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Blizzard launches StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for Mac

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Fri July 30, 2010

Sequel arrives after 12-year wait

Blizzard this week launched StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the long-in-development sequel to its popular 1998 real-time strategy game. The new title follows Jim Raynor, who has become a rebel leader trying to bring down the Dominion for crimes of genocide. While the original StarCraft had Terran, Protoss and Zerg campaigns, the sequel revolves mostly around the Terrans in a 29-mission single-player mode. A few side missions give players a taste for Protoss units.

Graphics and gameplay have been improved, in the latter case with elements like new characters, new air and ground units and a bonus arcade-style shooter. Multiplayer modes return with options to go against a mix of humans and/or computer AI. Other features include tools for creating custom maps, as well as achievements which can be unlocked by completing mission requirements, learning different technologies and taking part in multiplayer matches.

StarCraft II requires Mac OS X 10.5.8, and is available either as a digital download from Blizzard, or else in disc form from retailers.


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  1. bdmarsh

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    Joined: Feb 2006


    Overall a good release

    on at least some configurations though, there are some intermittent bugs affecting performance, with an easy "fix".

    1) with no mention of it being fixed since the last phase of beta (just a few days before the final release) there is an uptime bug, after around 24-27 days of uptime on a Mac, the game won't show the initial login window, just the battle cruiser flying by a planet. Fix: reboot.

    2) sometimes performance is very slow, with choppy 3D rendered cinematics (in single player), or if the cinematics were smooth, when the game itself loads, performance is very slow. Fix: go into Menu (F10) - options, and change the video resolution to any other setting, and hit OK or accept. After it does this switch it'll show an dialogue asking if the new resolution is ok, just hit "no" it'll switch back to your original resolution, and performance will be back to normal.

    #2 doesn't seem to happen to everyone, but if it does, it only takes a few seconds to resolve.
    Once you are through the first 6 or so single player missions, you have access to all past missions and cinematics so you can watch any that were messed up to begin with.

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