Spawning is back in StarCraft II: in other words, if you don't have Blizzard's real-time strategy game but you still want to play it, you can now mooch off a friend online. More info on battle.net (and in the video).
Last night, after years and years of putting it off, I finally played the final couple of missions in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Yeah, I know. Hey, I like the game and everything, but I got sidetracked!)
This November, hundreds will compete in a StarCraft II tournament run by the folks at Major League Gaming. The total prize pool will be $76,000, and the winner will walk away with a cool $25,000. Not bad for a weekend of playing video games.
In StarCraft, you could play multiplayer games with your friends on local area network connections. In StarCraft II, you can't. It's online or bust.
Still on the fence about StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard's spacey real-time strategy game? Maybe the StarCraft II: Starter Edition, the game's revamped demo, is for you. It's the bigger StarCraft II demo that's less restrictive.
Not only did someone take the time to painstakingly replicate StarCraft's Siege Tank, they actually made it able to change into and out of siege mode. The only thing missing here is... a guide on how to build one.
StarCraft II could have been a prettier game, with massive Zerg Ultralisks and screen-filling Protoss Motherships. It could have been stuffed with new units like the Cybercat and Hercules transport ship. Blame designer Dustin Browder and eSports for making StarCraft II what it is: clear, simple, uncertain and a game…
HaloCraft II: Arrays of Liberty is not a real video game. But the fantasy mash-up of Halo and StarCraft II does have a trailer.
The bodies of dead little boys, the impact of extinction, the vicious torture of two of video game's least likable characters and hundreds of death by spike... these are, strangely, my most memorable video game moments of 2010.
Adrienne Baginski's boyfriend loves StarCraft II. Adrienne Baginski loves him, so she made him the most adorable plush rendition of a Protoss Probe she possibly could for Christmas. Lucky bastard.
Five months after the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard has released the real-time strategy game's demo, a chance for those who didn't get caught up in summertime StarCraft hype to try the game for free.
StarCraft II players will get four officially sanctioned mods for the real-time strategy title created by Blizzard, new map types that turn the sci-fi war game into a Bejeweled-like puzzler, a co-op survival game and a DotA-style multiplayer scenario.
Blizzard fans are a patient lot, so the gap between StarCraft II's future episodes focusing on the Zerg and Protoss races should be easy going. It's only going to be about 18 more months before we see the next one.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players shouldn't be wanting for custom-made maps—and wildly different game types—thanks to the game's Galaxy Editor. But an officially released Blizzard-made map is worth getting a little excited about.
Until that unreal StarCraft FarmVille mod becomes a reality, FarmVille's millions of fans can use this helpful image to understand what in the world this StarCraft II thing is all about. [Via Rafardeon's Soup]
We've already seen plenty of creative StarCraft II mods change the real-time strategy game into racers, side-scrolling shooters and more. But modder Mads Lund's injection of futuristic, zombie apocalyptic, third-person shooting may be the most promising.