The sad fact is, RTS’s seemed to of fallen out of popularity recently, with the monster that is MOBA’s no one seems to be developing or caring about the genre at the moment, which is a shame looking at what a monster it used to be. Though it should be noted some high profile games are coming out, with total war releasing War Hammer soon, though the love for the genre is shrinking. However it seems Blizzard did not get this memo, pushing out the 2nd StarCraft 2 Expansion, too much excitement and fanfare.
Star Craft 2 Legacy of the void is the ending of a trilogy that started back in 2010, which has taken a seemingly long time for some fans of the series, though blizzard is known for its polish in video games, and god damn it does it stick out here.
So with Legacy of the void, the Protoss finally get their chance to shine, after the fantastic stories for the Zerg and Terran. Though it was an odd decision back then to split the game over 3 games, and a lot of people were shouting that it was only to do with money. At the end of the Trilogy was it a smart idea?
I’m still of the side that no, I don’t like all of the waiting that has occurred due to this, I would of preferred a larger base game and some good expansions. But I can appreciate the whole story now it is fully out. Though, the story that has been laid out has been one hell of a rollercoaster and finally seeing it to the end, I can see why they have done it, and those who are here for the story, it was definitely satisfying. I don’t want to go into the story too much, it was insanely fun to play through, but you have the Protoss in the spot light, the story is continuing from heart of the storm, and I wouldn’t call it the story of the year for me, but it was a satisfying end to this 5 year wait.
Talking about story, the single player has had a few new features, one of which I have been enjoying is the coop missions. These are I have to say were a massive surprise for me, I love coop games, so when I found out that these missions had been created I was very excited. The long of the short is, you and your friend pick a commander, and get put into random missions together, and you have to work together against an AI that does change with different tactics on different maps. As you go along your commander levels up and gains new units that can be used to defeat. The harder difficulty, the more open ended experience and tactics used from the AI make this feel less like the same map rotation, and more different experiences, having to work with your friend to overcome some difficult challenges sometimes, plus there is always something satisfying for gaining and earning your units through levels.
With actual competitive multiplayer, There are some changes here, Now to be fair from what I mentioned earlier, blizzard have managed to create a massive e-sports brand name with StarCraft, back from the 90’s, and pushing it still now, and for those who are big into that kind thing, this is still a thing, online multiplayer and all that. I am trash at multiplayer, so if you want to know about multiplayer, it’s there and it is a thing, but I am so bad at it I have no idea about anything that has been added, or balanced. Forgive me.
Graphically, as with most Blizzard games, it isn’t exactly something that will blow you away, their games have always been more about design style and running well, and it shows here, some parts do look dated if you take the time to really nit-pick, but I was too busy looking at the designs of the units and structures. I really loved some of the detail in the new Protoss units but more than that, the newer Zerg infected units really looked fantastic, I was always into those small models as a kid, and watching these really made me want some form of infected units as little collectables, make it happen blizzard.
Overall StarCraft 2 trilogy is finally over, it’s taken us a long time to get here, and it really has been worth it, though a little long for my taste. The story has been definitely one worthy of the star Craft name, with multiplayer being an established Esport and new coop mode allowing newer gamers to get into the series with the help of a friend. Even better that Blizzard have all three on some really good deals for those who decided to wait for the whole series to come out, plus you get some nice little extras for heros of the storm, if your into that kinda thing. Really, StarCraft is a solid RTS, and it really makes me sad that other series have been left to die like Command and Conquer, though if they bring out a new WarCraft game, I think I would be even happier. StarCraft 2, Legacy of the void gets 5/5 not only for being a solid RTS game, but for taking me back to being 10, not understanding fully how a computer works, and being blown away by those pre rendered openings from way back when.
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