Lots of video games are released every year. Many of these will be forgotten, a few will survive in time, but very few games become immortal.
It is not easy to remain among the public's favorites. However, there is game that manages to become permanent and become a legend. Such as StarCraft 2, a computer game that despite having more than two decades on the market, is still very popular.
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is a real-time strategy computer game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third and final game in the StarCraft 2.
StarCraft II Gameplay
StarCraft is a real-time strategy title created by Chris Metzen and James Phinney for Blizzard Entertainment. The first part came out in 1998, then three more parts would come, the most famous being Broodwar. Years later, in 2012, the second part was released, Starcraft 2, which would consist of three episodes: Wings of Liberty (2010), Heart of Swarm (2013) and Legacy of the Void (2015). Currently, Starcraft 2 is still playing, it is the best part that takes almost all the attention, and it is the one that we will focus on in this article.
The story of the game focus on the adventures and battle of three races that inhabit a distant part of the Milky Way and must fight for the survival of their civilization: Terran, Zerg and Protoss. Each of them has different units, buildings and technologies. Terran are exiled humans from Earth and expert at adapting to any situation; the Zerg, a race of aliens in search of genetic perfection and obsessed with the assimilation of other races; while the Protoss, a humanoid species with advanced technology and psychic abilities that try to protect their civilization and philosophy.
Both StarCraft and StarCraft II can be downloaded for free from the Blizzard website, you just need to create an account on it. The first version is available for free; the second offers multiplayer and the first episode for free.
In the new Archon game mode, you and your friend have to control one base, as in the usual 1-on-1 match. Now each player will be able to focus on certain features of the game. For example, one develops the base, and the other attacks the enemy. Thus, it will be possible to conduct a more interesting and thoughtful game. Aaron Kirkpatrick about Archon mode:
We really liked the idea that players are given the opportunity to play at a higher level than before, but it is also important that now there is a new cooperative mod - we just heard from fans and people from our team that they want a new cooperative mode, that they want to play with their friends. This mod really translates the wishes of the players into reality.
It should be noted that in reality, such a regime is not new. Back in BroodWar, there was a Team Melee multiplayer mode where 2 to 4 players could control a common army, but it was not popular.
Allied Commander - a new, team-based game mode in which you have to choose a hero: Raynor, Kerrigan, Artanis, etc., each of which has a unique set of troops, features and skills that will open with a level increase in the character. Aaron Kirkpatrick about Allied Commander mode:
Choosing a commander, we want to choose characters who are very kind to you. Some of the characters will be not only from Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm but also from Legacy of the Void. Here's an example vorazun. She could be a really cool leader of the Dark Templars. Just think, what kind of army would Worazun have? What battle awaits the players? We want you to feel that you can use completely different styles of the game, as well as enjoy the battles by choosing different commanders, and we are sure that this is a good way to interest you even more in this game.
Why StarCraft 2 Still remains popular?
Compared to other RTS, StarCraft II is a really simple and highly dynamic game. It is simple, in the sense that it synthesizes things to the maximum, encouraging the player to carry out the actions more quickly. There are only three races, making it easier to learn to master them. Also, you only need to get two resources (minerals and gas), while in other titles you must collect up to four or more, taking speed away from the game. On the other hand, it is dynamic, since it is an attack and defends game.
The game offers so many possibilities. “There is no specific route with only three or five options. The options are limitless and we can use creativity to design our own plan.
Starcraft 2 in esports
Starcraft has a long history of esports. Starting in 2002, professional players start to organize themselves into teams that were sponsored by large companies such as Samsung, SK Telecom, and others. Also, it was the main competition during the World Cyber Games, one of the most important eSports events worldwide (which continue until 2013).
Today, while the Broodwar version of the first version is still played professionally, the biggest trend is focused on StarCraft II. There are multiple leagues around the world, but the largest are in Canada, the USA, Europe and, above all, South Korea. Currently, there are more than 5,300 tournaments and, in total, more than $ 30 million in prizes are distributed.
How to get started in StarCraft 2
To start playing StarCraft 2 in multiplayer, you have to know that each of the three races available has its own features, with advantages and disadvantages. The game is balanced in such a way that there is not one that is superior to the others.
It is recommended to dominate one race first and then if we want, we can start practicing with the others; however, it is necessary to know the characteristics of all of them to know what we are facing, to predict what our opponent is trying to do and to predict his next move.