Starcraft 2, finally in beta PDF Print E-mail
Activision Blizzard has announced the much-awaited sequel is entering beta testing later this month.

Good news for all die-hard Starcraft fans, who have been waiting with baited breath since May 2007 for the sequel to the award-winning real-time strategy game.

The sequel is called "Wings of Liberty" and boasts new multiplayer gameplay options and an improved Battle.net. It has two expansions: "Heart of the Swarm" and "Legacy of the Void". While the basic game focusses on Terran (Human) civilisation, each of the expansions focusses on one of the classic Starcraft races: the Zerg and Protoss.

The game has been a long time in development, with various set-backs. It began a year later than anticipated, in 2003, and was put on hold for a year in 2005. The initial release date was midway through last year, but Blizzard failed to make that date. The new release date is yet to be announced, however it's encouraging to see the game entering the beta testing phase.

This phase will allow players in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and South Korea to test out the game and alert Blizzard to any changes that need to be made or errors that occur.

When released, Starcraft 2 will be available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
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The Source
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written by The Source, February 11, 2010
I never really liked Starcraft 1. Seemed like a space version of Command & Conquer to me.
MikeZilla
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written by MikeZilla, February 12, 2010
Heathen!!! Starcraft was the best balanced RTS of all time. Great as a single player game epic multiplayer
tallulah
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written by tallulah, February 12, 2010
After I wrote this, Toaster and I were discussing Blizzard with Warcraft and Starcraft and came to the conclusion that not everyone is a fan of Blizzard games but those who are are BIG FANS (like MikeZilla here smilies/wink.gif). I know many people who should be handed degrees in Warcraft because they spent more time studying DOTA then their actual university subjects.
MikeZilla
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written by MikeZilla, February 12, 2010
Not a fan of Blizzard? I don't understand what you're saying? You mean there are people who prefer games that aren't entertaining? Strange... What abuot Diablo, eh? smilies/grin.gif Left it off your list Diablo was epic and and resurrected the RPG genre
tallulah
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written by tallulah, February 12, 2010
This is true! Blizzard has really stolen the minds of the men of my generation smilies/sad.gif
Jas
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written by Jas, February 12, 2010
I'm just unsure how well it's going to go down now that they've severely limited the one thing that actually sold Starcraft: the LAN.

Now you have to connect to the new Battle.NET to play multiplayer. When will these companies stop using their draconian tactics (DRM) to stifle us? Why not rather, say, reduce the price of the game to the point where it becomes affordable for us to buy it, than having the publisher pay for a license to use some useless DRM software that is equally hackable - and is usually seen more as a challenge to break?
prof818
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written by prof818, February 12, 2010
While Blizzard make fantastic games (or at least used to) I was not very impressed with Warcraft 3. I know most people will disagree with me here. The style of game play varied too much between Warcraft 2 and 3. So the question is, will Starcraft 2 be more like the original Starcraft, or will it be more like Warcraft 3? Either way, there is still going to be a group that is disappointed with the game. And after such a long development, it has a really high expectancy.

Don't get me wrong though. I can imagine myself being one of those people wanting to get it as soon as it is released.

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