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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm

11 months ago

SC2: Heart of the Swarm now free for Liberty owners

If you, like me, bought the original StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty then skipped the sequels, good news: you can now get the Zergy one, Heart of the Swarm, for free. This little freebie comes ahead of Blizzard launching a big free version of SC2, including the Wings of Liberty campaign, next week. Yeah, I'll give this a go now for free. Stomp around as…

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1 year ago

Blizzard and Google betray humanity with StarCraft 2 tools to train artificial intelligences

When the robots come for us, bad sci-fi has taught me, it'll be teenage whizzes who save the world. In light of that, I believe that Blizzard and Google's DeepMind Lab are taking the audacious and treasonous step of pre-emptively toadying to our future robot overlords. They've teamed up to release a machine learning API and toolkit to use StarCraft II [official site] as a…

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2 years ago

StarCraft II Co-op Mutators Shaking Up Missions

Blizzard are jazzing up co-op missions in StarCraft II [official site], adding optional 'mutators' to change missions in strange and difficult ways along with a rotating lineup of 'weekly mutations'. Each week, expect new preset challenges on a certain missions, such as the combination of infested hordes spawning in waves, infested monsters bursting out of corpses, and a deep dark fog of war for the…

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3 years ago

Nihilistically-Named ‘Free’ Starcraft LOTV Prologue Is Out

'Legacy Of the Void', 'Whispers Of Oblivion'. Man, whoever's in charge of names at Blizzard needs to go and lie on the grass in the sunshine for a while, otherwise we're going to end up with 'Warcraft IV: I Just Feel So... Empty, Y'know?' The aforementioned Mutterings Of Unconsciousness is the name given to a 'prologue' for upcoming Starcraft II [official site] expansion Inheritance Of…

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4 years ago

Protoss The Button: Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void Beta

Good news if you've been waiting to see how Big Stubbly Man and Chitin Stilettos Woman managed to defeat timeless evil once and for all until the next sequel: the third and final chunk of StarCraft II is very much on its way. In fact, beta invites for the Protoss-focused Legacy of the Void are due to go out before the end of the month.…

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Warcraft III In Starcraft II Because Why Not?

Still no news on an official new Warcraft game - and I'd be fairly surprised if that changed before the end of this decade, to be honest - but news of Warcraft III remade in Starcraft II feels like a long time coming. It's partly down to Blizzard's recent release of the Warcraft III assets to the community, but mostly down to pure gumption on…

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Craftwar: StarCraft 2 Editor Adding Warcraft III Assets

Warcraft III's mod scene is grossly underrated, I've muttered into many a pint glass. Yes, yes, we know it was where MOBAs and tower defense games really took off, but so many more inventive and interesting and weird games bounced around, types of game I haven't seen since. I always thought this was helped a lot by WC3 having a huge range of units and…

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5 years ago

StarCraft 2 Custom Maps Now Free For Anyone To Play

This is bold. The part I already knew: you can now play any of StarCraft 2's three races in multiplayer for free. The part I didn't expect: you can also play any of the user-created custom maps and modes available in StarCraft Arcade for free, too. That's a huge amount of free game, and a huge boon for the mod community.

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Feature: People, Not Politics

RE: That Heroes Of The Storm Interview

Well, my Heroes of the Storm interview ended on a strange note, didn't it? You don't know the half of it, either. You weren't actually¬†there. As I attempted to explain why designing female characters that look as empowered as their male counterparts is absolutely not about political correctness for political correctness' sake, the room's atmosphere seemed to me to become extremely curt. Browder seemed highly…

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Hot For HOTS: Blizzard’s MOBA Now Heroes Of The Storm

Blizzard might want to consider firing its acronym-wrangling-keeping-washing-and-redeploying department (or AWKWARD, for short), because it seems to have run out of ideas. Once upon a time, there was this little expansion pack called StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, but its friends just called it HOTS. And now Blizzard's MOBA, once known as Blizzard All-Stars, has been rechristened Heroes of the Storm - aka, er,…

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Feature: We need to talk about Kerrigan

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Singleplayer review

It probably won't come as any shock to learn that none of the current RPS team have gone the distance in StarCraft II's incomparable multiplayer, but I can at least tell you what I made of the expansive singleplayer campaign in its first expansion, Heart of the Swarm. No throwaway side-dish, this is a vast, bubbling, consciously epic, setpiece-filled cauldron of scifi RTS-RPG. This time…

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Feature: Bums Of Liberty

The Buttocks Of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Playing through the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm campaign this weekend, I couldn't help but be struck by Blizzard's equality-minded approach to how it depicts its characters' hindquarters. I've just been through every cutscene again, and screengrabbed every bottom I could spot (barring repeat shots and most of the slow zooms).

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6 years ago

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Starts Beating

"... and over to Craig, who you might say is at the 'heart of the launch'. Ahahah! Craig?" "Thanks, Cara. I'm reporting live from the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launch. You might say I'm at the 'heart of the launch'." "I just said that, Craig." "I know you did. I was just, er, vamping. You know? Okay. Look, I'll admit. I wasn't paying…

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Power Overwhelming – StarCraft II: HoTS’ CG Opening

Yes, I'm aware that "power overwhelming" is a Protoss line - not Zerg. But that's really the only way to adequately describe what's being depicted in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's ultra-lavish CG opening. Well, that or "ooky, pukey Overlord Leviathan¬†insides," but a) those don't show up for too terribly long and b) I wanted to forget that they showed up at all. So…

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Heart Of The Swarm Beta Opens To Order Of Pre-Orderers

The Big Lizard send word that they've opened Heart Of The Swarm's beta to people who pre-ordered before December 18th. People who pre-order from now on will be placed in a kind of vat and liquidised. No wait, I read that wrong, they will be added to the beta in subsequent waves. That's right. There's a download link for the client through the link, but…

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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Swarms Into Sight On…

Oh, that was such a dick move of me, wasn't it? To do a ... and everything to make you read the story? It's not even because I'm chasing hits. Hits, shmits - it's just that I've got a tiresome headcold and am feeling highly belligerent as a result. I'll make up for this awful wasting of your time by definitely not posting the StarCraft…

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Blizzard Pegs SC II: HOTS For 2013, Outs Diablo Expansion

Today, Blizzard got on a phone and opened its collective mouth, and as so often tends to happen when these factors combine, words came out. Instead of glorious operatic ovations or beat poetry, however, the words somewhat surprisingly took the form of videogame announcements. And the games in question? Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Madness, right? What a world we live in! What a world. Ride…

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Huh: StarCraft II’s Getting A Leveling System

Sometimes, I view my mundane day-to-day tasks as a series of experience-endowing quests. Go the grocery store. 300 XP! Obtain vegetables (x10). 400 XP! Defeat the checkout line - which is, in fact, a hideously undulating centipede monster - and escape the store as it collapses into an all-consuming void of infinite nothingness. 7 XP! Is it any wonder that I see things that way,…

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Feature: Heart Of The Swarm Is Missing Something

Starcraft II: Where’s Me Warhound?

RPS chum Rich Stanton has been contemplating the loss of a classic Terran unit over in the Heart Of The Swarm beta. Here are his thoughts on the matter. Let's not beat around the bush: I love building Marines. Starcraft II may as well be called 'Marines' for me, because making lots of these little guys and then sending them off to destroy alien forces…

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Hell, It’s About Time: Heart Of The Swarm Beta Goes Live

It's been quite the day for long-awaited project launches. First Natural Selection 2 got a release month, and now StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's beta has all its Overlords in a nice, neatly organized row. Also, I guess Farmville 2's taken to Facebook's oh-so-fertile pastures. So that's... yep. Anyway, StarCraft! The beta's officially up and running, and you could very well be in it.…

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