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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty

2 months ago

Feature: Hit Parade

The 50 best strategy games on PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC strategy games ever made, now freshened up to include our favourites from 2017 and 2018. From intricate, global-scale wargames to the tight thrills of guerrilla squads, the broad expanse of the genre contains something for everyone, and we've gathered the best of the best. The vast majority are available to buy digitally, a few are free…

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9 months ago

Let’s get Raynor to rhumble: StarCraft 2 launches free version

Blizzard have released a big free version of sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft II, offering one full singleplayer campaign along with all the multiplayer. This launched overnight, available now if you sign up for Battle.net and download its client doodad. The free version contains the campaign from 2010's Wings of Liberty--the one focused on humans--plus bot battles and online competitive, casual, and co-op action. That's…

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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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StarCraft 2 launching generous free version this month

A huge chunk of StarCraft II is going free later this month as a sort of big 'ol demo for the wider trilogy. From November 14th, everyone will be able to play the full Terran story campaign from the original Wings of Liberty, the competitive multiplayer including units from all three chapters, and -- with some limitations -- the cooperative mode too. If you dig…

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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

Feature: Hail the underdogs

Learning to love imbalance in strategy games

From the forum threads full of arguments to the constant tweaking and occasional overhauls via patches – balance has long been one of the pillars of strategy games. It means fairness, a level playing field, and in competition it means that victory comes purely from player skill. But balance, and the quest to reach it, can easily become the enemy of surprise and of the…

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Feature: A fan-made MMO inspired by FTL

Starcraft Universe: Hands On With The Open Beta

I think one of my favourite things about seeing a game jump genre is what it means for the ground-level stuff. An Ultralisk is never going to be scary, viewed from top-down, with a small army at your disposal. Leering down at you, with so many hit-points that the mission is more about distracting it, it becomes a very different matter. Ever since World of…

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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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5 years ago

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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6 years ago

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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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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7 years ago

Crafty: SC2 Heart of The Swarm, The Mod

WITCHCRAFT, TRICKERY, DEVILRY, PERVERSION. A man, if he truly deserves that title, has sullied the noble art of waiting a long time for a new videogame. He has jumped the gun in the most devious possible way. He has... no, I can barely stand to repeat it. But I must. His crime must be known. He has recreated the units from the impending StarCraft II…

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Competitive Clicking: Starcraft II Tournament

It seems like only last week that I found myself watching men playing Countertstrike and wondering how they came to be so good at man-shooting and here I am today watching two people playing Starcraft 2, which makes me realise how bad I am at mouse-clicking. These people though? Very good at mouse-clicking. They're playing in the Grand Final of Blizzcon's Starcraft 2 tournament and…

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Oh! And Also A Heart of the Swarm Trailer

There was something else that Blizzard were talking about at Blizzcon this weekend, which was the next instalment of Starcraft II. The beta for Heart Of The Swarm is apparently "months" away, so it looks like we can expect the next game before the end of next year. Anyway, the trailer (below) shows a bunch of CG and in-game scenes, basically telling the story of…

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Starcraft II Demo Now “Starter Edition”

Blizzard have removed the Starcraft II demo from Battle.net, to replace it with a "Starter Edition" - a move which echoes World Of Warcraft's free 20-level trial. The Starcraft II starter edition allows you try out a bunch of the single player game, and also the Terrans in custom games and single-player vs AI games. More details below.

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StarCraft II vs Bejeweled vs L4D vs Iron Chef

One of these days, we must take a long, hard look at ourselves. And also at the StarCraft II modding scene, to see how well it's living up to the promise that the modkit could turn the game to whole new genres. Blizzard themselves have now made good on that promise, releasing the final, public versions of three long-promised cheeky nods to other games...

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Testy: SC2 1.3 Patch Hits Test Server

Grandmaster leagues, faster Battlecruisers, Bunkers that take longer to build and tweaked Infestors are just some of the many changes coming in the 1.3 patch for StarCraft 2, now live on the game's test servers (thanks, Bigdownload!). The Grandmaster league (currently only available for 1v1 matches) is more than a little demanding, accepting as it does the top 200 players in each region, making it…

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8 years ago

SC2 Master & Grandmaster Leagues Exist

Are you a bit of a StarCraft 2 contender? Do you keep build orders in your wallet, eat nothing but egg whites and speak not of your poops, which have started resembling shaving foam? If so, I suppose you've probably heard this news already. Nevermind. With the new 1.2 patch Blizzard has introduced a Master League for its sci-fi RTS, comprised of the top 5%…

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Athlete’s Fleet: Star Battle

Question, hot shot. What's the most popular user-created map on the European StarCraft II servers right now? I bet you have no idea. I bet a single bead of sweat just appeared on your forehead. Ah, youth! You're cute. Here's the answer: It's Star Battle, a 6v6 Defense of the Ancients-style mod that uses not fantastic heroes, but sluggish, superpowered space-ships. So, Defense of the...…

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