Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Review

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dgrmouse

This review fails pretty horribly for completely failing to mention that the game can't be played without logging into Blizzard's online services. Especially in light of the recent SimCity release, this is important information. Any review of an online-only game should also include information on typical downtime; I remember Maximum PC reviewed Everquest 2 without mentioning that the game (at least at the time) was down for maintenance daily from 9-11 AM. If your gaming time coincided with this period, then the game was worthless to you and the review completely failed. In this case, being unable to even access the single-player campaign is perhaps a frustration that many will not knowingly tolerate. Maybe I'm jaded, but it's increasingly difficult to trust reviews from a publication that is funded by advertising from those they critique and whose news stories are primarily just regurgitated press releases.

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TheMurph

You can play the campaign offline.  Battle.net requires that you login once a month to keep the ability to do so, however.

That's not quite as extreme as, say, Diablo 3 or SimCity.  I see your point, but let's not through the zergling out with the bathwater just yet...

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The Mac

If you dont already know this about blizzard and Battlenet, you dont belong on this website....

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p47riot

To be fair, Wings of Liberty has the option to play offline. Heart of the Swarm has no option for this. The criticism is valid, and a mention of this in the review would have been helpful.

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The Mac

see murph's response above.

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p47riot

Yea I was in the process of editing. I had read that HotS had gone the way of Diablo 3 with its always-on requirement. Glad to see that's not the case.

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vrmlbasic

Stannis Baratheon had depth? Let me rephrase: Stannis had more depth than the Terminator? Which terminator? I'd give Arnold in T2 & Summer Glau in the Sara Conner Chronicles more depth than Stannis, but that's just me.

Though I wouldn't say that Kerrigan had more depth than Stannis so...

I felt as though I were playing a James Cameron movie, only with a weaker plot. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in this.

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TheMurph

Funny, Jimmy and I were just debating this very point today...

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jimmthang

Stannis better show off some more depth and honor later on because I still hold to the opinion that he's been nothing but a dick so far...

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The Mac

he is a dick. Hes a gullible dick really. Melisanda and all.

That never changes in the books, why should it in the tv show?

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vrmlbasic

As far as I've gotten in the books he's not much deeper than the kiddie pool. I mean, I thought he might have had some depth and was using Melisandre instead of being used by her but now I've lost hope. Gotta say that I've fallen behind in the show, somehow.

Though in full disclosure I haven't made it through book 4 yet. Something about it makes it less appealing than the previous 3 books; they were page-turners while book 4 is like work. Anyone else have this problem? lol

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The Mac

The weird thing about the show is, i got the impression from the books that tyrion was a douche. The show makes him out to be the best of the bunch....

Ive fallen behind on the show as well...

book 4 is a lot more political

book 3 was mostly about north of the wall, and Arya so it was def a page turner...

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TheZomb

I feel like most of the characters in book 4, just aren't likable. Everytime I see Cersei at the top of a chapter, I put the book down for an hour and go prepare myself for several pages of whining and stupidity. The best part is the best characters to read about in book 4 were the worst from book 3

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The Mac

Cersie is definitely portrayed as a lot stronger in the show than the whining bitch she was in the books...

I think that might be because Lena is too good of an actress.

I will say the series got Daenerys spot on though...

And as much as i feel there is a disparity between the book ans the series on Tyrion's personality, Peter Dinklage is fucking brilliant. His sense of comedic timing with the sarcastic remarks is flawless.

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yakmayar

I'm just waiting/hoping for Book 6 and the series to end. The author is not getting any younger.

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The Mac

hes not that old, in his early 50s i think.

they are massive books though...