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.