Starcraft II Wings of Liberty (Jim Raynor) Review
Starcraft II Wings of Liberty is the long anticipated game after the original release of the previous Starcraft series. This game has three difference races, Terran (human), Zerg (insect like organism) and Protoss (alien with very advanced technology). Each race has their own set of units with advantages and disadvantages. Each unit is effective against a few other units and ineffective at others. To be successful with Starcraft II, you have to employ lots of different strategies in different situations / settings. This hub is an overview of the Starcraft II Wings of Liberty.
Graphics – Awesome. As expected, it is improved from previous Starcraft. Depending on the capability of your computer, the graphic settings can be selected accordingly. The best graphic setting is extremely detailed and pleasing to the eye. It is a major improvement from the last Starcraft game. Landscape is very much improved with the new 3d engine. There is a set of system requirements for Starcraft II which is on the game itself and available online. Although most computers meet the minimal system requirements, it is advised to play this game on a relatively new computer with a very good graphic card in order to enjoy the game to full extent.
Storyline – The storyline is very interesting and picks up from where Starcraft Brood War left us previously. It started with the race Terran and main character Jim Raynor. It has a small portion where the player gets to play as Protoss. There are original characters from the series that returned to Starcraft II as well as new characters that made their appearance in Starcraft II Wings of Liberty. It has a total of 29 campaigns for the single player. The game walks you through the different units by introducing them slowly. You will learn about these units' strong points and weaknesses by controlling them. This will help you develop strategies for future online game play. After all, this game is all about who has the best strategies for the situation.
Units – Some old units are still in the Starcraft II game such as ghost, marine, battle-cruiser and etc. Some are deleted and replaced with other units. Overall, according to Blizzard, it is now more balanced between all the races, Terran, Zerg and Protoss. The graphic associated with each unit is awesome and improved from the original Starcraft series.
Battlenet – Players can play with others online through battlenet to improve their skills and develop their own strategies. The hotkeys are different for each race so you really have to specialize or memorize all of them. Some of the hotkeys are still the same where as others are now different. To play the game well, you must know these hotkeys by memory. What are the hotkeys? These are keyboard shortcuts that you can utilize to quickly build buildings and produce units. By having the faster speed in the game, you will have the advantage over another player that did not master it yet.
Other features in the game – You can improve your skills through various training sections in the game. It includes all three races. I find these training sections very entertaining as well as improving your skills / strategies. You can also upgrade your units in the campaign part of the game to make it easier to pass levels. Unfortunately, these upgrades are only for the campaign. There are 4 different difficulty levels in which you can choose from for the campaign.
Overall recommendation – Highly recommended because of all the features discussed above. However, I might be influenced because of the original game. Anyways, you will never get bored with this strategy game because there are always room for improvement and you will always get to use your brain when playing. This is easily the best game that I have ever played. Highly recommended!!