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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Expansion Pack
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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.
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.
|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|
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
20 new missions.
A new Swarm leveling system.
Customizable battle focus.
* StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty required for play, and sold separately.
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sc2 does not have a good chat system. its a very lonely environment. and coupled with a game like SC2 that is mostly 1v1, its not an enjoyable environment.
the community has tried very hard to get blizzard to improve the game. not only have they offered suggestions, but they have even gone out of the way to create mods and custom versions of the game that ANYONE can play for FREE. yet, blizzard refuses to adopt these changes and instead offer PR statements that have many words but no substance.
the community is trying really hard to make SC2 a good game. unfortunately, the power to change things lies in blizzards hands and they simply are working more on other games that provide more income (heroes of the storm and hearthstone). SC2 will not thrive.
lastly, blizzard realizes that SC2 is not lucrative. originally, their plan was to create 3 whole entire different starcraft games - wol, hots, and lotv. because of how unpopular Sc2 is now, blizz is making lotv a standalone game - they are trying to milk this game for money as much as possible. this also shows in their unit design - not only have they changed units, but they have even completely removed units from the game without attempting to balance them.
the best choice to make at this point is to move on to community designed games. there is a game called "Starbow" that is a remake of SC2 made ENTIRELY by starcraft fans. it provides everything the community is asking for and more information is available at starbowmod.com. fortunately, the community really wants to see starcraft grow and be successful so they have taken matters in their own hands by creating starbow.
That being said, I still continue to enjoy the game and it deserves a 5 star considering how much fun the core gameplay is. But if I was in charge, I would first fire all the idiots that worked on Battle.net 2.0 and go back to its roots. And I would add LAN for god's sake because anyone who has watched Starcraft 2 tournaments know that it is quite a joke when tournaments with more than $200,000 in prize gets stalled for HOURS because Blizzard denied LAN access.