Twelve years after the original StarCraft "zerged" its way onto computers, Blizzard's sci-fi strategy game finally receives its sequel with Wings of Liberty. Once again the game features three rival factions: the gritty, gutty Terrans; the slithering, swarming Zerg; and the psionic, cybernetic Protoss. The single-player campaign focuses on the scrappy terrans, led by Jim Raynor, in a narrative spanning 29 missions. To help those new to the StarCraft universe, a number of mini-games are included to introduce key tactics and strategies.
While the presentation has changed, Wings of Liberty's mechanics are similar in design to the original StarCraft, relying on the traditional real-time strategy framework of resource gathering, structure building, and unit generation. New troops, ships, and technology are included for each faction, as are an assortment of tweaks and upgrades to familiar faces.
Online support for up to eight players is offered through Blizzard's Battle.net service, allowing gamers of all skill levels to be matched together for competition in leagues, tournaments, and ladder matches. Full stat-tracking is available, along with voice communication, Facebook integration, and cloud file storage. Also included in a built-in editor that lets players create custom maps with scripted events.
Wings of Liberty is the first of three planned StarCraft games, each offering a single-player campaign focused on one of the three races (all races are available for offline skirmishes or online competition). Wings of Liberty is released in two packages: a game-only version and a collector's edition. The collector's edition features a 176-page book on the game's art, a making-of DVD, a soundtrack CD, a comic book, exclusive downloadable content for online play, a terran "Thor" pet for World of WarCraft characters, and a USB flash drive containing the original StarCraft and its Brood War expansion.
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