StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Review
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Blizzard Entertainment
Pub: Blizzard Entertainment
Release: November 10, 2015
Players: 1; up to 4 online
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

Several tweaks were made to the online multiplayer experience for StarCraft II – most being very solid and appropriate fixes. While the core gameplay remains largely the same, the match setup has been adjusted in a way that they begin with fewer resources for each player but provide you with more workers right off the bat – hopefully to create more action early on.

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Blizzard also added daily tournaments with no barrier to entry in hopes to engage more players in the multiplayer experience. Blizzard also brought to the table a set of cooperative missions unprecedented in previous installments to allow for players to work with friends instead of to battle them. Last but not least, Archon mode is included as well. This mode allows two players to control the same side to hopefully create matches with better performances from both sides as well as with more action.

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is a very solid installment to the already critically-acclaimed series. It is a great dive-in point for new gamers to the series, as the playing field has been made more level in a way to better accommodate newcomers and allow them to experience success. It is not a groundbreaking addition to the StarCraft brand of games, but what it does bring to the table, it does right. Although the series is beginning to feel dated and will likely need to be revamped for its next release, StarCraft II does well in catering to its niche audience while accommodating newcomers in a way that allows everyone a gaming experience that, overall, is very enjoyable.

By
Erik Pederson
Contributing Writer
Date: November 11, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
While the cutscenes are mightily impressive, the in-game graphics look just like they did in the last installment.
4.5
Control
Simple and easy to follow – although there is a learning curve, it is easy to pick up on as you play more matches.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and voice acting fit right in, but it can get old quick as what could be quick discussions turn into long conversations as characters pontificate the future of the galaxy.
4.5
Play Value
With the addition of many new multiplayer game modes and the option to catch up with the story all the way up to this point in the series, the game remains fun to play and invites new players to dive in and enjoy the series, too.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Come prove your might against participants from around the world in no-holds-barred tournaments that run once per day at specific times. Entries are open to players of all skill levels. Sign up, survive the elimination rounds, and face off against the best for ultimate dominance.
  • Two heads are better than one: you and an ally share control over a single base to battle against two enemies in multiplayer action. Learn basic tactics from a seasoned veteran or amplify the power of a burgeoning all-star. Embody the spirit of the Archon and merge together to become a greater, unified force.
  • Take command in a brand new game mode where you and a friend fight hosts of enemies in action-packed, objective-driven missions. Master the art of war with StarCraft legends such as Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, and Hierarch Artanis, and use their unique talents to turn the tide of battle in your favor. Level up to unlock additional units and new abilities – including exclusive team powers.

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