StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Blizzard Entertainment
Pub: Blizzard Entertainment
Release: March 12, 2013
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

A lot has changed in the world of competitive gaming since the release of Wings of Liberty. StarCraft II isn’t necessarily the big boy in the world of eSports in 2013; the rise of the MOBA has led to games like League of Legends and Dota 2 drawing more and more viewers on a daily basis.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Screenshot

Still, despite their popularity, MOBAs can’t offer an experience that’s found in StarCraft II: two players battling out against each other on an even playing field, starting out with the same resources, not having to deal with teammates hindering or carrying them. Heart of the Swarm is here to prove that, once again, there isn’t any other experience in competitive gaming like StarCraft. The new units absolutely shine when they’re featured in matches to the point where I can’t help but smile even while losing.

I can’t necessarily speak on the new XP leveling system other than the fact that I honestly don’t see it being the sole reason to keep playing Heart of the Swarm. And it’s a little disappointing to see a system put in place for the sole purpose of retaining players, especially when that system doesn’t appear to be good at retaining players.

The bottom line is this: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is a very good expansion. The campaign is solid, but I can’t help but feel it could have been a bit more robust. The improved multiplayer more than makes up for this fact though, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to queue up and continue to improve my Protoss play.

Jake Valentine
Contributing Writer
Date: March 14, 2013

Gorgeous cinematic cutscenes, though there are times you’ll wonder why they look like they’re in standard definition. The in-game engine may be showing some age.
Nothing’s changed here, and that’s a good thing.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It still sounds like StarCraft, which is more than good enough for me.
Play Value
The campaign is a bit hit or miss for me, but the multiplayer truly shines.
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:

  • Welcome to the Hive Mind - You are Sarah Kerrigan, former Queen of Blades. Once the most feared entity in the galaxy, you now wait in a cell in the depths of a high-security research laboratory. Before the murderous forces of the Terran Dominion close in, you must plot your escape to the dark reaches of space and reclaim your living empire at the Heart of the Swarm.
  • Command New Weapons of War - Deploy devastating new units across an ever-shifting battlefield. Incinerate advancing foes with the Battle Hellion, seize air superiority with the Tempest, engulf entrenched enemies with the Swarm Host, and much more.
  • Unleash Hell - Lead Sarah Kerrigan as she embarks on a path of furious vengeance. Evolve your brood for maximum devastation, unlock latent psionic powers, and swarm from planet to planet aboard your moon-sized Zerg Leviathan.
  • Join the Global Battle - Experience the next evolution of StarCraft II's global community on Join co-op games with friends, play near-limitless custom mods in the StarCraft II Arcade, and marshal your forces across ranked and unranked brackets for every level of play.

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