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Starcraft II Review

Starcraft II Review

If you’ve heard RTS, you’ve probably heard 2 names: Warcraft III and Starcraft II, both from Blizzard. Starcraft became more dominant due to being much more recent.

Being 1 of the most competitive games out there, the game is no stranger to the gaming community.

This review will have a Storyline, Gameplay, Visuals, and finally, a Personal Thoughts section. Without further ado:


The storyline takes place 4 years after the original. At first, Starcraft II focuses on the Terran’s side of things, but with more expansions, a Zerg and Protoss story was included.

The Terrans’ side focuses on the aftermath of the war 4 years prior; the Dominion rules among the Terrans and Raynor creates a rebel group to stop them.

The Zerg take it directly from the end of the Terrans’ campaign. (A now human) Kerrigan attempts to regain control of the Zerg in order to attack the Dominion in an attempt to avenge Raynor, who is presumably dead.

The Protoss, leading with Artanis, try to face a threat to the whole galaxy, a Xel’Naga (an ancient race that had a huge involvement in the evolution of Protoss and Zerg) called Amon, who controls forces from every race and wants to annihilate all life in the galaxy.

In the epilogue, a combined alliance of Protoss, Terrans, and Zerg fight to take out Amon’s last forces.

The story is amazing, but hey, it’s Blizzard, what did you expect?

There’s no chance you won’t like the characters in the story, but it’s highly recommended that you play the original Starcraft prior to playing this one or at least read its lore.


The gameplay is the classic RTS genre gameplay; you are given a starting position and you have to manage the resources around you to build a base, and an army, and destroy every opponent.

Of course, every race has its advantages and disadvantages.

The Terrans are well balanced and can utilize many strategies. They are very good throughout the game, early, mid and late game.

The Zerg are swarmy and fast. They rely on sheer mass, as their units aren’t that strong individually. They are unbeatable during the early game but scale really bad as time passes.

The Protoss are polar opposites from the Zerg. They have the most powerful units individually but need a lot of setting up to get there.

All in all, it’s about your playstyle, and whether you prefer to be good early or late, or just be balanced throughout the game.

As a true RTS, the player must find a balance between micro and macro management.

The game is very challenging mechanically, as in most battles, you must control many different types of units, with lots of different abilities.

The game, as mentioned, is highly competitive and hosts tournaments and pro leagues quite frequently. The pro player awards are quite high as Starcraft II is among the top 5 esports games in prize pool money.

The game is pretty balanced too, something rare with competitive games these days.

Starcraft II also offers a map customization feature with lots of tools to help you create custom modes and maps. It also allows the creation and use of mods.

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the visuals are very well done and relevant even to this day. You won’t be having a problem despite the fact that the game was released back in 2010.

As a matter of fact, the game can actually run very stably on most bad PCs with bad specs.

Personal Thoughts

Starcraft II is a true Blizzard gem back from the age when they weren’t so political.

You won’t be disappointed with this game now that it’s free, even if you play it just for the story.

But the game should be appreciated, not only for lasting to this day but for exceeding expectations; many players thought that there couldn’t be a professional scene due to the lack of LAN group creation.

And to top it all off, the game is 1v1, which means you won’t be having these annoying teams ruining your day.

I recommend Starcraft II to anyone looking for a competitive game in the strategy genre.

Final Verdict

Storyline: 8.8

Gameplay: 9.5

Visuals: 6.5

General Rating: 8.2

That’s it for my review. If you have anything to add or ask, leave a comment below.

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