it seems like they're trying to make a cash cow to separate the game at into three separate parts. Each game is priced higher than the normal freestanding game, but on the other hand there's free online play which you have to factor is built into the price. If you're paying any kind of monthly fee to play online with people you would easily go over the cost of the game so don't find the high initial price all that disturbing. I should note, you do have guest passes that apparently let you have other people try the game as sort of a demo, but they have to download the 13+ GB full game to do so.
Gameplay is quite similar to the original game, but somewhat faster paced. There are naturally more units and everything looks great. The movies in between levels have been improved drastically. Everything looks more lifelike and I have no complaints. That said, after playing it I've just sort of felt like it was just there. I don't have the same emotional attachment and feeling of excitement I had playing the old game. Somehow, I doubt I'll get around to playing the campaign again. The best way I can describe it is like a sequel to a movie that's technically better in nearly every respect, but has all the heros wearing Pepsi logos on their outfits and the theater usher is checking your ticket stub every 10 minutes.
Even with all the extra stuff, I had such good feelings about the original that if this game and come out say year or two before it did I would've bought a new computer just to play it. As it was, I waited until the game was on sale for about one third its initial cost before even considered buying it and even then it was iffy. Blizzard, you kind of lost me guys. I find I'm much happier playing the Warhammer 40k games. Not nearly so much headache. Not planning on buying the next one.
With the current patch you CANNOT play offline. You're stuck with the same always on tether certain other games have. I've read some posts and it may be a glitch, but this is intolerable for me. I can't have my connection up constantly. I truly regret purchasing this game.
Update #2 12/3/12
Just FYI, Battle.net will install itself and it's cache on the C: drive even if you install the game on another partition. The installation has added a bit over 200 MB to my primary partition. I won't bore you with details, but it's somewhat irritating to me because it increases the size my periodic backups need. One reason I tolerate Steam is that at least it plays nice where I installed it; also it's offline mode works. SC2 offline mode is still broken as of today.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My nephew was disappointed,
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)Game seems to be incomplete, and seems to be little more than a way to acquire Battlenet subscriptions. This is the last time I spend money on a Blizzard Game for my nephew. It is too dependent on the internet and high speed connections so it sometimes ends up being slow and choppy.
51 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good for single player,
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)1) Not really good for single player; maps are small, gameplay is too "guided" and often rushed (i.e. you can't spend time building up your forces).
2) [*SCARY*] Do you use Facebook? If so, Blizzard will cross-reference your user info with Facebook's database and will tell your friends that you are currently playing StarCraft (even single-player). The only way to opt-out is to go through a convoluted parental controls setup process.
99 of 136 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait till the price comes way down and they make some changes,
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)First off, I suggest anyone wanting this game, WAIT!!! It's too freakin' high and you'll be disappointed with a few things, so wait on it. That seems to be the general consensus. The new graphics are great! But it's overpriced and for everyone out there who were expecting to play this game while traveling to someplace without a internet connection, forget it. You have to play it via the internet only. HUGE MISTAKE.
I picked up my copy yesterday like all loyal Blizzard Starcraft fans out there. It was like Christmas for me back when I was a kid. I couldn't wait to get home and rip that sucker open. Then things became abundantly clear for me. All that delays, all the silence, no reviews, nothing coming out of the Blizzard camp except trailers I've been watching for 2 yrs and the promise of something new, something fantastic, and something that will make the original Starcraft look like Pong. Well, I'm still waiting to be impressed.
I am so angry about this! I can't even articulate accurately what exactly I'm disappointed with the most. The lack of LAN playing is serious let down since it's how I first learned to play SC. The biggest disappointment has to be the lack of stand alone playing. We live in a time where there are gaming laptops out there that are nearly as powerful and fast as desktops. Being able to play this game anywhere is one of the things I was so looking forward to and now, I learn that that's not the case. Truth is, SC was the first game I ever played on a PC when I bought my first back in 98. (besides solitaire anyway) Staying up all night playing, spending entire weekends being a mindless zombie battling the evil swarm. Luckily, I had a treadmill. Anyway, this is bad, but not all bad. Still, it's getting 2 stars just because of the high price and dependency on the internet just to play in single player mode. I feel as if I paid [...] bucks so I could be told what I could do with what I paid for. This isn't like Blizzard and I gotta ask, what was the motivation for them doing this to their loyal fan base of their award winning games. Do they give out golden turkey awards for games ?
One of the impressive things about most of Blizzard products is that I could always play by myself and be happy doing that. I could play anywhere, anytime as long as I had my trusty gaming laptop. What the hell were they thinking! You have to have an internet connection to play? That's ludicrous! No wonder they kept that tidbit quiet and kept all things quiet because there's now way in hell this game is going to win Game of the year. Blizzard betrayed their followers and loyal fans. So, I guess when my internet is down, I'll just have to play pong to keep myself entertained now. Needless to say, I won't be buying SC 3 or any of SC2 expansion packs unless the online crap goes the way of the dodo Thanks Blizzard.
I'm a very patient person and I'm always positive by nature. The reviews of SC2 are pouring in and most of them aren't positive. I feel like I've been robbed though like most. I love the familiar feeling I get from the game, but I guess I just was expecting something groundbreaking, something spectacular, something new. Graphics are good, storyline is great, but the game is a huge let down over all. I guess I'll have to become a Microsoft game fan and hope they'll come up with a good new strategy game. Blizzard, you've lost a fan. Good luck gang.
I'm no stock market analyst, but it's my guess that the money you've made from this game so far will take a sharp decline within the next week after this bad release. This rings of the recent iPhone 4 situation. I really hope someone from Blizzard is actually reading these reviews because and respond quickly about it. I don't think this will happen though. I really don't think they care.
30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It took 11 years and (reportedly) $100M to make THIS?,
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)Wow. What a disappointment.
Same-old same-old early-90s RTS game mechanic, with slightly improved but hardly state-of-the-art graphics, fleshed out with banal cut scenes, handsomely produced, but tedious and unsurprising.
The ultra-conservative design takes absolutely no chances. There isn't anything edgy, daring or even particularly interesting about it.
The REQUIRED [...] signup is cynically optimized to extract every last US dollar/Korean won from fans of the franchise.
On top of all this, we learn that this is only the first of a trilogy of $60 games, and that only the Terran side is presented here. Right.
Oh, and it takes 20 gigs of hard drive space, and takes nearly an hour to install.
For better real-time 3D alien machines, MUCH better special effects and WEEKS of terrific gameplay, made by a modest studio with a fraction of the size, time and budget, check out DEFENSE GRID GOLD, which costs only $13.99 online. (No, I'm not an employee or shareholder. Just sayin'.)
Blizzard has been obviously been changed by its marriage with Activision, and not for the better.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This game didn't carry me.,
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)I bought this game a few days after release and just recently realized I completely don't play this game anymore. After finishing the campaign mode and fooling around on some custom maps for a day or two I just got bored of it.
For me personally, the draw of SCII and what I usually expect from Blizzard RTS games is playing through the story campaign and the custom maps. While the campaign mode was fun and visually awesome, it was all over relatively quick. As for the custom maps, while I was browsing through them I felt like there was a huge gaping hole. I looked a bit more into this, as I had previously created maps in WCIII and SCI and found out what so many other reviews have commented on about the map editor being so cumbersome and complicated to make use of.
I played this game for about a week and a half and then I set it down because I got bored. And I haven't had any particular urge to play it again. I know many people still enjoy playing this game actively, but I don't really care for grinding out achievements or anything like that. The thing that had dawn me to the game, custom maps, wasn't supported enough to keep me.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunities,
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)The single-player campaign is solid, carefully designed, and very well paced. Players who want to just get on with the story will not have too much difficulty, while the overachievers and masochists can sweat through the bonus objectives and other achievements. However, SC2's only real single-player advancement was the introduction of interactive objects into scenarios. It would have been nice to see more variety, as most of the missions could be categorized as "survive for a length of time", "build up your resources and attack the enemy's base", or "scout/infiltrate an area with limited units." Even a few variations on this theme would have been nice: there's never been a mission with solely air units before, or one where you had to hold a central objective (rather than an area where you're already entrenched) against attacks both on your base and the objective simultaneously.
Now we get on to the more seriously disappointing aspects.
- Single-player voice acting is fair, but the dialogue is unbearably cheesy. It's stuffed full of cliches, in-jokes, and other references that a lot of people may not understand -- and while fan service is great in moderation, there was no restraint shown here.
- The multiplayer has devolved from a carefully balanced strategy game to a mess of micromanagement. There's a lot more emphasis on individual unit abilities, a lot more units that cannot attack either ground or air, and an overall feeling that your army is more of a patchwork (dare I say confederacy?) than a cohesive force. Starcraft 1 would often see games where you focused on a single unit type as the bulk of your army, with a few extra units to add synergy and support, but SC2 forces you into more diversity without offering much in return. Really, what do cliff-walking units give that you can't get from most air units, particularly when they often require similar tech investments?
- The list of the dead (units, that is) is stunning. Science vessels, corsairs, lurkers, dark archons, dragoons, defilers ... and in many cases, the units felt like they were just renamed to avoid the perception of them being nerfed into oblivion.
- [...] 2.0 suffers from a lot of missing features: easy offline gameplay, most of the custom map features one took for granted with SC1, and ways to meet with new people other than "throw me into a random game with strangers." It still feels half-baked, with a curious overemphasis on Facebook integration to the detriment of its overall usability.
I still bought the game to play with friends. But unlike Starcraft 1, I don't see us playing this ten years from now without some serious and far-reaching changes to the multiplayer experience.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars love it AND hate it,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)beautiful game, fun to play, yadda yadda yadda... As others have noted this is *only* the terran campaign, and that is why i HATE having paid $60 for it. i played WoW for almost 3 years and have gotten well used to Blizz-ivision milking the fan base.
THIS IS A NEW LOW. i have *always* preferred to play protoss, and after waiting all this time, buying the game sight unseen, boy am i pissed at the outrageous greed of only including one campaign.
as a gamer i have *given* Blizzard thousands of dollars for games and subscriptions. they have given me the broken glass encrusted shaft.
yeah the game is gorgeous, but boy am i pissed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very addictive and competitive game play.,
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)At this far, Starcraft 2 is a well-balanced, fast pace and addictive RTS game. Three races are each unique and amazingly attractive. You know the game did a great job when it is hard to decide your favorite race!
The ladder and league system is very interesting and competitive. There are A LOT of great players online and if you want to advance you definitely need some practice. It is also worth the note that it can be frustrating to lose games in a row or when encountering trolls. My advise: Just take a break, don't uninstall the game (because you know you will install it back).
The game requires a battle.net account to log in to main screen. For those gamers who are only interested in campaigns, it can be annoying.
43 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun game - lack of LAN unacceptable,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC (DVD-ROM)Great game play, but that's not saying too much since it's a lot like the original. That's OK too, but no LAN parties? Are you joking? That's why we buy RTS - to play LAN parties and friends online. No chat in the online staging room? This is a joke. I feel bad for the game developers who are getting hosed by clueless corporate types. Just like COD4 MW2, PC version.
Do not buy this game. It's not worth it. Just buy the old starcraft if you don't already have it. 60$ for the campaign isn't worth it.
The trend of total online control and no LAN support for PC games is a bad, bad trend we need to stop. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS GAME.
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