StarCraft II Round-up: Your Launch Day Guide!

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Havok

I like how SC2:WoL has a 'Firefly' feel, what with the music and all.

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aCi11i3s

Is Dalaran in SC2?  If not, I can't play it...I'd get homesick.

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iinweed

Wasn't worth the wait.

Prettier graphics and a couple of new units.Big deal.

Can't even pick the map you want to play if you like to do co-op against the computer.

Can't alt-tab out to check your email, if for some reason the game minimises (like some other app pops up a window) you drop out of the online game (which shouldn't even be online for 2 machines in the same room) and have to end task.

I was hoping for a real game here, but frankly think I might prefer Supreme Commander 2 (and I don't like that much compared to SC:FA).

Shame really, was really looking forward to the mother of all RTS games blowing the competition away.

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JohnP

Getting your SC2 key online and using the downloaded installer is fine. I got a boxed version of the $60 game to see if there was anything worth while in the box (besides the KEY!). Well, there is a pad of 4" by 6" notepaper with Raynor's wanted poster lightly scribed, and 2 10 day guest passes for SC2 and WOW (4 alltogether), a disk, and a 24 page booklet that has one page for troubleshooting, 4 pages of license stuff, the rest a comic book storyline of SC2 (without the pictures, mind). So all in all, NOT WORTH THE DRIVE TO BUY THE BOX.

As for the collectors, I have been burned with this for World of Warcraft. Yeah, looks so good when you open the box, but the art book is a once through, so is the making of game. music? err, play the game.  USB drive with SC? Who would want to run a game from a USB 2.0 drive? Any of this worth $40? Answer me after you have had the game for a couple of weeks.

 Bottom line: just buy the key online and download the installer.

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damicatz

Let's see :

1.$60 pricetag

2.No lan support

3.1/3rd of a game. I don't care how long any individual campaign is, there aren't campaigns for all three races.

4.Charging for maps. This is a bad idea for so many reasons not the least of which is the potential for fraudulent activity but this is only going to end up fragmenting the community as you find that you cannot join a game due to not having bought the appropriate map.

5.Region-locked which means I can't play with my overseas friends. Of course, I could work around this by playing over Hamchi except that the game doesn't have LAN support.

6.Purchasing it involves giving money to Activision.

Thanks but no thanks. I'll pass on this turd.

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mesiah

Ah, the internet is never short on narrow minded trolls. I continue to see the same BS arguments when it comes to this game.

  1. The $60 price tag is standard for games these days. Personally I think its a lot to pay for a game, but I rarely buy games on launch day.
  2. No lan support. People are beating this one into the ground. Blizzard isn't the only company using an internet connection as a form of piracy control. You can complain all you want but this is the way of the future.
  3. 1/3rd of a game... give me a break. How many games were released as trilogies? How about movies? Did you complain because you had to pay 3 times to see lord of the rings? No, you got 3 full length movies. You will get 3 full length games. 1 epic story. You still get 3 playable races in this game. You just don't get 3 campaigns. People act like blizzard created a run of the mill game and then broke it up into pieces. That isnt the case. You are getting a full fledged full length fully functional game.
  4. Charging for maps isn't even implemented yet. Personally I don't have a problem with people that put in hard work getting a few bucks in return. It amazes me that people release such detailed mods and don't make a penny off of them. I say kudos to blizzard for helping the modding community support itsself. I am sure most mods and maps will remain free. You don't have to play on a pay map if you don't want to. And I am sure people aren't going to use a pay map unless its good enough to warrant it.
  5. region locks. I don't support. I think you should be able to play with who you want where you want. gg is universal.
  6. Giving money to activision. I'm all for brand loyalty. I haven't personally had any problem with activision, but to each his own.

If you are going to hate this game, hate it for its one true fault. Don't hate if for doing the same things that every other game these days does. Hate it because its nothing more than an ever so slightly  graphically updated version of the original game with a few new units and some more story line. After 12 years I expected something revolutionary, instead I got more of the same. I'll probably buy the game, but I'll wait for the price to come down a little. I've never been much for buying new releases.

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Biceps

Lets' see:

1. $60 pricetag for what is probably the most anticipated game in the past 5 years... same cost as what they charged for MW2, which sold more copies than any game in history.

2. No LAN Support... but it is coming and Blizzard usually keeps their promises.

3. 1/3 of a game....No, it is a whole game, but there are two more parts coming - YAY!.

4. Charging for maps... see MW2.  They aren't having any problem charging for maps.  Blizzard is a business, and Starcraft II will be their biggest seller since WoW, and they can monetize it however they want.  People WILL buy them.

5. Region-locked which means I can't play with my overseas friends.... OR, it means you don't get stuck playing with people who have a ping of 35,000ms because they are playing on a @#$ing modem in Cambodia.  YAY region lock!

I am not a huge Starcraft fan - I never owned the first one, but this does look like a good game.  I will be buying it - though I may wait for the price to fall to closer to $40.

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damicatz

1.And I didn't buy MW2 for the same reason.

2.Please cite your reference for this. I have heard nothing about LAN support in the works. Note that, LAN support, by definition, cannot require the use of Battle.net because then the data is no longer confined to a local area network.

3.No it's 1/3rd of a game. Hence the definition of "three parts". Unless they are planning on giving us the other two race's campaigns for free.

4.Again, didn't buy MW2. And I'm more specifically talking about allowing players to charge for maps they create. So now, in order to play custom online games, I have to constantly deal with being nickle and dimed because every custom game will have some new map that I'm required to pay for.

5.No one's forcing you to play with someone overseas. All Blizzard had to do was add a matchmaking option for low pings.

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Biceps

1. You and 20 other people.  It did, however, prove a successful price point for the developer, and you will see more games at that price point.  The price will come down in time, and maybe your parents can raise your allowance if it is still too expensive then.

2. http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/06/24/blizzard-no-professional-lan-version-of-starcraft-ii-but/ Ok, maybe not LAN, but there will be tournament support.  This is probably to fight piracy...

3. No, it has TWO FEWER LEVELS than the original.  Not a third of a game... but if you have trouble counting, I'm done arguing that point.

4. Again, you and 20 other people didn't buy MW2.  Blizzard is great at monetizing what they do and making it attractive to most people... WoW is the perfect example - people pay to play every month AND pay for add one expansions, too.  Also keep in mind that by continuing to charge for map packs, Blizzard is also committing themselves to supporting the game over an extended period of time.  That is good!

5.  Yes, sometimes they are.  If I get stuck in a lobby and am not the leader, but the leader's buddy and teammate is from Australia, I can either dump the game and wait in a new room for another game, or I can beg him to kick Mr. Australia.  If I wanted to play against Europeans, I'd fly to Europe.  I am tired of 400+ pings lagging my games.

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Five Rabbits

I agree with all of those points but the 1/3rd of a game.  From what I understand there are 2 less missions than the original so that doesn't really equal 33% of a game it's more like 94% of a game.  I do think its a dumb they're splitting the races up into seperate expansions. I prefered the old method where they had about an equal number for each race on each expansion.  I'll probably grab this when I see a price drop.

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