Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm (Video Game Review)
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm comes packed with an all new campaign featuring 20 missions and a great new storyline that focuses on the rise of the Queen of Blades, Sarah Kerrigan. The game's protagonist will find herself facing an incoming attack from the evil Arcturus Mengsk, and she will have to attempt to rally together forces to face the invasion before losing the Zerg forces once and for all. The campaign also focuses on Kerrigan's inner struggle as her last bits of humanity struggle against the infection of the Zerg, and the drama it causes for her and her closest allies is incredibly entertaining to watch unfold. Many players will be drawn to the storyline of the game more so than the online multiplayer even with the average voice acting the series has been known for, but plenty of new features have been added to the game to ensure players can have fun whether battling with the AI in scripted missions or heading online to play with friends or random matchmaking players.
New groups and clans systems will allow players to more easily connect with friends and experienced Starcraft II players to enjoy some friendly competition. The new expansion also includes unranked matchmaking game modes that are perfect for joining up with a friend to try out a new faction in the game and training to get your skills up to par with other online players. There are also new training and versus AI modes that will aid players in becoming online ready after making the jump from the game's main campaign missions. You can also learn from past mistakes with the all new replay system that allows to you watch previous matches with other players to examine where you went wrong and how your opponents were able to overtake your own army. Of course, plenty of new forces are in the game for the Protoss, Terran and Zerg forces that adds different game mechanics to the game all while making the factions more balanced than ever before.
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is now available from all major retailers and can be purchased for $39.99 on PC and Mac. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is rated T by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco & Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official Starcraft II website.
Developer & Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC (reviewed) & Mac
Release Date: March 12, 2013