Liveblog – StarCraft 2: The Startenising

By Alec Meer on July 26th, 2010 at 10:52 pm.

I should be at the StarCraft II launch party in that London right now, but poorly-timed trains have done for me, so we’ve sent Quinns instead. Which does at least leave me free to install and play the copy of the game I picked up earlier today. Once the activation servers turn on, anyway. OH THEY’VE TURNED ON OH GOD WOO GO.

Here’s a blow-by-blow account of my exciting Installing And Then Playing A Videogame adventure.


Yes, the most recent updates are at the bottom. We should probably find a liveblogging plugin sometimes. Just hit refresh to update my blither.

The disc is in the drive! It’s so on.

Oh, no dice. I’ll try again in 30 seconds.

Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.

Hurrah! I’m allowed to choose a folder to install to.

Installing! This is it”

Hmm, this sure is taking a long time. Bloody DVDs. Wish I’d pre-loaded instead.

I don’t know StarCraft 1 that well, so the handy re-cap on the installation screen is useful. Sure does bombard me with a lot of planet names and techno-babble, though. Such things lack resonance when quick-fired so.
So Kerrigan’s like Sigourney Weaver in Alien Resurrection, but with more back-talons? Goddit.

I bet StarCraft nerds fancy Kerrigan more as a spider-horror-thing-with-boobs than they did when she was human. Weirdos.

Sounds like this is going to be a tale of overthrowing corrupt governments, then. LET THIS BE AN INSPIRATION TO THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN.

It’s installed 30629 somethings out of 37594 somethings. Files? Blizz-o-bytes? Spies? Pigeons?

93%. Come on.

100%! And… patching. Noooo.

40% patched. Modern videogames sure are cruel.

100%! Again. What fresh horror will hit when I dare to hit the big blue ‘Play’ button?

Goodness, it actually worked. I’m in. Well, once I’m past a loading screen featuring the biggest picture of sweaty man’s face I think I’ve ever seen.

Hi-CGI intro, as you’d expect. The dialogue’s super-cheesy: “even freedom has a price.” Music and voice alike sound like one of the Optimus Prime chest-beating speeches from the Michael Bay Transformers movies.

The Texan man in the spacesuit is very confident about something, and a bit snarly. Good for him. I really should have played StarCraft 1 more.

Logging into Battle.Net. This means my real name, address and blood-type will be broadcast onto the side of the houses of parliament, right?

Two stupidly long EULAs to scroll through and accept. Why not make them one? Why not get a real Earth human being to summarise them into something that other real Earth human beings could actually read? So backwards, so pompous.

STOP SHOWING ME GIGANTIC PICTURES OF JIM RAYNOR’S FACE. I’m not playing this game because I care about some guy with some face. ROBOTS. ALIENS. BOOM. Get on with it.

Just poking around in the Battle.Net interface. The music suddenly sounds like Star Wars meets period drama.

Oh good grief, you have to unlock player portraits. Is nothing sacred? This means I’m stuck with the image of one of four very boring, glassy-eyed looking people until I’ve played a bunch more. It’s just a JPG! It’s insane to limit access to 20k picture files.

Right, New Campaign. Let’s do this. There’s Raynor’s sweaty porn-star face again. Ew.

Casual, normal, hard, or brutal? Well now, that’s personal. I ain’t telling you.

(Normal. For now.)

Oh, this cutscene’s in-engine. Interesting. Some of the textures are lousy, but the faces are really impressive. You ain’t seen BLizzard do this much fidelity before.

OH GOD I JUST REALISED I DIDN’T GO TO SETTINGS FIRST. I’ve never loaded up a new PC game without immediately heading to settings. What’s happened to me? Eject, eject…

Erm, has the guy who does Raynor’s voice ever acted before? Pauses’n'that are all over the place.

The talking briefing-heads on the HUD look ace.

Do I want to watch a movie about how to move units? No thanks. Good work on giving me the option to skip it, though. Also, this nuts and bolts kind of stuff probably is essential for the curious WoW audience who’ve picked this up because it’s Blizzard.

A little dog! A little dog ran by, yelping cutely! StarCraft 2: 10/10.

It’s leading me, like Lassie. Can I shoot it?

No, I can’t shoot it. StarCraft 2: 1/10.

Tell you what, there’s a crazy amount of incidental detail in here. I’ve not seen this much moneyeffort poured into an RTS singleplayer mode before. Mechanics I can’t speak to yet, but there’s a crapton of world-building in the art.

The unit barks could do with toning down. I know people love/need that for multiplayer, but “Raiders roll” every 10 seconds spoils the urgent mood a little.

(This isn’t a review, and I’ll kick you in the ear if you call it a review. It’s more akin to the notes I take whilst reviewing something, to later be turned into sense and conclusion. Fevered rantings of a changeable madman, basically.)

OOH A COW.

Can’t talk, playing. Feels a bit Fallouty in a way. Not in how it plays, obviously. But the dirt-poor frontier town, with unwanted government assuming loose control.

Bonus objective: destroy six holograms. Not sure why. Can’t help myself, though.

Hmm, they’re attempting tragedy in tiny, chunky pixel-man-o-vision. Not sure if it works – the run animations make it a little too comic.

High-carnage rebellion scene. I’ve not done owt yet except have six lads selected and repeatedly right-click on stuff, but it feels pretty epic.

(Oh yes, it alt-tabs beautifully).

I lost eight units in my first mission, chums. HOw much better will you do? (Clue: much.)

Did they keep this pretty impressive in-engine cutscene stuff quiet, or am I just late to the party?

It’s a bald man with a funny eye. Should I know him?

Ew! He just stubbed out his cigar on a live fly! That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen! Jesus Christ, Blizzard. Horrible

Oh wow: the mission briefing screen is an animated, interactive affair filled with talky dudes, country music and tons of incidental detail, like a screen from a point’n'click adventure.

Er, I guess things will probably get a bit spoilery from hereon in, so do cover sensitive eyes. I’m not far from bed however, so there won’t be too much more of this tonight.

I can change the song on the jukebox in the bar in the briefing menu/level/thing. And there’s a dirty-country version of Suspicious Minds on it. StarCraft 2: 11/10.

I should probably get back to playing the game, but hanging out at the bar with Elvis playing and a hulking space marine standing awkwardly near the door is too much fun.

I just noticed that the Huffington Post linked to our Snake on Youtube story. Thanks, the Huffington Post. Right, let’s go get briefed. Tons to do this in bar screen though, really impressive stuff, smart way of building the world/atmosphere.

No aliens yet – the only enemies thus far are the Dominion (‘hyper-Republican shits’). Same as your chaps but different coloured trousers, basically. SC2 in symmetrical shocker.

Base building and gathering a-go. Now this reminds me of the game I got my arse absolutely kicked in a few months ago. Giving me plenty of time and tutorial though, newbies should find a way in.

This is making my PC run incredibly hot. Getting really sweaty. I’ve taken my shirt off. Is that okay?

Oh man, I completely forgot to mention: absolutely no issues with the activating/unlocking/logging in thing. Seems like they’ve got the infrastructure for it this time. Then again, I think I may be ahead of much of the world in playing this – the storm may be yet to come.

Hmm, I’m reverting to my teenage ways of building as much as possible, selecting everything then right-clicking in the furthest corner of the map. I suspect this is not training me to be a multiplayer elite.

I need to find a clever way of always keeping medics at the back. By clever I mean easy, lazy.

Achievement Unlocked… for completing the mission. That isn’t an achievement. That’s just playing a bit of the game I was going to play anyway.

I’m earning credits to spend on stuff in the armoury, which I haven’t unlocked yet. I suspect this is going to be super-compulsive.

Right, going in for one more mission and then bed. Will throw a couple more thoughts here before I retire, and dream of men with big metal shoulders.

Ok – third mission was, as someone predicted, a Zerg bughunt. Good fun, interestingly packed with optional, more challenging tasks. The Zero are spamming your base with waves while you wait for evac, but you could take the fight to their incredibly well-defended, super-fast respawning base. Don’t think you can wipe them out, but it manages the threat to you – and there’s an achievement loosely associated with it.

Bedtime, then. Impressive stuff – thoroughly traditional, needless to say, but there’s a meatiness, a confidence and a clear focus on making this old-school game not boring. It’ll do well. Night-night, chums.

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94 Comments »

  1. Daniel Rivas says:

    “LET THIS BE AN INSPIRATION TO THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN.”

    I laughed.

    I’m sure that Startrek will be fun or something, too.

  2. Allandaros says:

    ::bites fingernails::

    (FWIW I rather fancied Kerrigan when she was human, but just wanted to kill her dead when she got all Zergified and gross)

    • Veret says:

      I like human Kerrigan better now that she’s voiced by Tricia Helfer. And I liked evil maggoty-face Kerrigan back when she was voiced by…whoever the hell that was. And I never fancied either version of her because, seriously, ew. But that’s just me.

      Oh, and I hear the game is fun too.

    • Arnulf says:

      Glynnis Talken was a wonderful voice talent for Kerrigan, and frankly I don’t get it why Blizz dumped her for that Heifer woman.

      Still, I’m sitting here on coals while waiting for my pre-ordered copy.

    • Arnulf says:

      Whoops!

      Ruined the hyper-link: Glynnis.

  3. DarkFenix says:

    Installing now. Eagerly awaiting those two 100%’s.

  4. Psychopomp says:

    Seven hours left for me.

    I hate you, Britain. Especially you, Walker.

    • Psychopomp says:

      On second glance, this is written by Alec.

      Good, I didn’t like hating Walker. He’s too huggable.

  5. Taverius says:

    Revolving optical media? How quaint.

    Is it bad that I haven’t even thought about pre-ordering this?

  6. Rob says:

    Can’t go to midnight release because of work in the morning.
    Can’t get it in the morning because of work in the morning.
    Have to wait until the end of stupid work.

  7. Vinraith says:

    It’s installed 30629 somethings out of 37594 somethings. Files? Blizz-o-bytes? Spies? Pigeons?

    Peggles. Obviously.

  8. Xocrates says:

    Why do you taunt me so. I probably won’t be able to play until the weekend. :(

    Be brave… be brave… I’ve waited 12 years, a few more days won’t make a difference, right? right?????

    *goes into fetal position and rocks slowly back and forth*

  9. SprintJack says:

    After all these years,

    Finally!

  10. UncleLou says:

    Revolving optical media? How quaint.

    Best of both worlds, in this case. Buy it cheap at retail, register your key at battle.net, bin the disc you’ll never need again.

  11. Vinraith says:

    Wait, I’m expected to remember the plot from an RTS I played only most of the way through 10 years ago?

    Seriously?

    • RyePunk says:

      I’ll summarise.
      Terrans have civil war, use zerg to kill other terrans. Zerg steal lady, she attacks sister race Protoss. Protoss all die. They kill zerg brain bug before they all die however. Zerg go ape shit and kill everything. Terrans run away. Earth shows up(???) and promptly gets destroyed by zerg. Protoss didn’t all die. They find other Protoss who are invisible. They decide to have a civil war too, turns out zerg was controlling both sides(???). Meanwhile the Terrans are having a 3 way civil war while the zerg are destroying them. Some guy pretends to be Terran. Then pretends to be Zerg. Then implies He is Xel’naga in Blizzard’s we won’t explicitly tell you but *wink wink* thats for a sequel.
      Kerrigan decides after killing most of the sector that she’ll just laugh and sit on her throne of blades as a queen. (What is up with Blizzard and having evil leaders sitting on thrones of ‘X’)

      So the plot seems to be Terrans decide to have another civil war. The protoss are hunting are mega-super weapon but will probably just end up offing themselves while giving Raynor a clue to defeat the zerg. The Terrans then realize Kerrigan should probably die. And team up. Somebody doublecrosses the other, Kerrigan kills someone else, laughs. We wait 3 years for the next campaign to see Kerrigan push the entire sector to the brink of ruin, possibly with some Xel’Naga but only in a single mission. Then the protoss campaign will have the return of the Xel’Naga en masse. And all three races team up to destroy them. Then they find out the zerg are worse so Everybody gangs up on kerrigan and Raynor sacrifices himself to kill her. Then the Starcraft MMO comes out and all semblance of plot is raped to the abject horror of the fanboys.

    • Allandaros says:

      Probably not, actually – that’s why the recap and so forth is there. Blizzard did the same thing with Warcraft III – returning to a setting after ~10 years means that you have to summarize the main points from the old game quickly to catch folks up. I am fairly confident that Blizzard will do this and not botch things up too badly.

    • Rich says:

      Whereas I could probably tell you the whole story in great detail, despite not touching the game for 5 years.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      COWS! Game of the millenium right there.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      That was not meant to be a reply, but perhaps it’s funnier this way.

    • somnolentsurfer says:

      I thought one of those trailers seemed to suggest someone was offering Raynor a cure for the zergifying of Kerrigan…

    • Vinraith says:

      @Rich

      I suppose it’s actually been twelve years, I only played halfway through the campaigns in the base game once and none of the Brood War ones. I hadn’t realized until just this moment how minuscule an impression it left on me, although I do fondly remember the cinematic intro to Broodwars.

    • kikito says:

      I do. I even remember Samir Duran without having to look him upon the internet. I hated that guy more than Mensk.

    • luckystriker says:

      For those interested, Blizzard has a nice summary of the story so far, linked below

      http://us.starcraft2.com/features/storysofar.xml

  12. Kazang says:

    I laugh at pre-orders!

    When I stroll into the store tomorrow if there are not many copies of Starcraft 2 from which I can choose then hats shall be eaten!

    Or maybe I will just download it, I’m not decided.

  13. Rob says:

    Alec does the disc have that new disc smell? That’s one of the things I’m excited for. I haven”t bought a physical copy of a PC game for years because of steam.

    It’s the collectors edition too, oh god i can’t wait.

  14. PHeMoX says:

    So… what’s the game like, except for the horrific installation to go through? Why did Blizzard forbid to post reviews before the actual launch?

    • Psychopomp says:

      Because, as has been stated *time and time again,* the servers were not up, absolutely no one was playing the game until now.

      Captha:Sasc

    • merc says:

      So far the campaign is the most entertaining RTS single player campaign I’ve played, well designed and fun stuff. The multiplayer is even better.

  15. qrter says:

    Casual it is, then.

  16. Hardtarget says:

    I guess it’s already the 27th in Britania *tears*

    As a Canadian, and a member of the commonwealth, shouldn’t we get these installing starcraft 2 early benefits? Damn you Blizzard!

  17. terry says:

    Will you liveblog the uninstallerising?

  18. Kazang says:

    Haha, this is turning out pretty hilarious.
    Pity I have to sleep.

  19. Unaco says:

    I hope you packed Quinns off with plenty of Iron.

    I’ve realised today, this is all I’m going to hear about for the next few weeks… SC2 and NS2. However, I shall be unable to indulge in either as I have my end of year PhD report to be in shortly, and, alas, it has little to do with the realm of gaming. SC2 I really have little interest in, but it can sometimes be fun to watch, while NS2 I’m kind of looking forward to. I curse you people with your organised lives and spare time.

  20. pkt-zer0 says:

    If SC1 is anything to go by, the third missions should be the “HOLY SHIT WE’RE GETTING ZERG RUSHED” one.

    • Dolphan says:

      Was that the survive for thirty minutes one? One of my formative gaming memories is 11-year old me fighting tooth and nail to scrape to the end of that mission, an incredibly endless wave of zerg overwhelming my carefully constructed defences as I realised, in the last few frantic minutes, that my buildings could take off! I think only my command center made it out, but it was enough. It was a hell of a rush.

      3-4 years later I played through the game again and had a defensive set-up within 5 minutes that wiped out everything the computer threw at me with almost no casualties till the last couple of minutes, making the entire mission incredibly boring. I prefered it when I was rubbish.

    • Arthur Barnhouse says:

      If I remember correctly, the exact same thing happened to me. I can clearly recall shuffling my command carrier from one place to another while Hyralisks marched around bits of higher ground trying to shoot me down.

  21. geldonyetich says:

    As a hater of the casualization of mainstream gaming, I rather like this new industry practice of using “casual” as a difficulty level descriptor for gamers whose skills are less than “normal.”

    • Jimmy says:

      I liked it better back in the good ol’ days when games started at “Comatose” and worked their way up into “Brain-Damaged” and “TV-weaned ADHD Kid” before ascending to various levels of normalcy.

    • cjlr says:

      Gimme the old-school tongue in cheek scale from “pussy” to “get a life” anyday. More fun all around, yeah?

    • Wulf says:

      Conversely, getting OMGWTF shots in Peggle takes more actual skill than the vast majority of hardcore games I’ve ever experienced. I have a friend whom was somehow able to turn Peggle into an artform, and I’m more horribly envious of that than any other skill I can think of in recent gaming memory.

      Bar, perhaps, people who’re amazing at one-one-one fighters like Street Fighter, they’re usually pretty amazing as well. But still, I do find it interesting that there are casual games that do require genuine skill, so equating casual to a lack of skill is ironic at best, and moronic at worst.

      Conversely, VVVVVV would probably be considered as casual-fodder these days, too. And I’m sorry to say it, but in my opinion, anyone who’s able to make it through VVVVVV without dying once has more skill than any other gamer at any game, ever.

      Doo dee doo.

      TL;DR: Poorly jury-rigged together preconceptions with little basis in reality suck.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Wulf

      Your argument could be distilled to “casual is what you make of it” I’d say. It’s possible to play Peggle in a hardcore way (though most people never will), just like it’s possible to take most hardcore games, crank down the difficulty (or apply cheats) and fumble through them in a way that would qualify as “casual.” Taken that way the term isn’t meant to be insulting, it’s just a way of playing a game (“in a relaxed, non-competitive way”) and if that’s the case then labeling the lowest difficulty “casual” is entirely appropriate.

  22. RaidenisOP says:

    As a funny side note, Tychus Findlay, actually is voiced by a former Optimus Prime : p

    • RaidenisOP says:

      “Music and voice alike sound like one of the Optimus Prime chest-beating speeches from the Michael Bay Transformers movies.”

      Quote didn’t work

  23. Saul says:

    So it seems the digital version isn’t available until the 28th in Australia. Figures. And the “order a physical copy” button takes me to a page where I can buy every other Blizzard game, but no sign of SC2. And still no info on the pricing…. way to go Blizzard.

    • Thiefsie says:

      $69 @ Dick Smith Electronics and you can even walk in tomorrow and get a copy as they have truckloads of copies…

    • Torgen says:

      Might want to check to see if you’re allowed by the Aussie privacy laws to put your real name and address on the Internets, else you may not be allowed to sign up for the new IMPROVED battle.net.

    • Thiefsie says:

      I see what you did there.

      We actually were going to discuss in parliament the re-looking at the R rating this week but because those shitty Labour pollies can’t get their act together and they have overthrown the PM we now have an election in 4 weeks and the much more important censorship/rating discussion has been postponed until November.

      Poo.

    • Saul says:

      @Thiefsie: Cheers, I will probably do that. Blizzard are lucky I have such fond memories of the WC3 singleplayer. It’s almost like they don’t want me to buy their game.

  24. Shakermaker says:

    “It’ll do well. Night-night, chums.”

    Nighty night. Thanks for the writeup.

    • Thiefsie says:

      But this is the GREATEST GAME OF THIS OR ANY GENERATION!!11!!1!!!1 HOW CAN YOU SLEEP POOR FOOL!!!!11!!1!!

      THE INTERNET REQUIRES ANSWERS. 5/10 (1/10 + 10/10) IS NOT ENOUGH

    • Land says:

      You forgot: ”I can change the song on the jukebox in the bar in the briefing menu/level/thing. And there’s a dirty-country version of Suspicious Minds on it. StarCraft 2: 11/10.”

      So (1/10 + 10/10 + 11/10) : 3 = 6.66666666666667

    • Land says:

      I obviously can’t count, should be 7.33333333333/10

  25. Freud says:

    I know the game is just out and we should probably reserve our criticism and all. But is “Starcraft” even a real word?

    • cjlr says:

      Starcraft happens to be the name of a fine watercraft and RV manufacture, so it’s a proper noun, at least.

    • Thants says:

      Wait, how is that criticism?

    • ceb says:

      If that was your critisism you are pretty desperate brother. But to answer our question, it’s a name not a word so different rules apply. Unless you are azn and is called Pretty Lilly, that kind of blurs the lines a bit. Still as a word it holds up pretty well imo. Considering there was a time when ‘wheel’ was known as ‘that wierd looking rocky thing over there’. It needs to exist before it can be named….well thats not true at all. Hmm, it needs to exist in someones head? Yes i think thats it. Lastly: hovercraft, starcraft.
      But good luck on that path to finding something to criticise. I have confidence in you.

  26. Diziet says:

    Are you in the US? I keep getting the ‘Bugger of ’till 10cst’ message?

  27. Aufero says:

    I’m regretting ordering it Release-Date Delivery from Amazon. Not like I’ll have time to play until I get home tomorrow evening, but the fact that Amazon still has it listed as “shipping soon” less than 24 hours before it’s supposed to get here has me on edge.

  28. Ubiquitous says:

    I too laugh at pre-orders. I also generally just buy my games on steam so pre-order doesnt mean much of anything unless you can preload the game. But today me an my friend decided that we would get it at the midnight release and play tonight at my apartment. So today we went and preordered so we could get it tonight.It’s not often that one of my friends brings thier computer over to play a game with me, so I think it will most certainly be worth it.

  29. Radiant says:

    In soviet russia pre-orders laugh at YOU!

  30. Karthik says:

    How’s the music? Same as Starcraft?

  31. Lars Westergren says:

    >Getting really sweaty. I’ve taken my shirt off. Is that okay?

    Only if you caress yourself sensuously while taking it off.

  32. VonFIDDE says:

    Ithink you dont have to know shit about the story from SC to have a blast in SC2 :0, the story is cool ithink but its not mindblowing.

  33. LieutLaww says:

    woooo my Collectors Edition has just turned up, instally time :D

  34. JeCa says:

    If what was included in the Beta is in any way representative of the overall style, the Terran music can be expected to be extremely similar to that of Firefly (country guitar, Violin, double base and the occasional trebble-guitar riff) , which I guess is kind of fitting in with the whole Outlaws-in-Space theme.

    • JeCa says:

      That was meant as a reply to Karthik:

      “How’s the music? Same as Starcraft?”

      The System isn’t infallible!

  35. Dawngreeter says:

    Sigh.

    I am such a sucker. I know I am. I don’t even know why I want to buy this game, but I really really want to. And I’ll get so incredibly annoyed that I am the most incompetent RTS player in the world after two 1v1 games that I’ll never even play it again after the first week’s over.

    Sigh.

  36. Italian Prick says:

    … And now i really want to play this game. Thanks RPS.

  37. Carra says:

    With a lot of a luck the box should be in the mail this evening, with some luck tomorrow but it should definitely be here before the weekend :)

  38. JonWood says:

    I’m going to have to avoid this one like the plague – I decided yesterday that I’m going to pack in my job and go freelance, and then Blizzard go and release a new Starcraft game.

    Thankfully I’m not that bothered about it because the first never grabbed me, but still, probably best to avoid if I want to eat.

  39. Quests says:

    So lemme get this:

    Starcraft 2 is Starcraft plus WoW quests and adventure-screens?

    So harvest boring stuff, build boring barracks, amass boring units, click on boring enemies, collect boring rat testicles?

  40. FieryBalrog says:

    No, actually its Starcraft HD Yawnfest boring borefest Supreme Bore edition meant for N00bs and fanboyZ

    Rhetorical questions are best left unasked if they’re so transparently stupid.

  41. Gnarf says:

    Hmm. When you put it like that it doesn’t sound very fun. It’s like you have a way with words or something like that.

  42. KrakBooom says:

    Is it just me, or does everyone get an Apache/Tomcat error when trying to register a new Battle.Net account?
    Yes, I know, I am a noob when I don’t already have an existing Battle.Net account :-) But anyway, I expected the creation process to work flawlessly…

  43. Corporate Dog says:

    When God came home from work (as documented in Chapter 1, Verses 1 through 5, of the Book of Genesis) his wife asked him what he did at the office all day, and his response was, “Starcraft, okay? Now is it too damn much to expect my slippers and a cold beer when I get home?”

    So, yes. It’s a word.

  44. rhizo says:

    The account creation was about the only thing that worked for me. Payment and the downloader on the other hand put me through some hoops. Well, at least I got it sorted in the end, though having been pampered by the Impulse/GG download speeds Blizzard’s loader seems frustratingly sluggish, managing only 1/3 of the speed. Still it’s 3 times faster than Steam ;)

  45. Malcolm says:

    Having already downloaded, I was ready to purchase a key online and get stuck in … Forty-five quid!!! F*** ***!!!

    So a quick trip to shopto.net later, I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow now :(

    • Nick says:

      Wow, thats the first time I’ve seen Game be cheaper than .. um.. anywhere.

    • Malcolm says:

      I was prepared to pay £35 or possibly even £40, but I’ve never forked out more than £40 for a game (spot who didn’t have a SNES or N64) and I’m not sufficiently desperate for SC2 to start now :)

      I do wonder if they are planning to charge full whack for parts II and III because that would get really expensive.

    • Adam Whitehead says:

      I got it from HMV for £35, the same as Amazon (well, £32+delivery). Game was £39.99, which was a bit lame.

      Worth it. About seven missions in and totally awesome so far. The installation screen and the menu look like they had more spent on them than most entire games, plus the game runs like a dream on my technically under-spec machine. AMD 3700+ processor, single core, the game freaked out over it, and it’s running brilliantly on Medium with a bottom-spec graphics card (nVidia 8500 512MB) and 3GB of memory. Blizzard have come up trumps again.

  46. Jimbo says:

    Somebody over at Blizzard must have played Soldiers: Heroes of World War 2. Or watched Lassie.

  47. Dhatz says:

    EULA sure are sign of bad game development. I really don’t give a …care about strategies for some last 7 years, so I just wish you luck you enthusiasts.

  48. Ugluk says:

    No-one else has made the Firefly comparison yet? Those bar scenes are one step away from having a shot of Nathan Fillion sitting in the background wearing a brown coat.

    • Ginger Yellow says:

      Tom Chick makes the comparison here. From what little I’ve played so far, I’d say it’s only partly accurate. There’s definitely a space western vibe to it and it has the tyrannical central government oppressing frontier planets theme, but the characters don’t really seem to borrow much from Firefly, beyond the outlaw civil war veteran thing.

    • Adam Whitehead says:

      There is, of course, also a mission which is a direct homage to a FIREFLY episode (hint: it has trains in).

  49. malkav11 says:

    Yeesh. Wasn’t delivered until after I got home despite the UPS guy usually coming and going before I do. Proceeded to spend about an hour and a half unable to log in to my battle.net account to register my CD key, and also unable to contact Blizzard support about it. Then mysteriously it worked. And then I’m two missions into the campaign and the power goes out for almost an hour. Not my day.

  50. malkav11 says:

    A couple other notes:
    1) You can’t shoot Lassie, but you -can- click on Lassie until she explodes. Yep. Critter explosions return.

    2) The Armory promises to be hugely awesome. This is exactly the sort of stuff I dig. Limited funds to improve units and buildings with permanent, meaningful upgrades. Also, there’s apparently going to be research at the campaign level. So that’s hot.

    3) I went to options, only to have the game inform me it had set default settings based on my graphics card. As said graphics card is a GTX 470, this meant that it defaulted everything to Ultra. Why yes, I will take that, thank you.