I was sleeping under a rock for nearly 5 years since Wings of Liberty came out back in 2010. Yeah, that long already. I don’t really know why I haven’t bought it back then, especially since I was a huge fan of the original game. Could be the fact that the game arrived in a Terran campaign only, I don’t really know. But few days ago, after some weird coincidence, I’ve bought the game on Battle.net.
And I sure am happy that I have. I haven’t had this much fun in quite a while in a strategy game and I know also understand why they took sweet time to make each campaign on its own. Because it’s loooooong and really well executed.
Majority of the story is rendered using in-game engine and it looks really damn good for a 5 years old game. Incredibly good. I don’t know if they’ve updated it in between, but daaamn. There are some pre-rendered video sequences, but they are pretty rare. Campaign works in a similar way as it did back in the original, but they’ve expanded the whole thing further so you can do loads of stuff besides the usual strategy view of the battlefield. Like collecting credits to upgrade your army, hiring mercenaries, gathering research material, researching stuff, checking equipment and talking with the people on board of your battle cruiser. Yes, while you have the usual in-game upgrading of the units, you can upgrade them through Armory and Laboratory using special traits, upgrades and features that make them stronger. And I loved that part. I’ve always loved fiddling with the equipment used for battle. It still has that old school feel, but looks like a modern game. Very likable.
Anyway, it was a really good experience, If you haven’t played it yet and you do like strategy games, get it. I’ve started playing Heart of the Swarm and while it has some similarities, it plays quite differently, more hero focused and with different upgrading and that’s also cool. Will drop few words on that one when I finish it as well. And then I can’t wait for the third installment, Legacy of the Void. Can’t wait to see their campaign and their tech…