Posts Tagged ‘StarCraft II’

Impressions: StarCraft II – Whispers Of Oblivion

The final expansion for StarCraft II, Legacy Of The Void [official site], is expected to appear before the end of 2015. But in the meantime, those who pre-order the game (don’t pre-order – Ed) can gain immediate access to the beta for prologue missions, Whispers Of Oblivion. We sent Rob Zacny in to take a look at both that short campaign, and the multiplayer for the expansion.

Perhaps it was unfair to expect too much from Whispers Of Oblivion. It’s a Legacy Of The Void pre-order bonus that will be free for everyone when the game launches later this year. It’s the StarCraft equivalent of a Happy Meal toy. I might have enjoyed it more, except that I started replaying the Wings of Liberty campaign, and thinking about all the places StarCraft 2 has gone — and hasn’t gone — in the last five years.

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void’s Free Prologue

Those po-faced Protoss will be romping all over the place in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site], the third part of Blizzard’s drawn-out RTS sequel, but a little taster’s coming sooner. Blizzard have announced Whispers of Oblivion, a Set of Three single-player Missions of Prologue coming free to all People of the Earth before the Release of the Game. Come watch the Trailer of the Announcement.

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Hands On: StarCraft II – Legacy Of The Void

I am, and always will be, ambivalent about StarCraft 2 [official site]. It is a game I can barely play at the best of times, where my greatest exertions will raise me to the barest level of competence. It is the eSport I fell in love with, the competitive game I still get the most excited about during long, lazy weekends at home. It is a game I admire, but will never master.

Yet hope springs eternal. Maybe with Legacy of the Void, StarCraft 2 can finally become what I want it to be. Maybe this time it can be everything.

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StarCraft 2: Legacy Of The Void Closed Beta Is Live

Sound the klaxon – I keep mine next to the bed – the StarCraft s2: Legacy of the Void [official site] beta is go.

You’ll know whether you have access to the beta by trying to log in to the beta, then if it doesn’t work then you probably don’t. Try watching a few hours of Netflix to pass the time instead. Read the rest of this entry »

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 the mod team’s part.
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Craftwar: StarCraft 2 Editor Adding Warcraft III Assets

The remade Sentinel lineup.

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 wildlife and odd art assets folks could repurpose, making mods about more than soldiers. Delightfully, loads of those WC3 bits are now coming to StarCraft II‘s editor, Blizzard have announced. The main Hero units are getting modern makeovers too.

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StarCraft 2 Gets 2015 Ladder Maps, Retcons Dream Pool

We're going on a Zerg hunt

Blizzard has announced the roster of StarCraft 2 tournament ladder maps for 2015 season 1. It’s only the 1v1 maps at the moment – team maps are being announced “soon” – but below is the list of what you can pick from in the first season of the new year.

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Shown Off At Blizzcon

Well gosh, isn’t it around time? Blizzard have finally revealed and officially begun to speak about the third instalment of StarCraft II’s trilogy, Legacy of the Void, at Blizzcon this weekend. It’s focused on those enigmatic space-elves the Protoss for its singleplayer along with the usual spread of balance update and unit additions for multiplayer. The campaign is about your man in the middle there, Artanis, as he forms an army to take back his homeworld and coincidentally runs into the universe-ending machinations of the series’ big bad. Meanwhile the changes to the online game hope to bring the foundation of modern e-sports back to some of its former glory. Get the deets below.

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StarCraft 2 Custom Maps Now Free For Anyone To Play

The mutalisks represent mods.

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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A Starcraft 2 Gym: Snute’s Click Game

It's basically this but dots

Once upon a Thursday dreary, I was browsing weak and weary,
Searching many a long and angry reddit rant or forum boast,
While I shuddered, nearly weeping, suddenly there came a tweeting,
As of some one gently linking, linking to Team Liquid’s post.

I am posting Snute’s Click Game not because I expect everyone who reads this to play it but because I was startled to discover it earlier today. It’s a training tool, for Starcraft 2 players, and it involves clicking on tiny little dots as quickly as possible. I’ve since learned that it’s not the only trainer of its type, which makes sense. This is one of the tools for a complete Starcraft gym and trying it has helped my old man’s brain better understand how e-sports folk break a game down into discrete skills and tasks. You will find my score below.

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Launchermageddon: Blizzard Desktop App


You can tell a lot about a person by watching what they install on a fresh operating system. It’s the IT Rorschach test. For me it goes Chrome, Steam, drivers, a twitter client, then whatever I need as I go along*. I suspect Blizzard has just added an extra step in that process for a lot of PC owners: they’ve just opened up the beta to a new launcher for all their recent games. Battle.net is now on the desktop.
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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Makes Replays Playable

The latest trailer for Blizzard’s StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm focuses on eSports and multiplayer. eSports are like regular sports, except it’s playing videogames in a chair, and not sports. Multiplayer is when other people spoil your game for you.

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Heartfelt Swarm: Blizzard Discuss Starcraft Techniques


Be you noob or ninja, Starcraft‘s Heart Of The Swarm expansion wishes to cater for you. Yes, everyone is welcome at the table of extra-terrestrial strategy. In their latest seven minute preview, which you can watch below, Blizzard community manager “Cloaken” explains a bit about this approach, as well as announcing “unranked play”, which should allow veterans to kick back and mess about without threatening those precious ladder rankings.
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StarCraft Modders Making Unofficial Sequel To WarCraft III

Zug-zug.

That’s StarCraft II, mind you. Otherwise, I think that’d be a dequel, and I’m not sure anyone actually wants one of those. But yes, WarCraft: A New Dawn is picking up the severed orc hand of maximum strategy Blizzard dropped after WoW exploded. As of now, it’s very much a work-in-progress, but the end goal is to craftily craft StarCraft into “a breathtaking, lore-abiding storyline spanning several emotionally-gripping campaigns containing new units, new heroes, and new features as well as a fully fledged melee mode.” Lofty goals, huh? Maybe even too lofty. The team’s released their first video, though, so you can judge for yourself.

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Blizzard Deems Authenticator Lawsuit ‘Frivolous’

Well, that didn’t take long. Hackers sneaked past Blizzard’s hyper-sophisticated security system – presumably by cinematically lowering themselves from a cyber-ceiling to avoid all the e-lasers – and people weren’t too terribly happy about that. Unsurprisingly, a couple of them decided to sue. Unsurprisingly-er, Blizzard’s replied not by groveling and begging for heartfelt forgiveness, but instead by whipping out its fightin’ words pistols and shooting down the whole thing.

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An E-Sporting Chance: Eventboom


Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone.

The e-sports community is in the midst of a mad scramble to organize tournaments. There are such a large number of events this month it’s enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated fans.

While many prominent members of the community argue over tournament oversaturation and eschatological speculations, this November is one of the most important months for the industry in recent memory. And it’s been an important time for that e-sports staple, Starcraft II.
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Additional Pile-Ons: StarCraft II Adding Global Play

Since the dawn of time, people haven’t been the greatest communicators. Unable to bridge both geographical and interpersonal gaps, we’ve come to despise one another on pretenses that are flimsy at best. But maybe, all this time, we really just needed a universal language – a go-between that made sense of our Picaso collage of quirks and differences. What I’m saying is, maybe we needed non-region-locked StarCraft II servers. And soon – finally, mercifully, gosh, jeez, ugh – we’ll be getting them.

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An E-Sporting Chance: OSL


Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone.

A dearth of tournaments outside of Asia has left western e-sports of every stripe wallowing in controversy. The StarCraft 2 community continues to cannibalize itself with vitriol and a player shake up has League of Legends fans up in arms. A few glimmers of hope have steered StarCraft fans in a more positive direction and, with any luck, an OSL finals will remind many of the reasons why a hobby became an infatuation that just wouldn’t quit.
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