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10 little things we already love about StarCraft II

Mercenaries

The standard units in StarCraft II are great and all, but sometimes you want to call in a little extra firepower. Enter: the mercenaries. While you’re in the cantina you can head on over to Graven Hill’s table and check out all the latest guns-for-hire. After you pay a modest fee for one of their contracts you’ll be able to call in your newly acquired mercenaries from the Merc Compound, and they’ll be dropped into the battlefield immediately. Like the upgrades they aren’t game breaking, but they are a welcome addition to an army of any size.


Real decisions [Spoilers!]

We usually want to be the good guy. We’ve tried being the bad guy, but we always end up feeling guilty. However, in StarCraft II you're faced with decisions where it's impossible to make everyone happy.

For example, at one point you're faced with the grim reality of the Zerg infesting some colonists you recently rescued. So we’re challenged with either cleansing the entire colony and upsetting the hot doctor we rescued, or pissing off the Protoss, who've been solid allies of Jimmy Raynor. While we could have just gone for the option that would have helped us get the next tier of our Zerg research completed, we ended up making the call to side with our old Protoss allies.


Metagaming


Above: You’ll find the Lost Viking arcade cabinet in the cantina on the Hyperion


Above: It’s a cute reference to the side-scrolling puzzler, The Lost Vikings, which was developed by Blizzard back when they were known as Silicon & Synapse

Blizzard, always ones to drop references any chance they get, programmed a faux arcade game into StarCraft II (that's right, there's a game in your game so you can play while you play). Lost Viking, a clone of Galaga, follows the adventure of a lost Viking trying to find its way home. On its way, it has to fight waves of incoming units, as well as challenging bosses. Unfortunately, our brain functions seized up during the first boss and we were unable to score anything above 14,000 (very, very low). But let's just keep that between us, alright?


UNN!

Just like here in the real world, the news network of StarCraft II is out to sell its own brand of information. The talking head of UNN, Donny Vermillion, spouts out information constantly condemning the actions of Jim Raynor (whether he’s done them or not), and his field reporter Kate Lockwell is often cut off for going against the narrative they're looking to distribute. Along with this you'll get press conferences with Mengsk, and commercials advertising the tour schedule of Level 800 Elite Tauren Chieftain. ROCK!


Achievements

Thanks to their implementation in World of Warcraft (and their carbon copying from Xbox Live), it came as a surprise to no one when StarCraft II released with a full slew of achievements. And while most would see these as needless frill, we actually kind of like them. They help me keep track of all our individual stats and they all but remove the phrase "screenshot or it didn't happen" from skeptical gamers' vocabularies.

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16 comments

  • Shagnasty - August 3, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    Harry Potter is for faggots.
  • Spybreak8 - August 2, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    I couldn't agree more. My only problem with the game is that it runs my video card memory into the ground after an hour or so every time!?
  • tuomotaivainen - August 1, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    Oh, and you don't need that powerful of a PC to play. Depending on your video card you could probably get away with playing SC2 at its lowest settings. Not 100% sure on that though
  • tuomotaivainen - August 1, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    I can't believe in ANY of your articles about SC2 that you never mentioned the Hologram Night Elf dancing in the Cantina....
  • Crimmy - August 1, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    Snape kills Dumbledore? NOOOO!! ReCaptcha:"Macomber is" Macomber is what? And who is he?
  • Wolverine08 - July 31, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Didn't mention the immense cinematic feel to the game? Wish i had a top grade PC for this
  • BornToLose3 - July 31, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    I never played the original starcraft, but really enjoying this one. Though, that gd lost vikings game is tough, only got past the first boss once out of at least 10 times T.T
  • philipshaw - July 31, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Game looks cool but don't have the money to get a good PC to play it on, only have my Dell Inspiron 15 laptop
  • mubobi7593 - July 31, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    Level 800?!? Either that's a typo, or the L80ETC just got 10 times more awesome
  • Ell223 - July 31, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    "(Also, Snape kills Dumbledore.)" Lol'd.
  • Cwf2008 - July 31, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE?! WTF?! Jk
  • Cyberninja - July 30, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    so do the decsions carry over from game to game?
  • Silvermech - July 30, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    This makes me regret not having played Starcraft before, and that my computer is seven years old.
  • drewbian - July 30, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    hahahaha i literally loled at the (also snape kills dumbledore)
  • Ampatent - July 30, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Wait. Starcraft II has a single player campaign?
  • ColonelKc - July 30, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Love this game.

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