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Friday, April 22, 2011
Time to look at a Real Time Stragety!
The most recent game in the series, StarCraft 2
For our fourth video-game series overview we are going to look at RTSes, and what better than the mother of them all; StarCraft. I'm sure many of you are familiar with this series, and may have even been playing it before going on your daily blog run, but I still want to go over the basic idea. StarCraft is a futuristic "space marine" style gameplay all jam-packed into a real time strategy. StarCraft exploded in the Koreas (becoming an actual, full-fledged sport!) and slowly found its way other to the Western continents. StarCrafts Chess style strategies became a great hook for the game and made it one of the greatest, and top selling, in its genre. Although only two installments came from this series, many people still play the original (release 1998, with an expansion releasing in 2000) and the later in the series StarcCraft 2 is a top-selling 2010 game being praised with various awards. With all this said it is sad to say the frequency of these game releases, the original being twelve years before the sequel is not enough for our need of great RTSes. Blizzard being the great company it is only releases games once they are sparkling and bug-free, but for what?
Feel free to discuss the playability, replay value, frequency of releases, gameplay, and overall greatness of the series in the comments below.