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New StarCraft II custom games go live on Battle.net

When everyone else was Capturing the Flag, becoming King of the Hill and other done-to-death multiplayer options, the original StarCraft distinguished itself with online modes like Football and Zerg Hunting. Those were adventurous enough for their day, but with the three custom multiplayer modes just launched for the sequel, Blizzard seem to be aiming squarely at confounding expectations with interesting new play styles.

The custom games, now available for play on Battle.net, may be new to StarCraft, but it doesn't take the savviest player to spot the influences on show. If we were to tell you, for instance, that the new StarJeweled mode involves matching up gems to energy-boost your units, we'll trust you to write your own “have you guys seen this?” emails to PopCap. Similarly, Left 2 Die may sound on paper like only half of some-or-other Steam-based team-shooter – but then, it's hardly like Valve invented the idea of zombies.

If you had custom games that nodded at two of the biggest online games in recent years, obviously you'd round out the triple-pack with... a cooking sim? The Aiur Chef mode revolves around collecting ingredients for exotic dishes from pillaged environments and slain enemies.

Have you tried out the new StarCraft II custom games yet? What would you like to see next? Koprulu Shore? GhostAcademyVille? Let's hear your ideas, and don't spare the outlandishness.

Jan 27, 2011

8 comments

  • BadCompanyBrik - January 31, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    Wait, I'm trying to figure out what's going on here. These are 3 new official custom games by Blizzard? Or 3 random custom games you guys found? I don't have SC2, but the customs in Warcraft 3 didn't work like this ('this' being 3 going live, or it being an exact science), people just made games and they were hosted if they were good, and then forums were created if they were really good.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 28, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    Left 2 Die sounds like it could be cool. It'd be like Alien Swarm, but better!
  • lozarian - January 28, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    There were puns? .. None of those were puns.
  • Tomgoulter - January 28, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    @CoktorBloktopus I speak to you not as a representative of GamesRadar but as a man when I say that there are never enough puns.
  • CoktorBloktopus - January 28, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    it is so beautiful finally i can make that seven course meal solely from zerg pieces and top it of with a protoss pie made with the eyes of high templars. But most importantly is the breakfast of scrambled marines, firebat toast, some hash vultures and the ever healing Medic juice chilled with ghost cubes. I hope thats enough puns for you guys enjoy.
  • jonnie06 - January 27, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    *cough Star Wars Battlefront cough*
  • BigBrother - January 27, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    I know this isn't new, but the custom game "star battle" is one of the best games i've played on sc2, besides the amazing league multiplayer. But perhaps a game that takes place on a massive ship vs ship scale, and they are both simultaneously being boarded. You play as a soldier inside the ships and try to sabotage the other teams ship to win the battle.
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - January 27, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Fuck yes. I want. I want NOW.

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