Between the single and multiplayer experience there's something for every fan of the real time strategy genre
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Gameplay: Typical real time strategy game where you harvest resources and build units. This expansion adds some new units, upgrades, and unit alterations to the 3 races. There are many new maps along with some new map features. All of this adds up to a lot of new options and helps make StarCraft 2 fresh again. The AI has also received an overhaul and is greatly improved, the player can even instruct the AI on what type of build to use.
Graphics and Music: Many units, buildings and icons from Wings of Liberty have received graphical updates or new animations. The new music is quite pleasing to listen to, and sets the atmosphere well.
Controls and Interface: As seemingly perfect as the old StarCraft 2 game interface was, Blizzard found many areas for slight improvement to make the game even more intuitive. They take some adjusting but overall provide a more pleasurable game experience.
Better Training for New Players: There's now placement matches for Vs. the AI to determine a player's skill level. This tool can be used to help assimilate new players into the game and adjust as the player improves.
Gameplay: While this is a typical rts game with resources, buildings and units, the mission design is incredibly diverse and each new mission is usually a lot of fun and unique. Upgrades and unit improvements are unlocked with the completing of mission objectives and they all add a lot of replayability and fun to the campaign
Story: I never put much thought into a game's story but it is about average with some decent voice acting.
Cinematics: There's quite a few Cinematics and they are usually pure eye candy. Blizzard has always had some of the best cinematics in gaming and this game is no exception.
Campaign Length and difficulty: The two biggest flaws with the campaign are that it's way too short (around 20 missions), and not very challenging. With how much fun each mission is you wish there was a lot more of them. The difficulty seems way easier than Wings of Liberty.
Campaign rating – 8.0 Overall a great campaign but it has about half of the content of the the last Blizzard rts expansion Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne.
Gameplay: The StarCraft 2 multiplayer experience is as fast paced and exciting as ever. All of the new additions (units, unit improvements, upgrades, and maps) have injected a much needed diversity and freshness to the game.
Unranked Mode: Multiplayer has a new unranked mode where players can compete against other players with similar skill without putting one's ladder points on the line.
Level up System: Players now gain experience when playing StarCraft 2 and can gain levels to unlock new unit portraits, new animations, and other various aesthetic changes.
New Replay Options: Replays can be viewed with friends and as a group. Replays also allow the player to "Take Command" which means at any point in a replay the player can turn the replay into an actual game and take over for one of the players. This feature is one of the most amazing and innovative in all of gaming and really adds a lot of depth to the StarcrCraft 2 multiplayer experience.
Multiplayer rating – 9.5 Whether by yourself or with some friends there's never been a more fun time to be playing StarCraft 2 on the ladder.