StarCraft II comes out next Tuesday, and it is almost assured to be a best seller from day one.
I mean, it is a Blizzard product, right?
Or is it really the first Activision-Blizzard product? Hrmm…
Anyway, it is coming out in a few days and I am trying to decide if I should buy it.
Part of me, the part that really enjoyed StarCraft when it came out in 1999, the part of me that wants to shout, “Jacked up and good to go!,” that part wants to go out and buy it on day one.
But then there is the part of me that is annoyed by the absence of direct LAN play features in the game and the fact that you will have to log into Battle.net even for solo play. And then there is the whole Facebook integration and the Real ID question, which has been shelved for the moment, but which I am sure will return.
And finally, there is the part of me that played in the beta. Whee, I got in the beta! Okay, I got into it roughly 6 weeks before it ended, but I was there. That experience left me with a few impressions:
- The game looks really nice
- The game play and controls are as crisp and as sure as expected
- They took almost no risks with the game, so if you’ve played StarCraft, you know what you are getting
- I suck at it
The last came from me getting smoked regularly in matches. I’ve lost my build order and unit control skills over the years. And since single player wasn’t available to me in the beta, I have no idea if that is at all worth the price of admission.
So I am on the fence about buying the game. Nostalgia and the fact that Blizzard does make good games is pressing me forward. But the Battle.net requirement and the fact that it is the same game most of us have played already makes me want to pass, at least until I hear how the single player campaign play.
How about you?