Blizzard has done it again folks, they managed to put out an absolutely amazing expansion to one of their top tier games. Heart of the Swarm is the second part to the three part StarCraft 2 campaign. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm focuses on the Zerg side of things more than Jim Raynor and his gang. I had put aside a good amount of time to review this game but let me tell you that I cannot put this game down, period.
I have spent hours and hours on Heart of the Swarm and that was just on the campaign. I loved the special cutscenes and this was the first game that I actually felt comfortable playing multiplayer in. Now, let’s dig deeper into this great expansion.
In Heart of the Swarm you play as Sarah Kerrigan who was the Queen of Blades (Zerg Leader) in Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Sarah was saved by Jim Raynor and restored to her human form with some perks like being able to control the Zerg. In the campaign Sarah and Jim go onto fight the Dictator Mengsk. The campaign introduces some new heroes you fight alongside with, and of course, some new enemies that stand in your way.
Each mission gives a unique unit to fight with you in the battle of good and bad. Just like in Wings of Liberty you do get side objectives which make the campaign a lot more fun than it is intended to be. Similar to the Wings of Liberty campaign you run to planet and planet stopping evil forces in their tracks. Personally, I really liked the campaign and felt like there was never a dull moment. Great campaign I give it a 9/10.
The reason why I gave it this score is because overall the cutscenes and the gameplay was amazing but I still felt like the campaign was missing something. Maybe more levels or a more in-depth explanation on the reasoning of the Zerg and other races would have been appreciated but the campaign was extremely well done.
The Soundtrack puts in this kind of a medieval type with a little bit of Starcraft style in it. I really enjoyed the voices, the classic Jim Raynor keeps me hyped when I go into missions. It makes me want to punch a bunch of bad guys in the face! Sarah’s voice is kind of holding me back inside because she really holds this promiscuous voice and you wonder if she will turn evil again or not. I give the soundtrack a solid 8/10 because sometimes I caught myself reaching for my headphones and listening to some jams, but overall the experience was enhanced greatly by what Blizzard offers.
The multiplayer and the community could have used some work but it was very amusing and fun to play. Whether you’re battling the A.I. or going head to head with other people across the world you are constantly faced with different play styles to counter and it really makes for a great RTS. There isn’t much to complain about in the multiplayer, everything’s all determined by the player and how long they take to adapt to different styles. It can be frustrating at times but that’s what AI’s are for. You’ll also play against computer generated enemies to beef up your strategies so when it’s time to face the world you will be ready!
With the community you can check out Reddit and all these other links through the game that contain information about the game. However I don’t really like the fact that in order to find one friend you have to type all this information in why can’t you just look up the display name? I give the multiplayer and the community a good 8/10 because it’s pretty good, but the community could have been done better.
The replay value is an infinite yes, I would replay this game over and over again especially the campaign. The new graphics engine is pretty sweet and the campaign had me on the edge and challenge the whole entire time. overall rating for the game is 9.8/10. Everything was pretty spotless and very enjoyable to play. The graphics really had me connected to the game. Please, Blizzard make Legacy of the Void like this and better!
Overall Score: 9.8/10
RGN Rating: Platinum Game
Developer / Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Available On: Windows PC / Mac OS X
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.