This review is a bit late and I even considered not writing it, but I feel like I should at least let you know how awesome StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is.   I love StarCraft 2 and its really hard for me to find any flaws with it.  StarCraft 2 and I have had a long term gaming relationship for a quite a number of years now.  I grew up playing StarCraft and it was one of my my 1st RTS experiences along with the Warcraft series.  I’m sure you don’t know what “RTS” means so I’ll explain:  ”RTS” stands for “Real Time Strategy”.  Think of it like, playing Chess except you can move as fast as you want and whenever you want.  I immediately fell in love with the genre because I thought it was so cool to control little minions on the screen.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Review

 

“I am the Swarm. Armies will be shattered. Worlds will burn. Now at last, on this world, vengeance shall be mine. For I am the Queen of Blades.”

-Queen of Blades

 

1 Woman Zerg Army

I’m always talking about Sarah Kerrigan and how she is so bad-ass in the original StarCraft right?  Well shes back in “Heart of the Swarm” and she’s even more bad-ass   In this latest version of StarCraft 2 you have opportunity to level up Kerrigan and give her a bunch of abilities.  In previous games you rarely controlled Kerrigan except on a few missions.  It was hard to see why she was so powerful other than reading stories or watching the cinematics.   Now that you can control her and her abilities you can experience her true power!  It also allows you to experiment with numerous game-play styles.  You can give her a lighting ability that lets  you hit several targets at once, or you can get a “crushing grip” spell, that lets you psionically attack enemies.   You have several options and they are all very fun to play around with.

 

Epic Battles, Epic Gameplay, Epic Graphics

One of the best things about StarCraft 2:HotS is that you can witness amazing sci-fi battles.  You can see a bunch of little marines on your screen battle a huge Ultralisk or you can witness a bunch of starships duke it out in the sky.  The control you have over your units in StarCraft is great, and the game never feels slow or unresponsive.  The game will react to how quickly you can issue commands so you can always get better.  The graphics in HOTS  are much better than the original SC2, and its due to the extra level of detail  you can see in every aspect of the game.  Everything in the game has so much detail and polish, its amazing what the team at Blizzard has accomplished.

Kerrigan leads her Zerg army into battle.

 

How do you make good Music/Sound better?

One noticeable improvement that I’ve noticed with this expansion pack is the music.  Here is an example of the Zerg Music.  Its creepy and dramatic, it really fits the mood of the Zerg.

I always wonder how they go about making such music at the studio…. boggles my mind.

The fight never ends

Whats great about StarCraft 2 is the Multi-Player experience.  Once you have beaten the “story” part of the game, you can go online and battle other people.  Its like playing chess on steroids.  It’s always intense and there is never a dull moment.  There are so many things to do in the multi-player aspect of the game.  You can play custom games or have huge 4 vs 4 battle.  You can get ranked and level up your multi-player profile.  Its all really fun and interactive.   Heart of the Swarm is a great game and I highly recommend picking it up.  If you are not familiar with the RTS genre I would recommend staying away from the MULTI-player aspect of the game.  Its brutal on battle.net and you will definitely get your feelings hurt.