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SIMPLY THE BEST; THE LEGENDARY RTS GETS UPDATED - AT LAST.

Byline: KEVIN LYNCH

STARCRAFT II: WINGS OF LIBERTY

PC pounds 44.99 *****

Despite being 12 years old, the original Starcraft has a cult following unlike any other game. As popular now as it was on release, the sci-fi real-time strategy game is even played as a professional sport in Korea for ridiculous cash prizes.

To say then that Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty is highly anticipated is quite the understatement. To say it delivers in spades is equally so.

Following three races across its visually stunning sci-fi backdrop, every single mission of the single player campaign is riveting.

While you're still basically micromanaging your futuristic army of units against intergalactic foes, each objective is unique and fun. Whether you're robbing supply trains, defending a stronghold or avoiding waves of lava spewing from the map, the challenges and rewards never let up.

Add to this the Hyperion, a betweenmission hub that deserves as much exploration as the skirmishes themselves, and you have one of the most wellrounded RTS campaigns going.

True Starcraft fans, however, know the real longevity lies in online multiplayer battles and Starcraft II does not disappoint. Perfectly balanced, the revamped BattleNet matchmaking service ensures that every game is tailored to your skill level, with opponents of similar abilities.

If that's not enough, there are some rather cool, extensive modding capabilities that can see the game become everything from a Metal Slug-like shooter to a kart racer.

From the superb production and graphical flourishes to the perfectly balanced multiplayer battles, Starcraft II may well be the finest RTS the genre has ever seen. Don't bet against fans still playing this game in a decade's time.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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