Universal acclaim - based on 82 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 82
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  1. Dec 14, 2010
    For anyone else interested in or already on board with RTS games, Starcraft II isn't just an amazing, it's required reading.
  2. 100
    StarCraft 2 didn't change the formula because it didn't need to. This isn't just a fresh coat of paint on StarCraft, it is StarCraft, right down to its pixelated bones. It's proof that games don't have to be disposable, that some games are so creative and balanced and fun that they don't go out of style or disappear over the years. Some games, it turns out, really are timeless.
  3. A triumphant return to the StarCraft universe, Wings of Liberty offers up old-school RTS goodness in one of the most solid RTS titles in years.
  4. Finally, the eagerly awaited sequel to the original bestseller Starcraft is here. While Wings of Liberty will not break the mold in the world of real-time strategy gaming, it surely stands out as the best package to be found in this genre. For the competitors that will try to seize it in the future, Starcraft 2 is - simply put - the new benchmark for years to come.
  5. StarCraft II expertly walks the line between remaining faithful to its design legacy and evolving everything about itself that can evolve without fundamentally changing what the game is. I'm so enamored with it that this review is now officially getting in the way of playing more of it.
  6. An amazingly well-crafted strategy experience. Not a lot of chances were taken, but Blizzard knows what works, and it shows. Addiction in a package and sublime strategy.
  7. StarCraft II is a shot in the arm for the RTS genre, filling a void that's been left dormant for far too long - about 12 years, actually.
  8. This is a sublimely engineered game with a simple, elegant core design and all of the rough edges ground away.
  9. StarCraft II, as expected, is an evolution rather than a revolution of the original. True to its roots, the game doesn't lose itself by trying to reinvent a formula that has proven itself (and still is, actually). StarCraft II shines thanks to a flawless production, fantastic gameplay with loads of of little additions and improvements, and an overhaul of its multiplayer side. With a very demanding high-level gameplay but still very accessible to newbies thanks to its casual mode and matchmaking feature, the latest Blizzard baby is another demonstration of the old saying: old friends are the best. Can't wait for the follow-up!
  10. StarCraft II is a wonderful game, both as a story-telling experience and a strategically deep and tactically challenging game. The single-player campaign is deeply satisfying to complete.
  11. While it manages to pull off pathos, it's also filled with laugh-out-loud jokes, including the traditional ludicrous dialogue from your units.
  12. In the end StarCraft II didn't go changing on us in the fundamentals, and that's perhaps the greatest feature Blizzard could ever have included. What works, works and StarCraft nailed it back in 1998 and StarCraft II: Wings if Liberty nails it here and now in 2010.
  13. The wait was worth it. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty delivers on all fronts with unique singleplayer missions, a gripping story for the campaign and excellent multiplayer. Prepare yourself for the definitive RTS of the decade. StarCraft II is the new standard and will cast a shadow over all RTS titles that follow for quite some time.
  14. This is how sequels should be made and if you're a fan of this gaming genre, you definitely need to add this to your collection now! Brilliant!
  15. 98
    I am however completely enthralled with the game.
  16. The amount of polish, dedication, and heart put into this game by Blizzard shows why they are one of the best developers out there today. No matter who you are, if you consider yourself a gamer, you need to play StarCraft 2.
  17. 98
    An impressive masterpiece of technology, refined gameplay and art design.
  18. 98
    Bang for buck? Check. Killer gameplay? Check. Loads of options? Check. Story, sound, presentation? All awesome. It even has a "casual" difficulty level. What's not to like? Screw 2010 - StarCraft II is the best RTS game released in YEARS and one of the best games on PC full stop. If you like gaming at all, you owe it to yourself to check this out. The ultimate RTS has arrived.
  19. Flawlessly executed masterpiece that stays firmly true to the original old school gameplay that makes Starcraft so good. The best RTS of the decade and shows that Blizzard still has the touch with finely crafted gameplay and unmatched quality of presentation.
  20. Dec 19, 2010
    Classic RTS gameplay that's as good as it gets.
  21. Blizzard was facing a monumental challenge when it came to releasing a sequel for the genre-defining Starcraft, and they have answered that challenge magnificently.
  22. This is the perfect sequel. It reaches a hand out to those who didn't enjoy the first game, while keeping its fiercely loyal fans happy.
  23. 96
    Packed with a never-ending stream of variety across 30 single-player missions, StarCraft II certainly ticks all the boxes for those looking to ease themselves into the action against an A.I. opponent.
  24. After twelve years StarCraft still dominates the RTS genre, giving players a campaign full of contents and perfectly paced in addition to a virtually endless, involving multiplayer that will entertain till the release of the second chapter.
  25. Haters will keep talking about "Starcraft HD" but what we have here is a glorious return, a modern, well balanced RTS, the second chapter of an epic saga. Newbies should practice a lot but then they'll be be part of the most complete and balanced multiplayer experience for an RTS.
  26. PC Zone UK
    Jan 18, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a traditional real-time strategy which ticks all the right boxes. The deadly and fast thinking A.I will prove to be a challenge to even the most seasoned strategy gamer, whilst the ability to make decision and the extensive multiplayer support will keep you playing for a long time to come.
  28. The company's philosophy-demonstrated again with StarCraft II-is that innovation and experimentation are less important than taking what's already successful and bringing it to near perfection.
  29. Blizzard has a major hit on their hands with Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and it's easy to tell that over a decade of blood, sweat, and tears have been poured into making it.
  30. If judged solely on its failure to resolve its story, Wings of Liberty could have been a disappointment. But with a production so carefully thought out, masterfully designed, and flawlessly executed, it's impossible to come away from the game with a negative impression. Starcraft II is the sequel that we've been waiting for.
  31. Traditional and fresh in all the right ways, this strategy sequel is an absolute joy for veterans and newcomers alike.
  32. 95
    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the definitive RTS experience that bends the genre to its will, and is one of the best PC exclusive titles to be released in years.
  33. After my experience with StarCraft II over the last week or so, I can easily say that the sequel was worth the wait. There is more than enough enjoyment to be had on the multiplayer and the potential long-term single player and mod scene.
  34. The best thing about it is the presentation, though; only Blizzard can make an RTS feel like an epic adventure.
  35. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is exactly what we've come to expect from Blizzard: A brilliant sequel from one of the most beloved RTS titles of all time and probably, one of the best PC exclusive titles to be released in years.
  36. Blizzard have stuck to what they know with this sequel to one of the most beloved RTS titles of all time. Don't expect any revolutionary twists to the classic gameplay - although what is included is imbued with the kind of perfection you've come to expect from one of the best developers in the world.
  37. AceGamez
    Starcraft 2 may feel a bit too familiar, given the accepted trend for sequels to reinvent themselves with every iteration but it comes across more as a tried and tested success with enough fresh nuances to keep old school fans happy and attract many more players looking for a new challenge.
  38. Starcraft 2 takes its predecessor and brings it to the next level. Blizzard decided to stick to the original gameplay and improve it, creating an extremely fun and addictive experience. This game has a fantastic singleplayer campaign with a great story, lots of added achievements and challenges to complete and an awesome competitive multiplayer component. It is, simply put, one of the best PC games in years.
  39. Starcraft 2 is the best RTS in years. It doesn't reinvent the genre, but pushes it to new heights due to the dense atmosphere, great balancing and diverse missions. Only one question remains: How long will we have to wait this time, Blizzard?
  40. Somehow, Blizzard has managed to make StarCraft II feel instantly familiar, while still keeping the entire game feeling fresh and new. The single-player is ridiculously fun, the multiplayer is as addictive as hell, and virtually every new mechanic Blizzard has introduced has helped to improve the game.
  41. I am stunned. The long time waiting between "StarCraft" and StarCraft II has not been wasted. Flawless gameplay, great graphics and a bombastic atmosphere result in one of the best real-time strategy games in the world.
  42. Starcraft II has certainly been long overdue, but the immense waiting has really paid off. Blizzard have another jewel to add to their crown, and it's easy to see why. By not veering too far away from the original formula, Blizzard haven't at all 'played it safe' – they've recognized a gaming model that works and then given it a much needed 21st century polish.
  43. The title is simply more of the same, but it's been polished to the point that it would be difficult to make it any more modern without losing the franchise's strong core. It might be off-putting that the campaign only centers around one race, but in spite of that, the game is a surprisingly full experience.
  44. PC Format
    Dec 24, 2010
    Perfectly balanced multiplayer with old school elements intact, and rich and dynamic single player campaigns. [Issue#244, p.102]
  45. A gloriously well crafted campaign welded to a near Olympic competitive experience. StarCraft II is practically essential.
  46. Ultimately, it's a price worth paying. As one of the most anticipated games of all time, Blizzard had a great deal on its shoulders with this. We're pleased to say it doesn't disappoint.
  47. Starcraft II is far from being the most ambitious or original RTS game this decade (or even of the last five years), but it's tough to deny that it's probably the most accessible and polished - and the online community and mod-making features will help it to be the most long-lasting.
  48. Speaking about SC2: Wings of Liberty, the biggest complaint that come to my mind is that I've got to wait for the other two episodes. It might not revolutionize the genre, but it doesn't allow itself any shortcomings either. The campaign is exciting, the cutscenes are awesome and the multiplayer is in a league of its own.
  49. 91
    I doubt it will completely repopularize the genre as we once knew it, since the world has moved on in the past decade or so. But StarCraft 2 does have mainstream gamers talking about build orders and micromanagement, which is honestly something I never thought I would hear again. Just in that, I consider StarCraft 2 a minor miracle.
  50. Jan 18, 2011
    If you are into real time strategy in any form, it's hard to ignore Starcraft II.
  51. Though I finished the game in less than a week, it was the first game in long time that I couldn't get out of my head when I wasn't playing it, and didn't move from my chair when I was playing it. Simply fantastic.
  52. By building off the foundations and bolstering the series with memorable missions, an incredible story, and awe-inspiring visuals, Blizzard has assured StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty's status as one of the best RTS games ever created.
  53. 90
    This is a Triple-A game, but it's also a difficult and stubbornly old-fashioned one that may be great unto itself, but does nothing really to reinvent the genre it now dominates.
  54. PC PowerPlay
    Drink the kool-aid and go to a happy place. [Oct 2010, p.56]
  55. StarCraft II can be considered a refined version of its parent: so, despite the fact that perfection has been reached once again, we admit we expected a little bit more of innovation after 12 years waiting for this sequel. Anyway, it's a "must buy" for every RTS fan.
  56. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is as good as expected, but you'll need to be patient with it. The game takes some time to get going and behind all the upgraded technologies it's still the same StarCraft we've been knowing for 12 years. It's the best real-time strategy game of the last years and while not perfect, StarCraft 2 is a real masterpiece of PC gaming and even better as a multi-player game.
  57. Given its lineage, it should hardly be surprising to discover that Blizzard has once again demonstrated such a keen sense of balance: with Wings Of Liberty, it offers established players a welcome return to familiar battlegrounds, while providing intrigued bystanders with their best chance yet of engaging with a bewildering, brilliant and punishing genre.
  58. StarCraft 2 doesn't really do anything to grow the RTS as an actual game - much of what SC2 does better is in the area of matchmaking and social networking, which betters the player experience. The gameplay is very similar, with most changes existing simply to meet current RTS standards.
  59. It has its faults, yes, but Wings of Liberty will certainly be "THE game" for some time to come.
  60. And, more to the point, because millions will thoroughly enjoy StarCraft II regardless, thanks to a dense, thrilling, relentlessly clever and class-leading campaign adventure that takes this RTS to the masses in spite of itself. It might be less than half this sumptuous package, but it's a lot more game than almost anything else.
  61. Starcraft 2 is a stunning example of a developer who really knows their thing. It doesn't attempt anything too bold, but accomplishes everything it does with absolute skill and panache. 12 years may seem like a long time to wait for a sequel that stays very close to the original format, but it's hard to think of another game that comes together quite as well as Starcraft 2.
  62. An excellent game that you can consider the chess of the 21st century.
  63. Sure, you might miss playing as Zerg and it does have a somewhat old feeling to it. But nevertheless, this is an extremely good strategy game that gives the fans exactly what they've been waiting for since the original Starcraft was released 12 years ago.
  64. The lack of innovation is a shame, but the attention to detail and superb multiplayer is beyond criticism.
  65. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    In strict numbers: 60 euros for a 15–20 hours single-player experience plus months or years of endless fun in multi-player is an unbeatable price/value ratio. [Issue#195]
  66. 90
    Much like the original, it will be played for years to come. And that's why it lives up to all the anticipation.
  67. StarCraft II proves that old game mechanics can still work if done right. The game is fun to play in singleplayer, but its true excellence is stated in the best realtime strategy multiplayer yet to date. It´s an instant classic which will be played in many years to come.
  68. Starcraft II not only picks up the essential features that made the first game of the franchise a success as joins them with high production values that transmit a very strong cinematographic component to the whole experience.
  69. With a great story, memorable characters and outstanding cutscenes the single player campaign easily overcomes most of its very few shortcomings. And the multiplayer mode is exactly what we've come to expect from Blizzard: it is fast, unforgiving and a hell of a lot of fun.
  70. Those who expected some kind of a revolution in the StarCraft gameplay with this sequel will probably be disappointed, but the argument doesn't stand for long in front of this tour de force, making StarCraft II the new reference of RTS on PC, and certainly for a long time.
  71. Working alongside a terrific soundtrack, some very cool voice acting, and a custom map building tool, the parts of Starcraft II that make it an enjoyable and addictive ride leave little to be desired.
  72. 90
    It's not a step forward for the genre, exactly, but StarCraft II is still one of the most polished, finely crafted and well presented real-time strategy games available.
  73. Wings of Liberty is one of those games PC-gamers have been waiting a long time for. The huge single-player and incredibly balanced multiplayer make for a very complete package. Here's to another twelve years of Starcraft, even if you're not a huge fan of RTS-games (yet).
  74. Bilzzard offers us an engrossing and well crafted single player campaign combined with a multiplayer mode crafted to perfection in StarCraft II. You won't find any other real time strategy game that comes close to this level of craftsmanship. Add to this meaty options for content creation and what you get is a game well worth the long wait.
  75. games(TM)
    Engrossing. [Issue#100, p.128]
  76. Blizzard's remarkable gift for story-telling is now embodied in yet another game. For this very reason, there are probably few people out there who won't be lured by the narrative, marvelously animated cut-scenes, stunning art direction worthy of any preceding achievement from Blizzard, in addition to the carefully crafted characters.
  77. So StarCraft 2 is in essence StarCraft 1 with a new shiny coat of paint on it.
  78. Starcraft may be good, but there's a big, nagging complaint I have: Starcraft 2 is Starcraft 1 with prettier graphics but fewer features.
  79. 80
    The multiplayer is so smooth, so challenging, and so much plain-old-fun that I can only think of one RTS I ever played that is outright better. The single-player is weaker, in many ways, than that of other RTS titles -- but hey, you don't have to play it, after all. And so, the line you've all been waiting for: Yes, Blizzard has indeed done it again.
  80. StarCraft II is not ground-breaking. It will not have the same lasting impact on gaming that its predecessor did. There's no way it ever could. It will, however, be remembered as a worthy sequel to one of the all-time greats.
  81. If development of multiple bases, careful upgrades planning and intricate micromanagement make your blood boil, you will embrace StarCraft 2. Had it been released 7 years ago, we would have wholeheartedly recommended it to anyone even remotely interested in the RTS genre. But that era is gone now. Today, StarCraft 2 is just a remedy for nostalgia.
  82. Don't get me wrong. Starcraft II is a fine game. It's just not great.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 3713 Ratings

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  1. DanD
    Aug 2, 2010
    This game is hands down the greatest game ever made. Everything about the original was improved to a great degree, from match making to game This game is hands down the greatest game ever made. Everything about the original was improved to a great degree, from match making to game balance. The new units add a lot of new strategies as do new mechanics such as destructible rocks, xel'naga watch towers and the addition of a second gas node at every base. As a die hard fan of SC:BW I went into this game with very high expectations and I can tell you that it lived up to every bit of it. The campaign, im sure is fun if youre into that sort of thing, I myself went straight for the multiplayer, which is excellent with the brand new ladder system. Gone are the days where you play against people significantly below or beyond you in terms of skill . My only complaint is the lack of clan support which the original enjoyed. I think it'd be great if people could make clans to make it easier to connect with other skilled people for team matches, such as 3v3s and 4v4s. All in all, if you even sort of enjoyed BW you will love SC2. Stop reading this and buy it now. Full Review »
  2. bobg
    Aug 6, 2010
    I just don't get it. The story is boring and doesn't grab you, the graphics are nothing amazing and the game is lacking a number of I just don't get it. The story is boring and doesn't grab you, the graphics are nothing amazing and the game is lacking a number of important features, e.g. LAN play. Sure this is a decent game if you want the same gameplay you had 12 years ago, but no way does it deserve the kind of perfect scores it's getting. Full Review »
  3. JCT
    Aug 5, 2010
    Twelve years in the making and the release of this game winds up similar to COD: Modern Warfare 2. While less features are considered such as Twelve years in the making and the release of this game winds up similar to COD: Modern Warfare 2. While less features are considered such as no LAN, possibly few add-ons, a constant Internet connection and similar Facebook content are something I would NOT like to see in a PC game. Sure 30 missions in a game may be quite convincing for one campaign along with the looks of improved graphics. If this game is released with all three campaigns with at least as much missions and lasted as long as Grand Theft Auto IV and the acquired features I am looking for, I would own this game for $100. Therefore this game isn't by far unique and worth the price on features from what Relic's Company of Heroes had. Full Review »