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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

  • Genre: RTS
  • ESRB Rating: T
  • Platform: PC
  • Max-Players: 8
  • Added on: 2013-04-12 by machvergil

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The first StarCraft 2 Expansion picks up where Wings of Liberty left off. Enjoy new units for each race and take control of Kerrigan as she fights to regain control of the swarm.

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#0: 06-08-2012 @ 01:54:19 pm
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Twitter hit me some info on Heart of the Swarm info.  The first video below is an update on some of the new units they are looking at adding.  This set of units is much more satisfying than what they shared last Blizzcon.

The second video is a "Battle Report" of the current SC:HotS multiplayer build from within Blizzard.  Haven't watched yet but I thought I'd bring it for viewing and comment.  Enjoy!


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#1: 06-12-2012 @ 11:55:06 am
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Another battle report - more HotS multiplayer this time with TvZ


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#2: 06-12-2012 @ 01:58:23 pm
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Words cannot express how happy I am that Hydras are no longer slow as molasses off creep. They were never meant to be base-defense units like they were (mostly) reduced to in WoL. Great to see them back on the frontlines!

-AHMAD


#3: 10-26-2012 @ 07:07:43 am
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News spread yesterday of the new leveling system Blizzard is adding to Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm.  Blizzard added more details about it to explain what exactly they had in mind.

The good news is it sounds like they aren't doing something moronic and having the level tie to in-game power.  Rather it's a new incentive to play the multiplayer - your level unlocks new player portraits and encourages you to play multiplayer games with all 3 races.  It also sounds like it might affect matchmaking as well, meaning that if you are a level 1 terran and a level 20 zerg, queuing as terran won't throw you at the same players it would when you're terran.

I see why they are doing it.  XP leveling systems make competitive multiplayer super addicting in almost every genre (See CoD and BF).  Clearly with them toying with the idea of "First win of the day XP" or "Bonus XP weekends" they are planning on copying other games doing things like this to encourage play as well.  Still it feels un-needed to me, though I don't know how much of that is because of how much I don't care about Starcraft II anymore.

...which by the way is really really sad...


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#4: 10-30-2012 @ 01:24:51 pm
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I dunno, I think that it's a better system than the current one, where you get portraits based on wins, but the gap in wins required is literally hundreds large. IIRC, portraits come every: 3, 5,10,25,50,100,500,1000 wins. So once you hit 25/50 you're pretty much done unless you're playing daily for some other reason. It doesn't feel (to me) liek every win is building me up the way that an XP system might.


-AHMAD


#5: 11-28-2012 @ 12:20:13 pm
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Iron Squid is back again, this time they are playing Heart of the Swarm! There's a live stream up right now (2:15pm eastern 11/28/2012).  Like last time I might share cool matches here.

Here's the Groups for the Group Stages:


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#6: 12-05-2012 @ 08:24:32 am
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I need to correct my previous post about Iron Squid II.  The tourney is being done in WoL.  However before each group phase they are doing a Best of 3 Show Match (as in doesn't count) in HotS.  I'll post them to this topic as they become available in case you are only interested in spotting the Heart of the Swarm matches.

Here's also the official playlist from the official Iron Squid YouTube Channel.

 

 


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#7: 01-23-2013 @ 08:28:40 am
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Opening Cinematic was posted by Blizzard.  I was going to wait to watch it.  Then I gave in.  It's... sorta too awesome to ignore honestly.

By they way, those you who have not finished Wings of Liberty this is your LAST CHANCE WARNING, MASSIVE SPOILERS contained in the closing moments of this trailer.  I imagine any discussion around this trailer will contain similar levels of spoilers.


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#8: 01-23-2013 @ 05:26:16 pm
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:).

Man, this video was friggin' inspiring and invigorating :). Granted, the whole 'revenge' talk was annoying to hear. You're the queen of blades for god's sake! You're not so petty that 'revenge' is a goal for you. If you'd wanted anyone dead that would have been done four years ago. ESPECIALLY someone as insignificant as Mengsk. I mean, maybe if there was something NEW he'd done to you to make you care. . . but any issue you have with him is more than four years old . . . and AFTER you've already annhiliated his forces and assaulted Korhal.

Still, seeing the fucking Ultralisks charging in there under her command!? I could forget it; I really could! Like a good 'B-action' movie, or The Avengers; the sheer badassery is enough for me to not be as mad about the story. . .

. . . And then 2:28 happens and my enthusiasm just crashes and DIES.  Fuck WoL's story, man. A solid reminder that it's all just a bad dream; Kerrigan isn't a bad person she's just a poor misunderstood zerg :(.


EDIT: <Rage-snipped>

-AHMAD

This post was edited by BountyHunterSAx on January 23, 2013, 8:57 pm


#9: 01-24-2013 @ 08:26:23 am
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Granted, the whole 'revenge' talk was annoying to hear. You're the queen of blades for god's sake! You're not so petty that 'revenge' is a goal for you. If you'd wanted anyone dead that would have been done four years ago. ESPECIALLY someone as insignificant as Mengsk. I mean, maybe if there was something NEW he'd done to you to make you care. . . but any issue you have with him is more than four years old . . . and AFTER you've already annhiliated his forces and assaulted Korhal

Not so petty to want revenge.... what?  We're talking about the egotistical monster that Tassadar chastised and mocked on Charr for being petty and power hungry.  Kerrigan is awesome dude but don't put her on a pedestal.  She's always been petty enough to hunt for revenge, and power, both for their own sake.  That's what the original assault on Khorhal was about.  That's what killing Duke was about. 

Besides how do you know she isn't getting revenge for the events of Wings of Liberty in this trailer hmmmmm?

Honestly, this trailer restores my faith in where HotS is going.  Or at least it starts to. This is not the dream of Kerrigan circa 4 years ago, on the space platform above Charr after ordering her swarms to kill the UED.  No, this is the dream of Kerrigan, "fixed" and on the floor of the Hyperion somewhere.  Raynor thinks he fixed her.  She clearly still wants to be the Queen of Blades (and she should she fucking earned it - I mean I earned it for her but that's besides the point).

I'm not giving up on this yet.  For all we know Kerrigan may emerge from this even more powerful than she was before. 

I'm just wondering when this plot is going to give a shit about the Protoss, and when it does, I hope it's something better than the fucking Hybrid bullshit.  One more expansion to go...

This post was edited by machvergil on January 24, 2013, 11:27 am


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