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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

alaTest has collected and analyzed 605 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the graphics and gameplay are overall positive. The value for money and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PC Games the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review


The original StarCraft is well known in gaming circles. That game was one of the biggest factors in making eSports mainstream, and is still counted as one of the most finely balanced games ever created, to the extent that it is still played in a lot of...

There is also the issue of DRM. The game needs you to log in to its cloud at least once every two weeks or so for DRM purposes. After that, however, you can play the single player skirmishes and campaign to your heart’s content. There are however some...

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm


Released earlier this month the first StarCraft 2 expansion, Heart of the Swarm, focuses on the Zerg race. We follow the story of Sarah Kerrigan, picking up where the plot in Wings of Liberty left off. Wings of Liberty was of course the initial release...

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm


It's been almost two and a half years, but we finally have the next part in the StarCraft II “trilogy”. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, focuses on the Zerg side of things and continues the story that Wings of Liberty started.

Heart of the Swarm delivers a fun single player experience and updates to the multiplayer portion of the game. It took a while to get here and the 20 or so missions available is a little shorter experience that I would've liked for waiting two and a...


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Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Review


Round 2, fight! Blizzard has finally given us the second chapter in StarCraft 2's soap opera and it arguably has the best of the factions take the star role because, well, everyone likes being the ‘bad guy' right? Well that might just be me, but the...

I have to admit, while technically not utilising the game’s core experience, fighting the primal Zerg with the freshly re-crowned Queen of Blades was a marvellous set piece of StarCraft theatre. That and the general squishiness of the Zerg is always cool.

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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm- PC


StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's fantastically diverse campaign and entertaining online play make up for its lackluster writing.

Fun and diverse campaign with plenty of places to visit and cover in creep ; Kerrigan and her army can be upgraded in powerful, satisfying ways ; Great, varied online play with strategic depth ; Slick production values in all respects

Absurd story makes the original Starcraft seem like Shakespeare ; Some multiplayer balancing issues

The new Kerrigan is boring, and her actions are often incomprehensible. After a series of happenstances end her (entirely unconvincing) romantic subplot with Jim Raynor, she devotes all her energy toward killing the Dominion's dastardly Emperor...

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Preview


StartCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be launched worldwide on 12th March 2013, and ahead of the game releases we decided to take a little look at what we can expect from this new expansion.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review


The Zerg rush is finally here, but is Blizzard one with the swarm?

The bottom line is this: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is a very good expansion. The campaign is solid, but I can’t help but feel it could have been a bit more robust. The improved multiplayer more than makes up for this fact though, so if you’ll...

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BLIZZARD Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm


Great game

None worth mentioning

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I've been really happy with Newegg in the past, and this is the first time they've really disappointed me

Shipped fast, game included

Basically, I only bought a physical copy of this because I wanted a nice box for my rather extensive collection of blizzard games. Unfortunately, the item was poorly packaged and it came with a lot of damage. I guess that's what I get for using super...

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Some perks to it as opposed to buying a digital copy


Complimentary heart of the swarm note pad and it was about 10 bucks cheaper because of a discount code I had and came the day of release date. It was actually nice to buy the box for a game again. I had the pleasure of looking through it and reading...

Only con I can think of is if I lost the box I would lose my CD key, but that's not much of a con. You may become addicted to this game ;)